Arch Enemy
Burning Bridges


3.5
great

Review

by Thomas Michael Morris USER (36 Reviews)
April 5th, 2007 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Arch Enemy was founded in 1995 by ex-carcass guitarist Michael Ammot and his younger brother Christopher. Johan Liiva joined as the vocalist soon after.

Unlike Arch Enemy’s current vocalist, Angela Gossow, Liiva’s vocals almost aren’t even harsh vocals. He actually really just screams, not deep or raspy really, just very aggressively. His vocal stylings are very interesting, and do work on some songs, but i overall feel that Gossow’s vocals are better, as Liiva’s get very annoying sometimes.

Of course, the guitars are really what shine. Michael and Christopher Ammot are two of the best guitarists out there, and among the top in harmonizing, soloing as well. Throughout the 35 minutes of this album, they lay down some breakneck solos and amazing harmonized leads. Save the doom metalish title track, every track is a shredfest, amazingly fast, and very catchy for the most part. The opening track, The Immortal is quite easily the best track here, it also the only song in which Liiva’s vocals really don’t annoy me in any point of the song. The song starts with an all on assault with each of the instruments, an aggressive guitar riff is played with even more aggressive drumming. The chorus has some infectious licks in it as well.

About midway through the song, we are introduced to what Arch Enemy does best: soloing. The Ammot brothers immediately thrust the listener into some of the best harmonized solos ever, full of melody and aggression. Each song (save the title track) features many of these amazing solos. The track Pilgrim, which is the next best on the album is basically built around solos. every time there isn’t a verse, there is an incredible solo raging forth. It even starts with a drum solo from Daniel Erlandsson, which propels the listener straight into four and a half minutes of madness. The chorus, which is probably the catchiest on the record also features a solo as Liiva screams, adding to the amazement of it.

Seed of hate is also an amazing song, which starts with another amazingly catchy and melodic riff. During the verses, the song actually mellows out a bit, with clean guitars and Liiva basically whispering. The harmonized leads following the chorus are more melodic treats to the ears.

Aside from the great songs, there are a few let downs. Angelclaw opens with a promising ascending riff, but then turns into a bit of boring listen, with basically recycled riffing. The title track is also a bit boring, as it was definitely stretched out too long. The last two minutes of it is the same slow, doomy riff repeated as it slowly fades out. The whole song rarely changes actually, which isn’t a problem at first, but soon turns extremely boring.

Still, the good outweigh the bad here. As mentioned before, seven of the eight tracks features harmonized riffing and soloing at its best. The drumming is consistantly strong, and never seems too recycled or bland. I’ve never really listened for the bass on this album, but like most albums of the genre, it provides a strong backbone to the music.

As for the cons, the only one i can really see is Liiva’s vocals. Take for instance, the song Dead Inside. It’s one of the more in the middle songs on the album, only because Liiva’s vocals really seem messed up during the majority of the song. It’s not horribly out of place, it’s just annoying, and quite hard to describe why it’s so annoying. Aside from his vocals, and the occasional recycled riff, the only other con is the length of the album. At only 35 minutes, it’s a very quick listener, and could’ve had one or two more songs, but the album overall seems fine where it is.

This is a great album overall, and could’ve been even better if Liiva’s vocals were a little bit more tolerable.

Final Rating: 3.75/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Yazz_Flute
April 5th 2007


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I had a hard time choosing between a 3.5 and a 4 on this one, but i feel that it's a little closer to a 3.5.

The Immortal and Pilgrim are must listens though.

Digging: DIR EN GREY - Arche

Shattered_Future
April 5th 2007


1541 Comments


I think this is one of the weaker releases by the band, but there are some gems on here.

Yazz_Flute
April 5th 2007


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

like the immortal and pilgrim =D

It's currently the only album i own of arch enemy, though i have the song "nemesis" on my ipod, which is awesome.

I was considering buying stigmata next, but do you have any other suggestions?

Shattered_Future
April 5th 2007


1541 Comments


No. Stigmata you should definately buy. I think it's their best album, and probably one of the best in the scene.

scpttrerulz
April 5th 2007


130 Comments


Just getting into this band... Haven't heard anything from Liiva's era of the band. Angela has a brilliant voice though ... I get the impression that maybe I won't miss too much if I don't listen to this. Decent review.

Shattered_Future
April 5th 2007


1541 Comments


You know, if you don't check out Stigmata, you have no freaking right to call yourself an Arch Enemy fan. Seriously.

Altmer
April 6th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is decent, but I don't really think Arch Enemy interests me that much. Not just now, anyway.

Yazz_Flute
April 6th 2007


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

okay, ill check out stigmate next then

Stalusk
April 6th 2007


90 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album, Pilgrim is amazing.

indietrash
April 6th 2007


85 Comments


you use the word "amazing" too much. and you have a bit sloppy grammar some places. nothing big, though. and after reading your review, I'd thought you'd rate it 2.5 or 3 outta 5.

but an adequate review I s'pose. quite good.

as for the band - they're a'ight. shame Miss Gossow's such a fucking bitch. she doesn't deserve any fans.

Cravinov13
April 6th 2007


3854 Comments


The whole band is a group of d*cks. They're talented but not in the composing department, only in the playing.

Foodforthegods
April 8th 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my favorite guitar work by the Amott. The Immortal, Seeds Of Hate and Silverwing are some of their best songs. It's their most melodic album IMO. I love it.

trustxdialect
April 8th 2007


1502 Comments


[quote=indietrash]you use the word "amazing" too much. and you have a bit sloppy grammar some places.[/quote]
:lol:

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2007


17946 Comments


the chick scares me tbh

Yazz_Flute
April 9th 2007


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I only own three AE albums so far, but this definately is the most melodic, and i think it
has my favorite guitarwork as well. It's just, not as interesting as the other two albums
of AE i own (stigmata and doomsday machine)

And yeah, it's scary how angela screams, especially cause she's kinda hot, and not
beastly looking at allThis Message Edited On 04.11.07This Message Edited On 04.11.07

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2007


17946 Comments


i've always thought of her as kinda ugly actually

Yazz_Flute
April 9th 2007


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

She's hot for a death metal singer though lol

What i meant by that was that she doesn't look as beastly as she sounds

Yazz_Flute
April 11th 2007


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just listened to this album again and i really liked it a lot more than before.

I guess Liiva's vocals are starting to grow on me now =D I may up the rating to a 4 sometime

SynGates
April 11th 2007


2467 Comments


i've always thought of her as kinda ugly actually

I was surprised to see her come in only third place in Revolver's "Hottest Chick in Metal" poll. Lacuna Coil's singer won...i forget who came in second.

But anyway, what is their best album?This Message Edited On 04.11.07

Yazz_Flute
April 11th 2007


18884 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Of the three i own, i'd say stigmata by far. Now I'm thinking i like this a bit more than
doomsday machine, but i've only heard Doomsday machine three or four times, so it
may grow on me.

I'm listening to stigmata right now, i'm halfway through "let the killing begin," which is
the second best on that album imoThis Message Edited On 04.11.07



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