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

by Ana Lopez



Known from movies

Short information

Date of birth November 5, 1974
Fact Is vegan.



Who is Angela Gossow?

Angela Nathalie Gossow was born on November 5, 1974 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, then West Germany, and 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.

Angela Gossow’s net worth

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 has been more focused on projects such as managing other bands, business projects and voice acting.

Career start at a young age

Angela grew up in Cologne with three siblings and led 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 at the time and suffered from anorexia, a condition that leads to significant weight loss guided by a desire to be thin despite already being at a normal or less than normal weight.

Due to the many vicissitudes, she left home and found comfort with the metal band Asmodina. Over the years, she developed her skills as a death metal singer, learning the death growls and screams using false cords.

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

Arch enemy

In 2000, lead singer Johan Liiva was removed from Arch Enemy, prompting the band to look for a new lead singer.

She handed over a demo of her performance in 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 to record the album “Wages of Sin”.

Consistent recording and performing with Arch Enemy took a toll on her voice, and she stopped growling for a while after being diagnosed with nodules, took vocal rest, then worked with a vocal coach to help protect her throat while screaming, and also took piano lessons .

She remained with Arch Enemy for 14 years, until she announced in 2014 that she was stepping back as the band’s vocalist, wanting to spend more time with family and focus on other interests as well. She was replaced by Alissa White-Gluz which Gossow chose, but has remained as the band’s business manager.

Business endeavors and other projects

With her extensive experience 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 frontliner 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.

Aside from business, she also ventured into other projects, especially voice acting, portraying the character Lavona Succuboso on the show”Metalocalypsewhich ran on Adult Swim. She also took part 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 screaming has led to her being featured in numerous publications, including “Burrn!” in which she was mentioned as a shining star.

Recent projects

While she has not been involved in major music projects in recent years, she has expressed an interest in making music again, although not in the same capacity as she used to, due to her age and other responsibilities. She once collaborated with Astarte and 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 of their tours and releases are over.

Since she made that statement, she has not taken any steps towards this project, more concerned that 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 performed the song on stage and was also present in the music video, becoming 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 was in a known relationship with guitarist and bandmate Michael Amott; the two married in 2003 and remained together for 13 years before divorcing in 2016, two years after she left the band.

It is unknown if they have children, but she has made statements about family on a few occasions indicating that they may have children.

She has often stated that she is an atheist, and that belief may have been 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 opposes right-wing politics. She is also a vegan and decides to change her diet for environmental and ethical reasons. She is in favor of the legalization of cannabis, admitted to vaping the recreational drug to help with an asthma condition.

General information

First and last name Angela Gossow
Date of birth November 5, 1974
Height 1.6 meters
Profession Journalist, Singer-songwriter, Talent Manager, Songwriter, Singer, War Eternal, You Will Know My Name, Nemesis, Bochum, Germany, Leipzig, Germany, Colmar, France
Nationality German

Performance

Links to social profiles

Facts

# Fact
1 One of the few female metal singers to use death grunts as her primary singing style.
2 Used to sing in Asmodina and Mistress before getting into Arch Enemy.
3 Uses Sure SM 58 wireless on stage.
4 Is vegan.

Movies

Actress

Title Year Status Character
Metalocalypse 2008 TV serials Lavona Sucubboso
The zen of shouting 2 2007 Angela Gossow (singing voice)

Soundtrack

Title Year Status Character
Let’s be police 2014 writer: “I Am Legend / Out For Blood”
Heartbreak: sick love 2004 lyrics: “Dehumanization”

Yourself

Title Year Status Character
giant tour 2 2008 Video
Talking metal 2007 TV serials herself
Metal: a headbanger’s journey 2005 Documentary herself
Headbangers ball 2003 TV serials herself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


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