On January 22nd, Arch Enemy guitarist/founder Michael Amott announced the return of original singer Johan Liiva and guitarist Christopher Amott for a special one-off project dubbed Black Earth, which will perform Arch Enemy material from the band’s first three albums on tour in Japan this May.
In speaking to Bravewords, Michael Amott clarified: “It’s a one-off tour in Japan and that’s all. It’s just supposed to be something super fun and not Michael Amott’s new band (laughs), and that’s where the confusion lies.”
“We brought Chris and Johan over for Loud Park, and the promoters over there offered us a tour,” Michael reveals. “They suggested that we do something to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the first album in Japan to a fuller extent. Arch Enemy is taking it slow this year, doing some writing and some shows here and there, so we thought it would be a good idea, but we obviously can’t call it Arch Enemy. We came up with using the name of the first album, Black Earth. They booked six shows in Japan so it’ll be quite extensive. I thought the buzz would be contained to Japan but of course the news got picked up and spread around thanks to social media and metal news sites. And when I was at NAMM last weekend in California everyone was asking me about Black Earth (laughs).”
“Johan doesn’t want to be the singer of Arch Enemy,” Michael adds. “That’s never been his thing as far as being in an act that tours worldwide. Black Earth is just something that we all wanted to do because it’s going to be a lot of fun for us and the fans in Japan.”
Fans should be aware that Black Earth is intended to have a very limited run, so don’t expect them to surface outside of Japan except on YouTube or the planned DVD.
For the full conversation go here.
Black Earth line-up:
Michael Amott – guitar
Christopher Amott – guitar
Johan Liiva – vocals
Daniel Erlandsson – drums
Sharlee D’Angelo – bass
17 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Club Quattro
19 – Fukuoka, Japan – Drum Be-1
21 – Hiroshima, Japan – Hiroshima Club Quattro
23 – Osaka, Japan – Umeda Club Quattro
24 – Aichi, Japan – Nagoya Club Quattro
27 – Sapporo, Japan – Lane24 Penny Sapporo
Arch Enemy releases with Johan Liiva:
Black Earth (1996)
Burning Bridges (1999)