Patrick Rennick of recently conducted an interview with ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott. A few excerpts from the chat follow: I have heard that not only has your brother Christopher Amott stepped down from the Ozzfest tour but that he is now no longer part of the band! Could you fill me in on what's going on here?

Michael Amott: "Yes, he is doing something different right now. He has gone back to school to pursue his studies so he won't be around for a while. I don't know if he will come back next year, we don't really know yet. We are just taking it step by step now, using replacement guitar players for the tours and so far everything is going well. The whole momentum of 'Doomsday Machine' and the impact it is having right now is really cool and we are just going to keep touring." On the Ozzfest tour this year Gus G. of NIGHTRAGE, also formerly of DREAM EVIL, will be filling in for Christopher Amott. What has it been like touring with Gus?

Michael Amott: "He is doing great. He was just somebody we thought of who we knew could do it. He was also willing to do Ozzfest. It was no big deal really." "Doomsday Machine" was mixed by Andy Sneap a producer who is becoming increasingly popular in the metal scene. ARCH ENEMY has worked with Andy a couple times before. What are your reactions to the work he did on "Doomsday Machine"?

Michael Amott: "We've had a great relationship with him. He worked with us on 'Wages of Sin', he mixed that album as well as 'Anthems of Rebellion', he also did some other work with us on our EP, 'Dead Eyes See No Future', and he also mixed this new album so we've had quite a long relationship with him now and it has been going really well. We know him so well now that we are able to work in a very relaxed atmosphere." Andy is also a guitar player himself. Could you describe the experience of working with a fellow guitarist?

Michael Amott: "We can always get a great guitar sound with him. He is a great mixer. With Andy you can always hear everything. The fact that he is a guitar player as well only heightens the comfort level."

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