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Scandiavian death metallers including members of Carcass, The Agonist and Nevermore

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Arch Enemy were founded as something of a Scandi death metal supergroup by brothers Christopher and Michael Amott, the latter best known as former guitarist with Carnage, Candlemass and Liverpudlian grindcore pioneers Carcass. The brothers assembled a band from members of other notable Swedish metal acts, with Johan Lilva (also of Carnage) joining on bass and vocals and Daniel Erlandsson of Eucharist occupying the drum stool.

Following their 1996 debut Black Earth, Arch Enemy recruited the rhythm section from Armageddon (Martin Bengtsson and Peter Wildoer), allowing Lilva to focus solely on vocal duties. This line-up recorded their 1998 album Stigmata, before more reshuffling saw Mercyful Fate bassist Sharlee D’Angelo replace Bengtsson and Erlandsson return on drums for the band’s 1999 high water mark Burning Bridges.

The new millennium began with Lilva leaving Arch Enemy, replaced by German singer Angela Gossow for the band’s fourth album Wages Of Sin in 2001. That line-up remained intact until just after 2005’s Doomsday Machine, when Christopher Amott announced he was leaving the band, with former Tiamat guitarist Fredrik Åkesson taking his place. Amott rejoined shortly afterwards when Åkesson left to join Opeth. With both Amotts back in the fold, Arch Enemy released 2007’s Rise Of The Tyrant, before re-recording songs from their first three albums for 2009’s The Root Of All Evil.

Another round of changes led to singer Gossow departing, alongside Christopher Amott. Amott was replaced eventually by Jeff Loomis of Nevermore, while Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of Agonist) replaced Gossow. This line-up recorded the band’s tenth album Will To Power as well as 2019’s covers album Covered In Blood.

In November 2020, Arch Enemy confirmed 2021 UK tour dates with Behemoth, Carcass and Unto Others in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London.