Norwegian deathpunks Turbonegro have announced that former Dukes Of Nothing frontman and man-about-town Tony Sylvester has joined the band following the departure of vocalist Hank Von Helvete.
The band have been on hiatus after Helvete - whose real name is Hans Erik Dyvik Husby - left "to pursue a career in acting, the Church of Scientology and goth rock" in 2009. Helvete now fronts Oslo quintet Doctor Midnight and The Mercy Cult.
Sylvester - who was previously the President of the London chapter of the Turbojugend fan club and the band's UK press officer - will make his Turbonegro debut at the Turbojugend World Days fan club convention in Hamburg, Germany on July 15.
"Tony has the powerful, soulful voice and the presence we have always been looking for in a singer," says bassist Happy Tom. "We are stoked to have this magical gentleman or gentle thug aboard!"
"I was incredibly honoured to get the call up and blown away by the way the sound came together so quickly," adds Sylvester. "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."
The band are currently working on the follow-up 2007's Retox. No release date has been set.
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