Arch Enemy music video

Singer swap creates new sounds for The Agonist and Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy music video

New vocalist Alissa White-Gluz sings in a music video for Arch Enemy. (Image from underradiorock.com)

With both Arch Enemy and The Agonist slowly releasing new material with their respective new vocalists, listeners are left to judge the merits of each new sound.

Alissa White-Gluz replaced Angela Gossow on vocals in Arch Enemy, and Vicky Psarakis took White-Gluz’s spot on vocals in The Agonist.

Amid all of the painful PR statements fans have received, we can make out that Gossow was on board with the change.

In an interview with Metal Injection outside of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, White-Gluz said that Gossow emailed her saying “We need to talk.”

In other words, she personally asked White-Gluz to take over the position for whatever reason.

However, The Agonist released a video in April in which members talk about how Psarakis is the perfect fit for the band and how an entire band cannot be defined by one member.

This was all after each member passionately talked about why they love music so much.

White-Gluz’s name was not mentioned once in the video, leading viewers to wonder exactly how tense the situation is.

Overall, the reasons behind each member leaving do not matter. What matters is how they pick up afterward and continue to make music.

The first song released by Arch Enemy, along with a music video, was “War Eternal,” the title track off the soon-to-be-released album.

Arch Enemy is obviously an experienced band that knows what it’s doing instrumentally. The song is melodic almost to the point of being catchy, while the blasts of guitars and drums are still intense enough to knock the listener back a few steps.

White-Gluz brings a very different singing style to Arch Enemy.

Gossow’s vocals were much more demonic sounding and snarled, while White-Gluz presents a more traditional guttural punch.

No one is holding back on this track, especially when White-Gluz screams, “This is fucking war!”

I am intrigued to hear what the entire album will sound like. If White-Gluz only screams and never sings throughout the album, like in the two songs the band has already released, this will severely limit her vocal range.

White-Gluz was known for the way she could transition between guttural screams and clean, melodic singing.

This style was perfect for The Agonist, and it seems like Psarakis carries over that same style.

Psarakis executes the same singing patterns on The Agonist’s released song, “Disconnect Me,” and she is clearly a talented vocalist.

Her inexperience is evident as her singing is not as crisp, but she will most likely hone her sound over the years.

On the other hand, the song is a step down lyrically.

White-Gluz’s lyrical ability was a strength for the band, and the lyrics on this new songs are a lot simpler.

Instrumentally, this song is no big change from what The Agonist has done in the past.

But again, we will see when the new albums come out.

 

 

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