Angela Gossow Biography
Angela Nathalie Gossow is a German vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. Angela Gossow was born on 5th November 1974 to Orthodox Christian parents in Cologne, Germany, and had three siblings. Her parents divorced when she was 17.
Further financial troubles came in when their business went bankrupt. Being anorexic and bulimic further added to her woes. It was at this time that she decided to move out of home and join the metal band Asmodina. After graduation she joined an advertising company as a trainee, specializing in marketing. She simultaneously began studying economics. In 1997, the band Asmodina split and Gossow formed another band: Mistress.
Angela Gossow Career
Gossow is among a small number of women to front as a death metal vocalist. She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range, with a death growl. Her main influences are Jeff Walker of Carcass, David Vincent of Morbid Angel, Chuck Billy of Testament, John Tardy of Obituary, Chuck Schuldiner of Death, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, and Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
Angela Gossow Arch Enemy
In November 2000 Gossow joined Arch Enemy, after the removal of lead singer Johan Liiva. She had previously interviewed guitarist Michael Amott for a German webzine. While interviewing Amott, Gossow gave him a demo that she described as a “poor quality” video of a performance at a club. After firing Liiva in 2000, the band called in Gossow for an audition. Amott later said that “she wiped the floor with all the other contenders.” She then proceeded to record Wages of Sin with Arch Enemy.
On the eve of a 2002 tour, Gossow was on the eve of a 2002 tour, diagnosed with nodules, which almost stopped her from growling. However, after some vocal therapy, she was able to recover her voice and she proceeded to begin taking piano and screaming lessons from renowned coach Melissa Cross. She continues to work in close conjunction with her.On 17 March 2014, it was announced that Gossow was stepping down as Arch Enemy vocalist in order to pursue other interests and spend more time with her family. Gossow chose Alissa White-Gluz from Canadian metal band The Agonist as her replacement, and will remain business manager for the band.
Gossow provides the voice for the recurring character Lavona Succuboso in the animated television show Metalocalypse. Gossow according to an interview with Musiikki TV at the Frostbite Festival 2009, did guest vocals on the Astarte album Demonized, on the song “Black at Heart”.Gossow features on Melissa Cross’s 2nd DVD release The Zen of Screaming 2 released by Melissa Cross. Apart from being on the cover pages of many leading magazines, she was also voted the “best singer” and “shining star” at the Burrn! magazine awards in 2002. Since 2008 she is the manager for and Spiritual Beggars.
In 2018, Gossow expressed interest in starting a new extreme metal project after Arch Enemy’s touring cycle for Will to Power, stating “Yes, I want to make a new extreme metal project, but this will happen after Arch Enemy and work with Alissa will be concluded and the whole world will sail in calmer waters. I suppose this will be in 2018, when we concluded the first series of tours and all the rest. I will do so when the time comes.”
Angela Gossow Albums
- Doomsday Machine
- Anthems of Rebellion
- Rise of the Tyrant
- War Eternal
- Wages of Sin
- Khaos Legions
- Tyrants of the Rising Sun: Live in Japan
- Dead Eyes See No Future
- Burning Angel
- Manifesto of Arch Enemy
- The Root of All Evil
- Revolution Begins
Angela Gossow Songs
- Your Hidden Fear (Demo, 1991)
- The Story of the True Human Personality (Demo, 1994)
- Promo 1996 (Demo, 1996)
- Inferno (1997)
- Mistress (Demo, 1998)
- Worship the Temptress (Demo, 1999)
- Party in Hell (Demo, 2000)
- Wages of Sin (2001)
- Burning Angel (2002, EP)
- Anthems of Rebellion (2003)
- Dead Eyes See No Future (2004, EP)
- Doomsday Machine (2005)
- Live Apocalypse (2006, 2-disc DVD)
- Revolution Begins (2007, EP)
- Rise of the Tyrant (2007)
- Tyrants of the Rising Sun (2008)
- The Root of All Evil (2009)
- Khaos Legions (2011)
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According to our records Angela is not married and has never been married before.
Angela Gossow and Michael Amott
Gossow dated Michael Amott fellow band member for several years, at one point becoming engaged to him, but the couple are no longer together. After the revelation of her relationship, Gossow was forced to deal with accusations from fans that she had only gotten the job due to her relationship with Amott. In an interview with Blistering Metal News, both Amott and Gossow denied this, with Gossow saying “Its NOT easy being a woman. I am glad I NEVER had groupies. Otherwise they all would open their mouths now and talk shit. Weird, but I never heard any of [bassist Sharlee D’Angelo’s] friends talk disrespectful about him, spreading some gossip. Seems to be a man’s thing. OK, we both [Mike and I] will NEVER talk about anything personal again. That wasn’t a good idea. And no, I didn’t get the job due to this [being involved in a relationship with Mike] — I almost lost the gig in AE because of this.”
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ARCH ENEMY Drummer Says Former Singer ANGELA GOSSOW Will ‘Always Be Straight And Honest’ When It Comes To Band’s New Music
Updated On: 8th January 2018
Asked if former ARCH ENEMY singer Angela Gossow is still involved with the group, Daniel said: “She is, actually, still the manager of the band. So she’s working out of an office in Germany, and we have contact with her all the time, even when we’re on the road.
“A lot of people ask us if, when we meet fans outside the club or whatever, they’re, like, ‘Is Angela on the bus? I heard she was still working with the band.’ [And we tell them] ‘Yeah, but she’s in Germany. She’s not on the bus.'”
According to Erlandsson, Gossow still offers her input when it comes to ARCH ENEMY’s new music, although she is primarily in charge of handling the band’s business affairs. “When we’re sitting on new material, sometimes she’ll hear it, and her initial reaction is usually an interesting one,” he said. “Since we worked so much with her in the past, we know what she likes. And she’ll always be straight and honest — that’s the good thing. If it sucks, she’ll tell us straight away.”
Gossow said in a 2016 interview that she was “losing the joy” of fronting an extreme metal band before finally making the decision to quit ARCH ENEMY, explaining that she wanted to “step down rather than pretend.”
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After 13 years as ARCH ENEMY’s vocalist, Gossow shocked the heavy metal world in 2014 with the sudden announcement of her retirement from the band.
Angela also praised her replacement in ARCH ENEMY, Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of THE AGONIST), while revealing that she had started managing Alissa’s new solo project.
ARCH ENEMY recently completed a North American co-headlining tour with TRIVIUM. On January 12, the group will kick off a European headlining tour, during which they will be supported by WINTERSUN, TRIBULATION and JINJER.
ARCH ENEMY’s latest album, “Will To Power”, was released in September via Century Media Records. Co-produced by guitarist Michael Amott and Erlandsson, the disc was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (OPETH, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR). The LP’s cover artwork was designed by Alex Reisfar.
“Will To Power” marks the second ARCH ENEMY album since the departure of Gossow and addition of White-Gluz