SABATON Rejoined By Former Guitarist THOBBE ENGLUND

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Swedish metallers Sabaton have been rejoined by guitarist Thobbe Englund. This news comes hot on the heels of Tommy Johansson‘s departure announcement less than a month ago.

Thobbe originally joined Sabaton in April 2012 and amicably parted ways with the band in July 2016 to focus on his personal life and expand his creativity. Eight years later, he’s back and ready to hit the global stage once more. Watch the official announcement video below.

Englund recorded two studio albums with Sabaton, namely “Heroes” (2014) and “The Last Stand” (2016), and assisted with the songwriting of some very popular songs including “Shiroyama” and “Fields Of Verdun”, among others.

On his return, which is effective immediately, Englund declares: “Words can’t express how ready and how excited I am to jump back into Sabaton. It feels like I was on a short holiday. The time is right, love is in the air and the best is yet to come!”

Sabaton bassist and band manager Pär Sundström comments: “This is a full-circle moment for Sabaton and we are beyond excited to have Thobbe rejoin the band. He’s a talented guitarist, songwriter, and a kind guy who we have a lot of fun with. We didn’t even need to hold auditions with other guitar players. All that was needed was to spend New Year’s Eve together to know that the time was right for Thobbe‘s return.”

Echoing Pär‘s sentiments, Sabaton frontman Joakim Brodén states: “This decision was a no-brainer for us as a band and for Thobbe. He knows the drill and is the perfect fit. This is a great outcome, and we think everyone is going to be psyched about the news! The time is right. Welcome back, brother!”

Meanwhile, Sabaton drummer Hannes Van Dahl adds: “Who? Thobbe f***ng Englund, that’s who! The man is back! I’m happy to once again share the stage with one of my best friends! Welcome back, brother!”

And finally, fellow Sabaton guitarist Chris Rörland says: “I’m beyond excited and happy for the return of the king! We’ve had so many good times together, both on stage and off stage. It’s gonna be great to share the stage again. Welcome back and welcome home my brother! Love ya!”

Sabaton is currently preparing for a 19-show U.S. tour with heavy metal legends Judas Priest, which kicks off on April 18 in Wallingford, Connecticut, and wraps up on May 22 in Syracuse, New York. The five-piece band is also currently in the studio working on its 11th studio album.

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