There is nothing better than watching a metal band given a massive platform with which to really show what they’re capable off as is the case with this audio/visual extravaganza from Swedish melodic death metal shredders Arch Enemy recorded at their enormous headline show at Wacken in 2016.

Currently only having the audio section to hand, it’s impossible to report on the visual element but, with a couple of teaser videos already floating around the web, you get a fair taster of how massive this show is with the audio side just going to cement that fact by providing a simply flawless sonic side dish. Played out in front of nearly a hundred thousand wild fans, everything about this is perfect right from the moment vocalist Alissa White-Gluz races out of the wings and howls “let me see your horns Wacken!”. For almost ninety minutes this is metal how it should be played – squealing guitars, thundering drums and a set list that includes “My Apocalypse”, “As The Pages Burn”, “Dead Eyes See No Future” and plenty more Euro-metal anthems that were written for thousands of metal fans to break their necks to. As for Alissa, well, following her commanding predecessor Angela Gossow was always going to be no easy task but watching her stalk the stage it’s obvious Arch Enemy couldn’t have found a better successor and, as for those vocals, fucking hell…

The fact that, across Europe, Arch Enemy can hold the attention of a crowd this size shows how special this band are. When they roll into Bloodstock in August expect fireworks because, on the evidence of this perfect display of metal, their set alone will be worth the ticket price.

As The Stages Burn Track Listing:

01. Khaos Overture
02. Yesterday Is Dead And Gone
03. War Eternal
04. Ravenous
05. Stolen Life
06. My Apocalypse
07. You Will Know My Name
08. Bloodstained Cross
09. Under Black Flags We March
10. As The Pages Burn
11. Dead Eyes See No Future
12. Avalanche
13. No Gods, No Masters
14. We Will Rise
15. Nemesis
16. Fields Of Desolation

Run Time: 69:44
Release Date: March 31, 2017

Check out the track “Nemesis”

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.