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29th August 2017

alissa white-gluz

On the eve of the release of the new Arch Enemy album, 'Will To Power', frontlady Alissa White-Gluz has revealed plans for her forthcoming solo album.

The album will feature collaborations with Kamelot keyboardist Oliver Palotai and her Arch Enemy bandmate Jeff Loomis.

Alissa says that the idea for a solo project came Arch Enemy's former lead singer Angela Gossow, who is now the band's manager and also oversees her replacement's personal affairs.

Alissa told France's Duke TV:

"Angela was, like, 'Well, you need something. You need something that you can do, because I know you're a workaholic and you're not gonna be able to just sit there like this waiting for the next Arch Enemy tour.'"

"And she's totally right — I needed something else to be able to work on. And also, I have a lot of ideas that maybe don't sound like Arch Enemy and it would be kind of silly to just force them into Arch Enemy."

Alissa's debut solo album will be released under the Alissa monicker because she wanted to "keep it simple" and "make it very clear who it is and what it is".

In order to make the album, Alissa "did a huge life overhaul" which included building a studio and investing a lot of time and money into learning how to engineer and record, program drums and improving at playing guitar".

"Of course, on the album itself we're gonna have real musicians playing all of these things, but in terms of just getting the style down and the songwriting, it's something that I need to start on my own," she explained.

Half of the album has been written over the past year and it contains some musical surprises.

"It doesn't really sound like Arch Enemy - it's pretty different - but I think it's pretty cool," she said.

"For example, a song that I'm writing with Oliver from Kamelot doesn't sound like Kamelot and it doesn't sound like Arch Enemy, but it's members of both."

Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis will play a prominent role on Alissa's upcoming album.

Alissa told France's Loud TVFrance's Loud TV in a different interview:

"Jeff didn't write with Michael [Amott, Arch Enemy guitarist and main songwriter], because Michael was already writing so well with Daniel [Erlandsson, Arch Enemy drummer] that we just actually had too many ideas."

"But all of Jeff's ideas are really good and I've heard them and they're gonna be released, so people will hear them.

"Jeff is gonna be one of my collaborators on my solo project, because how can you say no to that?"

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'Will To Power' will be released on September 8th via Century Media. Alissa and Michael Amott are special guests on Steve Göldby Talks Metal this Wednesday, 29th August. You will be abe to hear snippets of every song on the new album as well as hearing Alissa and Michael's take on all things Arch Enemy.

You can listen live on TotalRock at 4.00pm UK time Wednesday here, then here from 6.00pm.


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