Arch Enemy parts ways with guitarist Jeff Loomis

Music news

The Swedish metal group Arch Enemy announces the departure of the musician, who has been there for nine years. Joey Concepcion takes his place.

Arch Enemy ends the year 2023 by announcing the “amicable” departure of Jeff Loomis from its ranks. “It was a pleasure to play with Jeff for almost a decade” said Michael Amott, guitarist and founding member of the Swedish metal band in a press release. “We were already long-time friends and are even closer now. We understand that he is in a period of his life in which he needs to step away from Arch Enemy and we wish him the best for the future. »

Michael Amott then congratulates the new guitarist who takes Jeff Loomis’ place. “We are very excited to announce that we have signed Joey Concepcion on guitar! He has phenomenal talent and is a long-time friend of the band. He even filled in for Jeff at a few festivals in 2018. We have a myriad of exciting plans for 2024, including a tour and can’t wait to create a new chapter for Arch Enemy. »

This next tour will notably include a Parisian date, scheduled at the Olympia on October 8. The two other Swedish melodic death metal bands In Flames and Soilwork will also be there.

The last album recorded with Jeff Loomis, Deceiverswas released in 2022. “Deceivers has more impact and references a feeling that everyone has experienced” declares singer Alissa White-Gluz in an interview with the editorial staff. “It is derived from the song “Deceiver, Deceiver”, the lyrics of which were written by Michael Amott (guitarist). I thought it would make a good title. Then, the presentation of everything is a little more punk influenced”

The group did not specify whether their possible next album would be released before the European tour planned for fall 2024.


Written by

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson is a dedicated writer and key contributor to the WECB website, Emerson College's student-run radio station. Passionate about music, radio communication, and journalism, Christopher pursues his craft with a blend of meticulous research and creative flair. His writings on the site cover an array of subjects, from music reviews and artist interviews to event updates and industry news. As an active member of the Emerson College community, Christopher is not only a writer but also an advocate for student involvement, using his work to foster increased engagement and enthusiasm within the school's radio and broadcasting culture. Through his consistent and high-quality outputs, Christopher Johnson helps shape the voice and identity of WECB, truly embodying its motto of being an inclusive, diverse, and enthusiastic music community.