Guitarist Jesper Strömblad (ex-IN FLAMES) is once again sitting out live appearances by his current project, CYHRA. Continuing to fill in for him is Marcus Sunesson, who has previously played with ENGEL.
CYHRA announced Jesper's continued absence from the road in a social media post earlier today. The band wrote: "Now that we're starting a new album + touring cycle for our brand new album 'No Halos In Hell' (which comes out on Nov. 15, on Nuclear Blast) — we thought that it would be a good idea to give you all a quick update on what's happening with the live band for our upcoming shows.
"As many of you already know, Jesper is taking some time away from touring, and our good friend Marcus Sunesson has been joining us on guitar. Some of you have seen Marcus perform with us, and you already know what an absolutely incredible player, and performer he is.
"We don't want anyone to feel caught off guard about not seeing Jesper at the shows. Please know that he is still a member of CYHRA, and is with us in spirit at every show.
"We look forward to seeing you all out there on the road very soon!"
In addition to Strömblad, CYHRA features in its ranks vocalist Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE), guitarist Euge Valovirta (ex-SHINING) and drummer Alex Landenburg (LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY).
CYHRA's second album, "No Halos In Hell", will be released on November 15 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Strömblad quit IN FLAMES in February 2010 in order to continue receiving treatment for his alcohol addiction. He later formed THE RESISTANCE with Marco Aro (vocals, THE HAUNTED) and Glenn Ljungström (guitar, ex-IN FLAMES), only to exit that band in March 2016. THE RESISTANCE bassist Rob Hakemo later slammed Jesper in an interview, calling the guitarist "an alcoholic" and "drug addict" who "doesn't want to [get] sober."
CYHRA's European tour with new labelmates BATTLE BEAST will kick off in Sweden on November 15.