Arch Enemy Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 7

Arch Enemy Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 7
Photo: Rick Clifford
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It was something of a heavy metal homecoming for Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, bringing her band mates back to her place of birth for a performance in front of a raucous afternoon crowd. White-Gluz used the home turf to her advantage, leading the supportive crowd through the chant-worthy "Nemesis" and "Dead Eyes See No Future," despite having to work with a horrendous stage mix that left her lower-register growls largely inaudible in comparison to her scraping highs for half the set.
 
White-Gluz's arsenal of stage moves kept the audience engaged through these moments, showing off acrobatics with the microphone and mic stand, a few leaping jump-kicks and even brandishing Quebec's provincial flag to wave proudly onstage. No less impressive were the current members of the band's seemingly ever-changing lineup, with the twin six-string attack of new guitarist Jeff Loomis and band founder Michael Arnott dazzling the onlookers with their incredibly intricate lead work.