09 Aug 2017

AMOTT EXPLAINS LOOMIS LACK OF CONTRIBUTION

Arch Enemy’s guitarist, Michael Amott, talked with Malcome Dome about the lack of song writing from Jeff Loomis, their chemistry, as well as about a special guest in the new album, “Will To Power” which is out on September 5th through Century Media. “(Loomis) is a strong songwriter, but not in the style of Arch Enemy, I feel. He's always writing and recording with his own stuff. He has a project called Conquering Dystopia, he has his solo stuff, [and] he obviously wrote most of the Nevermore stuff. I've always respected him, and continue to respect him, as a guitar player — he's amazing and an amazing human being; he fits in perfectly. [There's] a great chemistry [between us]. But, you know, I've always written most of the music, so it's difficult to… I don't really wanna change the sound of the band too much. The band sort of started around my songwriting and my ideas, and those continue to be the most dominant ones, I guess. But, you know, who knows [what can happen] in the future?" says Amott. He aslo talked about how their bothe styles in guitar blend: “his style is very different to our previous guitar players — my brother or whoever else was playing with us. But we have very constrasting styles, which is great. And he can play a lot of stuff on the guitar that I can't play, and I can play stuff that he can't play, so we just have that great… But when we lock together in the harmonies an the motifs, I think it's very strong. He's got a lot of classic metal as well inside of him. I think he's just been working in a different field for a very long time, he's not really… But he started off, obviously, with the same kind of roots that… We have a lot of common ground." Finally, he revelaed the contribution of a special guest in the new album, keyboardist Jens Johansson: “I met him in a hotel bar in Tokyo. We started talking, and I said, 'I'm in this band Arch Enemy.' And he stopped [and said], 'That's one of my favorite bands.' I was, like, 'Really? Okay. Great. You're playing on our next album. How much money do you want to play on our album?' And he said, 'How much do I have to pay you to play on your album?' He really wanted to do it. So, a year later, I sent him a song. I said, 'Can you come up with something for this?' And he did. So that was great. He's on two songs, I think. He plays some great, very classical-inspired stuff on 'Dreams Of Retribution' with the harpsichord. It's got that real almost neoclassical feel. It's great. It's a fun addition to the band."

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