“My screams are very loud so I had to tune them to make it more sustainable for touring” – Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz reveals her story as a metal vocalist 

Author Arto Mäenpää - 9.7.2023

Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian vocalist known for her powerful and versatile voice, commanding stage presence, and undeniable talent in the world of heavy metal. Born on July 31, 1985, in Montreal, Quebec, Alissa began her musical journey at a young age. She developed a passion for the arts and a love for singing, leading her to pursue a career in music.

Alissa’s breakthrough came in 2004 when she joined the Canadian melodic death metal band, The Agonist, as their lead vocalist. Her raw talent and dynamic performances quickly earned her recognition within the metal community. Alissa’s distinctive vocal range, ranging from guttural growls to melodic clean vocals, showcased her versatility as an artist.

Her time with The Agonist saw the release of three studio albums, including their critically acclaimed debut, “Once Only Imagined” (2007), and its follow-ups, “Lullabies for the Dormant Mind” (2009) and “Prisoners” (2012). These albums showcased Alissa’s ability to deliver intense and emotional performances, establishing her as a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene.

In 2014, Alissa White-Gluz took a significant step forward in her career when she was chosen as the new vocalist for the legendary Swedish melodic death metal band, Arch Enemy. Joining a band with a loyal fanbase and a rich history, Alissa faced the challenge of filling the shoes of former frontwoman Angela Gossow, who was already world-widely known in the metal world.

Alissa White-Gluz’s addition to Arch Enemy injected new energy and creativity into the band. Her powerful vocals and captivating stage presence brought a fresh dynamic to their sound, resulting in a seamless transition that pleased both longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Under Alissa’s leadership, Arch Enemy released their highly successful album, “War Eternal” (2014), which marked a new chapter for the band. The album received widespread critical acclaim and showcased Alissa’s ability to deliver aggressive and melodic vocals with precision. Songs like “War Eternal” and “You Will Know My Name” became instant favorites, solidifying Alissa’s place as a prominent figure in the metal community.

In subsequent years, Arch Enemy continued to release stellar albums, including “Will to Power” (2017) and “Deceivers” (2022). Alissa’s lyrical depth added a personal touch to the band’s music, addressing themes of empowerment, personal struggle, and societal issues.

Beyond her work with Arch Enemy, Alissa White-Gluz is an advocate for animal rights and environmental sustainability. She uses her platform to raise awareness about these causes, aligning her music and beliefs in a way that resonates with her fans.

Alissa White-Gluz’s journey as a vocalist and her impact on the metal scene cannot be understated. With her extraordinary talent, fierce determination, and unwavering dedication to her craft, she has become an icon for aspiring artists and a role model for fans around the world. Whether on stage or off, Alissa continues to push boundaries, break stereotypes, and inspire a new generation of metal musicians and fans alike.

Arch Enemy played two festival shows in the end of June in Finland and Chaoszine sat down with Alissa White-Gluz before the show at Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland and discussed about her life as a metal vocalist from the very early days of learning to scream to present and you can check out the latest episode of our metal vocalist video series below:

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You can check out Arch Enemy‘s latest “Deceivers” album in full below: