Swedish extreme metallers ARCH ENEMY have parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott. The band posted the following statement on their official Facebook page:

"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."

The band has recruited ARSIS guitarist Nick Cordle (who will definitely gel well with the band) to continue their current tour.

Guitarist and founding member Michael Amott comments:

"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!"

ARCH ENEMY Tour dates:
  • 23-March-2012 - Festival Mediterranéen de la guitar - Tunis, Tunisia
  • 25-March-2012 - Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • 13-April-2012 - Shibuya Ax - Tokyo, Japan
  • 14-April-2012 - Yokohama Blitz - Japan
  • 16-April-2012 - Diamond Hall - Nagoya, Japan
  • 17-April-2012 - Big Cat - Osaka, Japan
  • 24-April-2012 - Chin Woo Stadium (Hall) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 26-April-2012 - Diablo Open Air 2012 - Singapore
  • 28-April-2012 - Pulp Summer Slam 12 - Manila, Philippines
  • 30-April-2012 - Manning Bar - Sydney, Australia
  • 01-April-2012 - Billboard The Venue - Melbourne, Australia
  • 28-June-2012 - Peace and Love Festival - Borlänge, Sweden
  • 30-June-2012 - Dokk'em Open Air - Dokkum, Netherlands
  • 13-July-2012 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany
  • 14-July-2012 - Rock Harz Open Air - Ballenstedt, Germany
  • 15-July-2012 - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
  • 18-July-2012 - Hegyalja Fesztival - Tokaj Rakamaz, Hungary
  • 20-July-2012 - Devilside - Oberhausen, Germany
  • 04-August-2012 - Vagos Open Air - Vagos, Portugal
  • 20-October-2012 - Metal Female Voices Fest - Wieze, Belgium
  • 21-October-2012 - Le Bataclan - Paris, France
  • 23-October-2012 - Totem - Pamplona, Spain
  • 25-October-2012 - Capitol - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • 26-October-2012 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
  • 27-October-2012 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain

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