Swedish epic power metal sextet SABATON have just entered the Billboard charts at #124 (Heatseekers) and #87 (Top Hard Music) with their brand new World War II-themed album, Coat Of Arms. Worldwide first-week chart entries are as follows: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71.
En route to Frankfurt, Germany for a festival appearance, SABATON lead singer Joakim Brodén checks in from the airport in Stockholm about the band’s recent accomplishment in North America:
“Coat Of Arms keeps bringing us amazing news all the time it seems. Six Swedish heavy metal retards in camo pants on the Billboard charts? Never thought I’d see the day! I’m not sure I believe it, but if it’s true, we’re the happiest Swedes alive at this moment! What’s next, pink aliens at Wal-Mart? Thanks to all our American brothers and sisters and cousins who actually bought our album instead of downloading it! Damn, we’ve just GOT to find some way to get over to America on this tour!”
Coat Of Arms is available for streaming in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page. The track listing is:
01. Coat of Arms
04. Screaming Eagles
05. The Final Solution
06. Aces In Exile
09. White Death
10. Metal Ripper
North American Bonus Tracks:
11. Coat Of Arms (Instrumental)
12. Metal Ripper (Instrumental)
The band’s headlining “World War Tour” kicks off on August 27 and consists of over 60 shows in more than 20 countries. The final concert will take place on December 11, after which SABATON “will re-group, re-arm and prepare for yet another strike in 2011.”
SABATON recently shot a video in Warsaw, Poland for the track “Uprising” with director Jacek Raginis (who is related to decorated World War II hero Wladyslav Raginis) and producer Bogna Janiec of Studio Filmowe N. The video is described as “a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944” and includes an appearance by Swedish actor Peter Stormare (Fargo, 8MM, Prison Break), Polish actors Mateusz Damięcki and Monika Buchowiec, plus a special appearance by General Waldemar Skrzypczak of the Polish army. View a video trailer here. View the “Making Of” video here. View photos from the video shoot here.
SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.