YMMV / Arch-Enemy

  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Angela. And that's as far as we'll go to avoid flamebait, ladies and gents.
    • Alissa. Now that the dust has died down, she's either as good a replacement as any for Angela who faithfully and skillfully handles the material, or she's an egomaniacal jerk whose vocals simply can't compare to Angela's and whose image and stage presence are a poor fit.
  • Face of the Band: An odd variation on this with the face of the band at first being Michael Amott (formerly of influential grindcore/melodeath band Carcass) who many saw as the band's only important member. However when Angela joined the band, she became the face of the group and Michael became an afterthought.
    • Now that he's a member, Jeff Loomis is beginning to become this due to his already-present status as a modern guitar icon. And that's without having any kind of a role in the songwriting process, which became a point of criticism against Will to Power.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans choose to disregard anything from a certain era. There are those who believe that the group ended when Johann left, or that the group began when Angela joined, and now that she's leaving, they're leaving too.
  • Internet Backdraft: State your preference on the Angela vs. Johann debate. I dare you...
    • By the same respect, Angela vs Alissa - never mind that the two are good friends, and Angela allegedly hand-picked Alissa as her replacement.
  • Mis-blamed: While Alissa is polarizing and frequently disliked for many reasons, many of her detractors who also didn't like War Eternal in general have blamed her for "watering down" their sound. This, however, is not at all her fault, as she had virtually no input in the songwriting process and only wrote half of her lyrics.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Alissa White-Gluz. The general consensus is that she is not a good fit and that their live show has suffered. Their popularity has been on the decline over the past few years and most are happy to blame her for it.
  • Tear Jerker: The lyrics to "My Apocalypse" are about coming to the end of your life and looking at what's left with great nihilism.
    • The guitar solo in, "My Apocalypse," is also a painful tear jerker.
    • The Day You Died. It is inspired by Grave of the Fireflies. If you haven't seen it, watch the subbed version and listen to the song again. I dare you...
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Angela's voice is so masculine that if you haven't been to any live concerts, or seen any music videos or pictures of the members, you might think she's a guy.