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ARCH ENEMY – New Album Debuts In Top 100

Will to Power, the new album from Swedish melodic death metal act ARCH ENEMY, has debuted at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 chart on the strength of roughly 7,000 in first-week sales in the United States. (This is Arch Enemy’s fifth consecutive album to debut in the Billboard Top 100.) Meanwhile, Will To Power landed at No. 17 on the Top Album Sales chart and No. 3 on the Hard Rock Albums chart.

The band’s previous album, 2014’s War Eternal, sold 8,250 copies in its debut week, bowing at No. 44 on the Billboard 200 and No. 5 on the Hard Rock Albums chart. The record remains Arch Enemy’s highest charting album to date.

In 2011, the group’s Khaos Legions album debuted at No. 78 on the Billboard 200 after selling roughly 9,000 copies in its first week.

“The greatest challenge for me is to keep improving every aspect of the compositions and arrangements,” says ARCH ENEMY founder/guitarist Michael Amott about new album, War Eternal. “I’m always searching for ‘the perfect ARCH ENEMY song.’ When I started the band in 1995 I had the idea to create the most heavy melodic band of all time.”

And he did. Over the course of 19 years, ARCH ENEMY, under Amott’s guidance, crafted 10 acclaimed full-lengths, dominated sales charts, and toured the globe. If Amott were a smart man, he’d retire now to some tropical island with his favorite Michael Schenker records in tow and the setting sun on his face. But neither he nor ARCH ENEMY are done. Not by a long shot.

With vocalist Alissa White-Gluz replacing long-time frontwoman Angela Gossow in 2014 respectively, War Eternal is ARCH ENEMY reborn. “Changes in the band lineup are hardly ever looked upon favorably by the fans,” Amott acknowledges, “which I completely understand. Nonetheless, it does happen and the changes that have been made in the ARCH ENEMY camp were necessary in order for the band to survive and keep going. I love the energy of working with new people and Alissa has certainly brought a lot of talent and enthusiasm to the band!”

Source: Lambgoat