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SABATON, Thaurorod, Alestorm @ The Electric Ballroom

January 11th, 2011


With Thaurorod and Alestorm

@ The Electric Ballroom, Camden London

14th October 2010

 Reviewer Danny Draper

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Best of 2010

January 3rd, 2011

Best of 2010

As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!

The Top 30  Heavy Metal Albums of 2010

(Click the album cover to read our review.

If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)

1. Accept – Blood of the Nations


Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:

"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!

2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time 

Blind Guardian

Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.

3. Ratt– Infestation


Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!

4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones


Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!

5. Melechesh –  The Epigenesis 


Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.

6.  Helloween – 7 Sinners


Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.

7. OverKill – Ironbound


The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.

8.  Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy


Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.

9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms


Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!

10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal


Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.


Number 11 to 20

11. Crazy Lixx – New Religion

Crazy Lixx
12. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
13. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail Scorpions
14. Immolation – Majesty and Decay Immolation
 15. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon Avantasia
16. High on Fire – Snakes For The Divine High On Fire
17. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow Kylesa
18. Death Angel – Relentless Retribution Death Angel
19. Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

Dimmu Borgir
20. Wuthering Heights – Salt Wuthering Heights


Number 21 to 30

21. Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Relentless

22. Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth

Black Label Society – Order of the Black

24. Reckless Love – Reckless Love

25. Hail Of Bullets – On Divine Winds

26. Hardcore Superstar – Split Your Lip

27. Forbidden – Omega Wave

28. Heathen – The Evolution of Chaos

29. Rage – Strings To A Web

30. Circle II Circle – Consequence of Power


Individual Staff Lists For 2010

Includes: top 20, best new band, best DVD, discovery of the year, greatest hopes for 2011, and disappointments of 2010.


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SABATON – Interview with Pär Sundström

December 6th, 2010

Interview with Pär Sundström from SABATON

@ Electric Ballroom, Camden London

Interviewer: Danny Draper

Photos: Altercarnated Photography


On a cold October afternoon we made our way in to the back entrance of the Electric Ballroom, Camden London to a meet Sabaton’s Drummer Pär before tonight’s sold out show.

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November 24th, 2010
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Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Swedish power metal sextet SABATON will embark on their first-ever tour of North America as direct support to their labelmates and Germany’s legendary heavy metal band ACCEPT.

SABATON bassist Pär Sundström checks in all the way from the band’s rehearsal space in Sweden about next year’s trek:

Finally, after years of waiting, we finally can announce that we now take the World War Tour across the ocean to the shores of America and Canada.  We are excited to announce our first U.S. tour which will be together with German heavy metal legends ACCEPT!”
Confirmed tour dates for the ACCEPT & SABATON tour are:









04/21/11    BLONDIE’S – DETROIT, MI



04/26/11    EL CORAZON – SEATTLE, WA





05/06/11    DOS AMIGOS – ODESSA, TX

05/07/11    SCOUT BAR – HOUSTON, TX

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the tour are available online at through December 14th; afterwards, tickets will go on sale through all normal ticketing outlets.

SABATON are also confirmed for the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise January 24 – 28th, 2011.  Visit the cruise’s official YouTube channel 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.

The “Making Of” video with English subtitles can be viewed here.  Stills from the video shoot can be viewed 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.

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SABATON confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

October 15th, 2010


After the silent sailing up North 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, is back to the loud and brutal world of the Vikings, but they don’t have to be afraid of any battle because SABATON will teach them the Art Of War!

Welcome back to Sweden and then some! Skål!  32 out of 40 band on board and counting…

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Dark Tranquillity
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth



Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out for more information and book your cabin NOW!


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October 5th, 2010
Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Sabaton - Coat of Arms

WORLD WAR TOUR UPDATE The World War Tour is raging on, leaving sold out places behind us everywhere.

This tour is beyond what anyone had dared to believe and we now expect that most of the tickets for the whole tour will be gone.

