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Release date: 21 April 1998
Style: Gothenburg metal

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01. Beast Of Man
02. Stigmata
03. Sinister Mephisto
04. Dark Of The Sun
05. Let The Killing Begin
06. Black Earth
07. Hydra [Japanese bonus track]
08. Tears Of The Dead
09. Diva Satanica [Japanese bonus track]
10. Damnation's Way [Japanese bonus track]
11. Vox Stellarum
12. Bridge Of Destiny

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Alex Fenger - 18.02.2012 at 19:06  
Rating: 6 I think that "Beast Of Man" was inspired completely by the quote at the end of the movie Planet of The apes..... thats kinda cool
musicalkaratekid - 28.02.2012 at 00:56  
Rating: 9 The band's best album in my opinion-not only that, but one where the band's sound finally came together, at a time when they actually wrote epic song structures. Not that the arch enemy of the 21st Century is any worse (Oh please don't reply to this comment regarding whether Liiva or Gossow is the better singer), just that in the 90's, i believe the band were writing better material than they have done for the last 12 years. 'Beast of Man' is an explosive opener; the two short instrumentals are handled beautifully so as not to be regarded as filler material; and 'Black Earth' has one of the most unbelievably epic melodies i've ever heard. Cynics may criticize Johan Liiva's vocals (for which i knocked a point off), but they don't so much suck as add a harsher edge to the already rippiing sound of christopher amott and co.
theFIST - 28.02.2012 at 01:28  
Rating: 7 I actually prefer the first album
Sword_Chant - 27.10.2012 at 02:06  
Rating: 8 Four words about this album.... 'Dark Of The Sun'.. the two guitar solos and the heavy section in between is incredible. That is some of the best guitar work in Arch Enemy's whole discography imo.
Angelic Storm - 17.12.2013 at 10:52  
Rating: 10 Listening to this album at the weekend, it's the first time the whole album has clicked with me. I've always loved certain songs on the album, but all of the slower songs barring "Bridge Of Destiny" I never liked that much. Hearing the album again now, suddenly, songs like "Tears Of The Dead", "Black Earth" and the massive "Dark Of The Sun" have became classics to my mind... this might actually be their best album overall. I dunno why I never clicked with these tracks before... but now I have, this album has shot up in my estimation. I always saw this one as the weakest of the Johan era albums, but now I think it might actually the best of the lot! I'm glad I gave those slower numbers another chance.
Cynic Metalhead - 17.12.2013 at 20:09  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 17.12.2013 at 10:52

Listening to this album at the weekend, it's the first time the whole album has clicked with me. I've always loved certain songs on the album, but all of ther songs barring "Bridge Of Destiny" I never liked that much. Hearing the album again now, suddenly, songs like "Tears Of The Dead", "Black Earth" and the massive "Dark Of The Sun" have became classics to my mind... this might actually be their best album ove. ll. I dunno why I never clicked with these tracks before... but now I have, this album has shot up in my estimation. I always saw this one as the weakest of the Johan era albums, but now I think it might actually the best of the lot! I'm glad I gave those slower numbers another chance.


Oh, you nailed it straight 10 to this album. Wow.

A very good album I suppose. Even I didn't listen to this record for a while, I'll surely give a listen to. It sure as hell a very underrated record(oops, 8 overall is very good) who's existence i strongly think shallowed by other records. Songs are hard-hitting, typical AE violence aura you feel it, well structured, nice flow of Gothenburg elements and more importantly production is stellar in this.

Well, the only issue is it misplaced his identity under pile of various AE records. I also believe AE doesn't cover up songs from this record live that much. Its sad.
Angelic Storm - 17.12.2013 at 22:00  
Rating: 10
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 17.12.2013 at 20:09
Oh, you nailed it straight 10 to this album. Wow.

A very good album I suppose. Even I didn't listen to this record for a while, I'll surely give a listen to. It sure as hell a very underrated record(oops, 8 overall is very good) who's existence i strongly think shallowed by other records. Songs are hard-hitting, typical AE violence aura you feel it, well structured, nice flow of Gothenburg elements and more importantly production is stellar in this.

Well, the only issue is it misplaced his identity under pile of various AE records. I also believe AE doesn't cover up songs from this record live that much. Its sad.


