Arch Enemy, Armageddon, Solo artist, Dark Tranquillity
Christopher is featured on the song:
He is currently the touring guitarist for Dark Tranquillity and has a career as solo artist. Chris lives in New York City since 2012.
Born in Halmstad, Sweden, inspired by his older brother Michael Amott's band Carcass, Christopher began studying the guitar at 14, playing in local bands, and eventually attending music college at age 18. With aggressive, fast vibrato, speedy alternate-picking, and fluid lead lines, Christopher's memorable playing style was crafted after such players as John Sykes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, John Norum and Michael Schenker.
I have learned to know Chris during my time I was hosting the radio show called 'Let there be Rock", from 2010 onwards. As a follower from Arch Enemy I interviewed Chris a couple of times and we got along really well. After Chris left Arch Enemy in 2012 and moved to New York, we kept in touch regularly.
Chris is a really nice person, intelligent, social, non-conformist non-typical-metal-guy and above all an extremely talented musician. I would say he belongs in the ranks of the world's best guitar players.
When we met in Belgium in May 2018 while Chris was on the Dark Tranquillity tour, Chris offered to play a guest solo on my album, and I was working on the perfect song for that at the time, called 'Kill Kill Kill'.
Chris and I are on different paths in our lives and we always have inspiring conversations about that. Chris being the younger guy (and far better musician) that has seen it all in music, and me being the older guy that has seen everything in corporate life, and now entering the world of professional music.
Chris was the first guest musician to contribute to a song, and this was the turning point where I got confident enough to go ahead full steam and make this album. From that moment onwards, things accelerated and were speeding up. With Chris' contribution behind me, it got easier to get interest from other great guest players. Chris introduced me to Sam Walters, with whom he played in a New York based heavy metal band at the time. Sam is the singer on the 'Kill Kill Kill' song. So Chris and Sam were in the same band, yet their only album performance together is on RISE
Here's a video with an awesome solo from Chris, from the Tyrants of the Rising Sun DVD: