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Khaos Legions
Khaos Legions
is the eighth studio album by Swedish melodic deathcore band Arch Enemy released on May 30, 2011 through Century Media. The record marks a return to new, original material, after releasing the Tyrants of the Rising Sun - Live in Japan live CD/DVD (2008) and The Root of All Evil (2009) which consisted of a selection of re-recorded songs from the band's back catalog. It is the band's ninth album counting the compilation. Khaos Legions debuted at number 78 on the Billboard 200, selling around 6,000 copies. This surpasses both Doomsday Machine and Rise of the Tyrant, making it the band's highest-charting effort so far. The album's single is "Yesterday is Dead and Gone", and music videos have been released for "Yesterday is Dead and Gone", "Bloodstained Cross", "Under Black Flags We March" and "Cruelty Without Beauty". This would be Arch enemy's last album with original member Chrisopher Amott before he parted ways with the band for the second time in March 2012. Lyrically the album focuses on various political and social themes like religion in the song "Bloodstained Cross", animal testing in "Cruelty Without Beauty" and anarchism in the songs "No Gods, No Masters" and "Under Black Flags We March". Animal testing was also criticized in the video for the song "Cruelty Without Beauty" showing video footage from animal test laboratories.

BackgroundEdit

The album was produced by Arch Enemy and Rickard Bengtsson, who had previously worked with the band on their 2005 album Doomsday Machine. Recording sessions took place at the Sweet Spot Studio, Sweden. The mix was done by Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, England.

Drummer Daniel Erlandsson said about the album: We had a very inspiring and creative time writing this album. I think this is definitely evident when listening to the new songs. There's tons of variation in the material, ranging all the way from very melodic to extremely heavy. As you can expect there's no shortage of killer riffs and intricate guitar work; the Amott brothers [Michael and Chris] have come up with some very cool yet demanding ideas! This album has some of the fastest songs I've ever recorded, along with a bunch of heavy pounding mid-tempo songs. As always, it's difficult to describe music in words, but rest assured — this album will be one heavy f*****!"

In January 2011, UK’s Bonkers Entertainment caught up with the band at their headline show at the HMV Forum in London UK on November 27, 2010. This concert was the last stop on a three year long touring cycle for the “Rise of The Tyrant” and “The Root of All Evil” albums and in the interview the members of Arch Enemy discussed the upcoming recording of the new studio album, the song writing process and touring plans for 2011. During the conversation, the band also divulged the title of the new album to be “Khaos Legions”.

Release and ConceptEdit

Behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for "Khaos Legions" leaked onto the internet and can be seen at the band's YouTube channel. The CD was tracked at Sweet Spot Studio in the south of Sweden with engineer Rickard Bengtsson (who produced 2005's "Doomsday Machine") and is scheduled for a May release via Century Media Records. The band's drummer Daniel Erlandsson previously stated about the new CD, "We had a very inspiring and creative time writing this album. I think this is definitely evident when listening to the new songs. There's tons of variation in the material, ranging all the way from very melodic to extremely heavy."

In the band's second studio update, bassist Sharlee D'Angelo said: "Ladies and gentlemen, the low end is firmly in place! After a long day of plowing through an absolutely massive array of bass guitars, different amps and cabs, and various other electronic gadgets, the choice finally fell on my white custom shop Ibanez Iceman run through an MXR Bass D.I.+ and an Aguilar Tonehammer into an Aguilar DB751 head and a DB810 cab, complemented by a Marshall VBC 412 cab, hidden behind a veritable forest of expensive microphones on serious looking mic stands. And the result? F**king awesome, people! Our engineer Rickard Bengtsson is an audio nerd with a rock’n'roll backbone who does not give up until he finds what he’s looking for – and thank f**k for that. Cause the songs on this album really need to be presented in the best way possible. Having laid down all the bass tracks now I just can’t wait for everybody to hear the album, and to play all these songs live for you all! But we’re not quite there yet, next up are blistering leads from the depths of hell"

The artwork for this album was created by Brent Elliott White, and features a photo of the band cartooned in skeletons. According to Angela Gossow, it was inspired by Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.

Track ListingEdit

Standard EditionEdit

  1. "Khaos Overture" (Instrumental)
  2. "Yesterday Is Dead and Gone"
  3. "Bloodstained Cross"
  4. "Under Black Flags, We March"
  5. "No Gods, No Masters"
  6. "City of the Dead"
  7. "Through the Eyes of a Raven"
  8. "Cruelty Without Beauty"
  9. "We Are a Godless Entity"
  10. "Cult of Chaos"
  11. "Thorns in My Flesh"
  12. "Turn to Dust" (Instrumental)
  13. "Vengeance Is Mine"
  14. "Secrets"

Japanese Bonus TracksEdit

  • "The Zoo" (Scorpions Cover)
  • "Snow Bound" (Acoustic)

2XCD Media Book Version (Kovered in Khaos)Edit

  • "Warning" (Discharge Cover)
  • "Wings of Tomorrow" (Europe Cover)
  • "The Oath" (Kiss Cover)
  • "The Book of Heavy Metal" (Dream Evil Cover)

PersonnelEdit

Arch EnemyEdit

Additional MusiciansEdit

ProductionEdit

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Music VideosEdit

Arch Enemy - Yesterday Is Dead and Gone (Official Music Video)04:37

Arch Enemy - Yesterday Is Dead and Gone (Official Music Video)

Arch Enemy - Yesterday Is Dead and Gone







Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross (Official Music Video)04:50

Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross (Official Music Video)

Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross







Arch Enemy - Under Black Flags, We March (Official Music Video)04:43

Arch Enemy - Under Black Flags, We March (Official Music Video)

Arch Enemy - Under Black Flags, We March







Arch Enemy - Cruelty Without Beauty (Official Music Video)05:09

Arch Enemy - Cruelty Without Beauty (Official Music Video)

Arch Enemy - Cruelty Without Beauty
















ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.centurymedia.com/specials/archenemy/
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9GcOY3B7Lo&feature=player_embedded#at=117
  3. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r2198557
  4. http://www.jukeboxmetal.com/2011/arch-enemy-khaos-legions/
  5. http://metalholic.co/cd-review-arch-enemy-khaos-legions/
  6. http://www.thrashhits.com/2011/05/album-arch-enemy-khaos-legions
  7. http://www.thrashmag.com/reviews/content.aspx?id=13172
  8. http://www.smnnews.com/2011/06/17/arch-enemy-announces-khaos-legions-first-week-chart-position/
  9. http://irmandademetalica.forumeiros.com/t2845-arch-enemy-khaos-legions
  10. http://www.myspace.com/archenemy/blog/541729112
  11. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=154973
  12. http://theangryfijian.com/2011/01/31/arch-enemy-posts-second-khaos-legions-studio-update/
  13. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=156922
  14. http://www.myspace.com/archenemy/blog/542318468

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