Long-running melodic death metal troupes Arch Enemy are set to unleash the fury on fans and foes alike, having just announced their first new LP in three years, War Eternal.
The record, which arrives sometime this June via Century Media Records, is the group's ninth studio set and first since 2011's Khaos Legions. It's also the first Arch Enemy album since the departure of guitarist Christopher Amott, who was replaced by Arsis axe-slinger Nick Cordle in 2012.
Arch Enemy recorded the set at a few Swedish studios, and the album is self-produced but has Jens Bogren handling mixing and mastering duties.
According to guitarist Michael Amott, War Eternal takes the band in a new direction and offers up "strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion."
"Musically, this album is going a few places we haven't visited before," he said in a statement. "As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and War Eternal will leave its own mark. Lyrically, it's a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before."
While samples from the set have yet to be unleashed, the theme of the record is apparently of rejecting societal norms and living your life on your own terms.
"A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call 'mental chains' in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true," Amott said. "I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is War Eternal."
Neither tracklisting details nor a solid street date has been offered at present, but Arch Enemy will be supporting the set with a series of European date between the spring and summer. You can see the overseas schedule over here.