SABATON
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Sabaton is a Swedish power metal band, formed in 1999 by vocalist Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström. They play a very epic brand of power metal, which often includes symphonic elements and most of their albums contain heavy metal elements on a few songs. All their albums contain lyrics that deal with themes of war, and particularly stories about historic battles, especially WWII.

They soon brought in Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars) and Richard Larsson (drums), though Larsson was replaced by Daniel Mullback early on. In 2000 and 2001 they recorded two demo tapes, that ended up being released together in a compilation titled Fist for Fight. They were quickly signed by Underground Symphony, who released a digipak version of Fist for Fight in 2002. Shortly after, they began work on what was meant to be their first full length album, titled Metalizer. Due to complications with the
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SABATON albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 3.80 | 11 ratings
Primo Victoria
Power Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.22 | 6 ratings
Attero Dominatus
Power Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 4.89 | 9 ratings
The Art Of War
Power Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 4.36 | 8 ratings
Coat Of Arms
Power Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 4.52 | 15 ratings
Carolus Rex
Power Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 4.65 | 6 ratings
Heroes
Power Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Last Stand
Power Metal 2016

SABATON EPs & splits

SABATON live albums

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
World War Live: Battle of the Baltic Sea
Power Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
SWEDISH EMPIRE LIVE
Power Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live on the Sabaton Cruise 2014
Power Metal 2015

SABATON demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SABATON re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Fist For Fight
Power Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Metalizer
Power Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metalus Hammerus Rex
Power Metal 2012

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Masters of the World
Power Metal 2007
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Cliffs Of Gallipoli
Power Metal 2008
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Coat of Arms
Power Metal 2010
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Screaming Eagles
Power Metal 2010
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A Lifetime of War
Power Metal 2012
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The Lion from the North
Power Metal 2012
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Carolus Rex
Power Metal 2012
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40:1
Power Metal 2013
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To Hell and Back
Power Metal 2014
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Resist and Bite
Power Metal 2014

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Power Metal 2013
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Power Metal 2016

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SABATON The Last Stand

Album · 2016 · Power Metal
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With some bands, writing a review can be challenging, as you never know what to expect from them, except that they will never repeat themselves or do anything predictable. On the exact opposite end of the spectrum you have Swedish power metal band Sabaton, a band who nailed their sound down wonderfully on their full length debut Primo Victoria, and while they’ve made minor tweaks to their sound over the years, they’ve proven to be as reliable and consistent as a band could possibly be when it comes to sticking to their established sound and delivering a great album every time. Basically, every time Sabaton releases an albums their fans can expect epic heroic war anthems based on historical events, filled with epic vocal lines and ridiculously catchy choruses. This has been equally true on more straight-forward albums like the quick, to the point and absolutely addicting Heroes and more experimental works like the epic concept album The Art of War. Their previous album Heroes in particular has the special distinction of being my most played album of the last decade, if not longer, so I was excited as I could possibly be to hear what the band had in store with their seventh full length release The Last Stand. In short, the band didn’t quite match their best efforts this time, but they still delivered yet another excellent release,and one that I’d gladly take over the vast majority of melodic metal out there.

For the uninitiated, Sabaton is known for writing songs about historic battles, and while all their albums deal with similar themes, they tend to focus on different events or on different aspects of war each time. On the Last Stand, perhaps unsurprisingly, the songs all deal with countries fighting against insurmountable odds and struggling to hold out to the very end, some succeeding and some failing. As such, the lyrics are very epic even by this band’s standards. Musically, the band has changed very little over the years. This is still the same kind of ultra melodic power metal they’ve played since the beginning, with the occasional use of symphonic elements and occasional heavy sections, but it’s the hooks and huge vocal melodies that dominate the tracks. Recent albums Carolus Rex and Heroes saw the band dropping the tempo down a little bit in comparison to their earlier albums and this is true of The Last Stand as well. In fact, perhaps my only disappointment with the album is a lack of those blazing fast scorchers, like “Night Witches” from Heroes or “Ghost Division” from The Art of War There’s still some speed here, of course, but on most of the tracks the tempo feels a bit more restrained.

One element of the band that has never been restrained in the least is the voice of Joakim Brodén. He has a rather unique voice for the genre, as most power metal vocalists tend to have much higher main registers than him, and yet he also doesn’t fit in with the more raw, all out aggressive singers of the genre like Chris Boltendahl or Andy B. Franck. Instead, he has a very deep voice that instantly stands out, be he uses in it a very nice way, singing in a way that enhances the melodies greatly, and his style really lends itself well to the huge sing along choruses the band is known for. In short, he’s the perfect fit for the band, and one of my absolute favorite singers.

