Arch Enemy
Tyrants of the Rising Sun


4.5
superb

Review

by OllieS USER (19 Reviews)
December 27th, 2008 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Ever since the release of their first album, Black Earth in 1996, Arch Enemy have enjoyed a strong and ever dedicated fanbase from the people of Japan, but it’s only now, in 2008, that they’ve decided to film a live DVD there to capture how special Arch Enemy in Japan really is. Of course you can think what you like of the band, but it’s hard to deny they’ve earned their status as the leading Melodic Death Metal band for a reason; whether it be through their consistent songwriting, fantastic musicianship or great stage presence – all of which are on display here, on their second live DVD Tyrants Of The Rising Sun.

In my opinion, the most important aspect of a live DVD is the setlist - simply put, the better the songs, the better the show. The setlist here is about as good as it gets – there are songs from virtually every album (Stigmata being the only exception), and they are ordered perfectly so everything stays fresh and enjoyable. All of the classic Arch Enemy anthems are present – tracks like ‘Dead Eyes See No Future’, ‘Burning Angel’ and ‘Nemesis’ totally soar, giving ultimate satisfaction to fans of the band. Also, to keep the middle section of the show interesting, there are three individual band member solos – one drum solo and two guitar solos, all running roughly 2 – 4 minutes.

And where would we be without the spectacular performance of each individual band member. It’s hard to pick a highlight, since everyone shines, but I think vocalist Angela Gossow delivers the best performance, really making the show what it is. Her standard growl is as powerful as ever, she displays a good range (lower pitch on ‘Night Falls Fast’, higher on ‘Dead Bury Their Dead’) and doesn’t tire at all. Guitarists Michael and Chris Amott churn out crushingly heavy riffs and sweet melodies, topped off with a least two solos per track, all performed to perfection. It seriously amazes me how they can solo so much and never become boring or repetitive. The rhythm section is great, keeping everything tight and interesting. Daniel Erlandsson is as good as can be behind the kit, never missing a beat, getting some awesome fills in and remaining powerful for the whole 20 song setlist. Bassist Sharlee D’Angelo adds the always necessary low end to the music, doing a good job with his slightly muddy tone and a few standout parts.

Everything else concerning the DVD is fine. It’s filmed in HD so if you’ve got a HD DVD player and TV the picture quality is pretty mind-blowing, everything is just incredibly crisp. The sound quality is perfect too; mixing done by Andy Sneap goes a long way I guess. Filming wise there’s equal coverage of the band members, while the focus doesn’t switch between them to often (ie every second, like some of the Iron Maiden DVDs). The crowd are also good; very enthusiastic and energetic, even singing along to some guitar parts!

The DVD also features a 45 minute documentary of the band’s time in Japan, containing interviews with each band member. To be honest there’s not much to say about it; it’s got some fairly interesting stuff in it, but nothing you really need to see. It’s a nice way to relax after the concert I guess.

In conclusion, if you’re a fan or just interested in Arch Enemy, you need to see this DVD. The band’s energy and performance are amazing, and while there are a few songs I don’t like, this DVD is a fantastic way to spend 2 and a half hours.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 27th 2008


4956 Comments


nubian archer

OllieS
December 27th 2008


2037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why the neg?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 27th 2008


4956 Comments


eliminator negs almost every non-professional-level review that he randomly views.

i dont think you did terribly, but try being less wordy... aka, say the same thing in less (but more substantive) words. also, veering away from first and second person pronouns helps a bit; ive seen it work magic in a lot of folk's writing over the years. just keep writing, the more you do it, the better you get.

Yazz_Flute
December 27th 2008


18875 Comments


too bad Stigmata is their best album

Digging: DIR EN GREY - Arche

fireaboveicebelow
December 27th 2008


6837 Comments


they never include I Am Legend/Out For Blood on their live shows and it pisses me off

Phantom
December 27th 2008


8930 Comments


^^ That song is damn awesome.This Message Edited On 12.27.08

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2008


17230 Comments


elimineger

OllieS
December 27th 2008


2037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm gonna look at the Johan albums after watching this and Live Apocalypse, the songs sound really different from nowadays AE

Phantom
December 27th 2008


8930 Comments


So is this dvd better than the Live Apocalypse one? 'Cause I've got that, and don't know if this is worth getting as well...This Message Edited On 12.27.08

Zippermouth
December 28th 2008


1305 Comments


totally soar

Dude, like seriously?

Do they play the full version of Vultures? Its my favorite song of all time.This Message Edited On 12.28.08

OllieS
December 28th 2008


2037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought this was better than Live Apocalypse...this one's setlist is a lot more varied. And yeah they play the whole of Vultures

taylormemer
December 28th 2008


4953 Comments


I'll probably love this immensely.

Zippermouth
December 28th 2008


1305 Comments


Just downloaded Vultures. This album is amazing. Angela Gossow has the weirdest accent ever!

Wizard
December 28th 2008


19641 Comments


too bad Stigmata is their best album


If you like Arch Enemy's worst vocal delivery, then yes, it is their best album out of that era hahaha.

Good work here Ollie. I think I will buy this when I can find it used. I've seen Arch Enemy twice (thank god before they put out Rise of the Tyrants) and they were really damn tight (especially Angela ;)).


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zaruyache
October 9th 2009


7410 Comments


"Angela Gossow has the weirdest accent ever!"

Yeah, when's she's on stage she speaks with a strange accent, but otherwise she speaks almost perfect American English.

"thank god before they put out Rise of the Tyrants"

Album slays.


Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

FadeToBlack
October 9th 2009


11034 Comments


great dvd

keysofanxiety
October 11th 2009


143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought this was a pretty solid live performance by Arch Enemy, as well as a very good review.

zaruyache
October 11th 2009


7410 Comments


Whoever rated this a 1 obviously doesn't listen to any good metal X_X

gutturalmaster
January 1st 2010


170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome female guttural vocals, and brutal music!



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