TJ of the "Do You Know Jack?" radio show conducted an interview with ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott at this year's edition of the Heavy Montreal festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On ARCH ENEMY's plans to write and record the follow-up to 2014's "War Eternal":
"I think we're probably gonna write and record something next year, so it'll probably be 2017 when we put out a new record, realistically. We're a very fortunate band. We have a worldwide fanbase where we can go out and tour for two years, pretty much, all around the world successfully when we put out a new album. So it's a big job. It takes us a while to get around the world and play to everybody that wants to see us. So it takes time between albums."
On whether new ARCH ENEMY guitairst guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE) will appear on the band's next studio album:
"I hope so. That's what we're talking about. That's what we both want. So let's see. That's what we want. But, you know, it's still a ways away. We're gonna do that next year. But hopefully that's what's gonna happen. That's what we want."
On how his involvement with other projects and bands, like CARCASS and SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, have affected his role in ARCH ENEMY:
"I think everyting that I've done in my life musically has led me up to this point, where I am today as a musician and a songwriter. So it's all been great experiences. And even if they've been bad experiences from time to time, I've learned something from that. But all in all, it's been a very, very positive journey in music, and I'm very fortunate to be able to do this for so long for a living. And I've had a great life doing music — life full of music."
On the departure of longtime ARCH ENEMY singer Angela Gossow:
"I've said it in many interviews, but she just kind of felt, after wrapping up the 'Khaos Legions' tour in 2011-2012, she informed us that she felt that she was really done with it and really wanted to start the next chapter of her life. And when somebody feels that way, you can't really tell them, 'No, you have to stay.' You know what I mean? We're all individuals just living our own lives and going through life in our own way. And we're perfectly fine with that."