In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we’re bringing you strictly limited merch bundles for every studio album we've ever released. Now it’s time for “Stigmata” (1998)! Head over to http://bit.ly/AE25Years to get your copy of the bundle!

 

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Check out part 2 of “Random fun facts & memories with Michael Amott” 😉⁠⁠

"Arch Enemy 25th anniversary random fun facts & memories with Michael Amott, part 2/10: Going into the second album was a very different experience to the first one.  Our drummer Daniel had mysteriously disappeared and was nowhere to be found. Enter Peter Wildoer, another great Swedish musican, with Peter behind the kit we proceeded with the (limited) touring on the debut album (three shows in Japan 1997 and a dozen or so dates in Europe). We had also recruited bass player Martin Bengtsson for the live shows. 

Upon returning back home from Japan and Europe, we almost immediately threw ourselves into rehearsals with Peter on drums to work up material for a new record. The writing was a little more thought out this time and not quite as spontaneous or wild as before, that’s just the frame of mind we were in at the time. We came up with some cool tunes though, a slightly more technical approach in the riffs and drums, certainly a lot more guitar solos and the songs were getting loooonger! 

At this time we also found a new label home with Century Media Records for the world outside of Japan (where we continued to work with the same label that had kicked ass with our debut over there). 

 

We returned to Studio Fredman in Gothenburg and recorded/mixed the “Stigmata” album in 12 days. Unfortunately, Johan Liiva got really sick and it affected his vocal performance...although he pushed through like a champ and got it done, in hindsight we should’ve waited for him to get better. You live and learn from these experiences.

We sent the album off to the Japanese label and awaited their response. They got back to me with a request for us to deliver two faster songs, in the style of the debut album. That was a little unexpected and stressful I remember, but I accepted the challenge and quickly put together “Beast of Man” and “Diva Satanica” with the guys. Daniel had appeared on the scene again with a reformed version his original band EUCHARIST, whom we actually did some shows together with in Europe and we had reconnected with him, which in the end led to Daniel rejoining ARCH ENEMY in time to record those two additional songs with us. Daniel has obviously occupied the drum throne in this band ever since. 

Another issue was the album cover we had created for “Stigmata” together with Swedish designer Segerfalk X (who also designed the now very familiar circular ARCH ENEMY symbol at this time!). Japan and USA were fine with the artwork we had submitted, but the European Century Media office wanted another cover and commissioned a piece from Belgian artist Kris Werwimp. That’s why there are different sleeves for this album in Japan/USA/Europe. Also the selection of tracks and order etc differed between the various markets - also later reissues had yet another different sleeve - all quite confusing! 

When “Stigmata” came out we went back to Japan and headlined shows there for the first time which was really great. We also played the German Wacken festival that summer and a few other things, but not a whole lot of touring really. 

Having a real worldwide proper release for the first time through Century Media made a big difference and we did a fair bit of press for the album. I talked to media all around the world and I recall that some (especially American) journalists didn’t really understand what we were trying to do, especially concerning all the guitar solos we had in the music. I guess that’s how it goes when you’re kind of creating something that is not currently in vogue. Everyone kind of caught up later anyway, so it’s all good! 

Historically, I always maintained that “Stigmata” was of my least favourite ARCH ENEMY albums (probably to do with that my personal life was a complete shambles at the time) but in recent years I’ve come around, and I believe that there are some really great standout tracks and interesting musical moments on the record. We jumped in to the next album pretty quick after this and the following album and chapter of the band was about to unfold only one short year after “Stigmata” came out..."

 

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we’re bringing you strictly limited merch bundles for every studio album we've ever released. Head over to http://bit.ly/AE25Years to get your copy of the "Black Earth" bundle!

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And welcome to our new series called "Arch Enemy 25th anniversary - random fun facts & memories with Michael Amott" 😉

 

"Arch Enemy 25th anniversary random fun facts & memories with Michael Amott, part 1/10: The first song I wrote for the band was “Bury Me An Angel” and I knew I needed a killer drummer for this project but didn’t have anyone specific in mind. Luckily I was introduced to Daniel Erlandsson through a mutual business partner in 1995. We rehearsed only three times, just the two of us, as a guitar/drum duo. As soon as we started playing together I had a strong feeling this was going to be something quite special, Daniel was a 19 year old drum phenomenon - everything we played sounded absolutely killer!

