Arch Enemy and Guitarist Christopher Amott Part Ways

Guitarist Christopher Amott has decided to leave Arch Enemy. Amott was a member of the band between 1996-2005 and again between 2007-2011. 26-year-old American guitarist Nick Cordle has been brought in to fill his spot.

The group issued the following joint statement:

“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.”