I already somewhat hinted at it earlier, but the first couple times I heard the opening track “Sparta”, I was a bit disappointed. Just looking at that name and knowing how the band usually opens their albums I had been expecting one of their fast paced, immediately gripping openers, and instead I got something that felt a bit toned down and lacking the energy I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong: It’s an excellent track, and after several listens it’s grown on me a lot, but it certainly isn’t the kind of song the band has opened all their other albums with. It’s a mid tempo track, driven by keyboards and it uses the synths in a pretty cool way, giving the track a symphonic feel, and this combined with the epic “oohh” “aahh” chants throughout certainly make for a great track. Likewise, on first listen “Last Dying Breath” didn’t do much for me, but over time it has become a favorite. It’s another mostly mid paced track, though it has more of a focus on guitar riffs, and it’s chorus is quite epic. It speeds up towards the end, and that section is fantastic.

Obviously, many fans have heard “Blood of Bannockburn” by now, and for me this is the track where the album officially kicks into high gear. It’s the first up tempo track of the album, though it still feels a little restrained, but what makes it work is the awesome marching drums at the beginning that keep building and building until the song takes off, plus the use of bagpipes throughout and the choir vocals all help give it a bit of a Scottish folk music vibe, which fits perfectly with the lyrics. The track had been an instant favorite since the first time I heard it, and it still is, though for some reason I keep thinking I’ll hear “In the name of God” at the end of it. For those who don’t get that comment, I’ll explain it in a bit.

Following a brief interlude track where a solider talks about his experiences, we get another early release track “The Lost Battalion”. This one is much slower paced and is very much dominated by the synths, which give it a bit of a retro feel. It’s a very laid back track, but man is that chorus ever something special! The chorus is repeated several times throughout the song, but it only gets better and more epic as it goes on, easily one of their catchiest and best choruses to date, which is saying a lot. Speaking of great choruses, I can’t possibly leave out the title track. It’s another mid paced track, but it feels special from the very beginning, as the verses do a great job of building up momentum, and then the chorus is just insanely good, and is in fact the best on the album. Later in the track, an amazing, breathless vocal section gives way to the highlight of the album, and something fans viewing the early release videos on Youtube would be familiar with: The absolutely glorious last 30 seconds of the track, where Joakim delivers some of the best vocals I’ve ever heard from him. And yes, this is what I was referring to earlier when I talked about “Blood of Bannockburn”.

Fans looking for pure speed can look forward to “Rorke’s Drift” and “Hill 3234”. Both of these are very fast paced tracks that are a bit heavier compared to the rest of the album, and they certainly would have fit in great on earlier Sabaton albums. Likewise, “Shiroyama” is an up tempo track that feels very similar to some of their past songs, but it’s the kind of song they do so well, I can’t possibly complain about it feeling too familiar. On a similar note, I was initially surprised by how similar “Winged Hussars” sounds to the title track of The Art of War, with its main synth line sounding very similar and its chorus also reminding me greatly of that track, but repeated listens have shown it to the kind of mid paced track the band has always been great at, so again, it’s familiarity doesn’t bother me in the least just because it’s so damn catchy and addictive. Lastly, we have the closing track “The Last Battle”. This track threw me at first, as that name and the fact that it’s the final track on the album had me thinking it would be blazing fast and full of killer riffs. Well, that isn’t the case. Instead, it’s another mid paced track, heavily dominated by synths which give it a bit of a pop feeling at points, but while I was initially unimpressed, once again it turned out to one of those super catchy tracks where the melodies won me over in the end.

At just under 37 minutes, The Last Stand is one of those albums that’s extremely easy to put on repeat and get lost in for a while, and it’s certainly a very addictive album full of catchy and heroic war anthems just like its immediate predecessor. It may not live up to that album or other Sabaton classics like The Art of War and Primo Victoria, but it’s still another fantastic album full of memorable choruses and huge vocal melodies that won’t be easy to forget. Obviously, it’s a must hear for longtime fans of the band, and it’s also highly recommended for all fans of melodic metal, especially those looking for some catchy choruses to go along with epic lyrics about historic battles. Sabaton is just one of those bands that never disappoints, and The Last Stand is no exception.

originally written for myglobalmind.com: http://myglobalmind.com/2016/08/20/sabaton-last-stand-review/

SABATON Carolus Rex

Album · 2012 · Power Metal
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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.

SABATON Coat Of Arms

Album · 2010 · Power Metal
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Coat Of Arms is the charismatic Swedish Power Metal band Sabaton’s fifth full-length studio album. It was released on Nuclear Blast records in 2010.

I don’t use the phrase “rip-roaring” a lot, (in fact I don’t think I’ve ever used it before in my life), but it is certainly the first phrase that comes to mind about this confident, bombastic, powerful and extremely fun album. If you haven’t heard Sabaton before, they have carved their own niche in the Power Metal world, its not just copying big bands like Helloween, Gamma Ray or Blind Guardian’s sound. Its not copying NWOBHM bands and speeding it up either. It is something a little more unique. There’s a loud, stadium feeling. Often mid-paced. You can almost hear the point at which the pyro is designed to go off in each riff. Its more about songcraft than virtuoso musicianship, more about experience than speed. The vocals aren’t even Halford or Dickenson inspired but are in a lower register. Sabaton’s lyrics even eschew the traditional wizards and goblins fare for interesting, highly-researched historical subjects.

