Guitarist Christopher Amott Leaves Arch Enemy
Replaced by Nick Cordle of Arsis
By Adrien Begrand Mar 5, 2012 2:40PM
After spending more than 15 years as half of one of metal's best dual guitar tandems with his brother Michael, Christopher Amott has amicably parted ways with Arch Enemy. Here's what he has to say about the split:
"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."
Quoth the band's official joint statement:
"We thank Christopher for the time he's worked with the band and of course wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
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's departure is a disappointment for sure, but it's not altogether surprising, as he did spent time away from Arch Enemy between 2005 and 2007, during which time he was replaced by Fredrik Åkesson. Not long after Amott rejoined the band in 2007, Åkesson in turn was hired by Opeth, where he's been since.
In addition, Arch Enemy has announced that their new touring second guitarist will be Nick Cordle (pictured above) from talented Virginia band Arsis, with whom he'd been playing since 2008. Here's what Michael Amott has to say about the 26 year-old Cordle:
"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!"
Anyway, here's a great example of Chris and Mike doing what they did best: