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Arch Enemy’s Angela Gossow Steps Down, The Agonist’s Alissa White-Gluz Tapped To Replace Her


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Arch Enemy have announced that they have parted ways with vocalist Angela Gossow, replacing her with Alissa White-Gluz, who has since since stepped down from her role as singer of The Agonist. Gossow said of her decision to leave the band to focus on managing artists, including Arch Enemy themselves:

“Dear Arch Enemy fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being Arch Enemy‘s voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for Arch Enemy, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster.

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I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.

I want to thank all Arch Enemy fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It’s been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories – I will cherish them forever!

I am looking forward to the next decade of Arch Enemy madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed Arch Enemy at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this Arch Enemy chapter, albeit in a different way – revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage, I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!”

Arch Enemy leader Michael Amott commented:

“We are eternally grateful to Angela for all her passion, hard work and talent. Her legacy is tremendous and will always be a big part of the band’s history. We feel great pride in what has been achieved in the past, but also look forward to new battles and new victories. We welcome Alissa with open arms – and we hope you will have open ears. We might have just created our most wicked metal opus yet with our upcoming album ‘War Eternal‘!”

Alissa White-Gluz also spoke on her new role:

“I am very honored 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 favorite 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 favorite 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. 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!”

A music video for the title track to the bands new album “War Eternal” will debut this Thursday, March 20th. “War Eternal” itself is slated for a June 10th release. Below you can find a new promo photo of their lineup.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the story, The Agonist have announced the addition of Vicky Psarakis to their lineup as their new frontwoman. The band said of the matter:

“Today we announce that after 3 albums and countless tours we officially part ways with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. We wish Alissa all the best with Arch Enemy and her future endeavors.

It is the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for The Agonist! We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to the The Agonist family. Please give a warm welcome to very talented vocalist Vicky Psarakis!

Stay tuned for new The Agonist material coming VERY soon!”

You can find a shot of Psarakis below as well with her and The Agonist already hard at work on a new album.

Arch Enemy With Alissa White-Gluz
The Agonist's Vicky Psarakis

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