On March 10, Swedish multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Thobbe Englund (ex-SABATON, WINTERLONG) will release his new solo album, titled “Sold My Soul”, via Metalville Records.
THOBBE ENGLUND ‘Sold My Soul’
Many albums, live DVDs and almost five hundred SABATON shows later all over the world, headlining the biggest festivals such as Wacken Open Air and Sweden Rock Festival, Thobbe is now going back to the roots of heavy metal with all-new material.
For the most part, the album was recorded in Englund’s own studio — Big Cat in Falun, Sweden. Some additional recordings have been made in Hungary by Gabor Nagy (WISDOM) at the AXL Studio and in Borlänge in Nils Patrik Johansson’s (ASTRAL DOORS, CIVIL WAR) studio. Mastering was done by Jonas Kjellgren (SCAR SYMMETRY, RAUBTIER).
Englund says: “This album was recorded without the in these days so commonly used ‘studio cheating’ methods. What you hear is what you get, and the album is loaded with one-takes. A brutally honest approach, and pure heavy metal.”
“Sold My Soul” track listing:
01. Sold My Soul
03. I Am
04. The Glow
05. It Burns
06. Steel & Thunder
07. Trägen Vinner
08. The Flame
09. Break The Chains
10. Wounded Knee
12. The Ashes
As a teenager, Englund watched Yngwie Malmsteen shred his socks off in an instructional video, and from that moment, he knew what to do. Eight hours per day of burning passion and dedication well into his twenties led him to gain a hundred control of the instrument, a Stratocaster — and this is where the journey starts.
In 2001, Englund got a record deal. The debut album with his band at the time, WINTERLONG, sold splendidly in Japan. He was hungry for something new and in 2008 joined the Swedish band RAUBTIER. As things evolved, he didn’t feel bass, which he played in RAUBTIER, was expressive enough so in 2012 when SABATON called, it was a no-brainer to join in.
Englund chose to leave SABATON in 2016, stating: “I have in recent years become more aware of what would make me feel real happiness and content, and that is to expand my own creativeness in combination with a somewhat stiller life, where I will not tour all year round at the speed of light.”
As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2016. They are new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live albums. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members’ personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2017, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!
In just three weeks, Swedish metal favorites SABATON – recognized globally by fans for their unique brand of historical battle-themed metal – will return to the United States for the 2016 “Silence In The Snow” Fall Tour with headliners Trivium and fellow special guest Huntress. This is a can’t-miss line-up! The tour begins on September 15 in Columbus, OH and comes to a close on October 21 st in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Pick up your tickets via www.sabaton.net/tour and see below for all current tour dates.
These dates will be the first time U.S. fans get to see SABATON performing with their new guitarist Tommy Johansson. The band issued a statement yesterday regarding the departure of their former guitarist Thobbe En glund and the addition of Johansson: “Thank you Thobbe, welcome Tommy! Our guitar player Thobbe did his final concert with us on last Saturday’s very emotional show at the SABATON OPEN AIR festival. Celebrating the release of our new album while saying goodbye to a great friend is lots of mixed feelings. But the future is bright since this was not nearly our last stand, from now on you will see Tommy Johansson playing guitars with SABATON and we all look forward to see you on the road!”
Johansson added:”For me to be a part of the SABATON family is a huge honor and I couldn’t be happier! The guys are awesome and among the nicest people you can meet. I’ve been following SABATON since 2005 when I saw them live for the first time and I have loved the band ever since, so when they asked me to join there was no hesitation. Although, they did ask me already back in 2012 but for many personal reasons it was not a good time for me to hit the road and give everything that was needed to the band. So I declined, but we have stayed in touch since then. I also want to say that Thobbe is a great guitarist and such a wonderful guy! My job is not to replace him, it’s to contribute to the band with my own style of guitar playing but of course also to keep his fans happy by playing his wonderful solos with pride. I look forward to meet you all on tour and to do what I love the most in life – to play heavy metal!”
