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Arch Enemy Offer a “Handshake With Hell” On New Single

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Last month, melodeath favorites Arch Enemy announced their 11th studio album, Deceivers, following the release of singles “Deceiver, Deceiver” and “House of Mirrors.” Now, the band have dropped the opening track of the record, “Handshake With Hell,” which you can hear below.

We have to admit, we like “Handshake With Hell,” but not as much as “House of Mirrors” and definitely not as much as “Deceiver, Deceiver.” We appreciated how brutal and fast the first single was, and we liked the second one a ton, but this one is a little too heavy on clean vocals and power-metal pageantry for us. That’s no one’s fault — honestly, if you have Alissa White-Gluz, why chain her to only screaming? — but it is what it is. That first song was unexpected, and this is exactly what we expect.

Here’s what White-Gluz had to say about the track:

“When Michael and Daniel showed me the instrumental they had cooked up, I got a ton of vocal ideas to complete the song. ‘Handshake with Hell’ has a classic heavy metal feel, and it felt like the right time to unleash some classic heavy metal vocals to match. I think the result is really interesting and catchy!”

You can check out “Handshake With Hell” below. Arch Enemy’s Deceivers drops July 29th via Century Media, and can be pre-saved.

Meanwhile, fans can catch the band live at one of their upcoming dates with Behemoth and Napalm Death:

4/16 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
4/18 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
4/19 – Dallas, TX @ Amplified Live
4/21 – St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
4/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
4/23 – Charlotte. NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
4/25 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
4/26 – Montreal, QC @ Mtelus
4/28 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
4/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
4/30 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
5/2 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
5/4 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
5/7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
5/9 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
5/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
5/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
5/13 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
5/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium

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