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Arch Enemy Part Ways With Amott

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Chris Amott
That’s Chris Amott, to be more clear.

Yes, Arch Enemy announced today they have parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott in an amicable split. Amott, brother of Michael, was a member of the band from 1996 to 2005 and again between 2007 and 2011.

“We thank Christopher for the time he’s worked with the band and of course wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” a joint statement reads.

“Thankfully, there is no drama behind the scenes here. This is the best way forward for all involved. Christopher simply does not feel at home with 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.”

Amott has been replaced by 26-year-old American guitarist Nick Cordle, who I think is in Arsis.

“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,” Michael Amott said. “Looking forward to having him join us stage, the rehearsals have shown we have a devastating twin axe attack going on!”