I reconnected with Johan Liiva from my old days with CARNAGE for the vocal position and drafted my younger brother Chris to share the lead guitar duties with me. When entering Studio Fredman in early 1996, we worked super fast and I had everything mapped out in my head. Producer/mixer Fredrik Nordström was a fantastic engineer and a real character on top of that, we ended up doing a lot of recordings together after this. I also played the bass guitar on the album, with the intention to have Johan (Liiva, vocals) pull double duties if live shows would come up. That’s why Johan is sneakily credited as playing bass on the record.

Things worked out differently and we ended up recruiting a bass player later so that Johan could focus on his vocals live. The recording and mix was done during 9 very intense days on analog 2” tape. Not a computer in sight. I’ve seen people listing an Arch Enemy demo tape in our discography, but in truth there never was a demo and our first recorded effort was “Black Earth”, our debut album. There was very little money around and I’d sleep on friends couches or on the studio floor.

We did a photo session during the mix days in the studio and this was actually the first time that the whole band was gathered, meaning that it was the first time that everyone met each other. “Hello, I’m so and so and I’m playing on this record too”. The album was picked up by a Japanese record label, which turned out to be very important for the bands career. In the rest of the world, “Black Earth” came out on a very small indie label, meaning no promotion budget and no push in the industry. We did receive some great feedback from the Metal underground, but we had yet to make a big impact. The Metal music scene in the mid 90s was different and the style we were doing, blending Death/Thrash with Hardrock/Heavy Metal harmonies and solos wasn’t the “in thing” at that time. 

Getting invited to tour in Japan in 1997 as a support act for U.K. Doom Metal band CATHEDRAL changed everything for us. We discovered we had a fanbase that loved the hybrid of styles we were doing. This was the spark that was needed in order for us to carry on and make the second album..."

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Upload your photos on #Instagram or #Twitter & share your personal #ArchEnemy memories by using #AE25 and get the chance to have your post featured on our #anniversary page!

 

NORWAY! We're super stoked to announce that we added a show in Oslo to the EUROPEAN SIEGE 2021 with Arch Enemy Behemoth + Support by Carcass & Unto Others on NOVEMBER 7th at Rockefeller Olso! Tickets are on sale Jan. 29th via https://www.ticketmaster.no/event/654957 - see you there!
 
 
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THE EUROPEAN SIEGE 2021
 
28.09 - Dublin, Olympia Theatre / Ireland
30.09 - Glasgow, O2 Academy / United Kingdom
01.10 - Manchester, O2 Academy / United Kingdom
02.10 - Birmingham, O2 Academy / United Kingdom
03.10 - London, O2 Academy / United Kingdom
05.10 - Paris, Le Zénith / France
06.10 - Toulouse, Le Bikini / France
08.10 - Lisbon, Sala Tejo / Portugal
09.10 - Madrid, Palacio Vistalegre / Spain
10.10 - Barcelona, Palau Sant Jordi / Spain
12.10 - Lyon, Le Radiant / France
13.10 - Milano, Alcatraz / Italy
15.10 - Berlin, Columbiahalle / Germany
16.10 - Prague, Tipsport Arena / Czech Republic
17.10 - Katowice, MCK / Poland
19.10 - Budapest, Barba Negra / Hungary
20.10 - Vienna, Gasometer / Austria
22.10 - Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena / Germany
23.10 - Den Bosch, Mainstage Brabanthallen / Netherlands
24.10 - Brussels, Forest National / Belgium
26.10 - Zurich, Samsung Hall / Switzerland
27.10 - Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle / Germany
29.10 - Munich, Zenith / Germany
30.10 - Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle / Germany
31.10 - Hamburg, edel-optics.de Arena / Germany
01.11 - Gothenburg, Partille Arena / Sweden
03.11 - Helsinki, Ice Hall / Finland
05.11 - Stockholm, Annexet / Sweden
06.11 - Copenhagen, Forum / Denmark
07.11 - Oslo, Rockefeller / Norway
NORWAY! We're super stoked to announce that we added a show in Oslo to the EUROPEAN SIEGE 2021 with Arch Enemy Behemoth + Support by Carcass & Unto Others on NOVEMBER 7th at Rockefeller Olso! Tickets are on sale Jan. 29th via https://www.ticketmaster.no/event/654957 - see you there!
 
 
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THE EUROPEAN SIEGE 2021
 
28.09 - Dublin, Olympia Theatre / Ireland
30.09 - Glasgow, O2 Academy / United Kingdom
01.10 - Manchester, O2 Academy / United Kingdom
02.10 - Birmingham, O2 Academy / United Kingdom
03.10 - London, O2 Academy / United Kingdom
05.10 - Paris, Le Zénith / France
06.10 - Toulouse, Le Bikini / France
08.10 - Lisbon, Sala Tejo / Portugal
09.10 - Madrid, Palacio Vistalegre / Spain
10.10 - Barcelona, Palau Sant Jordi / Spain
12.10 - Lyon, Le Radiant / France
13.10 - Milano, Alcatraz / Italy
15.10 - Berlin, Columbiahalle / Germany
16.10 - Prague, Tipsport Arena / Czech Republic
17.10 - Katowice, MCK / Poland
19.10 - Budapest, Barba Negra / Hungary
20.10 - Vienna, Gasometer / Austria
22.10 - Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena / Germany
23.10 - Den Bosch, Mainstage Brabanthallen / Netherlands
24.10 - Brussels, Forest National / Belgium
26.10 - Zurich, Samsung Hall / Switzerland
27.10 - Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle / Germany
29.10 - Munich, Zenith / Germany
30.10 - Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle / Germany
31.10 - Hamburg, edel-optics.de Arena / Germany
01.11 - Gothenburg, Partille Arena / Sweden
03.11 - Helsinki, Ice Hall / Finland
05.11 - Stockholm, Annexet / Sweden
06.11 - Copenhagen, Forum / Denmark
07.11 - Oslo, Rockefeller / Norway

We're super stoked to announce the EUROPEAN SIEGE TOUR 2021 with Behemoth, Carcass & Unto Others!

Michael Amott comments: "As we’ve been going through these troubled and challenging times lately, I think we all need something to look forward to. A reason to believe, right? Well....this is it!!"

Stay safe and see you next year!

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2021-09-28 IE – Dublin, Olympia Theatre

2021-09-30 UK – Glasgow, O2 Academy Glasgow

2021-10-01 UK – Manchester, O2 Academy Manchester

2021-10-02 UK – Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham

2021-10-03 UK – London, O2 Academy Brixton

2021-10-05 FR – Paris, Le Zénith

2021-10-06 FR – Toulouse, Le Bikini

2021-10-08 PT – Lisbon, Sala Tejo

2021-10-09 ES – Madrid, Palacio Vistalegre

2021-10-10 ES – Barcelona, Palau Sant Jordi

2021-10-12 FR – Lyon, Le Radiant

2021-10-13 IT – Milano, Alcatraz

2021-10-15 DE – Berlin, Columbiahalle

2021-10-16 CZ – Prague, Tipsport Arena

2021-10-17 PL – Katowice, MCK

2021-10-19 HU – Budapest, Barba Negra

2021-10-20 AT – Vienna, Gasometer

2021-10-22 DE – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena

2021-10-23 NL – Den Bosch, Mainstage Brabanthallen

2021-10-24 BE – Brussels, Forest National

2021-10-26 CH – Zurich, Samsung Hall

2021-10-27 DE – Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle

2021-10-29 DE – Munich, Zenith

2021-10-30 DE – Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle

2021-10-31 DE – Hamburg, edel-optics.de Arena

2021-11-01 SE – Gothenburg, Partille Arena

2021-11-03 FI – Helsinki, Ice Hall

2021-11-05 SE – Stockholm, Annexet

2021-11-06 DK – Copenhagen, Forum

 

🚨BLACK FRIDAY SALE 🚨

Happy Black Friday! Get 15% OFF all ARCH ENEMY merch at #Merchland (www.merchlandshop.com / Europe), #RebellionRepublic (https://rebellionrepublic.com / North America), #HeavyMetalMerchant (http://heavymetalmerchant.com / Australia) and #MetalKids (https://metal-kids.com / Europe) - valid Nov. 27th through Nov. 30th, 2020. PLUS, get EXCLUSIVE new merch, only available at Merchland (Europe) & Rebellion Republic (North America) and only while supplies last! Worldwide shipping! Happy shopping