Last Friday, August 19, SABATON released their latest album The Last Stand via Nuclear Blast. You can order your copy of the heavy metal masterpiece now in various physical formats, or digitally. For fans who want a little extra, don’t miss the “Tank Edition”.
More on The Last Stand:
‘The Lost Battalion’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘Blood Of Bannockburn’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘Shiroyama’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘The Art Of War’ OFFICIAL LIVE CLIP:
See what press is saying about SABATON’s The Last Stand:
“Most diverse SABATON war ever!ˮ- SPARK (CZ), David Havlena
“Everything SABATON stand for, compressed on 37 exciting minutes! The Last Stand goes straight forward without off-time, delivers hit after hit in the famous SABATON style, but still provides enough space for new sounds and surprises.ˮ – METAL HAMMER (D), Sebastian Kessler
“Best SABATON record so far. The Last Stand has a better sound, bombastic vocals and a future crowd favorite called ‘The Lost Battalion’.”- AARDSCHOK (NL), Michael van Rijswijk
SABATON US Tour Dates with Trivium & Huntress:
9/15 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
9/17 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – off date – w/ Devin Townsend Project, Between The Buried and Me & Fallujah
9/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/20 – Little Rock, AR @ The Metroplex
9/22 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
9/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/24 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
9/25 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater – Knotfest
9/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/29 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium/Underground
9/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
10/2 – Louisville, KY @ Champions Park – Louder Than Life
10/4 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex
10/6 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
10/7 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/8 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/11 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/15 – Binghamton, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
10/17 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
10/18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10/19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
A rather cold night at hand, two of the world’s greatest themed metal bands are about to play one of England’s iconic venues. It is pretty evident how everyone around me feels about the moment and the tour, non-stop talking about how amazing it is too see such a massive line up.
The last time I saw Alestorm play was in a very tiny venue in the south-west of Germany, it’s going to be very interesting to see how they cope with such a large venue. As for Sabaton, I haven’t myself ever seen them before, but I have heard nothing but good words.
After the release of Sabaton’s latest studio record Heroes, the band hit the charts in various countries on high positions: Sweden (#1), Finland (#2), Germany (#3). The concerts in Wacken and at their hometown festival in Falun were big highlights of the Heroes tour so far.
The band therefore decided to record these shows for an upcoming live DVD/CD package called Heroes On Tour.
Today Sabaton proudly reveals the first details about this upcoming release:
It will be out on March 4th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast, containing two DVDs and a CD. The second DVD will feature two switchable viewing angles, live and studio.
“We have always aimed to be a band people love to see live, for the simple reason we love to play live. With this DVD/Bluray release we hope to share some of that feeling with you. We recorded two shows in case one is not enough for you!”
01. Final Countdown
02. The March To War
03. Ghost Division
04. To Hell And Back
05. Carolus Rex
06. No Bullets Fly
07. Resist And Bite
08. Far From The Fame
10. Gott Mit Uns
11. The Art Of War
12. Soldier Of 3 Armies
13. Swedish Pagans
14. Screaming Eagles
15. Night Witches
16. Primo Victoria
17. Metal Crüe
– Noch ein Bier
– SABATON With Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague
01. The Art Of War
02. The Final Solution
01. Final Countdown
02. The March To War
03. Ghost Division
04. To Hell And Back
05. Carolus Rex
06. Panzer Battalion
08. Attero Dominatus
11. The Art Of War
13. Coat Of Arms
14. En Livstid I Krig
15. Resist And Bite
16. Swedish Pagans
17. Night Witches
18. Primo Victoria
19. Metal Crüe
01. The March To War
02. Ghost Division
03. To Hell And Back
04. Carolus Rex
05. No Bullets Fly
06. Resist And Bite
07. Far From The Fame
09. Gott Mit Uns
10. The Art Of War
11. Soldier Of 3 Armies
12. Swedish Pagans
13. Screaming Eagles
14. Night Witches
15. Primo Victoria
16. Metal Crüe
is back after 2 years paus with a solid tour experience and 2 full length albums to back it up with, hungry to conquer the international market. Hysterica is melodic metal with Anni as a fantastic singer, Bitchie’s fantastic riffs and more. The entire bands heavy rocking leave a lasting memory to the audience.
