Former ARCH ENEMY guitarist Christopher Amott will debut his new band on Wednesday, October 3 at North Star Bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Backing him at the gig will be Matt Wicklund (GOD FORBID), Matt Bachand (SHADOWS FALL) and Van Williams (NEVERMORE, ASHES OF ARES). Also scheduled to appear are TUNGSTEN and SWEET EUREKA.
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Amott has set “Impulses” as the title of his new solo album, tentatively due in late 2012/early 2013.
Amott in March issued a statement explaining that he left ARCH ENEMY to pursue his solo career. He said, “I’m gonna continue to be very active in music, working with all kinds of styles — this does not rule out metal.”
ARCH ENEMY recruited 26-year-old American guitarist Nick Cordle (ARSIS) to replace Christopher.
Christopher Amott started his career in music in 1995 as a founding creative force and guitarist in ARCH ENEMY. In this context, he is known for his tastefully technical guitar work and memorably emotive playing style.
After garnering his early success, Christopher had the desire to express himself on a personal level in the same genre. At this time he began writing albums under the name ARMAGEDDON. Christopher wrote and recorded three albums over the next few years as ARCH ENEMY grew into an internationally recognized act, with his compositions featuring his own vocal stylings on the last album. This would be Christopher‘s first foray into singing and a spark of inspiration for his later musical ventures.
In 2008, Christopher began to consider his creative options as a mature musician. He began writing songs of an entirely different atmosphere, which saw his guitar playing focused less on technical ecstasy and more on a chord-based blues rock ambience as a foundation for more prominent vocal and lyrical ideas. These compositions developed into his next solo project; the album would be called “Follow Your Heart”, released under his own name in 2010.
Pictured below (left to right): Van Williams, Christopher Amott and Matt Wicklund