Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz discussed her relationship with the band’s former vocalist Angela Gossow, telling Loudwire:
“Angela was not involved necessarily in the creative process [of the latest Arch Enemy album ‘Will to Power’], but she’s so involved in the band.
“For me she was a mentor long time. She was one of the first people to reach out to me and be like ‘I’ve been where you are, I know what you’re going through.’
“She was saying like, ‘You should work out, you should meditate, call your mom every day…’ All these hints to get you through touring. Because touring can be really tough at a certain level.
“I just remember her being like ‘You need to have a band like mine, because my guys are awesome. You need guys like my guys around you.’ I’m talking like 2005, or 2007. So, lo and behold!”
During the rest of the chat, Alissa discussed her pre-Arch Enemy days and the time spent in Agonist, saying:
“2011-2012 is kinda like a weird blur for me, because I was in like an actual deep depression then, which I didn’t know was going on because if anyone had this diagnosis before you realized that…
“Like, until you’re familiar with what that is, you don’t know what’s happening. You think you’re dying, you think you’re sick, it’s like a scary physical real thing. So that was happening, and I didn’t know that was happening.
“And I was trying to fix it with whatever I could. Whether that meant touring more, touring less, writing more, writing less, anything I could do I had to try to fix it. And when I started with Arch Enemy it was a different circumstance, because I was writing with very different people.
“Even other things in my life have changed to that point. I started dating Doyle shortly before that… Just things happened. I worked really hard to get out of that depression, because I’m straight edge so I don’t like the idea of taking drugs, taking pills, anything like that, even though I was prescribed anti-depressants.
“But I just decided that I wasn’t gonna do that. When somebody says, ‘Here’s an obstacle,’ I’m like, ‘Fuck that obstacle!’ So then they’re like ‘Take these anti-depressants,’ I’m like ‘Fuck no! I have to do something to avoid taking that!’
“Actually I managed to get myself out of that hole. It took like six or eight months of like self-help books, daily self cognitive behavioral therapy. But I did it.
“And that was a weird time in my life, but actually very empowering, because I realized that I was able to get myself out. I just learned a lot, from age 25 to now. And I’d like to keep learning. I just always have that open mind and positive attitude. And that’s how we all are in the band. It’s just a good place.”