According to the Swedish-language newspaper Dalarnas Tidningar
), former SABATON
members Rikard Sundén
(guitar), Daniel Mullback
(drums), Daniel Mÿhr
(keyboards) and Oskar Montelius
(guitar) have formed a new band, CIVIL WAR
, with singer Patrik Johansson
, LION'S SHARE
) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson
). The group is currently writing songs for its debut album.
"It came pretty naturally," Mullback
stated about CIVIL WAR
's formation. "We always thought Patrik
had a good voice and he accepted our offer when we asked him to join the band."
"I had no hesitation about getting involved," Patrik
said. "ASTRAL DOORS
certainly has a solid fan base, but we are a little more underground. I see this as an opportunity to reach a wider audience."
The four ex members of SABATON
were never involved in the songwriting process with their former band since those duties were usually handled by vocalist Joakim Brodén
. But in the new group, everyone is contributing ideas.
"This has been a reawakening of sorts," Mÿhr
said. "I have never been in a situation where there has been so much creativity. We became a full band a week and a half ago and we already have 6-7 songs in the works."CIVIL WAR
will continue writing songs during the summer with the hopes of releasing an EP this fall. A full-length album is tentatively due early next year.
When asked how the new band will sound, Johansson
said, "The one thing we all agree on is that we want to have good melodies. The music can be as hard as ever, but the melodies are important."
On the topic of whether CIVIL WAR
will continue SABATON
's tradition of focusing on war-related themes in its lyrics, Mÿhr
said, "No, we won't. Now the lyrics can be about anything. [CIVIL WAR
was just] a good name that sounded good."
Although the circumstances behind SABATON
's split with Sundén
have not been fully explained, the group's former members admit that they have not spoken with Brodén
bassist Pär Sundström
since they went their separate ways.
"There have been rumors that we did not want to continue playing together anymore but that is simply not the case," said Mullback
. There are also many people who believe that we did not play on the new SABATON
album, ['Carolus Rex'
], that it's the new [SABATON
members] that recorded the tracks. But that's not true either. It is us [that laid down the music in the studio]."
Photo credit: Lars Dafgård