I've never really listened to Arch Enemy. I heard We Will Rise it must have been ages ago before I was generally into heavier metal, but that was it. I enjoy melodeath, so I decided to give the rest of that album (Anthems of Rebellion, 2003) a try but didn't really dig it. But then, I went back and listened to Black Earth (1996), and holy crap! What an infections auditory assault. As some reviews state, this is when melodeath still had some death in it. As someone who likes his death light and melodeath heavy, I really dig this. It seems more in line with my limited knowledge of death 'n' roll. Of course, this was when they had their original vocalist, Johan Liiva (a dude). His hoarse yells are fantastic.
21 years and two vocalists later, you have Will to Power, which I haven't listened to fully yet, but I love Reason to Believe. I understand this to be an uncharacteristic track with Alissa White-Gluz mostly using clean vocals (very well) in a power ballad, but it's some Paradise Lost or Ministry-level transformative wizardry--both great songs, but hard to believe it's the same band.
“Also, Dude, ‘Sand People’ is not the preferred nomenclature; Tusken Raider, please.”
“Walter, this isn't a guy who built the moisture vaporators, here....”