If having a woman on vocals hasn't gotten Arch Enemy
noticed by now, then Rise of the Tyrant
certainly will get everyone to look in their general direction. Being a melodic death metal band and having a woman fronting them is quite an achievement, but former Carcass
guitarist Michael Amott is included in the five-piece as well. If you don't know who Michael Amott is, it's never too late to find out. Just listen to Rise of the Tyrant
Rise of the Tyrant
is the band's 2007 release following 2005's Doomsday Machine
. The album will easily satisfy Arch Enemy
fans, but will easily carry a large boat load of new fans on its own. I'm personally a huge fan of what Arch Enemy
did on Doomsday Machine
, but Rise of the Tyrant
is something else entirely. In a mind-blowing way.
the instruments kick in at a rapid pace on "Blood
On Your Hands
", Angela Gossow enters with an enormous, deafening scream. It's clear Gossow's voice sounds different from the previous record, but the change makes the entire band sound more raw and brutal with every track.
the CD starts, it does not stop. You're in from one track after another, being beat by brutal riff after brutal riff. Michael Amott's guitar skills are incredibly amazing on this album (As well as most of Arch Enemy
's songs) and he WILL leave your jaw hanging open in awe. Along side his brother, Christopher Amott
, the two create amazing and wicked riffs and solos that show true skills with their axes.
Chris, with bassist Sharlee D'Angelo
and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, keep an amazing tight rhythm section that seeks to be bested. The rhythm is constant and always sending an insane shockwave of energy through your speakers. I must give credit to Sharlee on bass, since he's able to keep up with Erlandsson on drums. He is an insane powerhouse and his double bass is always flying.
Gossow puts out an amazing sound with her magnificent and gifted screams and growls; she is a practically a siren of metal with a voice like hers. At times, though, it sounds like she about to give in on the songs and possibly shed a tear, which sort of weakens the songs, but she quickly returns with a strong and dangerous growl. At times her lyrics can be haunting, but even when they aren't, his voice will still send shivers down your spine.
The band comes together to produce a great follow up to Doomsday Machine
. I could ask for a longer instrumental, though. Doomsday Machine
contained a 4 minute one, about as long as every other song, while the instrumental on this album, Intermezzo Liberté, serves as only a, well, intermission to the album.
Overall, Rise of the Tyrant
is an excellent follow up to Doomsday Machine
and continues Arch Enemy
's brutal attack on the world. Amott throws in amazing solos, Gossow's vocals are excellent, and Christopher Amott
, and Erlandsson throwing in an exceptionally tight rhythm section that many bands wish to have. While it does fall short at times with Gossow's vocals seeming like they are weakening at times, the album does leave a good impression and doesn't disappoint any current Arch Enemy