In august 2014 the independent Rock Label, Attitude Recordings signedHYSTERICA. A 5 track minialbum, “All in” was released in april 2015 and the producer is Marcus Jidell.
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This Suvilahti area located in the heart of Helsinki, is only a few kilometres away from the downtown of Helsinki, is a perfect place for the metallic onslaught during the weekend. As far as the line-up of 2015 is concerned, it offered a wide range of different sort of metal. Even a few hiphop vomits had been added to the line-up to draw other type of audience, which is truly odd. However Alice Cooper, Sabaton, In Flames as headliners and of course Amorphis did the whole TALES FROM THE THOUSAND LAKES album as well as Stratovarius doing all of VISIONS. All in all 25.000 people made a visit to Tuska during these three days. As usual Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the burning sun.
Foreseen has carved the reputation as an aggressive live band. The four piece crossover outfit raged extremely hard when supporting Madball some time ago. However the slot at Tuska wasn’t that ideal and obviously the thrashers haven’t found this savage live band yet, because the venue wasn’t full at all. However during the 20 minute slot the band with the bald singer delivered the uncompromising crossover metal with real old school style.
Exodus has been on a long European tour, crisscrossing several countries. The gig at Tuska was the last one on the long run. As Gary Holt has been rather busy with his obligatory commitments with Slayer, the Heathen axeman had stepped in to take care of the guitars. Exodus sounded thrashingly brutal at Swedenrock and offered a real lesson in the thrash metal violence with the metal commader Steve Souza. Obviously the long run through several European fests may have squeezed the water out of the guys even though the band sounded tight and handled the gig in the professional way, but it was a bit sterile and plastic at Tuska. The set list had been shortened for a mere one hour sting unfortunately. They should have chosen a better slot for sure.
Black 13 Blood In, Blood Out Children of a Worthless God Piranha Blacklist Body Harvest Bonded by Blood The Toxic Waltz Strike of the Beast
LAMB OF GOD
Lamb Of God was supposed to enter the Tuska fest a few years back, but was cancelled due to all the hassles with Blythe’s arrest in the Czech Republic. The band was definitely highly anticipated amongst the audience. Yes, the band pulled the massive crowd and all hell broke on loose, when the opening riff cut the air. The massive pits were rioting in the audience when LOG whipped up the crowd to go insane and loose their minds. The frontman Randy Blythe proved to be one hell of a raging frontman as raging and running like a maniac all around the stage. The set included a plenty of well known LOG tunes as well as the brand new songs from the new output STURM UND DRANG. LOG is a tremendously tight live band. Especially the current fill-in drummer Chris Adler is definitely the man behind the drumkit. Hopefully LOG will be seen in Finland soon again.
