Arch Enemy Drops New Single "Handshake With Hell" - Knotfest

Arch Enemy Drops New Single “Handshake With Hell”

Posted by Corinne Westbrook in News on February 4, 2022

The third single from the band’s forthcoming album Deceivers features a classic heavy metal slant and even features Alissa White-Gluz delivering some clean vocals.

Arch Enemy are gearing up for their highly anticipated 11th studio album Deceivers, out on June 29th via Century Media Records. They’ve already treated fans with two singles, “”Deceiver, Deceiver” and “House Of Mirrors” and today are delivering a third “Handshake With Hell”.

This and the previous singles have shown vocalist Alissa White-Gluz really come into her own and find a level of comfort and confidence a step above previous releases. “Handshake With Hell” even has her throwing out some powerful cleans among the chugging rhythms!

Michael Amott (Guitars) comments: “Our new single/video ‘Handshake with Hell’ started off with some riffs and melodies that I thought might be suitable for each other, and when I showed the parts I had to Daniel (Erlandsson, drums), he also felt it had potential. We worked on a demo of it, developing it much further together, and once we had reached a point where we felt it was ready, we sent the instrumental version to Alissa over in Canada. She came back with this really cool approach to the vocals and lyrics that elevated the song even further. To me, it’s a stand-out track on the new ‘Deceivers’ album, really showcasing what we are capable of as songwriters and performers in 2022 – it’s definitely one of the new songs I’m dying to play live on tour!”

Alissa White-Gluz adds: “When Michael and Daniel showed me the instrumental they had cooked up, I got a ton of vocal ideas to complete the song. ‘Handshake with Hell’ has a classic heavy metal feel, and it felt like the right time to unleash some classic heavy metal vocals to match. I think the result is really interesting and catchy!”

Amott had stated about the new LP: “Having just celebrated our 25th anniversary as a group and now releasing our 11th studio album, one could easily assume that we would be cruising along and going through the motions at this point. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Arch Enemy and our new album, ‘Deceivers’.

“It is, without a doubt, always a challenge to raise the bar each time in both the songwriting and production side of things, and it can feel a bit daunting before we get into it. But once we do get started and fully immerse ourselves in the creative process, it’s really like there is nothing else in the world and we are very focused. And believe it or not, for the most part, we have a ton of fun making this music! Creating ‘Deceivers’ was no different. Once again we shut out the outside world and went deep into the artistic zone. I believe we pulled out some really interesting musical and lyrical themes this time, a few things might even raise an eyebrow or two — while retaining all the signature elements of the band. In the end, it’s Arch Enemy at full speed and power.”

Fans can pre-order Deceivers HERE – where the album is available in the following formats:

–Digital Album

–Ltd. Deluxe 2LP+CD Artbook
hand-numbered limited edition with noble hot foil stamping
LP1: multi-colored vinyl (each design is unique)
LP2: picture vinyl with two bonus tracks & zoetrope effect
CD: album + two bonus tracks
12” Artbook with 36-pages booklet incl. liner-notes and art print

–Ltd. Deluxe CD Box Set
DVD-sized clamshell box with noble hot foil stamping
CD in eco-friendly packaging with two bonus tracks
32-page DIN A5 booklet incl. liner-notes
Tote Bag
Metal Pin

–Ltd. Black & colored 180g LP
incl. 8-page booklet + Obi-Strip

–Special Edition CD
eco-friendly packaging incl. 16-page booklet

“Deceivers” track listing:

  1. Handshake With Hell
  2. Deceiver, Deceiver
  3. In The Eye Of The Storm
  4. The Watcher
  5. Poisoned Arrow
  6. Sunset Over The Empire
  7. House Of Mirrors
  8. Spreading Black Wings
  9. Mourning Star
  10. One Last Time
  11. Exiled From Earth

This Spring Arch Enemy will join Behemoth for the co-headlining “The North American Siege 2022” tour with Napalm Death and Unto Others as special guests, before they appear at select summer festivals; the rescheduled “European Siege 2022” tour, also featuring Behemoth as well as Carcass and Unto Others will kick off in the fall.

“Despite the obvious uncertainties everyone is currently facing in the world, we have got quite a few concerts booked for this year!” says Amott. “We’re delighted to be returning to the live stage in North America this spring and hitting select European festivals in the summer, as well as a huge European tour at the end of 2022. It’s time; let’s do this!”

“The North American Siege 2022” tour dates
w/ Arch Enemy & Behemoth with special guests Napalm Death, Unto Others
Apr. 16, 2022 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Apr. 18, 2022 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
Apr. 19, 2022 – Dallas, TX @ Amplified Live
Apr. 21, 2022 – St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
Apr. 22, 2022 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
Apr. 23, 2022 – Charlotte. NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Apr. 25, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
Apr. 26, 2022 – Montreal, QC @ Mtelus
Apr. 28, 2022 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Apr. 29, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
Apr. 30, 2022 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
May 2, 2022 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
May 4, 2022 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 7, 2022 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
May 9, 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
May 10, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
May 11, 2022 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
May 13, 2022 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
May 15, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium

Arch Enemy 2022 festival dates
Aug. 6, 2022 – Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air
Aug. 17-20, 2022 – Dinkelsbuehl, DE @ Summer Breeze Festival
Aug. 18-20, 2022 – Sulingen, DE @ Reload Festival

“The European Siege 2022” tour dates
w/ Arch Enemy & Behemoth with special guests Carcass, Unto Others
Sept. 27, 2022 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre
Sept. 29, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
Sept. 30, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
Oct. 1, 2022 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
Oct. 2, 2022 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
Oct. 4, 2022 – Paris, FR @ Le Zénith
Oct. 5, 2022 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
Oct. 7, 2022 – Lisbon, PT @ Coliseu de Lisboa
Oct. 8, 2022 – Madrid, ES @ Palacio Vistalegre
Oct. 9, 2022 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
Oct. 11, 2022 – Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant
Oct. 12, 2022 – Milano, IT @ Alcatraz
Oct. 14, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
Oct. 15, 2022 – Prague, CZ @ Tipsport Arena
Oct. 16, 2022 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
Oct. 18, 2022 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
Oct. 19, 2022 – Katowice, PL @ Spodek
Oct. 21, 2022 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
Oct. 22, 2022 – Den Bosch, NL @ Mainstage Brabanthallen
Oct. 23, 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
Oct. 25, 2022 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
Oct. 26, 2022 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
Oct. 28, 2022 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
Oct. 29, 2022 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Oct. 30, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Arena
Oct. 31, 2022 – Gothenburg, SE @ Partille Arena
Nov. 2, 2022 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall
Nov. 4, 2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
Nov. 5, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
Nov. 6, 2022 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene

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