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The Untold Truth of ‘Arch Enemy’ Member – Angela Gossow

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Who is Angela Gossow?

Born on November 5, 1974 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, then West Germany, Angela Nathalie Gossow is a singer, best known as part of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy as their former vocalist. She has also worked with other bands during her career, including Mistress and Asmodina.

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The fortune of Angela Gossow

As of early 2020, Angela Gossow’s net worth is estimated to be over $6 million, primarily earned through her success with Arch Enemy. After her singing career, she is more focused on projects such as managing other bands, business projects and voice acting.

Start career in early life

Angela grew up in Cologne with three siblings, and lived a mostly quiet life. Things changed during her teenage years when her parents divorced, and the family suffered a sudden lack of finances when their company went bankrupt. She was mostly sickly during this time, suffering from anorexia, a condition that leads to significant weight loss, led by a desire to be thin, despite already being a normal or less-than-normal weight.

She left the house because of the many problems and found solace in the metal band Asmodina. Over the years, she developed her skills as a death metal singer, learning the death growl and scream using false strings.

She had the range to handle such tasks, and over the years she was inspired by many other metal bands, including Morbid Angel, Megadeth, Death and Obituary. In the meantime, she continued her education and tried to pursue a career in advertising after college, having been a marketing intern while studying economics in college. Eventually, Asmodina disbanded and she formed a new band with herself as the lead singer, whom she named Mistress.

Arch enemy

In 2000, vocalist Johan Liiva was removed from Arch Enemy, leaving the band looking for a new vocalist.

She handed over a demo of her performance at a club, but it was of poor quality, so the band had to invite her for an audition to check the quality of her voice. The audition proved fruitful, as Gossow was above any other contender, so the band welcomed her as their lead singer. She started her work with them and recorded the album “Wages of Sin”.

Consistently recording and performing with Arch Enemy took a toll on her voice, and she stopped growling for a while after being diagnosed with lumps, took voice rest, and then worked with a vocal coach to protect her throat while she screamed, as well as taking piano lessons.

She stayed with Arch Enemy for 14 years, until she announced in 2014 that she would be stepping back as the band’s lead singer, as she wanted to spend more time with the family and focus on other interests as well. She was replaced by Alissa White-Gluzi whom Gossow chose, but has remained as the band’s business manager.

Business Efforts and Other Projects

With her extensive experience working in bands and her time with Arch Enemy, Angela learned more about the ins and outs of the business aspect of music. This helped her as she became a frontline for the band’s various business endeavors, which she also saw as an opportunity to earn more money rather than just getting paid for singing.

Angela Gossow

Her connections also led her to collaborate with other bands as their manager, including Obscura, Spiritual Beggars, and Amaranthe.

Business aside, she also ventured into other projects, most notably voice acting, portraying the character Lavona Succuboso in the show”metalocalypsewhich ran on Adult Swim. She also participated in a few death metal related videos, such as “The Zen of Screaming 2”, a project by her friend Melissa Cross. Her vocal ability and unusual talent for death metal screams have led to her being featured in numerous publications, including “Burn!” in which she was named as a shining star.

Recent projects

Although she has not been involved in major music projects in recent years, she has expressed an interest in getting back into making music, albeit not in the same capacity as before, due to her age and other responsibilities. She once collaborated with Astarte, where she contributed vocals for the song “Black at Heart”. In 2018 she showed interest in a new project with Arch Enemy, more focused on extreme metal. However, the band still has a contract with Alissa and she wouldn’t want to interfere with their projects until all their tours and releases are complete.

Since making that statement, she has not taken any steps toward this project, more concerned about how the world is not yet in a calm state.

In 2020 she returned to performing, contributing guest vocals for the band Amaranthe for the single “Do or Die”. She has performed the song on stage and was also present in the music video, making it her first music project since 2012, during the end of her run with Arch Enemy; the latter, on the other hand, has not released a new project since 2017, only a compilation album in 2019.

Private life

Angela had a known relationship with guitarist and bandmate Michael Amott; the two married in 2003 and stayed together for 13 years before divorcing in 2016, two years after she left the band.

It is not known if they have children, but she has made several statements about family showing that they have them.

She has often said she is an atheist, and that belief may be rooted in bad experiences with her family who were strict Christians. She often reflects her views in the lyrics of her songs. She is a strong supporter of environmental efforts and is against right-wing politics. She is also a vegan and decides to change her diet for environmental and ethical reasons. She is a supporter of the legalization of cannabis, admitting that she is vaping the recreational drug to help with an asthma condition.


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