Swedish power metal band Sabaton have confirmed their line-up change, ending ongoing rumors.
The band commented: “Starting a band at the age of 18 is simple, keeping it intact for 12 years is much harder, and finally we have come to the crossroad where we will go separate ways. Pär Sundström and Joakim Brodén will continue to battle on stage, carrying the banner of SABATON to further victories. We will always have an eternal bond to each other, created by more than 12 years of friendship and touring, and wish each other long and prosperous lives with families, various projects and musical careers. In the end, all six of us will end up in our own glorious future…”
The band’s new line-up is Joakim Brodén – Vocals Pär Sundström – Bass Chris Rörland – Guitars (Nocturnal Rites) Thobbe Englund – Guitars (Winterlong, Raubtier) Robban Bäck – Drums (Baltimoore, Prey). For the moment, Daniel Myhr is still with the band until another keyboardist is found.
The scheduled U.S. headlining tour will go on as scheduled. The band’s new album Carolus Rex will be released on May 25th via Nuclear Blast. The album’s concept is about the Swedish Empire and it will be released in English and in Swedish.