Carolus Rex
SABATON

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Album · 2012

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Tracklist

1. Dominium Maris Baltici (0:29)
2. Lejonet från Norden (4:42)
3. Gott Mit Uns (3:15)
4. En Livstid i Krig (5:45)
5. 1648 (3:54)
6. Karolinens Bön (6:14)
7. Carolus Rex (4:53)
8. Ett Slag Färgat Rött (4:24)
9. Poltava (4:03)
10. Konungens Likfärd (4:09)
11. Ruina Imperii (3:21)

Total Time 45:09

Line-up/Musicians

- Joakim Brodén / vocals
- Oskar Montelius / guitars
- Rikard Sundén / guitars
- Daniel Mullback / drums
- Pär Sundström / bass
- Daniel Mÿhr / keyboards

with
- Christian Hedberg / Vocals (backing)
- Pelle Hindén / Vocals (backing)
- Hannele Junkala / Vocals (backing)
- Pontus Lekaregård / Vocals (backing)
- Sofia Lundström / Vocals (backing)
- Marie Mullback / Vocals (backing)
- Thomas Nyström / Vocals (backing)
- Åsa Österlund / Vocals (backing)
- Marie-Louise Strömqvist / Vocals (backing)
- Anders Sandström / Vocals (backing)
- Christer Gärds / Vocals (backing)
- Bosse Gärds / Vocals (backing)
- Peter Tägtgren / Vocals (Track 3)

About this release

This is a concept album about the Swedish empire. Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren helped the band with the lyrics on the theme.

The track listing shown is for the original Swedish version of the album, which is a single disc album available only in Sweden. A single disc version of the album with lyrics in English is available with the Swedish song titles translated:

1. Dominium Maris Baltici
2. The Lion from the North
3. Gott mit uns
4. A Lifetime of War
5. 1648
6. The Carolean's Prayer
7. Carolus Rex
8. Killing Ground
9. Poltava
10. Long Live the King
11. Ruina Imperii

There's also a two-disc version of the album featuring both the English and Swedish versions.

Thanks to Wilytank for the addition and DippoMagoo for the updates

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Kingcrimsonprog
Carolus Rex is the charismatic Swedish Power Metal band Sabaton’s sixth full-length studio album. The Gold-Certified album was produced by Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren (and indeed features some guest contributions from him) and released on Nuclear Blast Records in 2012, just before a radical line-up shift that saw all but two members (singer Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström) leave the band.

Its too early to tell at time of writing, but this magnificent album feels like a future classic to me. This is such a strong, perfectly crafted, and interesting and entertaining album that it really feels like something of a landmark. It is the culmination of everything the band had always been excelling at. Its got brilliant lyrics about interesting Swedish historical subjects with surprising depth and occasionally quite good characterization (the Title Track especially), its got fun riffs, a nice mix of tempos and superb confident melodic vocals. I can really see it going down as a genre classic in a few years time.

Tracks like “The Lion From The North,” “Killing Ground,” “Gott Mitt UNS” and the Title Track are among the best in the band’s repertoire, and there is absolutely no weak moments or filler. It’s a good length that feels substantial but doesn’t overstay its welcome, and there’s a fine balance of variety versus consistency.

Most of all; there’s just so many great choruses that will stick in your head for days. Sabaton have always been masters of the hook, and this catchy masterpiece is no exception. These are memorable songs that make you want to sing along. Combine that with the bombastic, big, grandiose sounding music and you’ve got some serious umph going on here.

Overall; Carolus Rex is an excellent, catchy album full of memorable, well-produced and well-written songs. If you are a fan of the band its an absolute must-have and if you are interested in checking the band out it’s a fine introduction. I highly recommend anyone with an interest in this sort of music to give them a try.

of the band its an absolute must-have and if you are interested in checking the band out it’s a fine introduction. I highly recommend anyone with an interest in this sort of music to give them a try.

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