Arch Enemy is a melodic death metal band from Halmstad, Sweden, and formed in 1995. Arch Enemy is the brainchild of Michael Amott (Carcass, Carnage and Spiritual Beggars). Guitarists Michael Amott and younger brother Christopher Amott were joined by vocalist Johan Liiva (ex-Carnage, NonExist) and then-session drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Armageddon, Eucharist) in what Michael Amott called “An attempt to merge melody with aggression and technicality.” The band’s debut, entitled Black Earth, was released by the now defunct Wrong Again Records in 1996. It obtained a fair amount of success in Japan, achieving MTV rotation with their first single “Bury Me an Angel”, as well as moderate success in Sweden. More of a ‘solo effort’ than a full band at this point, Michael Amott wrote all the songs himself, and even played bass guitar on the album - contrary to the album’s liner notes, which listed vocalist Johan Liiva as handling bass duties. Michael Amott later revealed that he had the credits listed that way to make the album seem more of a “band” effort. Many consider it to be the band’s most aggressive album, a trait which was softened to some degree on their following releases, but which was never abandoned.
“Black in itself is no colour but a condition” This is more than just a phrase but a true statement which refers to many different moods. Dark frames of mind and feelings on the brink of the abyss can simply be described as „Black“. That’s why none other title fits the new songs by Ablaze My Sorrow better. 14 years after “Anger, Hate And Fury”, we finally hear new gloomy melodic death metal by the Swedes who reformed in 2013!The perfect sound for the eleven tracks was created with the help of producer Christian Svedin (The Unguided, Faithful Darkness) in his Studio Haga while Niclas Malmström designed the sinister artwork which stands synonymously for every note on the record. Music, sound and artwork runs like a threat through the whole piece of art.
Shot over two years, A Tonight Special: Meeting My Enemy, explores what happens when offenders are forced to confront what they have done in communication with victims or their families. Restorative Justice is not suitable for everyone or every set of circumstances but it provides victims the opportunity to engage with offenders in a safe and calm environment. It does not always mean meeting the offender face to face – sometimes it’s a process which takes place over months, sometimes years - and can involve letters or messages being exchanged.
Francois always despised the textile barons who ruled his local town. But he fell in love with the family heiress Gilberte. Ten years ago, he would have married her. Now only hatred holds them together. Francois is accused of murder. A hooker and a football star lie slaughtered. He thinks he has been framed by the mob. Going underground, he finds that the trail leads all the way to the top - to Gilberte's family. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town.