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s the en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse to tonight’s blis­ter­ing 15-song, 75-minute set proves, there’s plenty of good to fo­cus on at the mo­ment. An­chored by the band’s long­time rhythm sec­tion of Sharlee D’An­gelo (bass) and Daniel Er­landss­son (drums), Michael and lead gui­tarist

Jeff Loomis – who just cel­e­brated his three-year an­niver­sary with the band – de­liver a Gatling gun-like bar­rage of mem­o­rable riffs and blazing so­los, while Alissa stalks the stage and bangs her head with pur­pose.

When asked about Alissa’s im­pact on Arch En­emy, Michael is quick to of­fer praise. “Peo­ple were al­ways say­ing in the be­gin­ning that it’s big shoes to fill, but I started say­ing that she brought her own shoes,” he says. “She’s a great singer, a great per­former. She and

An­gela share some sim­i­lar­i­ties, which was great to have it some­what con­sis­tent – but it’s also dif­fer­ent, and I think it was dif­fer­ent at the right mo­ment.

I think we were get­ting stale there for a while, even though we didn’t want to see that at the time.”

He goes on to say that af­ter the band’s fi­nal two al­bums with An­gela, 2007’s Rise Of The Tyrant and 2011’s

Khaos Le­gions, it seemed to him as if

Arch En­emy had “plateaued”. “We were just cruis­ing at a cer­tain level,” he ex­plains. “It was a nice level to be on, but we kind of felt that, ‘Well, maybe this is it – we’re not go­ing to get any big­ger.’”

When An­gela told her band­mates that she wanted to step down, Michael

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