Guitarist Christopher Amott bids farewell to DARK TRANQUILLITY
Having co-founded ARCH ENEMY with his brother Michael Amott, the 45-year-old musician made his official entry into DARK TRANQUILLITY in 2020. Prior to that, he had been an integral part of the band’s touring ensemble since 2017.
Late Saturday night (July 22),Christopher released the following statement via his social media: “Hi everyone. I’ve made the decision to leave DARK TRANQUILLITY. There’s no bad blood at all, but it’s time for me to concentrate on some new music that I’m very proud of! I’d like to thank the guys (and the fans!) for all the years of great gigs, and I wish them the absolute best. I’ll see you all sometime soon!”
A few hours later, DARK TRANQUILLITY issued the following statement regarding Amott‘s departure: “We are sad to announce that Chris Amott is leaving the band to pursue his own musical path. It has been an honor and a pleasure to play with him and we are parting amicably. To fill in for him in the near future we will have the awesome shredder Joey Concepcion joining us for the rest of the summer.
“Our mission stays the same – to explore this melancholy that neighbours to rage. A path forged by all members of DARK TRANQUILLITY – past and present. There may be some new faces on stage but in our extended family, much is the same. Niklas Sundin is still setting our visual tonality and Martin Henriksson is still our manager.
“Our next task will be to record our 13th album this fall. We are super excited about the material and can’t wait to bring it to you.”
Two years ago, DARK TRANQUILLITY bid farewell to their drummer Anders Jivarp and bassist Anders Iwers.
Jivarp held the distinction of being an original member of DARK TRANQUILLITY, contributing his talents to all of the band’s releases up until that point. Meanwhile, Iwers joined the group in 2016 and made significant contributions to their last two albums, namely 2016’s “Atoma” and 2020’s “Moment.”
Following their departure, Joakim Strandberg Nilsson (known for his work with IN MOURNING and WOLVES WITHIN) and Christian Jansson (recognized for his involvement with GRAND CADAVER and PAGANDOM) stepped in as replacements for the recent DARK TRANQUILLITY tours, handling the drumming and bass duties, respectively.