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Arch Enemy Parts With Guitarist Christopher Amott, Announces Replacement Nick Cordle

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Arch Enemy has again parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott. Christopher Amott was a member of the group between 1996-2005 and again between 2007-2011. Arch Enemy commented:

”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 is now pleased to welcome 26 year old American guitarist Nick Cordle on board as the band continues touring activity following the release of the ”Khaos Legions” (2011) album.

Founding guitarist 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!”

Nick Cordle was raised in a musical family in Virginia by parents who teach classical piano and was immersed in 19th century piano music as a child. Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Liszt are his early memories.

There were piano and violin lessons from a very early age but a rebellious streak led to the guitar at the age of 10, and within a few years he discovered the classic thrash metal albums by Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer. This was his first real musical passion and gateway into extreme music.

Nick studied jazz and music theory at the University of Virginia from 2003 to 2007 but remains self taught in the ways of ”shred” and metal. Shortly thereafter, he joined American death metal band ARSIS playing bass and guitar over a three year period performing with them on various European tours and countless gigs across the US, Canada, and Mexico as well as performing and writing on their most recent album ”Starve For The Devil” (2010).

Arch Enemy's tour dates are as follows:

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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Chris Amott not wanting to do heavy music is like if Conan O'Brien just decided he didn't want to do TV anymore.

Shame that he's not interested in playing heavy music anymore, because he's absurdly good at it.

This time might be for good, because leaving twice for the same reason usually means it's the last straw.

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2. R10 writes:

I see what your saying p.i.a.,but both Steer and Walker quit "heavy" music also,only to return in the Carcass reunion shows. Im not shocked by this move,he's bailed before;probably for good. I actually expected far more from AE when he returned,better albums at least. They were certainly better live because of him.

# Mar 5, 2012 @ 4:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. OverkillExposure writes:

If his heart was no longer in it, this is best for everyone. He'll do his thing and be happy, Arch Enemy will be fine with Nick, and maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised the next time they record.

# Mar 5, 2012 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. hellrat writes:

Great guitar player, I wish him well in his endeavors...now, if only Gossow would decide she didn't want to gargle over 'Enemys killer music anymore, well, that would be quite nice.

Could you imagine someone like Tompa fronting this band? That would be fvcking insane

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5. OverkillExposure writes:

HR, I think YOU'RE insane! :P

# Mar 6, 2012 @ 12:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hellrat writes:

Ha! I know, I know, everybody loves her....but I just never could get into her vocals, and its what keeps me away from an otherwise perfect band...

Ah hell! :)

# Mar 6, 2012 @ 10:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. b.bristowe writes:


Angela is brutal, if I were to compare to her anyone live it would be Randy Blythe, but more gutteral.

But it's not about her. Chris is an awesome guitarist, shame that he is leaving the band. I have really disliked the last few Arch Enemy albums (including the compilation of remasters) mainly because to me it sounds like MICHAEL has been behind most of the song writing. Don't get me wrong he has played his role in the metal community but I am completely burned out on his uninspired pentatonic leads. I am not sure how much of the material he writes but to be honest I wouldn't be surprised if the last 2 album were entirely him excluding a few songs (Vultures, etc.). I don't even need to say anything about the remasters album except why the f*** would you run it through a krank, it was 2010 for christ sakes. Either way I hope they get Gus G or someone great again so I can at least fast forward to the solos.


After all that can't help but reveal to you all that Chris Amotts recent solo work is dismal if that.

NP: Mass Effect 3 .....*forever alone*

# Mar 6, 2012 @ 3:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ZMA writes:

It's a shame. Great player, great band. I think the vocals can make or break this band. She has better vocals on certain tracks.

# Mar 6, 2012 @ 3:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. killingtime writes:

That comment based article read like a resume - "Arnott's replacement is good because: a,b,c... x,y,z". Trying to prove it to us or themselves?

At the heart of it all - music is business, I suppose.

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