Published Jun 20, 2011If you've noticed that it's been a while since we heard from hi-octane Norwegian death punks Turbonegro, there's a good reason. The long-running riff rockers have actually been on a hiatus for the past couple of years since singer Hank Von Helvete split from the group in 2009. Apparently, following a casting in a biopic on Swedish poet Cornelis Vreeswijk, Helvete left "to pursue a career in acting, the Church of Scientology and goth rock." His replacement, ex-Dukes of Nothing singer Tony Sylvester.
According to Kerrang, the English singer will debut as the troupe's new vocalist on July 15 at the Turbojugend World Days fan club convention in Hamburg, Germany. Interestingly, it turns out that Sylvester previously acted as the head of the London chapter of the fan club and also worked as their UK press officer.
"I was incredibly honoured to get the call up and blown away by the way the sound came together so quickly," Sylvester said. "It's going to be different for sure -- there's a little more filth in my pipes, but as a longtime [fan], I want to assure the Turbojugend that the legacy is in safe hands."
Bassist and songwriter Happy-Tom is also plenty pleased with the new vocalist.
"Tony has the powerful, soulful voice and the presence we have always been looking for in a singer. We are stoked to have this magical gentleman or gentle thug aboard!"
On top of the upcoming gig, Turbonegro are also reportedly readying a new album, their first since 2007's Retox.