Russia’s Classic Rock magazine conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Amott and vocalist Alissa White-Gluz of Swedish / American / Canadian metallers ARCH ENEMY on September 27 at GlavClub in Moscow, Russia. You can now watch the report below (clip directed by Inna Ford).
Speaking about how Alissa‘s addition to ARCH ENEMY has brought a certain sex appeal to the band, Michael said: “There is something sexual, sexy about women with power, I guess, and with a very powerful voice, such as Alissa‘s. She’s kind of in charge, she’s leading the show forward, she’s kind of the captain there on the stage. She’s putting out a lot of energy, a lot of… And talent is sexy, you know. I don’t know. [Laughs] ”
He continued: “Human beings will always be… People always get different things out of what you do. We’re not really thinking about, ‘How do we create a sex appeal on stage?’ We’re not thinking about that. But people will react to what we do in different ways.”
Added Alissa: “Some people think it’s empowering to use that [sex appeal] to control people, use that to control an audience, knowing fully well that just by having a certain one person attract attention…. And that’s fine — if people wanna use that to benefit their career or whatever they’re trying to do. I, personally, get more satisfaction out of knowing that I didn’t have to use that gimmick to attract attention to my music and that my music is strong enough to speak for itself. But it’s just different… Different people like different things. And if some women wanna do that and it makes them feel powerful and good, go for it.”
ARCH ENEMY played its first show with Alissa White-Gluz on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic “Wages Of Sin” (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place.
ARCH ENEMY‘s new album, “War Eternal”, sold around 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 44. The CD was released on June 10 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.