SABATON Lineup Changes In The Works?

Swedish-language newspaper Dalarnas Tidningar (DT) from SABATON‘s hometown of Falun published a report earlier today (Monday, March 26) claiming that the band’s current incarnation will go its separate ways, with vocalist Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström planning to continue the group with new musicians.

According to Dalarnas Tidningar, it is not presently clear what caused SABATON‘s most recent lineup to implode, and Brodén, who is also the band’s main songwriter, was tight-lipped about possible personnel changes when reached by the newspaper. “I will not comment on it,” he said.

When pressed further to confirm or deny the rumors, Brodén said, “I can’t say anything as long as the tape recorder is on. But what I can say is that it’s sad that such rumors are being spread.”

SABATON‘s new album, “Carolus Rex”, will be released in Europe on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which will be made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).

The band previously stated about “Carolus Rex”: “For the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren. We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on ‘Carolus Rex’, and our producer, Peter Tägtgren, says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!”

Liljegren‘s previously published works include acclaimed biographies of Adolf Hitler and Karl XII. He also appeared in the popular Swedish TV series “Boston Tea Party”.

SABATON will embark on a North American headlining tour next month. The “Swedish Empire Tour 2012” will kick off on April 10 in Tampa, Florida.