As Arch Enemy
have recently undergone a vocalist switch, guitarist Michael Amott
confessed that the change wasn't an easy one, pointing out the fans' lack of proneness to change as one of the critical factors.
Asked by Guitar World
on whether he was worried about the crowd rejecting new singer Alissa White-Gluz
, the guitarist replied, "I was worried more last year. "Back when we were putting it all together and I was sort of like, 'Okay, it's not going to be Angela
] singing. It's going to be this new girl. Alissa's really great, but still it's somebody different. Metal fans don’t really take to change that well."
Further elaborating the approach the band took, Amott added, "You know, I'm the same. I knew it had to be really good. We had to step it up and deliver something really special this time. So I put a lot of work into the album and the writing process. It was very very rigorous and went on for much longer than what we usually do. We did a lot of preproduction and demos."
Explaining how Angela's decision to bow out as the group's singer wasn't exactly a surprising one, Michael discussed Gossow's crucial role in the management department. "Well, she's been managing the band since 2008,"
he kicked off. "It's worked out very, very well for us. It's been a lot more successful than when we were with a professional, sort of big management company. Suddenly we were making money and everything was working out for us. She's definitely really good at that and it's something she really enjoys doing as well. As far as the actual singing part, I don't think it was an easy decision for her."
Arch Enemy are gearing up to release their new album "War Eternal
" on June 10 via Century Media, officially marking Alissa's studio debut. The effort was announced with two singles so far - the title track and "You Will Know My Name
." Check them both out below.