 

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We've announced the final winners for our cover contest and now it's your time to vote for your favorite entry! Head over to our INSTAGRAM page and hit the like button on the video of your choice!⁠

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the contest! We're blown away by your talent. 🙌🏻⁠

1st prize: 100€ or 100$ gift card for all #ArchEnemy #merch at @merchland_shop or @rebellionrepublic_official⁠

2nd prize: 50€ or 50$ gift card for all Arch Enemy merch at @merchland_shop or @rebellionrepublic_official⁠

3rd prize: 25€ or 25$ gift card for all Arch Enemy merch at @merchland_shop or @rebellionrepublic_official⁠



This contest is not affiliated with instagram. ⁠

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🚨CONTEST TIME! 🚨

 

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We love watching your covers of our songs, so we wanna put a smile on your face too! Here’s your chance to WIN a gift card worth a 100 bucks for our European (@merchland_shop) or North American (@rebellionrepublic_official) merch shop, plus a card signed by all of us! Post a video of your cover of any of our songs ON INSTAGRAM and use hashtag #ArchEnemyCoverContest! Don’t forget to make it public, please!

Contest will run from Nov. 1st until Nov. 30th, 2020. Top 3 contestants will be chosen by Nov. 23rd and reposted by us. The entry with the most likes by Nov. 30th 8pm CET will win the grand prize. Winners will be contacted by us via DM, so make sure to check your privacy settings after we announced them!

1st prize: 100€ or $100 gift card for @merchland_shop or @rebellionrepublic_official
2nd prize: 50€ or $50 gift card for @merchland_shop or @rebellionrepublic_official
3rd prize: 25€ or $25 gift card for @merchland_shop or @rebellionrepublic_official

All prizes come with a card signed by us.

CONTEST RULES:

- Video entries are only valid when posted ON INSTAGRAM.
- Videos must be visible to the public.
- Contestants must agree to their videos being reposted by @archenemyofficial.
- Gift cards must be redeemed in one order.
- Contest is open to anyone worldwide.

Good luck and we can’t wait to see your talent!

 


This contest is not affiliated with instagram.

 

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Now available at our US merch shop: double sided neck gaiter! Perfect for fall and winter (or other occasions...). Get yours now at https://rebellionrepublic.com/products/bands-skulls-double-sided-neck-gaiter/!
 
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Summer is here and so is our brand-new, exclusive and limited merch by EMP! Check out the link below & grab yours before it's gone 🤘🏻

➡️ https://bit.ly/AEEMPEXCLUSIVE2020

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We know it sucks not being able to visit any concerts or festivals this summer and we miss being on stage too! ?

So Spotify created a special playlist called "The Metal Festival" for you to headbang to! ???? Including a live version of "War Eternal", which was recorded for our Live DVD/BluRay "As The Stages Burn!" in 2016 at Wacken Open Air, Germany. Enjoy! ?

➡️ https://bit.ly/MetalFestivalSpotify

 

 

Happy Birthday "War Eternal"! Our ninth studio album turns 6 years old today! Give it a listen ???

 

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Our show at the International Race & Sambo combat in Mexico has been moved to a new date. Stay healthy everyone and see you in 2021! ?
 
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Arch Enemy Returns To Mexico June 6th! ????

Tickets & information: http://bit.ly/2RnOSyP

Arch Enemy vuelve a México y junto a Leaves' Eyes el próximo 6 de junio al Frontón México como parte de la segunda edición del International Race Sambo Combat.

Información sobre precio de boletos, aquí: http://bit.ly/2RnOSyP

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Happy New Year! 2019 has come to an end, and what an amazing year it was. We had a great time as the “Will to Power” world tour just kept on going and going! A big thank you to all the incredibly supportive fans worldwide and the phenomenal team that works with Arch Enemy. We wish you all much success and good health in 2020! Hopefully see soon!