Desolation Ghost Walking 512 Walk with Me in Hell Ruin Set to Fail Still Echoes Hourglass Now You’ve Got Something to Die For Vigil Laid to Rest Redneck Black Label
Sabaton enjoys massive success at the moment. The band draws a lot of people to the show and especially now when the stage got its prestigious setup when a tank-look-alike had been dragged to the stage. Didn’t Kiss already have a tank on the stage back in the day? Basically it is fun to see how newer bands recycling the old ideas. The whole massive spectacle was started out by the intro being the legendary wellknown Europe’s Final Countdown. It was rather odd as well as surprising to see how the kids born in the late 90’s kept singing the old 80’s hitsong. As for the gig, it was one big of comedy show thru the 90 minutes. The frontman Joakim seemed to have one kind of stand-up comedian talents to joke and act on the stage. It got a bit out of hand as Sabaton should let the music roll and reduce the amount of joking. Besides the joking, the pyros and bombs gave the bombastic fiery feeling to the warlike show. All in all Sabaton sounded tremendous great and delivered a brilliant show despite the joking. The Swedish warpowermetallers will return to Finland with Gamma Ray as a supporter…
The Final Countdown (Europe song) The March to War Ghost Division To Hell and Back Carolus Rex Swedish Pagans Resist and Bite The Art of War Soldier of 3 Armies Gott mit uns (Swedish version) White Death Night Witches Talvisota Primo Victoria Metal Crüe Dead Soldier’s Waltz Masters of the World
When the Swedish retrodeathmetallers tapped Nick Holmes to growl on the newest output, the interest toward the band increased tremendously. Therefore the band has been crisscrossing the European festivals with the tight schedule. Bloodbath hit the main stage right in the afternoon. Obviously the timing wasn’t that perfect after all as Nick Holmes announced Bloodbath will never play again… in the daylight. Well, at least the sun scorched the ground so did Bloodbath. The old school death metal sounded pritive and raw. If Bloodbath had been around about 25 years ago, would they have achieved the success or remained on the cult status. However the nostalgia in the old school death metal is high at the moment and especially having the known frontman as a singer definitely drew more attention. Bloodbath would definitely work in the underground death metal gig better than some open air festival under the burning sun.
Ne Obvliscaris hail from Australia. The Aussies self-financed their trip to European soil and it was a worth of every penny for these Australians Prog-whatever metal they want to claim to be. However the true prog heads were totally obsessed and possessed by Ne Obvliscaris’ skills and extraordinary playing, at least judging by all the reactions in advance and especially after the gig. The band seems to have two different kind of singers, the first one was like some nice fellow looking like a dude dragged from some office, whereas another one presented more the evil screamo-emo approach. Obviously this sort of technical and skilled playing with the complex song structure appeals to Prog Metal fans, whereas for other metal fans it sounded pretty confusing.
Japanese hard rock legends Loudness played in Finland for the second year in a row. Last year, the band received a lot of positive feedback from their Jalometalli metal, gig and now was Tuska’s turn witness the Thunder from the East. Loudness opened up with the bands biggest hit and best known song “Crazy Nights”. Although most of the audience are friends of heavier stuff it seemed that the song was well known and widely accepted among people. Maybe “Crazy Nights” can be describes a timeless classic, at least in the Loudness repertoire. The set list included only nine tracks and the classic THUNDER IN THE EAST was present with 4 tracks. The rest set was also from the early 80’s with the exception of “The Sun Will Rise Again” which is the title track of the band’s latest studio-album (2014). Akira Takasaki proved his amazing guitarist skills but honestly it must be said say that Loudness is a bit obsolete band nowadays. Vocalist Minoru Niihara has never been the greatest vocalist on Earth and his singing sounds still barely English at times. The rhythm section of bassist Masayoshi Yamashita and drummer Masayuki Suzuki played tightly but so do countless other bands so that’s not a big news here. This show was purely a nostalgia but there were also unintentional humor that was certainly not intentional. Maybe this band would work much better in different situation, such as intimate club gig where band could play a full 90-minute set, which would include material from the bands entire career.
Crazy Nights Like Hell Heavy Chains We Could Be Together Crazy Doctor In the Mirror The Sun Will Rise Again S.D.I.
Amorphis had announced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the legendary TALES FROM THE THOUSAND LAKES they would be playing the entire album and some other songs. The gig was kicked off by doing the opening song INTO THE HIDING. Each song from the album got played in the chronological order. The songs sounded bombastic and truly awesome. Most of songs have been played after the album came out or rarely since. The vocalist Tomi Joutsen hit each song perfectly with the true old school death metal style. Especially his death metal vocals fitted to the old Abhorrence tune “Vulgar Necrolatry”. The next songs were the obvious choices such as My Kantele, Better Unborn. The Tales album is one of the most important metal albums in the Finnish metal genre.
