Monday, October 20, 2014

Arch Enemy - War Eternal

Who:  Arch Enemy

What:  Ninth studio album from this prolific melodic Swedish death metal band, released on long-time label Century Media.

When:  June 2014

Where:  Halmstad, SWE

Why:   The first LP with new singer Alissa White-Gluz (ex-The Agonist) ushers in the third era of Arch Enemy's existence.

[The Radness Average (or star rating) is derived from assigning each song a number of stars based on a 1-5 scale, then adding the total number of stars, and then dividing that number of total stars by the number of songs on the record. A Radness Average of 4.0 or higher indicates a good or great record. A Radness Average of 2.0 or less indicates pure crap. Everything else is in the middle somewhere.]

Arch Enemy - War Eternal - Century Media

1.  Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F Minor) -- **
2.  Never Forgive, Never Forget -- ***
3.  War Eternal -- ****
4.  As the Pages Burn -- ***
5.  No More Regrets -- ****
6.  You Will No My Name -- **
7.  Graveyard of Dreams -- ****
8.  Stolen Life -- ***
9.  Time Is Black -- ****
10.  On and On -- ****
11.  Avalanche -- ****
12.  Down to Nothing -- ****
13.  Not Long for This World -- **

Radness Average:  3.308

Arch Enemy - War Eternal

Verdict:  White-Gluz delivers an admirable performance and War Eternal isn't a bad record, but the overly-polished mix job on the album is distracting from the actual songs.

For fans of:  Human Waste Project/The Start, The Angela Gossow years, Evanescence (in a good way)


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