Well this puts a whole new spin on bands reuniting. Swedish death metal rockers Arch Enemy will reunite their classic lineup — which consisted of Johan Liiva (vocals), Michael Amott (guitar), Christopher Amott (guitar), Sharlee D’Angelo (bass) and Daniel Erlandsson (drums) — in a head scratching way.
Arch Enemy fans, meet Black Earth. No, we’re not talking about Arch Enemy’s debut album Black Earth; the reuniting band will take on the name of Black Earth for a limited run in Japan this spring.
Black Earth will play songs from Arch Enemy’s first three albums, Black Earth (1996), Stigmata (1998) and Burning Bridges (1999). Fans are wondering why the band wouldn’t use the recognizable Arch Enemy brand name that they built.
Liiva and Christopher Amott rejoined Arch Enemy in Japan at last year’s Loud Park Festival, on Oct. 10-11 at the Saitama Super Arena, for a surprise appearance.
Fans are left wonder why the band didn’t keep the Arch Enemy name and have current vocalist Alissa White-Gluz and guitarist Jeff Loomis, who are not involved in the new project, rotate on and off stage, especially White-Gluz, who at least recorded an album with the band (War Eternal – 2014). White-Gluz could rotate with Liiva and sing the songs she recorded along with the songs sung by former vocalist Angela Gossow, to give fans the ultimate Arch Enemy experience.
This year marks the 20th anniversary for Arch Enemy.
Black Earth Japan Tour Dates:
05-19-2016 – Drum Be-1 – Fukuoka, Japan
05-21-2016 – Hiroshima Club Quattro – Hiroshima, Japan
05-23-2016 – Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka, Japan
05-24-2016 – Nagoya Club Quattro – Aichi, Japan
05-27-2016 – Lane24 Penny Sapporo – Sapporo, Japan