- Joakim Brodén — lead vocals (1999–present), keyboards (1999–2005, 2012–present)
- Pär Sundström — bass (1999–present), backing vocals (2012–present)
- Chris Rörland — guitars, backing vocals (2012–present)
- Hannes van Dahl — drums, backing vocals (2013–present)
- Tommy Johansson — guitars, backing vocals (2016—present)
Swedish band Sabaton have been a major force in the power metal field since the mid-2000s, but had to battle through significant difficulties to get there, which may explain their eventual creative obsession with everything war-related.
Originally founded in 1999 and comprised of Joakim Brodén (vocals and keyboards), Rickard Sundén (guitar), Oskar Montelius (guitar), Daniel Myhr (keyboards, beginning in 2006), Pär Sundström (bass), and Richard Larsson (drums), the enterprising group quickly produced two demo tapes that were later released in a limited edition as Fist For Fight in 2002.
But after inking a deal with Italian label Underground Symphony, Sabaton saw their first would-be official album, Metalizer, inexplicably held out of the marketplace for a full two years. Tired of waiting, the members of Sabaton (now including new drummer Daniel Mullback), once again took matters into their own hands, and financed the recording of another album, Primo Victoria, which was officially released in 2005 by the Black Lodge label. It also opened the floodgates for a slew of popular singles and battle metal LPs to follow, including 2006’s Attero Dominatus, 2008’s The Art Of War, and 2010’s Coat Of Arms, all of them bursting at the seams with historic and mythical chronicles of battle set to anthemic power metal.
The band became increasingly successful across Europe, witnessed on 2011’s live album, World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea, featuring a dozen tracks and ten different countries. The following year’s Carolus Rex hit number one in Sweden and Poland, but it was the last for that lineup; 2014’s Heroes featured new guitarists Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund plus new drummer Hannes van Dahl alongside the stalwarts Brodén and Sundström.
In 2016, after their tour with Alestorm and Bloodbound in February, the band announces the release of their eighth album entitled The Last Stand.
They are currently in studio to record their ninth album that will be released in 2019.
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The Great War / 2019
The Last Stand / 2016
2. Last Dying Breath
3. Blood of Bannockburn
4. Diary of an Unknown Soldier
5. The Lost Battalion
6. Rorke’s Drift
7. The Last Stand
8. Hill 3234
10. Winged Hussars
11. The Last Battle
The Last Stand is the eighth studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton. It was released on 19 August 2016. It was produced by Peter Tägtgren in Abyss Studios. Like Sabaton’s previous album Heroes, The Last Stand is a concept album and takes inspiration from “last stand” military battles. On 10 June 2016 the first single “The Lost Battalion” was released, followed by “Blood of Bannockburn” on 15 July and “Shiroyama” on 12 August. A lyric video for the title track was released on January 25th, 2018.
Heroes / 2014
1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell and Back
6. The Ballad of Bull
7. Resist and Bite
8. Soldier of 3 Armies
9. Far from the Fame
10. Hearts of Iron
Heroes is the seventh studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton. It was released on 6 May 2014. It is the first album to feature the new Sabaton line-up with guitarists Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund, as well as new drummer Hannes van Dahl. It was produced by Peter Tägtgren in Abyss Studios. The artwork was made by Péter Sallai and the photos were created by Ryan Garrison. The first single To Hell and Back from their album was released digitally on 14 March 2014 and available on iTunes, Nuclear Blast, Amazon and Google Play. The second single Resist And Bite was also released digitally on 2 May 2014, available on iTunes, Nuclear Blast and Amazon.
Pär Sundström said about the album’s concept: “Well, I think this is a perfect concept for Sabaton. We decided to go for the idea to write about individuals instead of bigger battles. Individuals who we think basically went beyond their call of duty, put themselves into harm’s way for the good of others“.
In an interview to the Brazilian Army’s official blog, Sundström explained that the idea for the track “Smoking Snakes” came when he was doing some research for the album: “I tried searching for the word ‘Helden’, which means heroes in German. I then came across the story of the Drei Brasilianischen Helden (Three Brazilian Heroes) and, from that point on, we deepened our research and decided to write the track.” On 17 April 2015, the Brazilian 14th Motorized Infantry Brigade Orchestra covered the song as a thanksgiving.
