Arch Enemy have announced that they are parting ways with guitarist Christopher Amott, who was in the band from 1996-2005 and then again from 2007 until now. In doing so, the Swedish metal band also announced his replacement -- Nick Cordle.

Arch Enemy released a joint statement saying, “We thank Christopher for the time he’s worked with the band and of course wish him the very best in his future endeavors. Thankfully, there is no drama behind the scenes here. This is the best way forward for all involved. Christopher simply does not feel at home playing extreme metal anymore.”

“We have already chosen and rehearsed with a new guitar player and we will complete the Khaos Legions 2012 touring cycle as planned. We are highly motivated and look forward to continue spreading our music around the world!”

The band concludes by saying, “Finally, our deepest thanks go to the Arch Enemy fans, whose amazing support and belief inspired us ever onward.”

In Amott's place, Arch Enemy welcomes 26-year-old American guitarist Nick Cordle. Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott, who is Christopher's brother, expresses his enthusiasm about Cordle by saying, “Nick was my first choice as he ticks all the right boxes for Arch Enemy with his musicality and technicality as well as his personality and dedication. Looking forward to having him join us onstage, the rehearsals have shown we have a devastating twin axe attack going on!”