Just announced on their website, Thobbe (Thorbjörn) has taken the decision to leave Sabaton. He has been with the band since 2013 and recorded the album Heroes with them as well as the soon-to-be released The Last Stand. Plans are for him to honour touring commitments until the headlining set – and album release party – at the Sabaton Festival in Falun, Sweden, in August. A fitting end to an honourable stint with the band.
The statement from Sabaton:
Our colleague and brother Thobbe Englund has decided to part ways with Sabaton.
We wish him nothing but success and good luck in the future, and we salute him for all the good years and the fantastic moments we shared both on and off the stage!
And in Thobbe’s own words:
Today I have decided to announce my leave from Sabaton.
Why? …many may ask.
– There is this thing that I truly believe in, and that is that one should always follow the heart.
I have in recent years become more aware of what would make me feel real happiness and content, and that is to expand my own creativeness in combination with a somewhat stiller life, where I will not tour all year round at the speed of light.
Unfortunately as a consequence I will not be able to meet all of you wonderful people out there, which is sad, and I´m really gonna miss you all. But I will still be making music, of course, and as I am writing this I am making plans for the future.
During the many years of touring with Sabaton we have become like brothers. Together with the best crew in the world we´ve had a true blast and there is a bond between all of us that cannot be broken. Therefore I find no reason to be sentimental, because brothers and sisters are friends for life, and the future is bright!
Always yours truly.
Thobbe has released three solo albums (2006, 2015 and 2016) so there’s no denying that he’s still wanting to remain creative. As a multi-instrumentalist creating his own music, I’m sure he will have more freedom to be happy in his work and we’ll keep an eye on what he gets up to in the future.