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Earlier this year, Sweden’s Arch Enemy parted ways with its lead vocalist Angela Gossow, one of the most recognizable singers in melodic death metal. Without missing a stride, the band replaced her with Alissa White-Gluz, formerly of the Agonist, and it’s almost as if nothing has changed. If anything, White-Gluz has even more onstage energy than Gossow, though her presence is rather less menacing. But the band’s sound has barely changed a whit—-if you liked it before, you’ll like it now; if you found the band terribly clichéd and boring before, don’t bother now.
In fact, I was a bit disappointed that the band didn’t adapt to one of White-Gluz’s strengths in the Agonist: mixing clean and growled vocals to great effect. Filling Gossow’s shoes is no small feat, but here’s hoping White-Gluz will become more than just a replacement sooner than later.
In any case, Arch Enemy and opener/co-headliner Kreator—-one of the classic German thrash-metal bands—-have 50 years under their collective belts. The experience showed at their tour-opening gig at Baltimore Soundstage last night. Check out the full slideshow (35 photos).