Severania ARCH ENEMY sa pohybujú na pomyslenej špičke ľadovca extrémnych kapiel, ktoré sa pre jedných „zopsuli“ a pre iných narástli. Zatiaľ čo hrdlorezi volajú po ich návrate do tvrdších sfér, novodobí prívrženci kapely plesajú nad virtuozitou ARCH ENEMY, ktorá je v každom prípade neodškriepiteľná. Kapela do svojej diskografie pridala kompilačku „Covered In Blood“, ktorou chcela vzdať hold ďalším kapelám a tak sa na zozname spracovaných songov objavili mená ako PRETTY MAIDS, MIKE OLDFIELD, IRON MAIDEN, SCORPIONS, EUROPE, KISS, CARCASS alebo dokonca TEARS FOR FEARS s legendárnym songom „Shout“ obľúbeným hlavne u elektronicky ladených „depešákov“. Kompilačka je rozhodne zaujímavým spestrením diskografie kapely ARCH ENEMY a vhodným rozptýlením, pokiaľ sa vám stáva, ako občas mne, že sa mi od death metalu zbrčkavejú vlasy. Album vyšiel pred koncom Januára u vydavateľa kapely CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS a to vo formátoch DIGICD či LP. Opis jednotlivých skladieb od samotného Michaela Amotta nájdete v originál verzii na konci článku. /Ďuro Immortal Haríň/
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ARCH ENEMY – COVERED IN BLOOD – TRACKLIST:
1 Shout 00:04:45 Tears For Fears
2 Back To Back 00:03:21 Pretty Maids
3 Shadow On The Wall 00:03:03 Mike Oldfield
4 Breaking The Law 00:02:20 Judas Priest
5 Nitad 00:01:06 Moderat Likvidation
6 When The Innocent Die 00:01:57 Anti-Cimex
7 Warsystem 00:00:54 Skitslickers
8 Armed Revolution 00:00:51 Skitslickers
9 Spräckta Snutskallar 00:00:51 Skitslickers
10 The Leader (Of the Fuckin‘ Assholes) 00:01:02 Skitslickers
11 City Baby Attacked By Rats 00:02:48 G.B.H.
12 Warning 00:02:44 Discharge
13 The Zoo 00:04:42 Scorpions
14 Wings Of Tomorrow 00:03:15 Europe
15 The Oath 00:04:14 KISS
16 The Book Of Heavy Metal 00:04:16 Dream Evil
17 Walk In The Shadows 00:03:07 Queensryche
18 Incarnated Solvent Abuse 00:04:35 Carcass
19 Kill With Power 00:03:31 Manowar
20 Symphony Of Destruction 00:04:03 Megadeth
21 Aces High 00:04:24 Iron Maiden
22 Scream Of Anger 00:03:46 Europe
23 Starbreaker 00:03:25 Judas Priest
24 The Ides Of March 00:01:44 Iron Maiden
ARCH ENEMY diskografia:
Black Earth (1996)
Burning Bridges (1999)
Wages Of Sin (2001)
Anthems Of Rebellion (2003)
Doomsday Machine (2005)
Rise Of The Tyrant (2007)
Khaos Legions (2011)
War Eternal (2014)
Will To Power (2017)
Covered in Blood (2019)
ARCH ENEMY lajnap:
Alissa White-Gluz – Vocals
Michael Amott – Guitars
Jeff Loomis – Guitars
Sharlee D’Angelo – Bass
Daniel Erlandsson – Drums
ARCH ENEMY onlajn:
Shout (Tears for Fears)
We sometimes enjoy covering artists and songs that are a little left field and outside the “metal box.” When
recording other artists’ work, you always hope that the original creators will at least not be offended by your
interpretation. We’ve given this awesome ‘80s pop song the full Arch Enemy treatment and I feel that our
arrangement works really well. Alissa kicks serious ass on this one!