Carolus Rex / 2012
1. Dominium maris Baltici
2. The Lion from the North
3. Gott Mit Uns
4. A Lifetime of War
6. The Carolean’s Prayer
7. Carolus Rex
8. Killing Ground
10. Long Live the King
11. Ruina Imperii
Carolus Rex is the sixth studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton. It is a concept album based on the history of the Swedish Empire, whose monarch Charles XII gives it its title. It was released with both English/mixed and Swedish vocals. It is the last album to feature guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mullback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. It was produced by Peter Tägtgren in Abyss Studios. The album received critical acclaim and commercial success, achieving gold certification in Poland and platinum in Sweden.
Coat of Arms / 2010
1. Coat of Arms
4. Screaming Eagles
5. The Final Solution
6. Aces in Exile
9. White Death
10. Metal Ripper
Coat of Arms is the fifth studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton. Singer Joakim Brodén will often shout “Let’s see a Coat of Arms” in reference to the popular gesture, the Sign of the horns.
The Art of War / 2008
1. Sun Tzu Says
2. Ghost Division
3. The Art of War
6. The Nature of Warfare
7. Cliffs of Gallipoli
10. Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)
11. The Price of a Mile
13. A Secret
The Art of War is the fourth album by Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton.
The album is based on the ancient Chinese military treatise, The Art of War written by General Sun Tzu in the 6th Century BC. It consists of 13 chapters, each of which describe a different aspect of warfare, and is considered the definitive work on military tactics and strategies of its time. The tracks on the album correspond to each chapter of treatise. The lyrics of the songs are about famous battles or war, mostly based on the battles of the First and Second World Wars where Sun Tzu’s tactics were applied.
Metalizer / 2007
5. Burn Your Crosses
7. Endless Nights
8. Hail to the King
11. Masters of the World
15. Endless Nights
17. Burn Your Crosses
18. The Hammer Has Fallen
19. Hail to the King
22. Masters of the World
23. Guten Nacht
24. Birds of War
Metalizer is the third full-length release by Swedish power metal band Sabaton, but was actually recorded as their professional debut album (second overall) in 2002. The band’s first record company, Underground Symphony, withheld the recordings for several years before arranging to release the rights to the band’s new label Black Lodge Records.
The band’s first album, the demo compilation Fist for Fight, is included as a bonus disc with a previously unreleased track. Most of the tracks on the first disc are re-recordings from this release.
Metalizer reached 21st place in the Swedish album charts.
In 2010 the album was re-released on German label Nuclear Blast with four bonus tracks, under the name Metalizer Re-Armed.
Attero Dominatus / 2006
Attero Dominatus is the second album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton, as well as the first to feature keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. The album reached 16th place on the Swedish album charts, remaining in the listings for seven weeks.
According to reviewer Chris Dahlberg, the Latin album title is intended to mean “destroy tyranny.” “Attero Dominatus,” however, means “I destroy tyrannies.”
A video for the title track was shot in Umeå, Sweden, by Nocturnal Rites‘ drummer Owe Lingvall. For the recording, the band wore camouflage gear, and singer Joakim Brodén donned a vest with metal plates, both features which came to be part of the band’s regular stage gear from that point on.
In 2010, the album was re-released on German label Nuclear Blast with five bonus tracks, under the title Attero Dominatus Re-Armed
Primo Victoria / 2005
1. Primo Victoria
2. Reign Of Terror
3. Panzer Battalion
7. Into The Fire
8. Purple Heart
9. Metal Machine
Primo Victoria (Latin, “Foremost, Victory”) is the debut studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton.
The band had previously recorded full length album Metalizer with Italian label Underground Symphony, but due to conflicts its release was delayed until 2007. Primo Victoria instead became Sabaton‘s debut album, recorded in 2004 in Abyss Studios, and released the following year with their new label, Black Lodge Records.
In 2010 the album was re-released on German label Nuclear Blast, with six additional bonus tracks, under the name Primo Victoria Re-Armed. The re-release reached 43rd place in the Swedish album charts
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