Former ARCH ENEMY guitarist Christopher Amott, who currently resides in Lansdale, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after marrying an American woman, is writing material for a new album from his ARMAGEDDON project. Joining Christopher on the band's new CD will be guitarist Matthew Wicklund (GOD FORBID) and drummer Van Williams (ex-NEVERMORE). However, there is still one final piece needed to complete the group, and that is a stellar vocalist.
According to Amott, here are some of the preferred attributes of the ARMAGEDDON singer-to-be:
* All ages considerable but must present a fit and healthy image
* Creative sensibility for rhythm and melody, but able to perform pre-composed music. The role of the vocalist will be firstly as a performer.
* Mainly clean singing (this does not mean power metal. Perhaps someone that is adept in multiple styles. We are interested in trying all ranges.
* Growling/screaming ability is a plus, but not a must. We are open to experimenting with a range of different vocal stylings within the music.
* And, of course, killer stage presence!
Adds Amott: "We are currently based in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania region of the U.S., but if you're right for us and live elsewhere, we'll make it work.
"Please send us a sample of your singing, pictures, videos (links), website/contact info, etc. If we like what we hear/see, we will contact you for interview/audition.
"All material should be sent to [email protected]
"This will be a paying gig as we get things rolling and we plan to be focusing on this full time. Any applying vocalists should have interest in a full-time career in music."
Amott moved to the U.S. in April 2012 and recently received his green card in the mail, enabling him to live and work in the country.
Christopher Amott played a solo concert at the Loud Park festival on October 27, 2012 at Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Saitama City, Japan. Backing him at the gig were Wicklund and Williams.
Amott's new solo album, "Impulses", can be purchased directly from his music store.
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.
Christopher Amott started his career in music in 1995 as a founding creative force and guitarist in ARCH ENEMY. In this context, he is known for his tastefully technical guitar work and memorably emotive playing style.
After garnering his early success, Christopher had the desire to express himself on a personal level in the same genre. At this time he began writing albums under the name ARMAGEDDON. Christopher wrote and recorded three albums over the next few years as ARCH ENEMY grew into an internationally recognized act, with his compositions featuring his own vocal stylings on the last album. This would be Christopher's first foray into singing and a spark of inspiration for his later musical ventures.
In 2008, Christopher began to consider his creative options as a mature musician. He began writing songs of an entirely different atmosphere, which saw his guitar playing focused less on technical ecstasy and more on a chord-based blues rock ambience as a foundation for more prominent vocal and lyrical ideas. These compositions developed into his next solo project; the album would be called "Follow Your Heart", released under his own name in 2010.
Pictured below (left to right): Van Williams, Christopher Amott and Matt Wicklund