Swedish Metalheads, Sabaton, have paid their dues, and have shown the world a glimpse of their style of music…power metal meets historical warfare. Their path to conquest has taken them all over the world by land, air, and sea. And giving fans exactly what they want; an explosive live show…Literally. Their latest release “Carolus Rex” has been in good standings since its release back in May of 2012. They were also recently nominated, and won, three Bandit Rock Awards this year: Best Swedish Album; Best Swedish Live Act; and Best Swedish Group/Artist. What more can these guys ask for? World domination perhaps? Led by the powerful vocals of Joakim Brodén, and the bass work of Pär Sundström, Sabaton are on their way to becoming power metal legends. Pär was kind enough to speak with me after a great live show in Houston, Texas. This is what he had to say.
To celebrate the amazing success of Carolus Rex and the Swedish Empire Tour we are now releasing a special limited edition of Carolus Rex on gatefold LP, for the first time in Swedish, and with a unique blue and yellow vinyl!
Whether you think of Sabaton as pioneers of modern power metal or a bunch of self-confessed ‘Village People in combats’, the fact is, they’re bloody good fun. Flying high with 2012’s Carolus Rex after a renowned post-recording line-up change, the belligerent Swedes are hitting the HMV Forum tonight in force – and from what I’ve heard, in FLAMES… Read the rest of this entry »
The last journey of 2012!
Okay, now we head out on the last journey for this year. We will now invade the North of Scandinavia, starting with 3 shows in Finland and then over to Sweden for a massive attack + the All Ages-show in Oslo, Norway!
Many of the Swedish shows are already sold out & we are very excited about this part of the tour!
If You still haven’t got a ticket, there are some left for the shows in Örebro, Sundsvall, Umeå, Piteå, Karlskrona, Ängelholm & Kalmar. (Ticket info here!)
-See You on the road!
Yesterday we added some new cool stuff to the webshop, this “Lion From The North” T-shirt is one of all new stuff. We also re-stocked some of the sold out items like the “Carolus Rex” T-shirt + some other ones. Unique show T-shirts from Berlin, Osnabrück, Hamburg (2:nd show) + many more is now available in our own webshop. Here is the adress: http://www.rockyou.se
Swiss melodic folk death metallers Eluveitie have been bringing us their unique sound for 10 years. Early in 2012 they released the truly epic album ‘Helvetios’, in which their distinctive style of metal fused with traditional instruments was taken to new heights. As if this wasn’t enough for avid fans, to celebrate their anniversary, Eluveitie have just released a 2-CD Digipak entitled ‘The Early Years’, consisting of an entirely re-recorded version of their first EP ‘Vên’ plus a completely re-mastered version of their debut album ‘Spirit’.
We had a chat with vocalist and hurdy-gurdy player Anna Murphy about her unusual choice of instrument, singing in dead languages and their upcoming comprehensive nine date tour of the UK and Ireland supporting Sabaton.
All shows will have VIP meet/greet tickets also onSale now…see below
Sabaton checks in during the band’s run through European Summer festivals to announce the following: “Hello our American friends, we know you have been looking forward to this. As you know, we had to cancel a few shows on our last U.S. tour. Now we have some great news: we will do these shows in February next year! And even better, we have been able to add some more shows… this time on the West Coast since the last tour was focused on the East Coast. Can’t wait to return to the U.S.!”
Headlining in support of their latest studio album, ‘Carolus Rex’, eleven cities will be saturated with Sabaton’s fist-pumping anthems that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. Local bands will open every show.
2013 Tour Dates:
02/02 – Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
03/04 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
02/05 – Trees – Dallas, TX
02/07 – 910 Live – Tempe, AZ
02/08 – Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA
02/11 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
02/12 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
02/13 – The Venue – Vancouver, B.C. CANADA
02/15 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
02/16 – Moe’s – Englewood, CO
Accept will add 5 brand new headline shows in Oct , 2012
Confirmed and onsale NOW
6 Sayreville , NJ Starland Ballroom
7 Rochester , NY Montage Music Hall
8 Detroit , MI Blondies
9 Louisville , KY Headliners
11 Houston , TX Scout Bar
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Sivulahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is a new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with the burning and hot asphalt underfoot. When raining, at least the area won’t turn to one hell of a big mud fest.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be at the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date.
The line-up looked once again – amazing. Megadeth and Ministry and of course the Swedish war trad metallers were headliners, but Lamb Of God had to pull out of Tuska because of the arrest of the frontman in Republic Czechia and was replaced by Finntroll and Animals As Leaders had to cancel as the band managed to miss the flight. Of course a few cult metal bands like Saint Vitus, A.R.G. could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 26,000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.
Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Petri Da Costa
Despite its reputation for a tricky commute and arguably eyesore appearance (don’t confuse familiarity with satisfaction, fellow Londoners), the O2 Arena is a fantastic venue space for the Golden Gods and ample notice that metal is still as healthy as it ever was, showing no signs of bowing to austerity measures.
What would we do without this yearly event?
Well, for a start we’d probably have healthier livers and better hearing in our later years, however many would also be deprived of their chance to postpone their Download hangovers or simply be given a reason to wash off this year’s festival mud and watch some of the scene’s glitterati forget about their day jobs for an evening. Metal Hammer Magazine’s annual schmoozefest is upon us, and with it a dazzling array of leather, lip gloss & limp fringes.
