Per Nilsson, lead guitar virtuoso of legendary Swedish Melodeath band Scar Symmetry, and Floridian death metal band The Absence, have made joint announcements on Facebook concerning Per joining the band. According to Mr. Nilsson, he is already hard at work writing songs with the band. From the press release:
Tampa, Florida’s The Absence has announced that guitarist Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry has joined forces with the group. The band has already begun tracking for their new EP with James Murphy and will release a single from these efforts soon; keep your eyes peeled!
According to Per:
“Six years ago the guys asked me to do a guest solo for the “Riders” album and we’ve been friends ever since. I’ve followed their career as a fan and when they reached out asking me to join the band, it was a no-brainer. I am super excited to be a part of The Absence family; we’ve been jamming out some new tunes and I feel like we’ve got some killer stuff in the works for ya! Between Patrick and me, there’s gonna be some INSANE guitar shreddin’ on the new tunes!”
– Per Nilsson
Enemy Unbound, the last album The Absence released, was well received by both the press and the community, and the addition of Per on guitars can only mean a bright future for a criminally underrated band. No word yet on what this means for Scar Symmetry or Per’s role in the band, but it’s safe to assume they’ll continue on with or without him.