The latest shows to be added to the Sold Out league is the big Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland and also the Batchkapp in Frankfurt.

Do not miss out the videoblogging on our website and on our youtube.

Here is the tour if someone have missed it:

15/09/10 Stavanger – Folken
16/09/10 Bergen – Garage
17/09/10 Haugesund – Byscenen
18/09/10 Oslo – Rockefeller
24/09/10 Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
25/09/10 Köpenhamn – Amager Bio – VENUE UPGRADED
26/09/10 Hamburg – Markthalle – SOLD OUT
27/09/10 Zaandam – De Kade – SOLD OUT
29/09/10 Hannover – Musikzentrum – SOLD OUT
30/09/10 Leipzig – Hellraiser
01/10/10 Geiselwind – Musik Hall – SOLD OUT
02/10/10 München – Backstage – SOLD OUT
03/10/10 Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik – SOLD OUT
05/10/10 Köln – Live Music Hall – VENUE UPGRADED
06/10/10 Saarbrücken – Garage
07/10/10 Milan – Alcatraz
08/10/10 Pratteln – Z7 – SOLD OUT
09/10/10 Paris – Nouveau Casino – SOLD OUT
11/10/10 Manchester – Academy 2
12/10/10 Glasgow – Garage
14/10/10 London – Electric Ballroom
15/10/10 Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
16/10/10 Sheffield – Corporation
17/10/10 Brighton – Concorde 2
19/10/10 Antwerpen – Hof Ter Lo – SOLD OUT
20/10/10 Frankfurt – Batschkapp – SOLD OUT
21/10/10 Nijmegen – Doornroosje – SOLD OUT
22/10/10 Dortmund – FZW
23/10/10 Antwerpen – Hof Ter Lo – EXTRA SHOW – SOLD OUT
28/10/10 Huskvarna – Folkets Park
29/10/10 Lund – Mejeriet
30/10/10 Norrköping – Flygeln
01/11/10 Tallin – Rock Café
02/11/10 Riga – Melna Piekdiena
03/11/10 Minsk – Reaktor
05/11/10 Vienna – Szene
06/11/10 Zlin – MOR Café
07/11/10 Prague – KD Vltavska
08/11/10 Krakow – Studio
10/11/10 Katowice – Mega Club
11/11/10 Lodz – Dekompresja
12/11/10 Rzeszow – Pod Palma
13/11/10 Bratislava – Majestic Musik Club
14/11/10 Budapest – WigWam
16/11/10 Sofia Blue – Box Club
17/11/10 Bucharest – Silver Church
19/11/10 Belgrade – SKC
20/11/10 Zagreb – Tvornica – VENUE UPGRADED
21/11/10 Graz – Seifenfabrik
22/11/10 Woergl – Komma
23/11/10 Berlin – Colombia Club
25/11/10 Göteborg – Trädgårn
26/11/10 Ronneby – Club Ron
27/11/10 Stockholm – Arenan
03/12/10 Helsinki – Tavastia – SOLD OUT
04/12/10 Turku – Klubi – SOLD OUT
05/12/10 Åland – Dino’s
08/12/10 Trondheim – Blæst
09/12/10 Östersund – Gamla Teatern
10/12/10 Piteå – Norrmalmia
11/12/10 Umeå – Idunteatern

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SABATON – to re-release previous albums!

September 1st, 2010

Do you wonder what SABATON did in the studio about one month ago?

Do you wonder why Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus, Metalizer and Art of War is so hard to get these days?

This is why…

To be able to continue to do what we all love, meaning to continue to play music and to tour the world, we have now purchased the rights to the SABATON music.

And to celebrate this we want to make them available again to all of you in a unique cooperation between SABATON, Nuclear Blast and Black Lodge.

Now what does this mean??

Well, first it means that when you buy a SABATON album, more of the money spent on the albums will actually go to SABATON and second it means that we want to celebrate this by making the first four albums available again, but in really cool new versions!

We give you… The SABATON RE-ARMED Editions and here is a sample of one bonus track!

The 4 first original albums of Sabaton, complete with new artwork, new booklets, posters and of course: New music!

We have dug deep into the treasury of SABATON to find unique, strange, funny and unexpected songs.

Every album on the RE-ARMED editions will feature new tracks and they will include some old demos, some coversongs, some live versions of songs, some really old and unheard songs and some completely new songs recorded in Studio Abyss.

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SABATON – Official Release of the New “Uprising” Video!

August 3rd, 2010

Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Sabaton - Coat of Arms

After much anticipation the new Sabaton video for “Uprising” is now available online. See it below:

Sabaton – Uprising (2010)


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sabaton uprising

In a recent interview with, Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén spoke about the video for “Uprising”:

I’ve seen the trailer for your new video “Uprising” and it looks phenomenal! When’s the release date for online viewers?

It will be the first or second of August. We’re going to go down to Poland for an August 1st premiere which is the anniversary of the start of the Warsaw uprising. I’m looking forward to seeing it as well as I’ve only seen the trailer, the same as you (laughs). So I’m really excited. I’ve seen some additional footage without music when we were back in Poland in early June and it looks great. We actually told the  director to cut as much as possible of us, Sabaton, headbanging, out of the video because we had actual real good actors. I’d never heard of the Polish ones before, they are the main male and female actors in the video. It turns out they are really famous in Poland.  Also in the video is Peter Stormare who of course we all know from Armageddon and from Prison Break. He grew up only an hour and a half drive away from where we live now. He’s the same kind of fucked up person as we are (laughs). It’s a pleasure to see professional actors, even though we’ve been making music videos with 2-3 people in the production and then the band, you know you play the songs over and over and over for five hours. They do there to get many different camera angles of like the drummer or whatever. But this time it wasn’t like that at all. We were actually done after playing for maybe 2 – 2.5 hours in costume. I did some additional acting which was scary because I’m not an actor. It was really nice to have the focus on the story that we were telling instead of just six guys headbanging.

Peter StormareDid you guys request Peter Stormare to play a role in the video?

Yes that’s because we like him as an actor and our booking agent in Sweden is a friend of his. He knew of us through a Swedish band called H.E.A.T. which are on his label (the band is signed by Peter Stormares record label StormVox).  They even played with us, supporting us for a couple of shows in Sweden and Europe.  So we thought, we’d ask him…he’s a really good actor. So put it out there and see what happens. The manager said “Yeah, Peter gets 50 or maybe more suggestions about making music videos every year, so I’ll ask him, but don’t get your hopes up.” Then we heard back “Hell yes, I’m coming!” just like that! What he said made the difference was first that we came from his part of Sweden, and secondly, when most bands ask him to be in their music video they ask him to show up to like a desert outside of  Vegas and have him play the bad guy, shoot people, go party and fuck hookers. But he said we had something different here, with a plan, a vision, telling a true story. It was not “Hello will you be in our video?”. It was like, “Hello would you like to participate, you would be playing the role of SS-Obergruppenführer von dem Bach.” I really admire him as an actor, and even more after. After we recorded the video with him we had such a fucking blast (laughs).  I could tell you of a few things that happened but well (laughs)….

It’s not safe to publish.

No…it’s not (laughing).

UPRISINGThe song title “Uprising” and what the song is about made me think of a film that I really like called “Uprising” which stars such great actors as Jon Voight and Donald Sutherland. Did that film at all inspire the song, or have you even watched it?

You mean the one with  David Schwimmer from Friends as well?

Yes and Leelee Sobieski and Hank Azaria.

