Over a month ago, Alissa White-Gluz embarked on a new musical journey with Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, taking over the spotlight from former vocalist Angela Gossow. A change that still has us surprised and wondering about the future of the band. Will Alissa be able to bring something new to the table and will her vocals continue to please loyal Arch Enemy fans?
Some of those questions got answered when the band unleashed their first new single “War Eternal,” which is definitely a good taste of what’s to come with Alissa. However, from what I gathered, it just wasn’t enough for my liking until I heard “As the Pages Burn.” The latest single featuring the lyrics by Alissa that is truly stellar, if you’re a fan of old-school Arch Enemy. The song definitely sounds like music Arch Enemy released back in the late ’90s with a “Slayer-vibe in the intro/verse and a huge melodic chorus.”
According to Alissa, the song is her “favorite” from the 10th studio album:
‘As The Pages Burn’ is also one of my favorite songs. I think it’s going to be a very fun song to perform live. I really like fast-paced, energetic songs. A lot of the lyrics on the album are coming straight from my brain during sleepless nights. I often wake up in the middle of the night from horrible nightmares and just start writing songs. For whatever reason, I like the lyrics that I get that way, they feel real and uncensored. This song is one that I wrote at 4 a.m. in the dark, half asleep. In the morning I woke up and thought, ‘This is cool, I’m going to use this, and I know just the music to put it to’. The musical dynamics in the song are very satisfying to sing to as well. I hope you like it!
I really dig it and so will you. So check it out! War Eternal drops in stores on June 10th, via Century Media.
War Eternal track-listing (standard edition)
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 Know My Name
7. Graveyard Of Dreams
8. Stolen Life
9. Time Is Black
10. On And On
12. Down To Nothing
13. Not Long For This World