Alissa White-Gluz has released a statement about joining Arch Enemy, as well as the state of her current band, the Agonist.
As White-Gluz notes, joining Arch Enemy was a no-brainer for her:
"I am very honoured and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career beginning now; I have joined forces with one of my all-time favourite and globally respected bands, Arch Enemy. 'Wages of Sin' was the first metal album I ever bought and it was love at first listen. It is not often that you get a phone call from your favourite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends."
The singer also announced that, in wake of her joining Arch Enemy, her band mates in the Agonist have decided to continue without her:
"But, it is with great sadness that I must also announce that the Agonist as you have come to know it is now a thing of the past. I had every intention of (and had even started) writing and recording yet another killer album this year, but my former band-mates decided to choose a different path.
"I wish I could change the situation but the unfortunate decision was made beyond my control so I can only wish them the very best of luck now that our time working together has concluded. I will always be proud of the three albums we created since 2005 and I would like to show my appreciation for the incredibly open-minded and loyal fans that I have come to know through my past decade of work in the metal scene."
White-Gluz replaces Angela Gossow, who has stepped down from front woman duties after 13 years in the band. Gossow will not be absent from Arch Enemy proceedings completely, however, as she will continue to be the band's business manager.