No, it’s not Michael Amott who has decided to depart but his little brother Christopher. From the official Arch Enemy page:
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 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.
This isn’t the first time Christopher has departed, citing the same reasons why he left before. Even though I enjoyed Khaos Legion more then I expected too, it still has the same familiarity to it as previous releases and some musicians would rather branch out. Especially if they have the talent Christopher has. Arch Enemy is still touring right now and they have commissioned Arsis guitarist, Nick Cordle, to finish out the tour cycle. No word if he’s staying full time or heading back to Arsis when it’s all said and done. I’m not so sure this change will freshen up Arch Enemy because honestly the music has never been the problem but we’ll see.