ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has issued the following year-end update:"2007 was another busy year for us: it pretty much started with a bang, with us touring in South America — which was completely mind-blowing! Unforgettable. And then my brother Christopher Amott rejoined the band, which was a huge deal for us — and for a lot of our fans too! "In the spring of 2007 we recorded the 'Rise Of The Tyrant' album. We did promotion over the summer (spent a fantastic week in Tokyo among other things), played a couple of European fests and then packed our bags and headed out on tour — our longest one ever. 'Rise Of The Tyrant' was released in September and is the most well received record we've released so far, very cool. "We enjoyed the three-five month trip around the world (four continents) where we played to a large number of people — a lot of familiar faces and a ton of new ones! Most of the touring we did in 2007 was together with MACHINE HEAD, which at first seemed ironic — but worked out very well, we consider them good friends now! "We did a few headline shows along the way too, something very cool was playing for the first time in China and Greece. Crazy metal fans there that made us feel very welcome, we'll be back again! Doing headline shows at the amazing Loudpark festivals Japan was also a special event for us, killer! "We'd like to thank our road crew for making everything work and sound good on the 2007 leg of the World Tyranny madness! You guys rock! "Also a big thank you to all our business partners, record labels and endorsers, management team, fan club people, and the great ARCH ENEMY webmistresses! You are all amazing in your own way and your hard work makes this all possible. "To our fans: Thank you for the great support in 2007! We look forward to playing for you and meeting you in 2008! Let the Tyranny continue! "As for 2008, we have some very cool stuff coming up! "We have already confirmed a co-headline Japan tour, which we have dubbed Tyrants Of The Rising Sun and UK run together with our friends OPETH. I am looking forward to hanging out with Fredrik Åkesson [former ARCH ENEMY and current OPETH guitarist] again! We will be announcing U.S. and European dates very soon, hang in there! "As things stand right now, ARCH ENEMY will be playing almost exclusively headline performances in 2008, which enables us to play longer sets and stretch out a little, looking forward to that! "We also have some very exciting new online stuff happening soon. An official U.S. fan club and also an official ARCH ENEMY eBay store that'll be full of cool and unique ARCH ENEMY-related items — all autographed. More on this very soon. "Right now we are enjoying some downtime at home, but I will getting ready to go to NAMM in California soon — some very awesome Michael Amott signature products to be unveiled there with ESP Guitars and Randall amplifiers! "See you soon! Let's have another great metal year!"
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