REVIEW: DMT Tyrant Michael Amott humbucker

Michael Amott knows a thing or two about tone. Whether it’s vintage death metal with Carcass, hard rock with Spiritual Beggars or his main job in Arch Enemy, Amott has the ears, hands and sense of sonic taste to craft the perfect sound for whatever musical situation he finds himself in. After flings with guitars like the Ibanez RG550 and his former ESP signature model the Ninja, Amott is now a Dean endorser, with his own line of signature guitars. And central to the tone of this imposing axe is the DMT Tyrant, Amott’s signature humbucker from Dean’s pickup division, Dean Magnetic Technologies. Amott was kind enough to arrange for a Tyrant humbucker to be sent out for review after I interviewed him recently.

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INTERVIEW: Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott


Arch Enemy are about to embark on the last round of touring for last year’s excellent Khaos Legions.  More melodic and with maybe a touch less death than you might expect from a melodic death metal band, Khaos Legions is also the last Arch Enemy album to feature guitarist Chris Amott, whose departure from the band was announced earlier this month. But mere line-up changes can’t keep Arch Enemy down: new guitarist Nick Cordle of Arsis has taken up the co-guitarist throne alongside Michael Amott, and the band has a lot to say and do before they put the full stop at the end of Khaos Legions.

You’re about to come to Australia for a very short tour. Only two shows. You know what that means for a lot of fans: heavy metal road trip!

Yeah! We’re happy that we got the opportunity to play Australia at all this year, but it’s just these two shows. We wanted to play it safe. And it’s at the end of an Asia run. We start in Japan and do four shows there, then we go round Singapore, the Philippines, Korea, various places around Asia. Then we got the opportunity with a new promoter to tack on these two Australian shows, Melbourne and Sydney. We’re just really excited about doing it. I guess it’s been a couple of years since we were there now.

The last time I saw you were was probably Gigantour.

Yeah. I think the last time we were there was ’09. We did Gigantour, we’ve done a few different things down there. This will be our fourth or fifth visit to Australia, and this will be the last one in a while. We’re obviously not going to come back this year after these shows, then next year, 2013 is going to be a year off for Arch Enemy mostly. We’ll probably put out a new album in 2014. So I don’t know, maybe 2015 we’ll be back, if metal is still around at that point! So it’s going to be a while, so if anybody wants to see us and get their dose of Arch Enemy this is the last one for a while.

Obviously the hot topic at the moment is Chris’s departure from the band. What’s the story?

Well, Chris informed us in October last year that he wanted to leave the band. Again. [Laughs]. He’s been out of the band, in 2005, 2006, 2007.

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NEWS: Mike Amott leaves ESP, joins Dean

Arch Enemy/Carcass guitarist Mike Amott has signed with Dean Guitars, after a long-running endorsement with ESP which resulted in the hella sexy Ninja line of Vs.


In a press release, Amott said “I contacted Dean Guitars as I was looking for the right guitar company and I knew that if people like Michael Schenker, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag and Leslie West have made Dean their home that I needed to check it out. They sent me two V’s to check out and I immediately fell in love with them. I am sure my new signature guitar will meet all of my demands as well as the needs of my fans around the globe.”

Amott has been playing a Dean USA Schenker Flame V model on stage. Amott is currently touring with a reunited Carcass. In 2006 he appeared on the animation Metalocalypse as the bass player in Pickles The Drummer’s old band, Snakes ‘n Barrels, as well as voicing scientist Dr. Amomolith Chesterfield.

Arch Enemy tour dates
Presented by Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Rockinvasion / I Music
December 12,Uden @ De Pul
December 13, Duesseldorf @ ISS Dome
December 15, Pratteln @ Z 7
December 17, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
December 18, Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
December 19, Bad Arolsen @ Outback

Carcass tour dates
October 9, Capitol, Perth (Australia)
October 10, HQ Complex, Adelaide (Australia)
October 11, The Arena, Brisbane (Australia)
October 12, Metro Theatre, Sydney (Australia)
October 13, Billboard, Melbourne (Australia)
October 15, Transmission Room, Auckland (New Zealand)
October 18, Loud Park @ Saitama Super Arena (Japan)
October 19, Diamond Hall, Nagoya (Japan)
October 21, Big Cat Capa, Osaka (Japan)
November 1, Rock Al Parque, Bogata (Columbia)
November 2, Estacionamiento de la Casa del Artista – Caracas (Venezuela)
November 5, Teatro Caupolican (Chile)
November 8, El Teatro Flores (Agentina)
November 9, Santana Hall – Sao Paulo, (Brazil)
November 15, Danish Metal Awards (Denmark)
November 22, Damnation Festival (UK)