My original rating for this album was 8, which was mainly because I felt some of the slower tracks weren't up to the high standard of the rest of the album. Now, for a reason which escapes me, I find those songs to be equally great with the ones I'd always loved like "Bridge Of Destiny", and "Beast Of Man". This time, I was listening to the Japanese version of the album, which has 3 tracks not on the original European version... I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it. I mixed up the track order too, and I think maybe splitting those slower songs up, had the effect of adding more dynamic flow to it. In any event, it's like I'm now hearing the album with a different set of ears, the whole thing just sounds immense and is Arch Enemy at their darkest, and most dynamic and vital. It has those wonderful melodies the band is so famous for, but it's welded together with a vicious, harsher, and more brutal aesthetic.

"Burning Bridges" has always been my fave Arch Enemy album, but I now feel "Stigmata" is at least level with it, if not even better. The band never mixed brutality and melody as well as they did here I don't think.
Cynic Metalhead - 18.12.2013 at 08:17  
 
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Written by Cynic Metalhead on 17.12.2013 at 20:09
Oh, you nailed it straight 10 to this album. Wow.

A very good album I suppose. Even I didn't listen to this record for a while, I'll surely gives ten to. It sure as hell a very underrated record(oops, 8 overall is very good) who's existence i strongly think shallowed by other records. Songs are hard-hitting, typical AE violence aura you feel it, well structured, nice flow of Gothenburg elements and more importantly production is stellar in this.

Well, the only issue is it misplaced his identity under pile of various AE records. I also believe AE doesn't cover up songs from this record live that much. Its sad.


"Burning Bridges" has always been my fave Arch Enemy album, but I now feel "Stigmata" is at least level with it, if not even better. The band never mixed brutality and melody as well as they did here I don't think.


I agree with you. BB got come out to be very good record but i felt it was more of an advanced version of Stigmata with great improvisation and agressiveness in Bridges. That same thing with happened with "Anthem of Rebellions" which was a great advanced version of "Wages of Sin". Here, from advanced version I meant as they went with that same crunching formula but improvised in different way. Although, i didn't like "Wages of Sin" but loved "Anthems of Rebellion".
Angelic Storm - 18.12.2013 at 15:37  
Rating: 10
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.12.2013 at 08:17
I agree with you. BB got come out to be very good record but i felt it was more of an advanced version of Stigmata with great improvisation and agressiveness in Bridges. That same thing with happened with "Anthem of Rebellions" which was a great advanced version of "Wages of Sin". Here, from advanced version I meant as they went with that same crunching formula but improvised in different way. Although, i didn't like "Wages of Sin" but loved "Anthems of Rebellion".


Hmm, I think overall, "Stigmata" is a more aggressive album than Bridges... I think the aggressive moments on Bridges are perhaps the most venemous the band has ever sounded, but that is offset by the more melodic moments probably being the most overtly melodic the band has ever been. That's why I've always loved that album so much. It features some very aggressive riff sets, more biting than is normal for the melo-death genre, but then at other times, the melodies and riffs sound like very commercial arena-metal. It's that ying/yang effect that has made that album such a favourite for me. "Stigmata" is a darker album, probably the darkest of all Arch Enemy albums, whilst "Burning Bridges" is their most colourful album... It's hard for me to choose between the two, but I do think those albums are the band's best works.

You don't like "Wages Of Sin", but love "Anthems Of Rebellion"? I don't think I've ever heard that before! lol I think Anthems is a good album... Wages is definitely my fave album with Angela on vocals though... I think probably because it's the least removed aesthetically from their earlier works, and it was before Angela's vocals started becoming overly processed. Musically, it's also their most consistent work with her in the band I feel.
deadone - 05.02.2014 at 06:47  
Rating: 9 Great album. Liiva era AE is where it's at for me. Gassow is ok as a Jeff Walker clone but the actual song writing has been slowly going down the toilet for the last few albums.
Troy Killjoy - 05.02.2014 at 17:19  
Rating: 7
Written by deadone on 05.02.2014 at 06:47
Great album. Liiva era AE is where it's at for me. Gassow is ok as a Jeff Walker clone but the actual song writing has been slowly going down the toilet for the last few albums.

I prefer Liiva myself but I don't think I agree with Gossow being referred to as a Jeff Walker clone. Granted I spent literally 0 seconds in the past year listening to Arch Enemy and I only bothered with the Carcass release once about a week after its release date so maybe you're right.
psykometal - 01.03.2014 at 05:21  
  Initially, when I first got into the band just over a decade ago (just after Rebellion came out), I thought she was way better than he. However, after several years of music taste evolution, I have come to also believe that Liiva was far superior to her. If you like Liiva era AE then you should also check out the one-off NonExist album he was a part of. It's like a slightly more technical Liiva-era AE album.

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