Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz Offers Update on Solo Album
Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz has been teasing a solo album since 2016 with little to share about it other than some tidbits of info in the press here and there. Now, in a new interview with hard-hitting journalistic outpost Knotfest.com bossman M. Shawn Crahan, White-Gluz has given fans a bit more seitan to sink their teeth into.
Speaking about the musical direction of the record, which she plans to release under the ‘Alissa’ moniker, she said to expect a more vocally diverse performance than what fans have grown accustomed to hearing from her with Arch Enemy:
“With Arch Enemy, I basically do screams — I’m growling; that’s the type of vocals that I do. But I actually do clean vocals a lot too, and not that many people know that. I’ve done a lot of guest appearances with other bands and other artists where I use that clean voice, but I don’t really use it that much in Arch Enemy. So the solo thing is kind of just giving me an outlet to do basically any type of vocal acrobatics that I wanna do, whether it be blues-style singing, which I have a guest thing coming out soon like that, which is pretty cool. Rock singing, power metal singing, opera singing…
“Basically, the idea is that it’s a way for me to kind of get my musical rocks off in any way that I want, and it’s separate from Arch Enemy. So I don’t have to go in and dilute Arch Enemy or change what that’s about it, ’cause that wouldn’t be right either.
“It’s basically something that I kind of just had as this ongoing project that I’ve been working on any time I had time off from Arch Enemy touring, which was basically no time until this year. So I’ve been working a lot on it this year and recording it at a home studio that I built. And, yeah, so far I really like it, and I’m looking forward to finishing it up.”
Alissa also talked about her Patreon, which currently has 405 backers and provides her with an extra stream of income while tours are grounded:
“Luckily — I’m very lucky that I have this — I have a Patreon page that I do, and that’s the way that I actually am able to keep in touch with fans. I do virtual meet-and-greets every month. The kind of meet-and-greet that we would normally do in person at every show, I just get to do it in a livestream every month. And I also get to share other music ideas there, poetry, and that motivates me to keep going — keep thinking of new merch ideas, new outfit ideas, collaborations, cover songs. That really, really motivates me, and it’s actually an amazing platform for artists right now, because, obviously, none of us can tour right now. And so this allows me to maintain that bond with the fans and also stay motivated and stay supported by the fans so that we can keep making music and sustain ourselves until this pandemic is over. So that takes up a good chunk of my time, and I work on that.”
Alissa’s solo debut will feature collaborations with Kamelot keyboardist Oliver Palotai, Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (her longtime boyfriend), her Arch Enemy bandmate, Jeff Loomis, and others. There is still no publicly known timetable on the album’s release, unfortunately.
You can check out the full chat between Alissa and Clown below.