During a show on the band’s European tour, Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (who's still a new addition to the band) broke her ribs after crashing through a stage riser. According to an update post by the singer, her doctor “forbade” her from playing any more shows, but that’s not stopping her. Read an update:
“Thank you for the love and well wishes, everyone who has written to me! It really does help, seriously! As someone who avoids drugs at all costs, I take a pretty mind-over-matter approach to physical pain, so I’m finding ways of coping with the pain on stage and keeping my body horizontal when off stage.
“Anyone at that show who saw me body slam through the fucking riser could imagine there would be some damage. But, I’m a stubborn fuck and I waited a few shows before going to get xrays, ultra sounds and blood tests. The damage to my head, arms and legs is just bad bruising, there is no apparent organ damage and no internal bleeding.
“Unfortunately there is a compound break on one rib and severe bruising around several others. Good news is that the pieces of the rib are well aligned to heal back in place! The doctor forbade me to continue playing shows… But cancelling shows would hurt way worse. Today felt a bit better.. I could breathe with less pain and I am almost able to stand up/sit down without pain.
“Can’t wait to heal this shit so I can work out again. The shows have been just amazing, thank you! I look forward to destroying many more stages with you guys (and to hopefully avoid destroying myself from now on). Horns up!”
You heard the woman: It’s “good news” that the pieces—pieces!—of her rib are “well aligned.”
The video below shows the band performing “Nemesis” (with a possibly injured Alissa, who's toughing it out like nothing happened) at the New Age Club in Roncade, Italy on May 30. The band’s new album, War Eternal, will be released in North America on June 10 via Century Media Records.
Also, check out the band's new track-by-track video for their album: