It’s been confirmed today that the Swedish/ German metal group have once again parted ways with Christopher Amott, saying:
“We thank Christopher for the time he’s worked with the band and of course wish him the very best in his future endeavours. Thankfully, there is no drama behind the scenes here. This is the best way forward for all involved. Christopher simply isn’t into playing extreme metal anymore.
We have already chosen and rehearsed with a new guitar player and we will complete the Khaos Legions 2012 touring cycle as planned. We are highly motivated and look forward to continue spreading our music around the world! Finally, our deepest thanks go to the Arch Enemy fans, whose amazing support and belief inspires us ever onward.”
Arch Enemy have already selected guitarist Nick Cordle of Arsis fame to join the band. Guitarist Michael Amott (also Christopher’s brother) had the following to say about the band’s new addition:
“Nick was my first choice as he ticks all the right boxes for Arch Enemy with his musicality and technicality as well as his personality and dedication. Looking forward to having him join us stage, the rehearsals have shown we have a devastating twin axe attack going on!”
It’s not exactly clear as to whether Cordle is simply replacing Amott for upcoming shows or if he is indeed a permanent member. However, frontwoman Angela Gossow revealed recently that the band will take a year or so off following their current touring cycle.
UPDATE: Christopher Amott has released the following statement:
“Hi everyone, I have left Arch Enemy to pursue my solo career. I’m gonna continue to be very active in music, working with all kinds of styles – this does not rule out metal. I have just recorded a new solo album set to be released in April. Keep an eye on this page for updates, I’ll try to be here more often.”
Christopher Amott first left Arch Enemy in 2005, only to return to the group after two years. It’s still a shame to see Christopher leaving the group again. The Amott brothers were truly an amazing guitar duo, and Christopher’s playing will definitely be missed. At least both sides departed on good terms, and that Arch Enemy were able to find a suitable replacement.
[Thanks MattyMo for the heads up]