Guess when you’re committed to the game, you’re in it for life.
Angela Gossow is one of the most familiar names in the metal scene, having fronted death metal band Arch Enemy for over a decade. She decided to leave that life out on the road in 2014, and has since been behind the scenes, staying closely related to the band as their manager. But it looks like when metal has it’s gripping claws on you, you can’t stay away from the scene for long. In an interview with Hard Force, she stated that she is ready to get back, this time with an extreme metal project.
However, her first priority is still AE. The band are already working on new material, and are looking to release an album by the end of this year. This will be a follow-up to 2014’s War Eternal that saw Alissa White-Glutz take over as vocalist for the band. On why she left the band after 13 successful years in the business, Angala Gossow at the time said: “I took over management in 2008 already, after I noticed our previous manager was making a nice chunk of money, but we – the artist – did not at all. We hardly managed to get by. That couldn’t be right. A lot of things changed for us since then. i think most managers take way too much out of the artist’s pocket. Like 20% of the gross income, then they waste away what’s left, no regards for the budget and the fact that the artist should really make the most out of it. I’ve changed that. I take a lot less commission and I always make sure the artist makes more money than me at the end of the day!”
So while she manages the band, helps out with their new album and joins them on tour, her own extreme metal project will be on the back burner till 2018. She is also busy with managing Alissa’s solo side project, something that they are tight-lipped about, but promise it’s going to be just as extreme.
When Alissa White-Glutz first stepped on the stage as the new front woman for Arch Enemy, replacing Angela Gossow, the latter spoke fondly of her replacement, being encouraging and having faith in the capabilities of the former The Agonist vocalist. “I took notice of Alissa a couple of years ago after she came to an Arch Enemy show in Montreal and told me Wages Of Sin was her reason to get into growling. I checked out her stuff and I was really impressed. When I started to think about my future and the future of the band, I decided to approach her. There’s not many out there who’d be up for that task, it’s easy to throw some clips on YouTube and pretend to be serious. But the real game is much tougher. You’ll be out there performing no matter how you feel, you got a responsibility. You need to step it up big time to become a professional touring and recording musician. You need discipline, health and talent. She’s got it all.”
Angela had also famously spoken of her reason to depart from one of the handful of metal bands that are fronted by a woman as tough as her, but her response was as clear and honest as it gets: “There’s a time and a place for everything. I started out in 1991. I was simply losing the joy to be doing this, living a life on the road. So I decided to step down rather than pretending.”
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