Norse metal lords Turbonegro have announced that they’ve replaced Hank Von Velvete with a non Viking! British singer Tony Sylvester has joined the band’s ranks, and even though he doesn’t have Viking warrior blood in him, he’s got previous form with the band. Apart from previously being the frontman of UK band Dukes Of Nothing, he is also Turbonegro’s former UK press officer. Turbonegro’s bassist Happy Tom says “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!”

Replacing Von Velvete, who was singer from 1993 until last year, even more conveniently Sylvester was also once upon a time the President of the London chapter of the Turbonegro Turbojugend fan club, which has no doubt helped pave his way for becoming a member of the band. He says “I was incredibly honoured to get the call up and blown away by the way the sound came together so quickly. 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.”

Sylvester is set to hit the stage in Hamburg, Germany on July 15 for his live debut.