Swedish/German extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY were featured last night (Friday, September 10) in a segment on CNN International's "Connect The World", dubbed "Global Connections". The three-minute report, focusing on the countries Sweden and Malaysia, included a short video message from ARCH ENEMY singer Angela Gossow around the 1:30 mark. Watch the clip below.
In an interview with The Aquarian Weekly, ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott stated about the band's decision to re-record older material for the "The Root Of All Evil" album, "We started talking about doing something like this three, four years ago. The initial idea came from the fans really, they kept asking us if we'd ever consider re-recording some of the older material, this time with Angela on vocals. At first, I couldn't see the appeal of doing it, but as time passed and more and more people were asking about it, we decided to give it a shot, and I must say that it was a fun project. I found it quite refreshing to go in the studio and record the songs and make them sound fresh and exciting."
When asked how faithful the band wanted the "Root" CD to be true to the original recordings, Amott said, "We weren't that concerned with staying 100 percent true to the original versions. These are new interpretations of the old songs. If anyone wants to hear the original recordings of the songs, they can listen to the old albums. We wanted to to give our favorites from those early albums an 'extreme makeover' and make them harder and tougher. We wanted the songs to sound like ARCH ENEMY right here and now, a worthy tribute to the first chapter in the band's history."