When Immortal kind of got drifted into the personal crisis, the frontman of Immortal launched the solo band of his own with his very own name Abbath for obvious reasons. The debut gig of Abbath was carried out at the Tuska Open Air. That was kind of weird as that sort of debut gig could have been expect to happen in his domestic country Norway. Well whetever, the debut show of Abbath at Tuska was a cool event. Abbath kicked the set off by doing the songs of the I project such as Warrior, Battalions. Of course Fenrir Hunts as a new Abbath song was the part of the set. Of course a bunch of Immortal tunes were the essential such as One By One, Nebula Ravens Winter etc. Nice set, but the band could have done more rare jewels from the past, but on the other hand this was an open air festival with the limited playing time, therefore seeing Abbath in a club would be awesome.
In Flames is either liked or disliked nowadays. The older fans don’t appreciate the current modern approach whereas the younger fans seem to be fanatical for the newer style of In Flames. Even though the band divides the opinions they however deliver a good and professional performance. Even though they looked to have more aged in a few years than Gene Simmons in the last two decades, the Swedes managed to pull thru the show. Obviously Anders Friden is used to seeing the crowd surfing, as demanding the crowd to do the surfing cos Friden wanted to smell the crowd. There were some crowd-surfers which the security tried to kick them out. In Flames did a solid professional performance by delivering the 21st century stuff as well as two songs off from Clayman. It is obvious the younger metal generation are obsessed by the newer material. Even though In Flames seems to focus on the modern approach, the five-piece is still a pure live band and in a great way for sure.
Warmen is a fun side project of the keyboard player of Children Of Bodom. However they featured Alex Laiho on the mic for the last two songs and the session COB guitarist in the rank as well. Obviously Warmen should be considered some sort of tongue-in-cheek thing because of Laiho’s manners and all those guest showing up on the stage. The band was having fun and seemed to enjoy the time and joking to each other. Obviously it was time to take a bit relaxed mood for the COB camp to enjoy the flexible and not tight performance.
The Sirens is a project band thing featuring Liv Kristine, Anneke van Giersbergen and Kari Rueslåtten. All these ladies have gained the reputation of their own in various different bands in the past and present.The three female singers shared their duties and songs between them. However, each of these female singers definitely has the loyal fan base of their own with certain fave tunes. This more poppish sounding stuff was quite Listening to their singing was both utter pleasure and grim torture for ears.
Treat Me Like a Lady Vervain Saturnine Death Hymn Stay Image Fearless Push Venus Ride My Wilderness Strange Machines Sisters of the Earth
It wasn’t that long time ago when the offspring of Suicidal Tendencies, Dr. Living Dead debuted at Tuska. The band hasn’t changed any since them, and why would they as the current concept seems to be working more than well. Of course, the mask thing is weird, but the crossover thrash ruled by causing a nice reaction amongst the audience. The circle pit was burning the floor up.
Opeth is tremendously celebrated and popular and enjoys the fanatical following in both amongst the metal fans as well as the progressive rock fans. Even though Opeth is also a tremendously boring live act, but in a way or another they manage to create a touching feeling with the atmospheric hymns and sounds. The frontman Mikael Åkerbelt’s singing has developed a lot and reaches the ethereal feeling with the catchy riffs blasting out of the speakers. Opeth is Opeth, there is no way the band would start venturing into some non-prog rock/metal direction.
