It was confirmed on March 5th, 2012 that guitarist Christopher Amott (pictured second from the right) had amicably parted ways with Swedish / German extreme metallers Arch Enemy, his membership having spanned across two tenures: 1996 to June 2005 and March 2007 to March 2012 respectively. Christopher cited his wish to pursue a solo career as the reason behind his departure, while Arch Enemy’s official statement on the matter reckoned that he "simply isn’t into playing extreme metal anymore." The longtime member tendered his resignation in October 2011, but committed to touring until late January.
“That gave us plenty of time to find a new guitar player and rehearse with the new guitar player, and all that kind of stuff,” appreciates Michael Amott, guitarist and founder of Arch Enemy. “I think he’s into other styles of music, as we all are. We all listen to a wide variety of music, but when we come together and create music together it sounds like Arch Enemy. You should ask him why he left Arch Enemy though, really. I don’t really know (laughs). We talked about it. It’d been quite obvious for a while that he hadn’t been at his happiest playing with Arch Enemy, and he wasn’t as into it as the rest of us are. He was out of the band between 2005 and 2007, so it didn’t come as a great shock to us when he told us. He wanted to leave and pursue other interests. It wasn’t shocking to us or anything; we were kind of expecting it.”
The axeman enjoys a normal brotherly relationship with his younger sibling. “It’s certainly very straightforward, yeah,” he agrees. “We’re friends and everything, but we probably won’t be making music together anymore. We’re still gonna be brothers though. If he ever needs any help, I’m here.”
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Arch Enemy recently announced they will embark on a Latin American tour in November/December. The tour will see the band play some never before visited countries such as Uruguay, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico.
Guitarist Michael Amott commented: “Finally! We haven’t visited our Latin friends in over three years – we’re looking forward to performing for some of the most pure fucking metal audiences in the world. We are anticipating some amazing shows and experiences. Latin American Khaos 2012!”
Direct ticket links for the shows will be available in the tour dates section on the band’s website.
General tour and ticket information can be found here and at this location.
Tour dates are as follows:
21 - Teatro Caupolican - Santiago, Chile
23 - Teatro Vorterix - Buenos Aires, Argentina
25 - Carioca Club - Sao Paulo, Brazil
27 – Troya - Montevideo, Uruguay
29 - Centro Convenciones Barranco - Lima, Peru
1 - Club Peppers – San José, Costa Rica
4 - Circo Volador - Mexico City, Mexico