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Release date: 30 May 2011
Style: Gothenburg metal

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Disc I
01. Khaos Overture
02. Yesterday Is Dead And Gone
03. Bloodstained Cross
04. Under Black Flags We March
05. No Gods, No Masters
06. City Of The Dead
07. Through The Eyes Of A Raven
08. Cruelty Without Beauty
09. We Are A Godless Entity
10. Cult Of Chaos
11. Thorns In My Flesh
12. Turn To Dust
13. Vengeance Is Mine
14. Secrets
15. The Zoo [Scorpions cover] [Japanese bonus]
16. Snow Bound [Acoustic version] [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [Kovered In Khaos] [Deluxe/Limited edition bonus]
01. Warning [Discharge cover]
02. Wings Of Tomorrow [Europe cover]
03. The Oath [Kiss cover]
04. The Book Of Heavy Metal [Dream Evil cover]

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Additional info
Europe: May 30th
North America: June 7th

Available in following formats:
- Ltd. Edition Kingsize Mediabook 2CD (including Kovered In Khaos bonus songs) - Europe & Australia
- Deluxe version Digipak 2CD (including Kovered In Khaos bonus songs) - North America
- Standard version CD - worldwide
- 2LP Gatefold incl. a dropcard (all album and Kovered In Khaos tracks on both, vinyl and dropcard)
- 300 copies in red/black marbled color vinyl (exclusive for Nuclear Blast Europe mail-order)
- 400 copies in transparent/black marbled vinyl (exclusive for CM Distro worldwide)
- 100 copies in gold color vinyl (CM Distro Europe mail-order)
- 2200 copies in black vinyl (worldwide)
- Digital download

Staff review by
Thryce

Rating:
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An open letter to Arch Enemy.


Dear Arch Enemy,

Back where I come from we have this saying; "You can only hate Arch Enemy, if you hate having fun". So obviously I was pretty excited when I heard you were releasing your first studio effort in over six years (unless you want to count the utter abomination that was
Rise Of The Tyrant[i], which I kind of don't). After a couple of spins though, my excitement gradually turned into concern. Which is why I'm stepping up to lend a helping hand (which I assume was your intent, 'cause I'm just that modest).

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ONILEF - 08.09.2012 at 08:19  
Rating: 10 Khaos Legions explores the more aggressive side of Arch Enemy
Array - 09.09.2012 at 00:24  
 
Written by ONILEF on 08.09.2012 at 08:19

Khaos Legions explores the more aggressive side of Arch Enemy

Only if you mean aggressive recycling.
Sword_Chant - 30.10.2012 at 18:06  
Rating: 8 Am I the only person who enjoyed this one? I know it's more of the same, but the guitar work is okay.. I don't think AE have ever released a masterpiece album, but this sounds like a decent enough sequel to the previous one (imo). They def need to up their game for the next album though.
ThunderAxe1989 - 01.11.2012 at 02:28  
Rating: 10 Okay, I'm just noticing this, but to those of you who are trying to act nasty or act like assholes towards me, all I have to say is.....don't diss or criticise what you don't understand It's a principle I live by, and it wouldn't hurt others to do the fucking same.

seriously though, the content does embody anarchist themes/philosophy.....even before reading the lyrics, some of the song titles alone make that quite apparent.
musicalkaratekid - 16.09.2013 at 17:25  
Rating: 6 Basically just another Arch enemy album. Don't get me wrong, it has moments of brilliance, but for me those moments are brief and it's only a matter of time before you wonder whether the band are copying their previous albums. That's not such a terrible thing, just a clear lack of originality. That said, Amott can still whip out some crushing riffs and blistering solos when he wants to, and Gossow hasn't exactly lost her notable vocal style.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2013 at 14:57  
  I've just given this album another spin, I think the first since I initially heard it not long after it's release. My initial thoughts that it was a weak album overall haven't changed, however, I think the small amount of great songs on this album are amongst the best songs in AE's catalogue. I think I must have overlooked them on my first listen, cos I don't remember loving any of the songs when I first heard it!

Too many of the songs have melodies that seem recycled, and most of the slower moments don't work as well as they did on earlier albums. In fact, "Bloodstained Cross" is pulled back from being a great song to being merely okay, due to it slowing down in a way that doesn't fit the song, and using a very tired melody. "Cruelty Without Beauty" is the one song that has slower parts that really hit hard, and adds to the intensity of the song. This is one song I'd happily place in any personal compilation of my fave Arch Enemy songs. There's some savage riffs in this one, and the slower parts add to the haunting feel of the song. Even the mid-song melody lead doesn't sound rehashed, so it really stands as a great song as a whole. A couple of other songs like the bonecrushing "Vengeance Is Mine" also remind me of why I fell in love with this band in the first place. But overall, the truly biting and cutting moments are few and far between, and overall, the album feels like treading water, and is very "safe". The great side of the band is on show here, but only fleetingly... which is frustrating, because clearly the capacity is still there for another great album from these guys. Shame...
Cynic Metalhead - 13.12.2013 at 15:31  
Rating: 6
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.12.2013 at 14:57

I've just given this album another spin, I think the first since I initially heard it not long after it's release. My initial thoughts that it was a weak album overall haven't changed, however, I think the small amount of great songs on this album are amongst the best songs in AE's catalogue. I think I must have overlooked them on my first listen, cos I don't remember loving any of the songs when I first heard it!

Too many of the songs have melodies that seem recycled, and most of the slower moments don't work as well as they did on earlier albums. In fact, "Bloodstained Cross" is pulled back from being a great song to being merely okay, due to it slowing down in a way that doesn't fit the song, and using a very tired melody. "Cruelty Without Beauty" is the one song that has slower parts that really hit hard, and adds to the intensity of the song. This is one song I'd happily place in any personal compilation of my fave Arch Enemy songs. There's some savage riffs in this one, and the slower parts add to the haunting feel of the song. Even the mid-song melody lead doesn't sound rehashed, so it really stands as a great song as a whole. A couple of other songs like the bonecrushing "Vengeance Is Mine" also remind me of why I fell in love with this band in the first place. But overall, the truly biting and cutting moments are few and far between, and overall, the album feels like treading water, and is very "safe". The great side of the band is on show here, but only fleetingly... which is frustrating, because clearly the capacity is still there for another great album from these guys. Shame...


Well, why you don't start writing reviews? Seriously, your analysis' has always been spot on.

Anyway, I'm with you on this. New disc is severely awful. Tasteless. Boring. Amateur. Disappoting.

I, for one, was expecting a good record from them and thought they will shut off the critics. But, after KL they welcomed more critics on board and it now feels like their music has lost their shine. They weren't bad enough but now they making one of it very easily.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2013 at 16:11  
 
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.12.2013 at 15:31
Well, why you don't start writing reviews? Seriously, your analysis' has always been spot on.

Anyway, I'm with you on this. New disc is severely awful. Tasteless. Boring. Amateur. Disappoting.

I, for one, was expecting a good record from them and thought they will shut off the critics. But, after KL they welcomed more critics on board and it now feels like their music has lost their shine. They weren't bad enough but now they making one of it very easily.


I don't have much confidence in my review writing abilities... I think I'm a bit too impassioned for my own good, which makes my reviews too direct I feel. Thanks for saying that though, I appreciate it.

If the whole album was awful, I'd actually be less critical of the band, because it's not that they are no longer capable of making amazing metal, it's just they choose not to do so these days, at least most of the time. And that's very frustrating for me as a fan. The rare moments on this album of actual aggression and intensity makes me rejoice as an AE fan, but ultimately they make me more frustrated than anything else, because I'm thinking "why can't you make the whole album like this?" And I'm left with the feeling that for the most part, the band aren't even trying, just recycling melodies, and making easy listening stuff for their younger fans who love them blindly whatever they do. It's a shame, because the talent is still there without a doubt, they are just wasting it. I can only hope their new guitarist lights a fire under the band and they come back with an album that isn't 70%-80% filler, which is what "Khaos Legions" is.
Cynic Metalhead - 13.12.2013 at 20:48  
Rating: 6
Written by Angelic Storm on 13.12.2013 at 11:58

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.12.2013 at 15:31
Well, why you don't start writing reviews? Seriously, your analysis' has always been spot on.

Anyway, I'm with you on this. New disc is severely awful. Tasteless. Boring. Amateur. Disappoting.

I, for one, was expecting a good record from them and thought they will shut off the critics. But, after KL they welcomed more critics on board and it now feels like their music has lost their shine. They weren't bad enough but now they making one of it very easily.


but ultimately they make me more frustrated than anything else, because I'm thinking "why can't you make the whole album like this?" And I'm left with the feeling that for the most part, the band aren't even trying, just recycling melodies, and making easy listening stuff for their younger fans who love them blindly whatever they do. It's a shame, because the talent is still there without a doubt, they are just wasting it. I can only hope their new guitarist lights a fire under the band and they come back with an album that isn't 70%-80% filler...


You just described the definition of 'Rise Of The Tyrant' although KE is worst.

I never enjoyed ROTT only on the flaws of mixture of "very good songs" to "average sounding fillers". i never had a problem with fillers too to be honest especially with Arch Enemy because they pull it off handsomely. KL do have a couple of good songs and is bit aggressive but then again totality crashed down good songs' feel and enjoyment. "Rise of the tyrant" was totally rip off of "Doomsday Machine" and they cleverly tried to rehash their guitar process but it was clearly visible with the amount of bad production happened in ROTT.

