STORMWIND Part Ways With Keyboardist

Sweden's STORMWIND, the band featuring guitarist Thomas Wolf and former CANDLEMASS singer Thomas Vikstrom, have parted ways with keyboardist Kaspar Dahlqvist.

"After four years of blood, sweat and great rock'n'roll, Kaspar Dahlqvist has decided to leave STORMWIND to devote himself 100% to his family and DIONYSUS," reads a posting on STORMWIND's official web site.

"My life is rearranging quite heavily at the moment, and I've made the choice to leave STORMWIND because I can't give the band as much attention and care as it needs," Kaspar said.

A replacement keyboardist has yet to be announced.

STORMWIND will issue their sixth album, "Rising Symphony", in Japan on April 23. The album includes nine melodic/neo-classical tracks and a bonus track for Japan ("Wings Of Tomorrow"). A European release is expected to follow in early June. The official release party for the European release of the new album will be held at Hard Rock Cafe in Stockholm on June 3.

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