Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott was interviewed by Rock Pages on all things A.E and their new album "Will To Power". The one thing that really stood out, for me, is why he didn't include Jeff Loomis in the writing process for the new album.
Amott said, "Jeff has a great style, but it's not really ARCH ENEMY style. He's got a great style. I really, I'm one of the original NEVERMORE fans. I've toured with them back in the day before anybody really listened to NEVERMORE. I had their demo tapes before they made albums. That's how far I go back with them. But, it's just a different style of writing. It's very dark, very progressive. And I think it's really fucking cool, but it's not really ARCH ENEMY style… at this time."
I've said this before, and I'll say it again, without Angela Gossow and Chris Amott in the band I've lost all interest. The albums aren't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but, there's just something about it that I can't get excited about any more.
Loomis is top-fucking-notch as a guitarist and musician. Whether he writes in the "style" of Arch Enemy, I believe strongly that he would have contributed a great deal to the creative process on Arch Enemy albums, as well as probably keeping me interested and engaged again.