Finnish power metal pioneers Stratovarius have encountered many difficulties but nevertheless managed to continue their career successfully. A good indication of this is the band’s previous NEMESIS (2013), album, which is one of the best releases in band’s career. This time the band had no new album to promote but instead they played the bands most important album VISIONS (1997) in it’s entirely. In recent years, many bands have done the same. At least Dio, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Slayer and Accept have already done this in the past. But now it was Stratovarius’s turn. “Forever Free” opened the gig somewhat surprisingly, when it is not the first song on VISIONS. The album’s hit single “Kiss of Judas” was second and it was followed by “Legions”. 10-song-long show ended with the band’s biggest favorite, “Black Diamond,” and then it was over. No encores and other songs. In fact, I’m not such a big fan of shows like this because on every album there are inevitably some filler songs and on the other hand so many great song remain missing. But don’t get me wrong. There was actually nothing wrong with the show and I’m sure that most of the old school Stratovarius fans were pleased. The band sounded great, Timo Kotipelto performed impressively, and Jens Johansson was as crazy as always. But in spite of everything, this gig was nothing more but “quite nice”.
Forever Free The Kiss of Judas Legions Before the Winter The Abyss of Your Eyes Holy Light Paradise Coming Home Visions (Southern Cross) Black Diamond
The legendary king of shock rock doesn’t need much introduction here. Alice Cooper’s outstanding career has lasted almost 50 years already and there’s no end in sight. A man’s next album HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, will be out in September and it is his 27th studio album. During the past year and a half, Cooper has been on tour as a special quest for Motley Crue’s final tour. But he’s been playing one off headline shows as well and Tuska show was one of those.
The band opened up with classic Judy Collins cover “Hello Hooray” followed by one of Cooper’s late 80’s hit “House of Fire”. The band looked really great and there was a lot of action on stage which also looked good with all those little details including skulls, monsters and much more. Alice himself was wearing a cool looking black/red striped costume and the rest of the band looked like a bunch of guys from the 80’s Mad Max movie with the exception of female guitarist Nita Strauss who looked just damn good on her tight leather suit. The set continued with old standards “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Under My Wheels” followed by “I’ll Bit Your Face Off” which was the only track from Cooper’s previous WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE album. The band played songs from four different decades. “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Hey Stoopid”, “Lost in the America” and “Dirty Diamonds” proved that Cooper has managed to provide high quality material during his entire career.
There is no Alice Cooper show without some stage gimmicks. During the “Welcome To my Nightmare” Cooper bring a giant constrictor on stage. This lucky snake is owned by “Finnish monster” and a huge Cooper fan Mr.Lordi. And of course the snake is called Alice. During “Feed My Frankestein” there was a huge “Frankestein” walking on stage. Of course Alice’s head was cut off with a giant guillotine after he tried to kill a lunatic house nurse on stage. All the classic show elements were present and in fact it didn’t matter that this everything happened in daylight. Musically the band was superb. Cooper himself was just as good as ever. It’s just amazing how Cooper in his mid’ 60’s can still deliver such performance both vocally and performing wise. If you now compare him to almost any other artist at same age you will see the difference. Three guitarists on stage might sound useless idea but it works great as every one of them has a totally different role. Strauss is clearly the main shredder whereas Tommy Henrikssen plays mostly rhythm parts and Ryan Roxie does everything in between. Bassist Chuck “Helvis” Carrick is another strong character on stage and he does a lot of backing vocals. He and drummer Glen Sobel are solid rhythm section and they make a great justice for the songs from all eras of Cooper.
Like said earlier, the set list was a great mix songs from four decades of Alice Cooper’s career. Among the classics my personal highlight was “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask). The song is from Cooper’s mid’ 80’s comeback album CONSTRICTOR and it sounded just phenomenal. The only blemish I can complain a bit was the number of cover songs played in the end of set. Maybe just one cover or a medley could have worked better than four full songs although those all were immortal 70’s classics. Beatles’s “Revolution” sounded great but otherwise the cover set was a bit boring to be honest.
The trio of Alice Cooper’s biggest hits closed down the show. “I’m Eighteen”, “Poison” and finally “School’s Out” featuring Michael Monroe were a perfect way to end this over 100 minute spectacle. All in all this show was a great and valuable end for this exquisite weekend.