Subjects up for discussion on this record include the Polish uprising against the Nazis, the Norwegian heavy water sabotage at Vemork and the Greco-Italian conflict in WWII. There’s one Metal themed song at the end, with tributes to the likes of Judas Priest and Metallica in the lyrics too, but its such good fun it doesn’t feel silly or cheesy even when sat beside serious songs about the Holocaust or real life Navel battles.

Musically; this album is a brilliant example of the band’s potential. Songs like the ferociously catchy “Midway,” the fun and melodic “Aces In Exile” and the absolutely magnificent “The White Death” are amongst the finest the band has to offer. The whole album is consistent, punchy, and doesn’t overstay its welcome. There’s enough variety to keep it from feeling samey, but a central style that holds it together and makes it feel focused. The production is flawless and it all sounds amazing.

Overall; Sabaton are a talented band with a distinct sound, their music is both interesting and fun, and Coat Of Arms is a strong Sabaton album that is well-made, well-produced and chocked full of memorable, catchy and incredibly enjoyable tunes. I recommend anyone who likes this type of music to give it a go.

SABATON SWEDISH EMPIRE LIVE

Live album · 2013 · Power Metal
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Kev Rowland
It may only be two years since their last live album, but since then there have been some line-up changes, and in fact this is their first DVD release but it is available in multiple forms, and what I have here is the CD that was recorded at the Woodstock Festival in Poland. Over the years the Swedes have built up a reputation of being a punchy power metal act, with a riff/drum technique quite similar to Judas Priest, and the additional edge of only concentrating lyrically on one particular topic, that of war. They have researched famous battles, and have created a song chest that is guaranteed to have fans crying out for more. Here in Poland they talk about “40:1” where Polish troops withstood an attack from German forces that were far superior in terms of numbers, and needless to say the reaction is intense. When they play Auckland they will undoubtedly play “Cliffs of Gallipoli”, and might be surprised in the sheer emotion that they will get caught up in. Even now, nearly 100 years after the event, it is seen as an important place for Kiwis to visit, so much so that my youngest daughter’s school arranged a trip there earlier this year. 40+ Kiwi teenagers, my daughter among them, travelled to the other side of the world to understand something of the sacrifice that was made.

Combine that lyrical passion with a pounding backline, crunching guitars, and soaring vocals and this is a recipe for success. It is like playing in front of a massive football crowd where everyone is cheering for the same team. The band seem blown away by the reception, as while they drive through the repertoire they are getting an equal response back from the crowd that keeps driving them on and on. It is an amazing emotional experience, and I am sure that the band were exhausted at the end just from being involved in it. I have no idea what the DVD is like, but the CD is absolutely essential for anyone who likes this style of music.

SABATON Primo Victoria

Album · 2005 · Power Metal
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Stephen
The sophomore release by the Swedish war-drummers, Sabaton, contained nine power/heavy metal songs which was based on war stories covering from D-Day landings, Stalingrad battle, Vietnam war, and Iraq War. Released in 2005, "Primo Victoria" or First Victory, was the first album under their new label, Black Lodge Records. Looking at Sabaton probably will reminds you of the mighty warrior of Manowar or the pirate lords of Running Wild, a very thick war theme sticks on their musical and lyrical characteristic.

"Through the gates of hell, as we make our way to heaven" and that's the opening cries of Joakim Broden when he blows "Primo Victoria". He has a very unique voice that sounded like Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead but kinda heavier, like a Supreme Commander rallying his troops at the battlefield, too bad his accent can be irritating at times. "Reign of Terror" displayed a thunderous drummings of Daniel Mullback, but judging from the songwriting aspect, it lacks of something impressive, and unfortunately that also goes for the next song, "Panzer Battalion".

"Wolfpack" tries a slower tempo in the veins of Rhapsody style with their epic symphonic chant but still can't elevate my mood until "Counterstrike" blasted me off with an energetic riffs and explosive drummings. Battle of "Stalingrad" always fascinates me but not with their song here, probably their worst. Luckily, "Into The Fire" quickly suffocates me with the overwhelming and muscular rhythm, and though lacks of the necessary killer solos, this song's composition is enough to stand out as the best tune of the album.

"Purple Heart" is a good metallic ballad that slowly build upwards in tempo and faded out elegantly with an enchanting choir. Sabaton closed the book with "Metal Machine" - an intense heavy metal with an amusing lyric that's comprised of song-titles from bands like Iron Maiden, Manowar, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and many other bands. And another fun fact is the main riffs of the song borrowed from Bon Jovi's "You Give Love A Bad Name".

Bottomline, "Primo Victoria" is not a breakthrough inventive album of the power metal scene but not a bad one as well. Worth to try especially if you like a deep war theme but just remember that I've warned you about the vocal.

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