March.5.2012 ARCH ENEMY and Christopher Amott part ways, recruit replacement.
ARCH ENEMY have parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott in an amicable split.
Christopher Amott was a member of ARCH ENEMY between 1996-2005 and again between 2007-2011.
Following is a joint statement by ARCH ENEMY.
”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 are pleased to welcome 26 year old American guitarist Nick Cordle on board as they continue their touring activity following the release of their recent ”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 on 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 2012 tour dates (more to follow)
23-March-2012 - Festival Mediterranéen de la guitar - Tunis, Tunisia
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
February.13.2012 AUSTRALIAN KHAOS TOUR 2012
ARCH ENEMY return to Australia (east coast) for TWO shows only:
Monday, 30th April, Sydney – Manning Bar (with As Silence Breaks & Datura Curse)
Tuesday, 1st May, Melbourne – Billboard The Venue (with Teramaze & Elysian)
Michael Amott comments: "Since of our first visit back 2005 we’ve always had a blast playing shows and hanging out in Australia, so we were naturally delighted when the opportunity of a couple of concerts arose. We’ll be in that part of the world in April and May following our tour of Japan, so this is perfect! Very much looking forward to meeting up with our "Khaos Legions" down under.”
February.2.2012 Michael Amott talks about his signature DEAN GUITARS and signature ROTOSOUND STRINGS
Thomas Weise from MUSIK & TECHNIK, the German distributor of DEAN GUITARS and ROTOSOUND STRINGS conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Amott of ARCH ENEMY when the band played at the Christmas Metal Festival in December 2011 in Geiselwind, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.
January.19.2012 ARCH ENEMY confirm Spanish tour for October
Arch Enemy will be playing four headline concerts in Spain for October on the their current "World Khaos Tour".
Michael Amott comments: "Always a pleasure to return to Spain for shows! We're already looking forward to meeting up with our "Khaos Legions" in that region once again - Llega el Khaos a España, preparaos"
Tickets go on sale January 23.
Angela Gossow comments: "Happy New Year, everybody! We have rested up at home and are now ready to spread more Live Khaos! This time we are hitting some rather remote and exotic locations! We love to discover new territories... After all, music is our shared common language. It transcends all barriers, religions, traditions and even politics. Music speaks its mind and knows no borders! We are here to encourage people to fight for unity, equality and freedom - and of course to play extreme metal, the Arch Enemy way, for you! This message is always the right one, no matter where on this planet we set up a stage and perform for you. Looking forward to rock out with you again!”
Check out a new video clip posted by Arch Enemy's front-of-house engineer Clem Bennett, recorded at their recent concert in Tilburg, Holland December 9th, 2011:
2011 was an intense experience! Releasing the new “Khaos Legions” album and touring the world this year has been a very gratifying chapter in the history of Arch Enemy.
A big thank you to all our friends, fans and business partners – we obviously couldn’t have done all this without you!
We have a ton of cool things planned for next year - see you in 2012!
/Arch Enemy, Sweden, December 31, 2011
December.15.2011 ARCH ENEMY TO HEADLINE "PULP SUMMER SLAM 12" IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Arch Enemy are confirmed as the headliner of the Pulp Summer Slam 12 in Manila, Philippines.
The annual Pulp Summer Slam event is now on its 12th year and the 2012 edition will feature six international bands: Arch Enemy, Darkest Hour, August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Blessthefall, and Periphery
Check a trailer for the event here with messages from all the international bands including Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy:
December.12.2011 ARCH ENEMY - film Cologne show on Tuesday, December 13th!
Extreme Metal titans ARCH ENEMY have announced that their show in Cologne on December 13th will be filmed for a future DVD release. ARCH ENEMY will be supported by label mates Warbringer and Taiwan’s premiere metal act Chthonic.
Angela Gossow comments: “2011 is my 10-year-anniversary with ARCH ENEMY. I want to celebrate this with a very special event – we will film my hometown show in Cologne, Essigfabrik, Germany 13 Dec 2011 for our upcoming ‘World Khaos Tour’ DVD release! We aim to capture the live insanity of my fellow German metal-heads as intensely as possible with cameras in the middle of the moshpit, in the front row, over, under, left, right and center. We want your blood, your sweat, your passion and get every last drop of it on celluloid! The awesome Filmefahrer Pictures team will make this an unforgettable shooting – so be there and become immortalized!!!”
ARCH ENEMY werden ihre Show in Köln am 13. Dezember für eine geplante Live-DVD filmen! Dabei wird die Band von ihren Labelkollegen Warbringer und Chthonic unterstützt. Lasst euch die Show nicht entgehen und sichert euch eure Tickets.
Angela Gossow kommentiert: „10 Jahre Arch Enemy – das will ich gebührend feiern und für die Ewigkeit festhalten. Und zwar in Köln, meiner Heimat-Stadt. Wir werden die Show in der Essigfabrik am 13. Dezember 2011 für unsere kommende “World Khaos Tour’ DVD filmen - und zwar so hautnah wie möglich! Wir wollen die Intensität, die Passion, den kochenden Schweiß, die Interaktion zwischen Band und euch absolut intensiv und lebensecht einfangen, mit vielen Kameras im Moshpit, Publikum, auf, unter, neben dem Publikum. Das Filmefahrer Pictures Team wird uns dabei tatkräftig unterstützen. Wenn ihr für die Ewigkeit auf Zelluloid gebannt sein wollt – kommt alle in die Essigfabrik und feiert mit!"
