ARCH ENEMY Guitarist: 'Combining Aggressive, Extreme Modern Brutality With A Classic-Metal Edge

ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow and guitarist Michael Amott recently spoke to about the group's new disc, "Doomsday Machine", and their participation in this year's Ozzfest, which kicked off July 15 in Mansfield, Massachusetts. According to Amott, ARCH ENEMY wanted to take what they'd done on previous efforts and build on that foundation.

"We wanted more of everything on this record," Amott said. "More melodies, more intricate guitar work. But we also wanted to make it catchy. So there's always that combination. That's what ARCH ENEMY's about: combining aggressive, extreme modern brutality with a classic-metal edge, as far as guitar work goes and the arrangement. We're just trying to write good songs within this style of music."

According to Gossow, the craziest thing about Ozzfest, for her, has been the number of marriage proposals she's fielded.

"I've stopped counting," she said, adding that the proposals are coming from both men and women. "People, when they come to the [FYE table] signings every night, they tend to go, 'Yeah, you rock. Finally, a chick that rocks.' It's very male-dominated this year, which I think is good for ARCH ENEMY, because we stand out for that [reason]. But they'll say, 'You're the coolest chick I've ever met — will you marry me?' I just tell them the band says no."


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