Back to Back (Pretty Maids)
I remember well when Danish band Pretty Maids released their “Red Hot and Heavy” album back in 1984. Our cover
is just us having fun, playing a cool heavy metal song that Sharlee, Daniel, and myself really enjoyed as teenagers
growing up in Sweden. Originally, “Back to Back” was used as a Japanese bonus track on our “Will to Power” (2017)
Shadow on the Wall (Mike Oldfield)
The basic tracks for this song were actually recorded for “Khaos Legions” in 2011, but we didn’t finish it until a few
years later. Mike Oldfield is one of my favourite artists, and I know Sharlee is a big fan too. Me and Daniel worked
on the arrangement one late night in the studio during the “War Eternal” sessions in 2013. We came up with this
interpretation of the classic, original song that has elements of Industrial, ‘80s heavy metal and the Arch Enemy
sound as well. I remember reading somewhere that Mr. Oldfield was a fan of heavy metal, so I hope he gets a kick
out of this version!
Breaking the Law (Judas Priest)
At a band rehearsal while preparing for the “War Eternal” album, we had a conversation about which songs no band
should cover because they are simply too classic, too famous, and maybe they’ve been done to death. “Breaking
the Law” was one of the songs we talked about. We started jamming on it just for fun, during which we stumbled
upon a way of playing the legendary anthem with an Arch Enemy vibe.
Nitad (Moderat Likvidation)
We did this one and “When the Innocent Die” (Anti-Cimex) for a flexi disc for Decibel Magazine (USA). We actually
tracked the songs live in a super-small rehearsal room in Sweden and then Daniel mixed it himself – turned out
great, with a true raw punk spirit! Later, we tracked Alissa’s vocals in another studio and it was so fun to hear her
singing the Swedish lyrics, her pronunciation is actually really good, she even has the southern Swedish accent
going on which is appropriate for the song!
When the Innocent Die (Anti-Cimex)
As you can tell, we ran the “Nitad” song and “When the Innocent Die” together when we jammed it, just a
spontaneous thing that happened. Anti-Cimex is without a doubt the most influential punk band to ever come out
of Sweden. They were influenced by Discharge, but Anti-Cimex took it to another level. The “Raped Ass” (1983)
and “Victims of a Bomb Raid” (1984) releases were so far ahead of anyone else at the time when it came to
intensity and brutality. It was cool to hear from the original drummer, giving our version the thumbs up! HAIL TO
THE SWEDISH KINGS OF D-BEAT!
Warsystem (Skitslickers), Armed Revolution (Skitslickers), Spräckta Snutskallar (Skitslickers) & The Leader (Of
the Fuckin‘ Assholes) (Skitslickers)
Skitslickers (also known as Shitlickers and The Shit Lickers) were a hardcore punk band that formed 1981 in
Gothenburg, Sweden. While their career was short lived and despite only having a self-released 7” vinyl EP (the
now highly collectible “GBG 82”), they have over time become one of the significant bands of the early ‘80s
Swedish hardcore movement. Alongside fellow Gothenburg band Anti-Cimex, they have been credited as the first
Swedish “D-beat” band. The D-beat was developed in the early ‘80s by imitators of UK punk band Discharge, after
whom the genre is named, as well as a drum beat characteristic of the subgenre, which also has obvious roots in
Motörhead. Personally, I love this band because it was exceptionally brutal for ‘82. This was great early hardcore
punk from Sweden, really simple music with a raw and dirty sound! With Arch Enemy, we decided to cover all four
tracks of the “GBG 82” record and it was a lot of fun to do, because it is so far removed from the Arch Enemy’s
more technical and refined approach. We didn’t make it more polished or too professional. I feel we did quite a
good job maintaining the original spirit of the old songs. It was a blast having Alissa utilizing her Swedish language
skills once again on “Spräckta Snutskallar!”
City Baby Attacked by Rats (GBH)
A classic British punk song that was very popular in the scene when I was kid. It’s simple and super effective! I
really think Alissa is great at singing punk stuff!
Recorded and mixed during the “Khaos Legions” album sessions in 2011, I believe this was the first time we covered
anything by a punk band. Angela sounds great on this, I think. This song was within her comfort zone as a vocalist.
The song is originally by UK legends Discharge, it’s the opening song on their 1983 release “Warning: Her Majesty’s
Government Can Seriously Damage Your Health,” which was a slightly more metal release from them at the time. I
think our version captures the droning monotonous vibe of the original quite well.
