Arch Enemy: Angela Gossow tired of ‘pop death’ metal
Ofir Messer of Israel’s Metalist Magazine recently conducted an interview with ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow and guitarist Christopher Amott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Metalist Magazine: Back to “Rise of the Tyrant”, from first impression I can definitely say it goes back to the days of “Wages of Sin” with many great melodic lines, but also much more aggressiveness. What made you do this sort of throwback, rather than continue what you developed with “Anthems” and “Doomsday”?
Angela: I think it’s just something we have preferred. There are so many bands looking for the modern sound and I think that people got really tired of it, of over-produced keyboard driven stuff. You know, honest rock and metal should be with guitars only and that’s what we wanted to bring back, that’s what ARCH ENEMY is really about. Especially with Chris coming back, it’s just the brothers, a lot of guitar harmony, lots of solos and that’s what makes metal cool — not all the synthesizers and new bullshit that has taken over, and especially with a lot Swedish bands trying to sound American, we’re so bored with that. We just want to sound really Swedish… [Laughs]… really European, and really basic metal. No compromise, no stupid clean vocals and all this crap, we just want to be pure fucking metal. Fuck all this pop death metal! [Laughs]… I’m so tired of that, everybody is cutting their hair short and having this keyboard player on stage. That’s not metal.