For those wondering what would become of the bulk of the band Sabaton (the bassist and vocalist of Sabaton of course have carried on with an entire new band) then here’s the latest…
Sweden’s CIVIL WAR have inked a deal with Despotz Records. Civil War features ex-SABATON members Rikard Sundén (guitar), Daniel Mullback (drums), Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) and Oskar Montelius (guitar), as well as vocal GOD Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, LION’S SHARE) and bassist Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (VOLTURYON).
Civil War will hit the studio in August. A debut EP will be issued, with a full length debut album to follow.
Footage of the band signing their new contract can be seen below. More on Civil War at this location.
SABATON have uploaded series of live clips from their current US tour on YouTube below:
To make their record release party in Hollywood a memorable one, Sabaton are inviting all their Southern California fans to attend their May 23rd show at the Key Club dressed in World War I or World War II period regalia to celebrate the release of their sixth studio album, Carolus Rex.
Any female or male in period dress can pick up their FREE Nuclear Blast grab bag at Sabaton’s merch table after the show. Those interested in putting an outfit together can visit The Supply Sergeant on Hollywood Boulevard or California Surplus Mart on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Carolus Rex – due out May 25th via Nuclear Blast – will be available for purchase on single Swedish CD (Sweden only) and single English CD plus a limited edition which features a double CD with both language versions. The double CD will also feature a different cover artwork. The album is produced by Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN).
Sabaton - "Carolus Rex"
Carolus Rex features the following tracklisting:
‘Dominium Maris Baltici’
‘The Lion From the North’
‘Gott Mit Uns’ (featuring Peter Tägtgren on vocals)
‘A Lifetime of War’
‘1 6 4 8’
‘The Carolean’s Prayer’
‘Long Live the King’
‘Dominium Maris Baltici’
‘Lejonet från Norden’
‘Gott Mit Uns’ (featuring Peter Tägtgren on vocals)
‘En Livstid i Krig’
‘1 6 4 8’
‘Ett Slag Färgat Rött’
Sabaton recently confirmed the departure of guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr, with vocalist Joakim Bróden and bassist Pär Sundström vowing to continue the band with new members.
The official lyric video for SABATON’s “Lifetime Of War” is now available for viewing on YouTube in English and in the band’s native Swedish. The track comes off SABATON’s sixth studio album, Carolus Rex, which will be released in North America on May 22nd.
The theme of the album is the Swedish Empire; lyrical references are to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721. The band collaborated with well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren whose previously published work includes an acclaimed biography of Karl XII, King of Sweden. Liljegren has also appeared on the popular Swedish television series “Boston Tea Party.”
Sweden’s epic war metal specialists are currently on their ”Swedish Empire” tour through the U.S. and Canada. Remaining dates are:
05/10/12 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON – CANADA
05/11/12 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA
05/12/12 Alrosa’s Villa – Columbus, OH
05/13/12 Blondie´s – Detroit, MI
05/15/12 Station 4 – St Paul, MN
05/16/12 Reggie Rock Club – Chicago, IL
05/18/12 Vernon Club – Louisville, KY
05/19/12 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
05/20/12 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
05/21/12 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
05/23/12 Key Club – Hollywood, CA *OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY*
05/25/12 Circo Volador – Mexico City, D.F. – MÉXICO
Tickets for all remaining shows (except México) can be purchased online at EnterTheVault.com.
SABATON have cancelled the first three dates of their North American tour, which was scheduled to begin tomorrow, April 10th, in Tampa. Visa issues are the cause for the delay in the tour start, which will now take place April 15th in San Antonio.
A video message from Sabaton can be seen below:
Sabaton’s Swedish Empire Tour 2012 dates include:
15 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
17 – Lubbock, TX – Wreckers
18 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
19 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
20 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb Rock
22 – St Louis , MO – The Firebird
23 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave
25 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
27 – Albany, NY – Bogie’s
28 – Buffalo, NY – Broadway Joe’s
29 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
2 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
3 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
4 – New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
5 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
7 – Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
8 – Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec
10 – Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
11 – London, ON – Music Hall
12 – Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
13 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
15 – St Paul, MN – Station 4
16 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
18 – Louisville, KY – Vernon Club
19 – Richmond, VA – Kingdom
20 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
21 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
23 – Hollywood, CA – Key Club (CD release show)
25 – Mexico City, MX – Circo Volador
At the moment we are still searching for a keyboard player. Until we have found the right guy we will still have Daniel Myhr with us, in digital form, since he has specially recorded all keyboards for us to use on tour.
Therefore, we are not cancelling any shows at all – the war machine of Sabaton will go on just as planned!
The MKII of Sabaton is ready for the next chapter…
To meet the new members for the first time, please have a look at this video:
Swedish metallers SABATON have confirmed the departure of guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. Vocalist Joakim Bróden and bassist Pär Sundström will continue the band with new members which will be announced soon.
A statement from Sabaton as posted to their Facebook page reads as follows: “Starting a band at the age of 18 is simple, keeping it intact for 12 years is much harder, and finally we have come to the crossroad where we will go separate ways. Pär Sundström and Joakim Brodén will continue to battle on stage, carrying the banner of Sabaton to further victories. We will always have an eternal bond to each other, created by more than 12 years of friendship and touring, and wish each other long and prosperous lives with families, various projects and musical careers. In the end, all six of us will end up in our own glorious future…”