Swedish progressive melodic death metallers SCAR SYMMETRY have released the following statement:
"We regret to inform you that due to a family emergency, [guitarist] Per Nilsson will have to sit out our Eastern Europe mini-tour later this week.
"You can all rest assured that this wasn't a decision made lightly, but for us, family comes first and Per needs the time off to be with his family.
"We've decided not to cancel the dates but to carry on with the show and for the first time ever, meet our fans in Russia, Belarus and Latvia!
"Filling in for Per is U.K. whiz kid Benjamin Ellis, who came in second place in the guitar solo contest Per did with Guitar Messenger last year.
"Benjamin has previously toured with SCAR SYMMETRY with his own band BLOODSHOT DAWN."
Said Per in a statement: "I'm OK. But some people I hold very dear aren't, and I need to be by their side right now.
"I was so much looking forward to this tour, but I'm glad the guys will go on without me.
"I'm lucky to have my buddy Benjamin fill in for me on such short notice; he's such a cool dude and a beyond sick player, and a part of me envy you who will see him rip it on stage this weekend!
"We will be back soon enough with the full lineup, but for now, have an awesome time in my absence and be safe everyone."
SCAR SYMMETRY is working on a concept album trilogy, "The Singularity". The first of the three albums, "The Singularity (Phase I: Neohumanity)", will be released later in the year.
Guitarist Jonas Kjellgren left SCAR SYMMETRY in August 2013 "due to scheduling conflicts with his studio work and his other bands — RAUBTIER and BOURBON BOYS."
SCAR SYMMETRY was forced to cancel its fall 2012 North American headlining tour due to visa issues.
The band's's latest album, "The Unseen Empire", sold around 1,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 11 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.
"The Unseen Empire" was released on April 15, 2011 in Europe and May 17, 2011 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.