Arch Enemy
Anthems of Rebellion


3.5
great

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
October 10th, 2006 | 18 replies | 28,015 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


One of the newer genres of music that I've gotten into lately is melodic death metal. It was a pleasant surprise – up until awhile ago, I did not like the regular form of death metal, and I hadn't envisioned myself ever getting into anything related to the extreme style of metal. But then I found Gothenburg bands such as In Flames and Dark Tranquillity. I also discovered other groups which incorporate melody with harsh vocals, groups like Children of Bodom and Into Eternity. From there, as they say, it was history. One of the bands I've heard and enjoyed since then is Arch Enemy. Formed by the Amott brothers in the 90's, Arch Enemy went on to become one of the most influential bands in the melo –death (oxymoron much?) scene. As the 90's turned into the 2000's, the band also evolved, acquiring female vocalist Angela Gassow. 2002's Anthems of Rebellion was the band's second album with Angela on board.

Anthems of Rebellions has your typical melodic death metal sound. Angry death growls; a heavy, aggressive rhythm; and of course, the melodic guitars which provide a catchier, more memorable feel to the music. Guitarists Michael and Chris Amott certainly do not disappoint. Almost every track on the album contains very powerful melodies. Whether it be through a solo or an assortment of riffs, like on We Will Rise for example, Arch Enemy incorporates this element without taking away from the music. The heavier riffs similar to that of a straight on death metal band are also well done. This keeps the music at an acceptable level of aggressiveness. Arch Enemy balances out the heavy and melodic parts very well, which should please fans of their works.

Another part about Arch Enemy that I enjoy is the efforts of vocalist Angela Gossow. While I had to stop myself from laughing as I listened to songs like Silent Wars, We Will Rise, and Dead Eyes See No Future (because you know, she just sounds so funny), I learned to enjoy them. Her performance in songs like We Will Rise, Dead Eyes See No Future, and Leader of the Rats are superb. Her technique has that aggressive, tortured feel to them, yet at the same time, you can still recognize what Angela is trying to convey, for the most part. Angela's vocals fit the music very well, and are an important part of the band's formula.

Among full length tracks, Anthems of Rebellion contains very little filler. Almost every track has some deal of thought put into it, whether it be through creepy riffs and keyboards as seen in We Will Rise (I really like that song, if you haven't realized), to the angry, mocking guitar lines in Leader of the Rats. The only tracks that really aren't necessary are Tear Down the Walls, a minute long introduction to the album, and Anthem, a 56 second, you guessed it, anthem to metal. Though it is a fairly nice guitar based piece, it does not really make the album all that much better, especially since it is track 12. Another very short song, Marching on a Dead End Road, could also be considered filler by some, but as it is not an especially heavy track, it changes things up, presenting a calm few moments before the album reverts back into the aggressive collection of music that it is. The remainder of the songs are mid-lengthed offerings, a trait that fits them very well. Not to long, but at the same time, not to short.

As I immerse myself in the world of melodic death metal, Arch Enemy's Anthems of Rebellion definitely satisfies my need for that genre of music. Infectious melodic guitars, top notch vocal efforts, superb song writing, this album has everything one would want from a band of this stature. Anthems of Rebellion is a great album for both those just getting into melodic death, and the "veterans" of the genre. While perhaps not a classic in metal, Anthems of Rebellion is easily worth the investment. Definitely an impressive album.

Recommended Tracks:
We Will Rise
Exist to Exit
Dead Eyes See No Future
Leader of the Rats



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Neoteric
October 10th 2006



3243 Comments


Good review.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 10th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thank you.

Wizard
October 10th 2006



19240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review. Arch Enemies best will always be Wages of Sin for me!

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Dethtrasher
October 12th 2006



2211 Comments


This was good reading, good job here. I don't listen to this band but I really dig Angela's vocals.

ChrisAdlerisGod
October 12th 2006



474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Leader of the Rats on the Recommended Tracks?? I never liked that song, at all. Put Silent Wars up there and youll be straight.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 12th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well, I enjoy them both.

Next I shall check out Doomsday Machine or Wages of Sin. Interesting band.

ChrisAdlerisGod
October 12th 2006



474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes you should. Both those albums are much much better than this one.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 9th 2007



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Dead Eyes See No Future" is a great song.

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botb
November 10th 2007



9560 Comments


We Will Rise is crushing.

TheFlightOfTheNazgul
September 1st 2008



55 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yess, really good album

My fav song here is END OF THE LINE.....
And INSTICT of course....


darkwargreymon
March 3rd 2009



188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This along with Doomsday machine are my favorite Arch Enemy albums. I like the Angela era a lot better.

Piglet
June 27th 2009



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Soooo Gooood

ianjulian
July 8th 2009



623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love Angela Gassow

13themount
February 23rd 2012



173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The music is exciting but the 'vocals' are awful. By which I mean awful awful not 'in the context of this genre awful'. Shame an instrumental version of this album is not available; or one where someone sings.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2012



18063 Comments


i hate metul b-cause the vokills r bad

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13themount
February 23rd 2012



173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Silly boys - I said the music is exciting so how can I 'hate metal b-cause...'?


Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2012



18063 Comments


you have one life why spend it hateing others and being mad at people??

wsxijn
April 24th 2012



30 Comments


Recommended Tracks:
Tear Down The Walls
We Will Rise
Dead Eyes See No Future
Instinct
Exist To Exit
Marching On A Dead End Road
End Of The Line
Dehumanization
Anthem



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