Khaos Over Europe 2011 ARCH ENEMY + special guests: Warbringer & Chthonic + local support band presented by Metal Hammer (Germany), Guitar (Germany), Metal.de (Germany), Aardschok (NL)
December.5.2011 „Khaos Over Europe“ tour kicks off tomorrow!
Swedish metal legend ARCH ENEMY will kick off their highly anticipated “Khaos Over Europe” tour in London tomorrow! Main support is coming from label mates Warbringer & Taiwan’s premiere metal act Chthonic.
Check out the dates below and don’t miss the oppurtunity to witness the Khaos live on stage:
Khaos Over Europe 2011
+ special guests: Warbringer & Chthonic + local support band
presented by Metal Hammer (Germany), Guitar (Germany), Metal.de (Germany), Aardschok (NL), Radio Metal (FR)
06. Dec 2011 – Sheperd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
07. Dec 2011 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Tickets)
09. Dec 2011 - 013, Tilburg, Netherlands (Tickets)
10. Dec 2011 - Christmas Metal Meeting, Geiselwind, Germany (Tickets)
11. Dec 2011 - Rosenhof, Osnabrueck, Germany (local support act: Battue) (Tickets)
13. Dec 2011 - Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany* (local support act: Last One Dying) (Tickets)
14. Dec 2011 - Le Cartonnerie, Reims, France (Tickets)
17. Dec 2011 - L’Echonova, Vanesse, France (Tickets)
18. Dec 2011 - CC John Lennon, Limogese, France (Tickets)
20. Dec 2011 - Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany (local support act: Devilate) (Tickets)
21. Dec 2011 - Garage, Saarbruecken, Germany (local support act: Kohatred) (Tickets)
22. Dec 2011 - Z 7, Pratteln, Switzerland (local support act: Erupdead) (Tickets)
*the show in Cologne will be filmed for a future DVD release
Furthermore, Michael Amott, a driving force in the metal scene as a guitarist in Arch Enemy (also Carcass, Spiritual Beggars), has collaborated with ZOOM to create this signature edition guitar pedal!
Michael Amott comments: “I’ve been an avid fan of the ZOOM gear for a long time. A couple of years ago I got the opportunity to develop and release my first signature pedal with ZOOM, the G1M. It was a great success and I’ve met so many fans and guitar players around the world that enjoyed the pedal as much as I did! With the new G2.MA pedal we’ve kicked things up a few notches – this is a new level of sonic insanity! As a practice and recording tool this all I need in one unit. The G2.MA is fan friendly and user friendly – this is a signature product I am very proud of”.
Click HERE and HERE for more information on the new G2.MA pedal and all other ZOOM products!
And Daniel Erlandsson is proud to present his signature snare drum in collaboration with Pearl. The very Limited Edition Daniel Erlandsson Snare Drum is a 14x 5.5” Beadless Stainless Steel Snare Drum, with Black Superhoop II hoops, Dual-Colour Tube lugs, the Arch Enemy symbol and Ultra Sound Wires.
Daniel Erlandsson comments: “For me it has to be vintage tone all the way, I love a bright, edgy sound with lots of attack to compliment my playing style and to cut through the wall of guitar during an Arch Enemy show. I was looking for a snare drum that would reproduce punch and articulation even when played at moderate levels - as well as with a vicious crack when needed. For this I chose a 1.2mm beadless stainless steel shell. Pearl’s amazing SR Strainer system and Ultra-sound wires make this drum as sensitive as a trip wire! This drum delivers the metal in both attitude and sound! This drum takes no prisoners…”
December.2.2011 Michael Amott and ZOOM team up again with the new G2.1MA signature pedal!
Michael Amott, a driving force in the metal scene as a guitarist in Arch Enemy (also Carcass, Spiritual Beggars), has collaborated with ZOOM to create this signature edition guitar pedal! Michael Amott has lead the design of 50 dramatic and diverse guitar sound presets for this pedal. They range from the heavy aggressive riff tones heard in “Yesterday Is Dead And Gone” and “My Apocalypse” to the clean sound with the perfect amounts of chorus and delay for the arpeggio in the instrumental “Snow Bound,” as well as beautiful, lyrical lead sounds that exemplify Michael Amott’s melodic yet extreme approach to metal.
Michael Amott comments: “I’ve been an avid fan of the Zoom gear for a long time. A couple of years ago I got the opportunity to develop and release my first signature pedal with ZOOM, the G1M. It was a great success and I’ve met so many fans and guitar players around the world that enjoyed the pedal as much as I did!”
“With the new G2.MA pedal we’ve kicked things up a few notches – this is a new level of sonic insanity! As a practice and recording tool this all I need in one unit. The G2.MA is fan friendly and user friendly – this is a signature product I am very proud of”.