ARCH ENEMY guitarist Michael Amott has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"Dear ARCH ENEMY fans!
"ARCH ENEMY guitar player (and my brother) Christopher Amott wants to take time out and fully concentrate on his studies at home in Sweden.
"Christopher completed his work on the new 'Doomsday Machine' album, but will not be a part of ARCH ENEMY’s touring line-up for the foreseeable future. We wish him luck.
"Sharing guitar duties with myself for the next few months (including Ozzfest in the U.S.) is our friend Gus G. (FIREWIND, NIGHTRAGE). Gus is an awesome player, truly a world-class shredder. We look forward to having him play with us! If you see him around this summer, buy him a beer!
"Considering these recent developments, we have reluctantly decided not to play the festivals scheduled for Europe this summer. We are very sorry to disappoint fans in Europe but we will be undertaking an extensive European tour in the autumn after the release of the album.
"The new ARCH ENEMY album, 'Doomsday Machine', is probably the most intense and interesting piece of work we have assembled in our career as a band. I was at [producer] Andy Sneap's studio in England these last few days and we put the final touches to the album — it is now mixed and mastered and ready to be delivered to our record labels…finally! Yes, it took longer than we anticipated, but listening to it now…it's such a big step up for us — on every level. I am excited about the songs, the production and overall ÜBER-METAL feel of this new album!!! It's definitely been worth all the hard work!
"As ever, my deepest thanks go to the ARCH ENEMY fans whose amazing support and belief inspires us ever onward. Welcome to the DOOMSDAY MACHINE!"
"Doomsday Machine" is scheduled for release on July 26 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Enter the Machine" (intro),"Skeleton Dance", "My Apocalypse", "Carry the Cross", "I Am Legend/Out for Blood", "Mechanic God Creation", "Machtkampf", "Slaves of Yesterday", "We Are One", "Taking Back My Soul", "Opium" and "Hybrids of Steel" (instrumental).
"Doomsday Machine" was co-produced by the band and Rickard Bengtsson at Slaughterhouse Studio in Sweden and was mixed by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K.