ARMAGEDDON, the band led by former ARCH ENEMY guitarist Christopher Amott, has inked a deal with Listenable Records. ARMAGEDDON's new album, "Captivity & Devourment", will be released on January 26, 2015. The CD was mixed by Fredrik Larnemo at Studio Recordia and mastered at Stockholm Mastering.
Says Amott: "Me and [Listenable] head of label Laurent Merle go way back and I'm looking forward to working alongside him and his staff to make ARMAGEDDON the absolute best it can be."
The cover artwork for "Captivity & Devourment" was designed by visual master Paolo Girardi, who created this oil painting after reading the album lyrics and story written by Claudius. The group states: "He took his own inspiration and painted a scene of total destruction as described across the album. We thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration with him. We strictly did not want the uninspired digital photoshop album art that is so prevalent these days. This is hand painted visions of a man inspired by music."
ARMAGEDDON first came to life in Sweden in 1997 as a studio project, with the release of "Crossing The Rubicon", a sci-fi themed concept album. Two more full-length efforts followed, "Embrace The Mystery" in 2000 and "Three" in 2003, both featuring different lineups and different musical directions, with Amott as the sole remaining original member.
ARMAGEDDON is now resurrected in its most powerful form. The band is based out of New York City, and has brought unto itself a crushing lineup of musicians. Together they have once again conjured up the force that is ARMAGEDDON.
"Captivity & Devourment" consists of 10 awe-inspiring and ingeniously crafted songs, full of devastating riffs, soaring guitar leads and fist-pumping choruses. Heavy, melodic, technical, and groovy, this is creative metal songwriting with one foot in deep in the classics and and one eye gazing towards the distant future.
Fan-filmed video footage of ARMAGEDDON performing the song "Equalizer" live at The Hub in Island Park, New York on September 6 can be seen below.
ARMAGEDDON 2014 is:
Matt Hallquist - Lead Vocals
Christopher Amott - Guitar, Clean Vocals
Joey Concepcion - Guitar
Sara Claudius - Bass
Márton Veress - Drums
Amott in March 2012 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 American guitarist Nick Cordle (ARSIS) to replace Christopher.
"Captivity & Devourment" lyric video:
"Thanatron" lyric video: