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. The following is a statement from the band:
“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.”
Here is what Christopher Amott posted on his Facebook page:
“Hi everyone, 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. Keep an eye on this page for updates, I’ll try to be here more often. / Chris“