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New Arch Enemy Frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz Speaks On Parting Ways With The Agonist

Newly minted Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of The Agonist) has issued a lengthier statement of her own regarding her decision to join the band via her Facebook:

“To all my fans, friends and supporters,

I am very honoured and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career beginning now; I have joined forces with one of my all-time favourite and globally respected bands, Arch Enemy. Wages of Sin was the first metal album I ever bought and it was love at first listen. It is not often that you get a phone call from your favourite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends.

But, it is with great sadness that I must also announce that The Agonist as you have come to know it is now a thing of the past. I had every intention of (and had even started) writing and recording yet another killer album this year, but my former band-mates decided to choose a different path. I wish I could change the situation but the unfortunate decision was made beyond my control so I can only wish them the very best of luck now that our time working together has concluded.

I will always be proud of the three albums we created since 2005 and I would like to show my appreciation for the incredibly open-minded and loyal fans that I have come to know through my past decade of work in the metal scene. Thank you for accepting every bit of eccentricity I threw your way. Everything from the band name to the lyrics, the songs, the artwork and visuals, the photo shoots, harmonies, melodies, (etc); I created every bit of those with immense thought and passion.

I can assure you that I will continue to pour my creativity into writing, singing and performing and look forward to your continued support with Arch Enemy. Thank you all so much for believing in me and allowing me to express myself in a completely boundless way.

Very importantly, I have to thank Angela Gossow for being my mentor and guardian angel over the years – I can honestly say that without her love and support I would not have been able to make it through as much as I have. Angela has been an inspiration, an invaluable friend and I am proud to now call her a partner. I am very humbled and grateful to her, Michael, Daniel, Sharlee and Nick for entrusting me with the Arch Enemy torch.

I feel very privileged that they have welcomed me not only to take over as vocalist but also to contribute to the writing process, since lyrical integrity is important to me. Everything about this new relationship feels so right and I think our music is representative of how strong the creative chemistry is.

I’m ecstatic about the music we are making! I would also like to extend my deepest and most sincere gratitude to all the members, crew and fans of Kamelot for believing in me, encouraging me and showing me endless love and appreciation over the years. It really means the world to me.

Thank you, again, to all my fans, family, colleagues and friends who supported my work all along for your relentless loyalty. I look forward to being able to write and perform at a whole new level now with Arch Enemy! Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning!

Hails and horns!”


  • Aggroculture

    My indifference to Arch Enemy has now turned to rubbernecking.

    Should have brought back Johann Liiva instead.

    • Downfault

      Right? Now I feel like they are just continuing with a gimmick. Nothing against Girl frontmen. It’s just it’s like Arch Enemy knows no one would care if they went with a dude.

      • Stereotypical Evil Archer

        A 13 year gimmick? You’re fucked in the head if you thought Angela Gossow was a gimmick.

      • STH5563

        I think it’s the style they have adapted to and the sound they want more than a front woman being a gimmick. I get what you’re saying though. Angela was amazing and I’m hoping Alissa will be a good fit.

  • sickboy_xl

    When the fuck did this happen? I didn’t even know Angela left!
    A French-Canadian fronting a Swedish metal band.
    Sure. Why not. I’ve seen The Agonist a couple of times. Not too bad.
    Good for her.

    • sickboy_xl

      Ah it just happened a couple of hours ago.
      This explains everything.
      Fuck the internet is fast!

  • sicdude

    I’ve often thought that Alissa sounded much like Angela anyway. I don’t really think that any fans of Arch Enemy are even really going to notice much of a change.

  • damagedsoul

    Lullabies is still one of my favorites. The Agonist was one of the few female fronted metal bands with that didn’t have to rely on wearing slutty outfits and whoring themselves out to the public or is popular only because of who they are related to while trying to make you forget their music sounds like shit. Any Agonist album is just as good or better depending on who you ask than most of the metal groups out there anyways. Go pick up any Agonist album unless you’re not into female vocalist. Regardless what anyone thinks, it’s going to get people talking and that’s all that really matters. Her joining Arch Enemy is a death nail like alot like to imply but it’s a nice change in direction than the consistent screaming that gets repetitive after a while and I for one am looking forward to seeing what Alissa does with Amott’s riff’s/creativity.

    What she adds the element of actual singing very melodic when need be. She can go from angel sounding to downright demon take you to hell growls that are just as good as any metal band out there whether it be death, thrash or whatever besides I doubt anyone from Arch Enemy gives a shit what anyone thinks or says….good or bad. They already made their choice so haters will have to deal with it.

    • musicalsnob

      I will probably never get into this type of music, woman screaming or what ever. none of it ever appealed to me, it always seemed like with this type of music it was always about woman out to prove something.

      im in no way misogynistic, I believe that there are very strong females out there in mind body and spirit, and i will say that i do think female aesthetics are the cats meow…

      but im more into woman singing like birds i dont know why, maybe im conditioned this way due to all them disney musical that shaped my childhood and how i perceive woman.

      just throwing this out there my all time fave female vocalist would have to be hope sandoval, some good shit there to distance run with.