Jose Mangin, SiriusXM on-air host (Liquid Metal, Ozzy’s Boneyard, Octane), conducted an interview with ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott at the Dean Guitars booth at this year’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about ARCH ENEMY’s plans for the coming months, Amott said: “We’re kind of slowing down a bit. We just did put out a new album in 2014 called ‘War Eternal’, and it did very, very well for us all over the world, and we just completed a three-hundred -date world tour. So three hundred shows is a lot, and we’re kind of feeling… We’re slowing down a little bit now. We’re kind of gonna take a bit of a break and, yeah, just write some new music… I always write music. There’s bits and pieces floating around on various laptops and phones and just up here [points to his head]. So, yeah, we’re gonna try to put that all together. But, you know, I’d rather make an album when we have something to say as a band. I just don’t wanna be on a schedule and like, ‘It’s gotta be out by that time next year,’ and work towards… I’d rather have good music and then start thinking about making a new album.”
“War Eternal” sold around 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 44. The CD was released on June 10, 2014 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.
ARCH ENEMY in November 2014 parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle and replaced him with former NEVERMORE axeman Jeff Loomis. Loomis made his live debut with ARCH ENEMY on the band’s fall 2014 European tour.
The tour edition of “War Eternal” contains “Stolen Life (2015 Version)”, featuring additional leads by Loomis as a bonus track as well as a DVD including an intense live set filmed in Korea plus all official videos.