ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Angela Gossow has issued the following update:
"We are back home from our little festival and promo trip in the UK, France and Germany and now preparing for two video shoots and our departure to America this week. It's all a bit frightening, as we will be away from home for almost 4 months. We will come back just in time for Christmas (I hope!). How do you plan 4 months ahead???
"The Kerrang show at the Barfly in London was chaotic, 'back to basics' and very cool. It made me feel like 16 again, which is for sure not a bad thing! Thanks to everyone for singing louder than the club PA!
"Bloodstock Open Air was WET and COLD. We are very sorry we were late for our signing, but we stood for hours in traffic (due to heavy road works plus very bad weather) on the highway. We came from London and the drive took us 2 hours longer than expected. We had promo to do in London Saturday morning, so we couldn't rush things there either. Thanks to you all for waiting patiently! And special thanx to Maria from Total Rock for the DIVA SATANICA shirt!
"We got lucky: The rain stopped when we entered the stage that night. We had a great time up there (except for the mosquitoes trying to eat us alive) and it was wonderful to witness such a positive response to the new songs we played ('Blood On Your Hands' and 'Revolution Begins'). It's also a great feeling to see Michael and Chris [Amott] together again. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I am probably their biggest fan and kept watching them all the time when they went into one of their dual guitar bits.
"We did promo back to back the next couple of days, leading to Friday's Up From The Ground festival in Gemuenden, Germany. We had fabulous weather — hot and sunny! I met quite a few friends, including the lovely Nina, my webmistress. She is not only talented but also very nice in person!
"My brother Benjamin drove all the way from Cologne to join me in heavy metal heaven. I spotted him several times in the centre of the moshpit with flying hair and fists up in the air. He is crazy and one of the two best brothers in the whole world. I couldn't stop clinging onto him — I am already missing my family terribly. I will be so far away for such a long time. Don't get me wrong — I love touring and I am very, very excited to get out there again. But it always feels like there is a big piece of my heart being torn out and staying with my loved ones in Germany. Naturally, they will all come to the Cologne show — but that's in December. December! OK, I will be in Germany over Christmas. I hope they will all stay well and healthy until then. And yes, sometimes I am a cry-baby.
"Sorry, back to the Up From The Ground festival! Thanks to Heiko, his family and crew for taking care of us so well! We headlined Friday night and had a great time! We will do a big festival round next year – I just hope the summer will be much better then. Half the festivals literally drowned this year. The climate is changing, the weather is acting crazy and we all should look around what we can do to save this planet. Shop fair trade organic products, don't take plastic bags, ride the bike instead of your car, switch of electrical devices when not being used, save water, etc. You have all heard it before. Now — do it! And believe me, if I could ditch the flying – I would! I have the worst flight angst you can imagine. If you ever have a nervous blonde girl with a white face next to you, grabbing your arm during a turbulence — it's probably me. Seriously. How do you stop being afraid of flying? Any good tips?
"Well, it certainly won't stop me from coming over to America, Australia and Japan and back to Europe this year. We will tour until we will drop dead basically. If you know any miracle remedies and potent vitamins to stay healthy and cold-free – give me some input or bring it out on the road. We will need it."
Watch the video message Angela recorded for her official web site: