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Image: Arch Enemy, Pitriff, NewsArch Enemy recently parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott in an amicable split. Christopher Amott was a member of the band between 1996 - 2005, and again between 2007 - 2011. The band welcomed 26 year old American guitarist Nick Cordle on board as Amott's replacement, and they continue their touring activity following the release of their recent Khaos Legions (2011) album.

Footage from Arch Enemy's April 8th rehearsal with Cordle, performing 'The First Deadly Sin', is available below:

 Nick Cordle was raised in a musical family in Virginia by parents who teach classical piano and was immersed in 19th century piano music as a child. Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Liszt are his early memories. There were piano and violin lessons from a very early age but a rebellious streak led to the guitar at the age of 10, and within a few years he discovered the classic thrash metal albums by MEGADETH, METALLICA, and SLAYER. This was his first real musical passion and gateway into extreme music.

Nick studied jazz and music theory at the University of Virginia from 2003 to 2007 but remains self taught in the ways of "shred" and metal. Shortly thereafter, he joined American death metal band ARSIS playing bass and guitar over a three year period performing with them on various European tours and countless gigs across the US, Canada, and Mexico as well as performing and writing on their most recent album Starve For The Devil (2010).

As previously reported, Arch Enemy have been confirmed to headline the Ax-Mayhem Festival in Seoul, Korea on April 21st. Tickets are available here.

Arch Enemy's tour schedule is as follows:

April
13 - Shibuya Ax - Tokyo, Japan
14 - Yokohama Blitz - Japan
16 - Diamond Hall - Nagoya, Japan
17 - Big Cat - Osaka, Japan
21 - Seoul, Korea - Ax-Mayhem Festival
24 - Chin Woo Stadium (Hall) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
26 - Diablo Open Air 2012 - Singapore
28 - Pulp Summer Slam 12 - Manila, Philippines
30 - Manning Bar - Sydney, Australia
31 - Billboard The Venue - Melbourne, Australia

June
28 - Peace and Love Festival - Borlänge, Sweden
30 - Dokk'em Open Air - Dokkum, Netherlands

July
13 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany
14 - Rock Harz Open Air - Ballenstedt, Germany
15 - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
18 - Hegyalja Fesztival - Tokaj Rakamaz, Hungary
20 - Devilside - Oberhausen, Germany

August
4 - Vagos Open Air - Vagos, Portugal

October
20 - Metal Female Voices Fest - Wieze, Belgium
21 - Le Bataclan - Paris, France
23 - Totem - Pamplona, Spain
25 - Capitol - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
26 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
27 - Razzmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain

STORY COURTESY OF BRAVE WORDS