Available for the first time in North America as non-imports, SABATON’s first four full-length albums will be re-issued by Nuclear Blast on April 14th, 2011. 2007’s Metalizer (Re-Armed), will include four bonus tracks (one live track, a demo track, and a Judas Priest cover) plus a bonus CD of the complete demo track collection for band’s first recording effort, Fist For Fight.
A Swedish power metal sextet that specializes in military history, SABATON bassist Pär Sundström shares the meaning behind the track title “7734,” discusses the band’s relationship with Judas Priest’s Defenders Of The Faith album, and recalls some memories of the Fist For Fight recording sessions:
“When we recorded Metalizer, we had some songs that were written in the studio. ‘7734’ was one of them. The song is basically a hymn about the battle of metalheads which are – in the beginning – few in number and they finally become 7,734. We saw the number written on a calculator upside down which spelled ‘HELL,’ so we named it that way. Also during the recording sessions for Metalizer, we were asked to do a few cover songs. We did (amongst a few others) the cover of Judas Priest’s ‘Jawbreaker,’ which was one of the songs we felt we could do well and still keep the original touch of it. The day before we entered the studio to start recording ‘Fist For Fight,’ I remember sitting at Joakim’s place and having some beers. That evening, the song ‘Hellrider’ was written simply by chance since it was not intended to be recorded. ‘Hellrider’ then became a standing song in all the future live sets of SABATON and even today, we play it.”
The track listing for Metalizer (Re-Armed) is as follows:
05 Burn Your Crosses
07 Endless Nights
08 Hail To The King
11 Masters Of The World
12 Jawbreaker (Judas Priest Cover)
13 Dream Destroyer
14 Panzer Batallion (Demo Version)
15 Hellrider (Live In Västeras 2006)
01 Introduction (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
02 Hellrider (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
03 Endless Nights (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
04 Metalizer (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
05 Burn Your Crosses (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
06 The Hammer Has Fallen (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
07 Hail To The King (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
08 Shadows (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
09 Thunderstorm (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
10 Masters Of The World (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
11 Birds Of War (Fist For Fight Compilation of Demos)
SABATON will embark on their first-ever North American tour with German heavy metal legends ACCEPT in early April with several headlining off-dates. Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
04/09/11 The Club at Firestone – Orlando, FL
04/10/11 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/13/11 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
04/14/11 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/15/11 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY (SABATON HEADLINING SHOW; NO ACCEPT)
04/16/11 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY *ONE-OFF; OVERKILL HEADLINES*
04/17/11 Club Soda- Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/18/11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 Mod Club – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/21/11 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
04/22/11 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
04/24/11 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
04/26/11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
04/27/11 Peter’s Room – Portland, OR
04/28/11 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/30/11 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
05/01/11 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
05/02/11 Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA
05/03/11 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ (SABATON HEADLINING SHOW; NO ACCEPT)
05/04/11 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT
05/06/11 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
05/07/11 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Pre-sale tickets for this tour are available online at EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing outlets.
View a photo gallery of SABATON’s performance on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise here.
SABATON’s fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, Coat Of Arms, debuted at #124 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #87 on the Top Hard Music chart. Worldwide first-week chart entries were as follows: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71.
View the video for the track “Uprising” – “a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944″ – at this location. Filmed in Warsaw, Poland, “Uprising” was directed by Jacek Raginis (who is related to decorated WWII hero Wladyslav Raginis), features an appearance by Swedish actor Peter Stormare (“Prison Break,”, “8MM,” “Fargo”) as SS-Obergruppenführer von dem Bach, and was a collaborative work with the Warsaw Rising Museum, the “Radoslaw” Reenactment Group, the Wizna 1939 Association and Polish fans. It also features archival materials provided by Filmoteka Narodowa.
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.
Visit the band’s official YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/SABATON.