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…”
We are really happy to announce that we are the main headliner of the Przystanek Woodstock festival in Poland.
This is the biggest festival in Europé and our concert will be one of the biggest metal concerts ever made on this planet.
“Carolus Rex”, the new album from Swedish metallers SABATON, will be released in Europe on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721) and are sung entirely in Swedish.
Commented the band: “For the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren. We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on ‘Carolus Rex’, and our producer, Peter Tägtgren, says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!”
Liljegren’s previously published works include acclaimed biographies of Adolf Hitler and Karl XII. He also appeared in the popular Swedish TV series “Boston Tea Party”.
“Carolus Rex” track listing:
01. Dominium Maris Baltici
02. Lejonet Från Norden
03. Gott Mit Uns
04. En Livstid I Krig
05. 1 6 4 8
06. Karolinens Bön
07. Carolus Rex
08. Ett Slag Färgat Rött
10. Konungens Likfärd
11. Ruina Imperii
The album’s release will be followed by a two-year world tour.
SABATON will embark on a North American headlining tour in the spring. The “Swedish Empire Tour 2012” will kick off on April 10 in Tampa, Florida.
SABATON bassist Pär Sundström was forced to sit out several shows on the Canadian leg of the band’s most recent North American tour due to a knee injury.
“World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea”, the first-ever live album from SABATON, was released on August 5, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Sabaton Interview with vocalist Joakim Brodén, Keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr, Guitarist Oskar Montelius
By Carlos M. Llanas
Sabaton is amongst the most intriguing and promising power metal bands around. They travel a different path than your normal “Slaying Dragons, fucking wenches, and drinking beer” power metal band. That’s what sets them aside from the “norm”. Let’s face it…have any of you ever seen a fucking dragon? I didn’t think so. They take a more realistic approach to the music…and that approach is war, perseverance, nations under turmoil, and the remembrance of a fallen soldier. From the Cliffs of Gallipoli, to the skies of the isles, Sabaton covers it all with remarkable accuracy, outstanding musicianship, and one hell of a live show to boot. I had a chance to talk to the friendly Swedes about their plans for the future, their race against time, their first headlining show in the U.S, Pär Sundström’s health, and their temporary replacement Emil Wigelius. Here is what they had to say!
Swedish power metal superstars SABATON just issued the following statement, revealing first details on the bands upcoming album:
“We can now confirm the rumors, the new SABATON album will be called Carolus Rex and in a few days we will start recording it. At the moment we cannot reveal any information about it, other than that it will be available at the end of May this year. We felt it was time for America to get something of a special show and this time the releaseparty will be in Los Angeles, California. This show will be the only US West Coast show and it will be the world premiere of new songs.
It’s a very cold Friday evening in Camden and upon exiting the tube station approximately 20 minutes before the venue doors open there is an amazing sight to behold. Hordes of fans just wrapped around the venue screaming to get in and witness the might that is Sabaton!
Yesterday, Sabaton raised the roof in a sold-out Trix in Antwerp and the icing on the cake is that the band have been confirmed for GMM2012 next summer. On the back of the release of their brand-new album, they will be ready to write another proud chapter in GMM’s history!
Saying that Sabaton has always been a crowd favourite is undoubtedly an understatement. Their third GMM appearance in 2010 not only blew our socks off; their signing session later that day generated the longest queue we’ve ever seen. When the session was officially over, the band decided to continue the session at the adjoining stand so all the fans could get their stuff signed. Last summer’s first live release World War Live: Battle of the Baltic Sea captures the essence of Sabaton’s live prowess. Next summer they’re coming back armed with their eighth album, now tentatively titled Kings of War.
“After two tours in America, we feel it is now time to complete the conquest,” states the heavy metal sextet formed in Falun, Sweden in 1999 who specialize in war history. “And what better way is there to do it than with a full assault headlining tour?”
Supporting 2010’s fifth studio album Coat Of Arms, SABATON introduced themselves to North American audiences via special performances at South By Southwest, Atlanta’s annual ProgPower Festival, and the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. Coat Of Arms debuted at #124 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #87 on the Top Hard Music chart and was achieved Gold status in Poland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. Worldwide first-week chart entries for Coat Of Arms included: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71. The band‘s first live album, World War Live: Battle of the Baltic Sea, was released earlier this year.
SABATON toured as main support in 2011 for Accept in North America and have performed with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, & Scorpions in Europe. They continue to play at almost every major European festival. Since 2007, they’ve operated their own 3-day open air festival in Falun, Sweden and sell-out their annual ocean cruise with over 2,000 SABATON fans on board. Their 2011 World War Live tour took them to over 30 countries to play 200 concerts at mainly sold out venues.
In Summer 2012, SABATON will headline Masters of Rock (a 25,000+ capacity festival) and the famous Metalcamp festival in Slovenia. The band has won many awards including a Golden Gods Award from Metal Hammer U.K., various Swedish Metal awards including a Swedish Radio P4 Award, Radio Bandit Award, and two Swedish Grammy nominations.
