Vocalist Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström of the Swedish heavy metal band SABATON have issued the following statement: “To end all rumors that SABATON will stop touring or even act/perform as a band, we can now present that SABATON’s new lineup will be as follows: • Joakim Brodén - Vocals • Pär Sundström - Bass • Chris Rörland - Guitars • Tobbe Englund - Guitars • Robban Beck - Drums “At the moment we are still searching for a keyboard player. Until we have found the right guy, we will still have Daniel Myhr with us in digital form, since he has specially recorded all keyboards for us to use on tour. Therefore, we are not cancelling any shows at all - the war machine of SABATON will go on just as planned!” Fans are invited to meet the new members on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8e80K9XyDs SABATON’s sixth studio album, Carolus Rex, will be released in North America on May 22nd. Dates for their upcoming “Swedish Empire” tour through the U.S. and Canada are: 04/10/12 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL 04/12/12 Scout Bar - Houston, TX 04/13/12 Trees - Dallas, TX 04/15/12 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX 04/17/12 Wreckers - Lubbock, TX 04/18/12 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO 04/19/12 The Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO 04/20/12 Spicoli´s Grill and the Reverb Rock Garden - Waterloo, IA 04/22/12 The Firebird - St Louis , MO 04/23/12 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI 04/25/12 The Casbah - Charlotte, NC 04/27/12 Bogie´s - Albany, NY 04/28/12 Broadway Joe´s - Buffalo, NY 04/29/12 Peabody´s - Cleveland, OH 04/30/12 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA 05/02/12 The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY 05/03/12 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA 05/04/12 The Gramercy Theatre – New York City, NY 05/05/12 The Palladium - Worcester, MA 05/07/12 Petit Campus - Montreal, QC – CANADA 05/08/12 Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City, QC - CANADA 05/10/12 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON - CANADA 05/11/12 Music Hall - London, ON - CANADA 05/12/12 Alrosa’s Villa - Columbus, OH 05/13/12 Blondie´s - Detroit, MI 05/15/12 Station 4 - St Paul, MN 05/16/12 Reggie Rock Club - Chicago, IL 05/18/12 Vernon Club - Louisville, KY 05/19/12 Kingdom - Richmond, VA 05/20/12 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD 05/21/12 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA 05/23/12 Key Club – Hollywood, CA *OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY* 05/25/12 Circo Volador - Mexico City, D.F. - MÉXICO