War Eternal (180 Gram Vinyl)
Century Media 9088
Released on June 10, 2014
Vinyl includes MP3 download card
At 13 tracks, War Eternal is the quintessential Arch Enemy album. It’s both a nostalgic nod to the band’s past ("Never Forgive, Never Forget", "No More Regrets") and stunning example of what’s possible in the future ("Down to Nothing", "Time is Black"). But if there’s a standout track—a spearhead—it’s the title track. Unveiled to the world on Youtube, "War Eternal" marches defiantly against the mundane, two raised fists to the constraints of society and the cage it desperately tries to put on us all. In it, White-Gluz proves she’s the next generation of great, while Amott and the rest of Arch Enemy play as if "War Eternal" is their last song. That "War Eternal" amassed an astonishing 1.5 million views the first 10 days is telling of its conviction and power. "There are a lot of details in this album that excite me as a songwriter and guitarist," Amott grins. "Personally, I’ve pushed myself harder as player on War Eternal and feel I’ve gone to another level this time, which is very rewarding. I actually think the whole band has kicked everything up a notch or two."
Produced by the band and mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost) at Fascination Street Studio, the Swedes’ 10th full-length is unrelentingly brutal yet remarkably polished. "We could afford any big name producer at this stage in the game," says Amott. "Having the band produce the album was a natural and logical way of working for us at this point. It was critical that we bring out the true Arch Enemy sound, the essence of the band on this record and who knows that better than us? Jens Bogren did an outstanding mixing and mastering the album. It was my first time working with him and I am more than impressed with his talent." Expect Arch Enemy to wage war throughout 2014 in support of War Eternal. Remember, change is inevitable. War is eternal!