Angela Nathalie Gossow (born 5 November 1974, in Cologne, Germany) is the lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. Her previous bands include Asmodina and Mistress. She is considered to be one of the few successful female metal singers to use growling as her primary singing style. Her main influences are Jeff Walker of Carcass, David Vincent of Morbid Angel, Chuck Billy ofTestament, John Tardy of Obituary, Chuck Schuldiner of Death, Dave Mustaine ofMegadeth, and Rob Halford of Judas Priest.[edit source | edit]
Angela Gossow was born to orthodox Christian parents in Cologne, Germany and had three siblings. She was 17 when her parents got divorced. Further financial troubles came in when their business went bankrupt. Being anorexic and bulimic further added to her woes. It was at this time that she decided to move out of home and join the metal band Asmodina. After graduation she joined an advertising company as a trainee, specializing in marketing. She simultaneously began studying economics. In 1997, the band Asmodina split and Gossow formed another band: Mistress.
Gossow joined Arch Enemy in November 2000, after former lead singer Johan Liivawas removed from the band. She had previously interviewed guitarist Michael Amottfor a German webzine. While interviewing Amott, Gossow gave him a demo that she described as a "poor quality" video of a performance at a club. When the bandsacked then-vocalist Johan Liiva in 2000, Arch Enemy called in Gossow for an audition. Amott said that "she wiped the floor with all the other contenders." She then proceeded to record Wages of Sin with Arch Enemy. However, before the band could take off for tour in 2002, Gossow was diagnosed with nodules, which almost stopped her from growling. However, after some vocal therapy, she was able to recover her voice and she proceeded to begin taking piano and screaming lessons from renowned coach Melissa Cross. She continues to work in close conjunction with her.
Gossow provides the voice for the recurring character, Lavona Succuboso in the animated television show Metalocalypse. According to an interview with Musiikki TV at the Frostbite Festival 2009, Gossow did guest vocals on the Astarte album Demonized, on the song "Black at Heart".
Gossow is featuring on Melissa Cross's 2nd DVD release The Zen of Screaming 2released by Melissa Cross. Apart from being on the cover pages of many leading magazines, she was also voted the "best singer" and "shining star" at the Burrn!magazine awards in 2002. Since 2008 she is the manager for Arch Enemy andSpiritual Beggars.
Gossow is among a small number of women to front as a death metal vocalist. She has a mezzo-soprano vocal range, with adeath growl. She is a vegan and politically considers herself an anarchist, but votes "to make sure the right-wing doesn't get her vote." She is an atheist.