Well, my point is that even if guys have talent and not showcasing them still bloody drag them down to nowhere(even if they had an awesome history). We'll know "great" bands have collapsed to "average" bands and doesn't have anything to do except to defecate poor records and make cash.
Angelic Storm - 13.12.2013 at 21:18  
 
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 13.12.2013 at 20:48
You just described the definition of 'Rise Of The Tyrant' although KE is worst til yet.

I never enjoyed ROTT only on the flaws of mixture of "very good songs" to "average sounding fillers". i never had a problem with fillers too to be honest especially with Arch Enemy because they pull it off handsomely. KL do have a couple of good songs and is bit aggressive but then again totality crashed down good songs' feel and enjoyment. "Rise of the tyrant" was totally rip off of "Doomsday Machine" and they cleverly tried to rehash their guitar process but it was clearly visible with the amount of bad production happened in ROTT.

Well, my point is that even if guys have talent and not showcasing them still bloody drag them down to nowhere(even if they had an awesome history). We'll know "great" bands have collapsed to "average" bands and doesn't have anything to do except to defecate poor record and make cash.


Well... For me, the benchmark for Angela-fronted Arch Enemy is "Wages Of Sin", which is an amazing album overall, and certainly a match for the Johan Liiva fronted material, even if I prefer him as a vocalist. All of their albums since then have contained some killer material, but also some average/forgettable stuff as well. When I first heard this album, I felt hands down, it was the worst thing the band had recorded. And whilst I may still hold that opinion now, I don't feel it is that much worse than all the other post-Wages Arch Enemy albums, in hindsight. I think a good length of time away from listening to the band has given me a greater sense of clarity when viewing the album today, rather than when I initially listened to it.

I think where this album is weaker than anything else they've done, is the amount of killer songs on this album, is lower than on any of their other albums. And I think the "recycling" issue is a major bugbear when it comes to the songs I regard as the weaker ones. Had this album came out immediately after Wages, and "Anthems Of Rebellion" was their latest album, it could well be I'd view the latter album in a far less favourable light than I currently do. And I might not be so critical of the former album. In any case, the problem with the band these days is not that they can't write stellar material, but that they cannot sustain a high quality of material for an entire album. And this is an issue that has gotten progressively worse since Wages. "Cruelty Without Beauty" is definitely the true gem on the album, and would not be at all out of place were it on one of their best albums. It's just sad that this level of quality seems to be a rarity within the band these days, when it used to be so abundant in the first few years of the band's existence...
MetalAce - 07.01.2014 at 19:48  
Rating: 10 In my idea, this album is good, and guitar work is great. This was the first AE album I listened to. Some kind of revolution and rebel, Which I always looked for, YESTERDAY IS DEAD AND GONE. . .
deadone - 08.01.2014 at 00:44  
Rating: 6 This album starts off very weak but does get better as it goes on.

It's still not that great and certainly not on par with their earlier works.
deadone - 21.02.2014 at 05:26  
Rating: 6 Not happy.

Listening to a youtube version of this album with a whole heap of extra and quite decent tracks.

My version doesn't have them - bastards!
Boxcar Willy - 18.03.2014 at 05:00  
Rating: 5 They manage to fuck up a Discharge cover here, which is pretty hard to do when you think about it.

Everything about this is just so... Sub par. I even thought this when I first heard it ages ago when i was really into this sort of thing.
deadone - 18.03.2014 at 05:07  
Rating: 6
Written by Boxcar Willy on 18.03.2014 at 05:00

when I first heard it ages ago when i was really into this sort of thing.


Ages ago? It's only been out for a couple of years. Still has a new album smell in my opinion!
Boxcar Willy - 18.03.2014 at 05:08  
Rating: 5
Written by deadone on 18.03.2014 at 05:07

Ages ago? It's only been out for a couple of years. Still has a new album smell in my opinion!

The album is 3 years old... That's like a 6th of my life.
deadone - 18.03.2014 at 05:15  
Rating: 6
Written by Boxcar Willy on 18.03.2014 at 05:08

The album is 3 years old... That's like a 6th of my life.


When you put it like that.
Array - 04.05.2014 at 04:09  
 
Written by ThunderAxe1989 on 01.11.2012 at 02:28

Okay, I'm just noticing this, but to those of you who are trying to act nasty or act like assholes towards me, all I have to say is.....don't diss or criticise what you don't understand It's a principle I live by, and it wouldn't hurt others to do the fucking same.

seriously though, the content does embody anarchist themes/philosophy.....even before reading the lyrics, some of the song titles alone make that quite apparent.

I understand anarchism, it's the NO LAWS ALL OVER THE GLOBE approach. (= STEAL AS MUCH YOU CAN; FUCK THEM, THEM THE ENEMIES, EVERYONE)

And I really don't give a shit if it's your life philosophy because it's fucking retarded.

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