Arch Enemy
Doomsday Machine


4.5
superb

Review

by Drunken Viking USER (20 Reviews)
August 16th, 2006 | 18 replies | 5,570 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


7 of 7 thought this review was well written

The year is 2006, Arch Enemy are busy touring off of their latest record Doomsday Machine, but rewind back to 1993, the legendary Melodic Death/Grind band Carcass had just released their huge album Heartwork, regarded by many as one of the first Melodic Death Metal albums released. It had clean production, and the riffs conveyed a much bigger sense of melody then previous works, the song structure was even different for the most part. Some people accused them of selling out, but most jumped for joy at the sound of this new music. Fast forward to 1994, Michael Amott leaves Carcass,. After creating his new band with brother Christopher , Michael created the Gothenburg/Melodic Death Metal band Arch Enemy in late '94 and released Black Earth in '96. Fast forward again to 2002, Johan (lead singer from 96-2001) is asked to leave, and new front woman (yay I'm not sexist!) Angela Gossow is his replacement. Now forward to 2005 and press play as their latest effort Doomsday Machine was released!

Doomsday Machine is an all around brilliant album. It's got the powerful (and multiple tracked) growls from Arch Enemy, the soaring guitar leads from both the Amott brothers, some solid bass playing from Sharlee D'Angelo, and some technical, yet subtle drumming from Daniel Erlandsson.

Arch Enemy have always been a band with great lead riffing and superb soloing, DM is no different. Taking Back My Soul has got some brilliant soloing towards the middle, there is even some harmonizing between Chris and Michael. And their riffing is still catchy, and slightly technical. Nemesis' intro and main lick is a perfect example of just that. But they know when not to play as well as keeping the song interesting and not boring. During the verses of songs such as My Apocalypse, Matchkampf, and Carry The Cross the guitars don't try to excessively put in technical riffs, they create more of the rhythm with both guitars focusing on the same thing.

The drumming is also much like that. Daniel doesn't put in rapid fire blast beats or double bass, or a fill every 4 bars he adds the groove to the song. Another thing about Daniel is that he doesn't just follow the rhythm guitar part like so many other drummers who just add a bass drum hit for every down or upstroke from the guitar. He prefers to lay back and add just feel out the song, while adding hi s own spin. Like the verse of Slaves of Yesterday or Matchkampf, he'll hit a few toms but it doesn't take away from the music at all. Sharlee, isn't heard incredibly often, but when you can hear him he's usually not mimicking the drums, he follows the guitar a lot, but in songs like Hybrids Of Steel he is kind in the middle.

Next onto Angela, and the lyrics. She still has her, for the lack of a better word, scary voice. On this album I find it's at its peak. Most of the tracks have multiple layered shrieking, I know some find this annoying but I don't notice to much. The lyrics are also pretty good, they focus on more then just gory themes, and they don't just come out say this song is about this, this and this. For example Nemesis talks about us (I'm guessing metal heads) rising up, such lyrics as We are Enemy/Opponent of the System/Crushing hypocrisy/Slaying the philistine lead me to believe this. Mechanic God Creation however, I interpret as being more about, humans playing god by building machines (we're the mechanic gods), and that we are in reality building doomsday machines that will overtake us. I Am Legend/Out For Blood is about revenge. The legend is out for a betrayers blood, for whatever reason. He's harder than steel, he's been waiting for this for this for awhile. This song is about how this person will be killed.

Pros
-Excellent musicianship and song writing
-Original and NOT dull or boring
-No filler, every one of these songs is unique in it's own way, you won't a track that sounds like it was thrown together at the last minute

Cons
-Some people might not like Angela's voice being double and triple tracked all the time
-The bass is not often heard
-Fans of normal Melodic Death, Brutal Death, or regular Death Metal might not like the lacking of blast beats :)

In conclusion, this is one hell of an album. It's really stupendous, I know a lot of people have really given up on Arch Enemy's new style, but you should definitely check this out, I have it to be much more memorable, and overall enjoyable then both Anthems Of Rebellion and Wages of Sin.

Recommended Tracks
I am Legend/Out For Blood
Matchkampf
Mechanic God Creation
Taking Back My Soul



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Comments:Add a Comment 
GenuineImitation
August 17th 2006



49 Comments


This is a realliy good album. Nice job on the review by the way.

Drunken Viking
August 17th 2006



1023 Comments


/Rapid fire edit.

I didn't do Nemesis because almost everyone has heard it.

MisterPilgrim
August 17th 2006



233 Comments


Good review Mr. Viking.

This album is good, but only that in my eyes.

Drunken Viking
August 17th 2006



1023 Comments


Taking Back My Soul >>>>>>>Nemesis.

SCREAM!
August 17th 2006



10038 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am Legend was never one of my faves. I prefer Slaves of Yesterday.

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

south_of_heaven 11
August 17th 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. This album is killer.

Thor
August 17th 2006



10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, I was just considering reviewing this. I won't now, seeing as how this review is fantastic.

Shattered_Future
August 18th 2006



1540 Comments


People can actually READ your review, instead of my beastly TBT.

Good review. Praise is well given for this...best album since Gossow hopped aboard. The overtracking annoys me a bit, but not to the point of dislike.

ChrisAdlerisGod
August 19th 2006



474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No Nemesis is your Recommended Tracks??? :Dissappointed:

ToWhatEnd
August 19th 2006



3172 Comments


Not reading the other comments is the new black...

ChrisAdlerisGod
August 19th 2006



474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight............................I CUM BLOOD!!!

Drunken Viking
August 20th 2006



1023 Comments


Thanks for the comments guys, I'm realy proud of this review. And about the overtracking on the vox, it's not that it annoys me, but it seems kinda tedious at points.

I'm seeing these guys live the 17th, so it should be good.

south_of_heaven 11
August 20th 2006



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I saw 'em live at Ozzfest last year. They owned the 2nd stage.

Bron-Yr-Aur
August 20th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hi Grant. :wave:

I was at Ozzfest 2003. It was kind of bad actually. I wouldn't mind seeing this band.



Onewaytrip2hell
August 20th 2006



508 Comments


Good review. The intro drug on a little, (descriptive though at least) but other than that it was all fairly top notch. Something to actually hold my interest despite the slowness of posting. [Edit: Even though this is from a few days ago, never saw it, 'cause I wasn't around this weekend]

Man posting gets slow at night. *Falls asleep on keyboard*This Message Edited On 08.20.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, I kind of dig Arch Enemy, mainly for the vocals, but the guitarwork is pretty good. I might have to check this album out in full.
btw nice lyrics paragraph :cool:

Drunken Viking
August 20th 2006



1023 Comments


Oh yeah, thanks for the help with that.

Vakarian12
March 8th 2013



3758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best album from the Angela era.

Digging: Sepultura - Arise



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