Hello Hooray House of Fire No More Mr. Nice Guy Under My Wheels I’ll Bite Your Face Off Billion Dollar Babies Lost in America Hey Stoopid Dirty Diamonds Welcome to My Nightmare Go to Hell Wicked Young Man He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask) Feed My Frankenstein Ballad of Dwight Fry Killer I Love the Dead Break On Through (to the Other Side) Revolution Foxy Lady My Generation I’m Eighteen Poison School’s Out
All in all 25000 metalheads made a visit to the Tuska Open Air festival of 2015. Even though Tuska definitely divides people’s opinions from one side to another side, but the fact is, Tuska will carry on. However, the organization has to find new ideas, but adding some weird reggae hiphop on the list was kind of weird. Metal bands can hardly be seen in hiphop festivals! Overall, it would be superb to have less jokes and worthless crap in the line-up instead more metal and above all serious ones. Tuska should seriously think of having more classic metal bands in the list beside the newer generation of the metal genre. See ya Tuska 2016 !!!
Picture the scene: a field in south Derbyshire. One moment, quaint and calm; serene, leafy and undisturbed.
But then, as the sun arises to the midday point one cloudless Thursday in august, thousands upon thousands of heavy metal fans swarmed forth out of the woodwork that is England 2015, to attend the twelfth official Bloodstock Festival (11th open air to be exact).
Swedish metallers SABATON will film their performance at the Sabaton Open Air in their hometown of Falun in August for an upcoming DVD/Blu-ray, to be made available in early 2016.
Says the band: “[Sabaton Open Air] is happening for the eighth year in a row, and this unique event has, over the years, brought people from around the world to this special show. Fans who have travelled there know what is so special about it, and now our plan is to share that with the rest of the world, so we decided to record the 2015 year’s show in full! [The DVD/Blu-ray] will also contain more SABATON stuff, including more live shows that we will explain more about later.
“We feel that the time is right for another live release. A lot has happened with SABATON since the last release which was recorded 2012 in Poland. We have a new album and Hannes [Van Dahl, drums] is now in the band. But not only that… we now have two new members on the stage. [Tanks] Audie and Walther! And, all together, we now make a show which is better then ever before. This is something we would love to record so it stays forever!
“If you wanna be part of a totally unique thing, come to Falun and join in the worlds biggest SABATON party.”
‘Smoking Snakes’ from SABATON’s current release, Heroes, deals with three Brazilian soldiers who were separated from their group in Italy in WW2. Refusing to surrender, the three soldiers fought against the German forces, which had more of soldiers than the Brazilians, until the bitter end.
On Brazil’s National Military Day, the Swedish heavy metal band was thanked by the military with a performance of their track “Smoking Snakes” by the orchestra of the 14th infantry brigade who are based in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina.
Watch the orchestra of the 14th infantry brigade’s performance of “Smoking Snakes” here:
SABATON’s bass playerPär Sundström commented about the performance: “This is one of those moments we are happy that we sing about history and not fiction. It’s absolutely fantastic to see that our music being performed like this!“
Today we launch our very own radio station in cooperation with Radio Bandit Sweden. Its something we worked on for quite a while, and we feel really proud of it.
It is a digital radio station which mainly will play Sabaton songs, but also bands who have played or will play at our festival Sabaton Open Air – Rockstad: Falun can be heard there, which ensures that the mix will be just great.
Here you can hear your favourite Sabaton songs 24/7, and also hear us talk about the songs in a way you never heard before. Both historical and fun facts combined with unknown stories from our tours.
We talk Swedish, but you can listen from anywhere in the world.
This list is meant to highlight NEW TALENT. For our purposes, that is defined as a singer who made their professional recording debut in the past 10 years (from 2005-2015). This means the singer was not on any recorded label releases prior to 2005. Keeping that in mind, we focus on some of the younger/newer talent that is out there.
We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below.