SABATON’s sixth studio album will be released in Spring 2012 to coincide with their upcoming North American “Swedish Empire” tour:
04/10/12 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
04/12/12 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/13/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
04/15/12 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
04/17/12 Wreckers – Lubbock, TX
04/18/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
04/19/12 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
04/20/12 Spicoli´s Grill and the Reverb Rock Garden – Waterloo, IA
04/22/12 The Firebird – St Louis , MO
04/23/12 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
04/25/12 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
04/27/12 Bogie´s – Albany, NY
04/28/12 Broadway Joe´s – Buffalo, NY
04/29/12 Peabody´s – Cleveland, OH
04/30/12 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
05/02/12 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
05/03/12 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
05/04/12 The Gramercy Theatre – New York City, NY
05/05/12 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
05/07/12 Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
05/08/12 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
05/10/12 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON – CANADA
05/11/12 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA
05/12/12 The Alrosa 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
05/25/12 Circo Volador – Mexico City, D.F. – MÉXICO
“After two tours in America we feel it is now time to complete the conquest, and what better way is there to do it than with a full assault headlinetour.
-America, are you ready?”
10 – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
12 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
13 – Dallas, TX – Trees
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
02 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
03 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
04 – New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
05 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
07 – Montreal, QUE – Petit Campus
08 – Quebec City, QUE – Imperial de Quebec
10 – Toronto, ONT – Wreck Room
11 – London, ONT – 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
25 – Mexico City, MX – Circo Volador
Sabaton are easily one of the best "newer" power metal bands that have stormed from out of Sweden on an unstoppable mission of global domination. On the eve of the release of the release of the band’s debut live album I got to speak with their bassist, PÄR SUNDSTRÖM, to talk about the live album and see what else is going on with the band.
SABATON - Final show of World War Tour, final battle of Antwerp.
We can now confirm the rumors, Sabaton will play one final show @ Trix/Hof Ter Lo in Antwerp on the 18th of December.
This will be a one-off and we will not bring a setlist or respect any venue curfew.
Last tour we ended in Essen (Germany) and it was a totally magic night, this time the honor to end the tour has come to Belgium and we are sure that this will be the perfect place and country that we will remember when we enter the studio.
The last 5 times Sabaton played Trix/Hof Ter Lo it was sold out in advance so if you do not want to miss the show of the year make sure you get your tickets direct.
Tickets will be released on the 26:th of August.
This show will mark the end of the fantastic 1,5 year long World War Tour and is likely the last chance to hear some of our songs for a very long time since next time we go on tour it will be with a completely new album in our backs.
After this show we will return to Sweden and start working on the next studioalbum which currently has the working name “Kings of War”.
As a preview of the release of their first live album World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea, Swedish war metal sextet SABATON is offering the live version of ‘Cliffs Of Gallipoli’ (from the 2008 album The Art Of War) as a free download. Get the dynamite here. World War Live’sofficial trailercan be viewed on YouTube.
A 2-CD set, World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea will be released in North America on September 13th.
Sabaton - World War Live
SABATON continue their World War Tour and are set to return to the U.S. and Canada this fall with fellow countrymen Evergrey. The trek kicks off on September 20th at The Gramercy Theater in New York City.
Confirmed World War Tour dates are:
Sep. 20 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
Sep. 21 – Montreal, QC, CANADA @ Foufounes Electriques
Sep. 22 – Toronto, ON, CANADA @ The Opera House
Sep. 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Sep. 24 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
Sep. 26 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Sep. 27 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Sep. 28 – Winnipeg, MB, CANADA @ The Osbourne Village Inn
Sep. 29 – Regina, SK, CANADA @ Exchange
Sep. 30 – Edmonton, AB, CANADA @ Starlite Room
Oct. 02 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 03 – Vancouver, B.C., CANADA @ The Venue
Oct. 05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center
Oct. 06 – Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
Oct. 07 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Oct. 08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Oct. 09 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Oct. 11 – Houston, TX @ Numbers
Oct. 12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Oct. 13 – Austin, TX @ Emo´s Alternative Lounging * No Evergrey
Oct. 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live * No Evergrey
Oct. 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade * No Evergrey
Oct. 17 – West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx * No Evergrey
Both video tracks come from SABATON’s fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut Coat Of Arms, which has been certified gold in Poland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies and 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.
“Over the years so many people have told us we should make a live-album and finally we fell to the demands of all of you, our fans.
The World War Tour was amazing and we wanted to record it and keep the shows alive forever. So, during the magic night aboard the SABATON Cruise 2010 we recorded the whole show and now we stand ready to release it as the first ever official SABATON live-CD.
And as if it was not enough we also recorded many shows all around Europe and put together a whole CD with mixed songs from various cities.
And finally we decided to release the DVD-recording we did at the first Rockstad: Falun festival 2008 from Falun as a bonus for you who buy the limited edition.
In total it will be over 20 different songs and we have also collected a lot of pictures from the tour and put them in a massive booklet.
We will reveal all details very soon.”
‘The World War Tour” artwork is again designed by Brazilian JOBERT MELLO – SLEDGEHAMMER GRAPHIX (PRIMAL FEAR, PAUL RODGERS, MASAKI MURASHITA, MIDNATTSOL, LEAVES’ EYES, and others), who’s been working with the band since “The Art OF War”, released on 2008 via SOUND POLLUTION/BLACK LODGE and “Coat Of Arms” which was released in Europe on May 21, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.