The Zoo (Scorpions)
Another cover that we recorded and mixed during the “Khaos Legions” album sessions in 2011. I remember it was
Sharlee’s suggestion to cover this and he also had the idea for the arrangement. I love the Scorpions and they’re a
huge influence on Arch Enemy’s music, believe it or not. However, I’m not entirely happy with this cover we did
here. Can’t win them all, I suppose! Fun fact: our mixing engineer Andy Sneap played the talk box section before
the guitar solos as we’d forgotten to record it!
Wings of Tomorrow (Europe)
Recorded and mixed during the “Rise of the Tyrant” album sessions in 2007 I played the solo in the middle and
Chris played the outro solo. In 2014, I was invited as special guest on Europe’s “Wings over Sweden” tour in
Stockholm (celebrating 30 years since the release of the Wings of Tomorrow album.) and I performed this song with
them on stage. So much fun and a huge honour!
The Oath (Kiss)
I am guessing it was my suggestion to cover this oddball KISS song from their most disliked album, “The Elder”
(1980). Our cover of “The Oath” was recorded and mixed during the “Rise of the Tyrant” album sessions in 2007
and we had fun doing this one. It’s a cool song to begin with and it was quite easy to make it our own. Chris played
the acoustic guitar in the middle section. I love Angela’s vocals, especially the choruses.
The Book of Heavy Metal (Dream Evil)
Back in 2007 our record label Century Media asked us if we could cover another band on the label for a compilation
the label were putting together. We picked “The Book of Heavy Metal” as we were recording the “Rise of the
Tyrant” album at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. Our producer Fredrik Nordström also played guitar in
Dream Evil, so he showed us the song. Made things easy!
Walk in the Shadows (Queensrÿche)
Queensrÿche’s experimental and controversial 1986 masterpiece “Rage for Order” has been a big influence over the
years. This is our take on “Walk in the Shadows.” A bit faster and heavier than the original obviously and Angela
didn’t quite have the vocal range of Geoff Tate, but for the most part with these cover songs we are just trying to
entertain ourselves, have some fun with it, and do the original justice. Hopefully!
Incarnated Solvent Abuse (Carcass)
I really can’t remember why we decided to cover this Carcass song (which I had co-written and recorded during my
stint with them in the early ‘90s). We recorded this a few years before Carcass reunited in 2008, so I guess it made
sense at the time.
Kill with Power (Manowar)
Early Manowar music is, of course, amazing and legendary. The cover we did of “Kill with Power” from their “Hail
to England” album (1984) turned out really pissed off and aggressive – largely thanks to Angela’s intense vocal
delivery. I remember Sharlee breaking my wah pedal while recording his bass solo… Rock ‘n’ roll! One of my
favourite covers we’ve done.
Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth)
A ridiculously dark and heavy version of the Megadeth classic! They’ve always been one of my favourite metal
bands since their first album. Mustaine’s songwriting has taught me a lot and that’s played a big part in making me
who I am as musician and songwriter. Just this past summer (2017), Dave Mustaine invited me on stage at Hellfest
in France for a rendition of “Symphony” – that was huge for me! Very f’n cool!
Aces High (Iron Maiden)
This cover originally appeared on a Japanese Iron Maiden tribute album called “Made in Tribute” back in 1997. It
was recorded in a session at Studio Fredman where we went back in the studio to do this and also laid down some
additional bonus material for the Japanese release of our debut album “Black Earth.” I’ve always liked this cover,
it came out nice and raw!
Scream of Anger (Europe)
Unbelievably, we have covered two songs off the “Wings of Tomorrow” (1984) album by Europe throughout our
career! That album is a big favourite of ours. A true Swedish metal classic! There is actually a couple more songs on
this album that I wouldn’t mind playing! We recorded this in Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden during the
“Burning Bridges” album session in late 1998. Johan’s vocals are cool as hell on this; really desperate sounding. For
the guitar solos Chris played the intro and I did the solo before the last chorus.
Starbreaker (Judas Priest)
In 1998, we got a request to record a song for a Japanese compilation (that in the end never materialized). We
recorded “Starbreaker” at a studio in the south of Sweden, but we weren’t crazy about the final outcome. When
we entered the studio again later that year for the “Burning Bridges” album, we were back in the familiar Studio
The Ides of March (Iron Maiden)
We recorded this Iron Maiden instrumental song at the request of our record label at the time during the “Black
Earth” album sessions in 1995. I can’t remember what the exact reasons were for covering it, but it happened and
ended up as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of “Black Earth”.
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