Positively surprised by "War Eternal". After a couple of spins, I prefer it over the previous two AE albums, but it's not quite up there with the first two with Angela - at least not so far. Alissa is awesome, but I still think Angela is the better growler of the two, but at least Alissa has freshened the bands sound a bit, which was needed imo. Favourite track so far: The very epic "Time is Black".
I prefer to not draw comparisons to who is better. Alissa and Angela are both talented extreme vocalists. I enjoyed Khaos Legions but War Eternal for me did as good as that one. Alissa has got a good range and I'd actually like for next album to try to utilise her clean vocals too.
Perhaps I should have said, I prefer Angela over Alissa at this point. I'm not trying to say that one is better than the other! Concerning Alissa, I made the same point earlier in this thread. It would be a shame if the band does not utilize her clean vocals, but they might think they'll alienate some of the ******** fans. That being said, I'm sure they've gained a lot by hiring Alissa!
Btw, there's a little bit of clean vocals in chorus of the track "Avalanche". And the bonus track on the digibook called "Shadow On The Wall" also has some clean vocals (more like spoken word though). Perhaps they are testing the waters. Either way, I think you are right, they should take the chance and let her do a lot more clean stuff on the next album.
Loving this album another listen through. I stay with the opinion that for Alissa's first with the band this album was not really the one to try to do too much different. I mean they did tweak some stuff and its evident but not too much. I think the second album they do with her is the real place to judge what she can bring to the table. Michael Amott's writing on this album is great with some really nice catchy hooks that remind me a bit of some of what he did in Carcass.