SABATON Drummer Forced To Sit Out Tour Dates

Swedish metallers SABATON have issued the following update:

"Unfortunately, our drummer, Daniel Mullback, had to leave the current tour due to problems with his knees. But... The show must go on, and this Swedish War Machine cannot be stopped that easy... We stole NIGHTMARE's drummer Kevin [Foley], did some rehearsals during the day and were able to do the whole show yesterday.

"For the last shows we have recruited our old friend Robert Bäck from Falun to handle the drums.

"With less than 24 hours to learn a complete SABATON show, we want to dedicate a huge thanks to Kevin who saved the day!"

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SABATON recently recruited DRAGONFORCE bassist Frédéric Leclercq to play guitar on the band's current European tour. He is filling in for regular SABATON guitarist Rikard Sundén, who "has decided to multiply himself and will have his first kid at this time," according to a statement released by the band.

The group added, "Of course, it's the highest wish of SABATON to tour with all six members, but this time Rikard wanted to pass and to ensure that the fans that come to these shows will get a good show we wanted to bring in a person with both great musical talent as well as a great stage act together with a chemistry that we know fits in SABATON. We are sure that Frédéric is that person. This is, of course, a temporary situation, Frédéric is still a full member of DRAGONFORCE and Rikard is still the guitar player of SABATON. For the American tour that starts in April, Rikard will be on stage again, ready to rock and a hopefully a bit richer in life."

SABATON's fifth album, "Coat Of Arms", sold around 450 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 124 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"Coat Of Arms" was released in Europe on May 21, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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