FullForce Announces New Guitarist Stefan Rosqvist To Replace CJ Grimmark
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Swedish power metal band FullForce, featuring former HammerFall guitarist Stefan Elmgren, announced that guitarist CJ Grimmark has departed the band. His replacement will be Ex-Dawn of Oblivion guitarist Stefan Rosqvist.
The announcement on the band's Facebook page reads as follows:
A few months ago guitarplayer CJ Grimmark decided to leave FULLFORCE due to some changes in his life situation which he had to put priority to. The band wishes CJ all their best for his future and they are still very good friends and it wasn't an easy decision for Grimmark to leave the band.
During the last few months FullForce have been focusing on writing the songs for their second album and also searching for the best possible replacement for CJ both musically and personally. Finally the search is over and FullForce is happy and proud to introduce guitar ace Stefan Rosqvist (ex Dawn Of Oblivion, Lale Larsson) to you. Stefan Rosqvist is a very talented, versatile guitarist and musician and the band is really excited to have him on board. FullForce have almost finished the songwriting for their yet untitled second album and is planning to enter the recording studio during this upcoming summer.
A public statement was issued by the departing Grimmark as follows:
A few months ago I informed my great friends in FullForce that I had come to the conclusion that it's time for me to step aside and let someone else fill my spot in the band. As much as I have enjoyed every moment I spent with the Mike, Anders, Stefan and Tommy and their families, I realized that I can't really contribute with the same focus anymore. [I] will not quit making music and I sure hope to see the people that I have had the chance to meet while being on the road with FF, again a.s.a.p.
To the guys in the band: THANK YOU for the great deal of fun I've had with You on the road, on rehearsals, while shooting videos etc etc.
Mike - Your enthusiasm goes way beyond that of most other people, and so does Your voice!
Anders - Your huge musical talent and sense of humor is WORLD CLASS - You're one of a kind and one of my musical heroes!
Stefan - It was an honor to be on this boat with You. Your combined skills as songwriter/ player/entertainer (on stage and in private:), backed up by true professionalism, taught me a lot.
Tommy - thanks for Your kindness, positivity, loyalty and solid bassplaying. You will be missed!
I truly wish You the very best! I feel honored to be replaced by such a talented player as Stephan Rosqvist. Best of luck and congratulations to You!
God bless, over and out!
The band posted a pre-production demo video introducing Rosqvist and featuring one of the solos to appear on the band's sophomore release:
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