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FOLLOW US ONLINE:

Facebook: @archenemyofficial

Twitter: @archenemymetal

Instagram: @archenemyofficial


The new issue of Germany’s ROCK HARD magazine is out now! Featuring an in-depth cover story of our recent tour with Amon Amarth & Hypocrisy! ??In stores now and available online: http://bit.ly/AERH2019

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Die neue Ausgabe des Rock Hard Magazin ist heute raus! U.a. mit einer großen Titelstory über unsere letzte Tour mit Amon Amarth & Hypocrisy - schaut mal rein! ??Ab sofort beim Händler eures Vertrauens und online erhältlich: http://bit.ly/AERH2019

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It's your favorite time of the year again! ? Get 15% off all Arch Enemy merch at Rebellion Republic - only valid until Dec. 2, 2019! NO CODE NEEDED. Discounts will appear in the checkout screen automatically. PLUS, if you order over $100, you'll get a free, LIMITED Arch Enemy tote bag FOR FREE (while supplies last: enter "ENEMYBAG" at the checkout)!

Head over to www.rebellionrepublic.com! Happy shopping!

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Our upcoming EUROPEAN TOUR 2019 with Amon Amarth & Hypocrisy stars in 10 days! Get your tickets and VIP upgrades at www.archenemy.net/tour and we'll see you soon!

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 EUROPEAN TOUR 2019 w/ Amon Amarth & Hypocrisy

14.11 - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
15.11 - Zenith, Munich, Germany // SOLD OUT
16.11 - MHP Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany // SOLD OUT
17.11 - Tipsport Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
19.11 - Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
20.11 - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
22.11 - Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
23.11 - Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
25.11 - Zenith, Paris, France
26.11 - Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
28.11 - O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
29.11 - O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
30.11 - O2 Brixton Academy, London, UK
02.12 - Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
03.12 - Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany // SOLD OUT
04.12 - Velodrom, Berlin, Germany
06.12 - Partille Arena, Gothenburg, Sweden
07.12 - Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden
09.12 - Black Box, Helsinki, Finland
11.12 - Arena, Malmoe, Sweden
12.12 - SCC, Aarhus, Denmark
13.12 - Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany // SOLD OUT
14.12 - König-Pilsener-Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
15.12 - AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Santa Ana, CA on Oct 24 at The Observatory! Special headline ARCH ENEMY setlist and support from Thrown Into Exile & Trilobite!
Get your Tickets at: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0900571AE98849DA


 

North America! Our tour with Amon Amarth, At The Gates & Grand Magus has officially started! Get ready for the swedish invasion and grab your tickets at www.archenenemy.net/tour ??

09.27 - Roseland Theater, Portland, OR // SOLD OUT
09.28 - PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC *
09.30 - Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, AB *
10.01 - Grey Eagle, Calgary, AB *
10.03 - The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT *
10.04 - Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
10.06 - Skyway Theater, Minneapolis, MN *
10.07 - The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
10.09 - Rebel, Toronto, ON
10.10 - M-Telus, Montreal, QC // SOLD OUT
10.11 - M-Telus, Montreal, QC *
10.12 - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, NY
10.13 - The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
10.15 - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
10.16 - Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA *
10.18 - The Fillmore, New Orleans, LA *
10.19 - House of Blues, Houston, TX
10.20 - The Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX
10.22 - The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
10.23 - House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV *
10.24 - The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA⁠ * (ARCH ENEMY ONLY)
10.25 - The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
10.26 - The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA // SOLD OUT
* VIP STILL AVAILABLE!


Less than 10 DAYS left until we return to the US & Canada! Did you get your ticket yet? You don't wanna miss out on this tour! ? Tickets & VIP Packages: www.archenemy.net/tour

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019 w/ Amon Amarth, At The Gates, Grand Magus
09.26 - Showbox SODO, Seattle, WA // SOLD OUT
09.27 - Roseland Theater, Portland, OR // SOLD OUT
09.28 - PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC *
09.30 - Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, AB *
10.01 - Grey Eagle, Calgary, AB *
10.03 - The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT *
10.04 - Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
10.06 - Skyway Theater, Minneapolis, MN *
10.07 - The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
10.09 - Rebel, Toronto, ON
10.10 - M-Telus, Montreal, QC // SOLD OUT
10.11 - M-Telus, Montreal, QC *
10.12 - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, NY
10.13 - The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
10.15 - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
10.16 - Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA *
10.18 - The Fillmore, New Orleans, LA *
10.19 - House of Blues, Houston, TX
10.20 - The Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX
10.22 - The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
10.23 - House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV *
10.24 - The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA⁠ * (ARCH ENEMY ONLY)
10.25 - The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
10.26 - The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA // SOLD OUT
* VIP STILL AVAILABLE!

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