Yeah, actually I got that movie from our web master half way through the album production. I had about 80% of the song written already and some mock-up lyrics, temporary lyrics. I was signing “rise or fall” not “Warsaw” at that time. He heard it and said he had a movie that was about this stuff, so he gave me a copy of the movie. It was really a good help in finishing the song. I also saw a CNN Documentary that I found online…probably illegal, but if I could of paid for it, I would of, but the CNN Documentary aired in the early 2000’s like 2003-2004 and it’s about the Warsaw uprising. It featured a lot of interviews from the survivors who were actually fighting. Stuff like that is really a gold mine when trying to get a closer connection to the song.

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Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén on the Importance of History

August 2nd, 2010
Sabaton Vocalist Joakim Brodén

Sabaton Vocalist Joakim Brodén

Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén recently spoke to about many topics one of the more important ones being about the importance of history. So do you think it’s a crime that some people forget historical things that have happened, and the reasons why they happened? The saying goes “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”.

Joakim: Yes. I don’t think it’s important to know exactly on which date that something happened. This was something from history class where I was always thinking “Why the fuck should I remember exactly which year what Swedish king ruled?”. I knew it was in the late 1600’s but that was enough. What is important is what happened, what were the consequences, what was the igniting spark. Like the start of World War I or World War II – why, how, and approximately when – that might be interesting. I don’t know how it is on the other side of the Atlantic, but history here in Scandinavia, and at least in Poland, and Germany it’s focused too much on remembering dates to make it easy for the teachers instead of what happened. So yeah I agree. It’s not a crime, but it’s very important.  I don’t know how old you are but I’m turning 30 this year and my mother is in the Czech Republic. She was on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall growing up and I’ve been there myself while it was still there. I have met people who were in concentration camps and things. I think if you are in your late 20’s and above, you are going to have some kind of relationship with this because you’re bound to even have say a friend’s Grandfather who was involved, especially here in Europe.”

“So I think in a sense, if someone is maybe 16 today, they are not going to have second hand experience even, like we have where we met somebody who was actually there to tell it so there is an emotional connection to it. For them it’s going to be more of a fucking history lesson which might be totally boring and uninteresting. I’m afraid that in maybe 15 years or in 35 years, they are the ones who will be presidents or prime minister’s and they may do all this same shit over again.”

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Sabaton Vocalist Joakim Brodén

August 1st, 2010

Sabaton Vocalist Joakim Brodén

Interview and transcription by EvilG

Like many here in North America, I only discovered Sabaton sometime in 2008 with their glorious album THE ART OF WAR. Their spin on the power metal style was, and remains, refreshing. Not that I don’t love the mighty warrior dragon wizard stuff as well, but I’ve always been interested in history and especially fascinated by World War II. So after hearing Sabaton sing about WWII and other wars and conflicts, the mixture of history and metal was a winning combination. With Sabaton’s 2010 release COAT OF ARMS the band continues on the same path honing some amazingly catchy and memorable anthems. I had the opportunity to speak with the voice of Sabaton, Joakim Brodén, in late July 2010. We spoke about the band’s image, and about war and how it is more than just history. It is something that should be studied not to memorize specific dates, but to learn from what has happened so that the same things will not happen again.

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July 8th, 2010
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Sabaton - Coat of Arms

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

02.  Midway

03.  Uprising

04.  Screaming Eagles

05.  The Final Solution

06.  Aces In Exile

07.  Saboteurs

08.  Wehrmacht

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.”

View’s recent interview with members of SABATON here.  Professionally shot footage of SABATON’s appearance at the Meltdown Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden can be viewed here.

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.

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SABATON Enter The Swedish Album Chart at #4

June 9th, 2010
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Sabaton - Coat of Arms

Swedish epic power metal sextet SABATON have just entered the Swedish Album charts at #4 with their brand new album Coat Of Arms, due out in North America on June 29th, 2010.  The album is available for streaming in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page.

Coat Of Arms is currently on the European Billboard Top 100 Albums chart at #34.  Worldwide chart entries are as follows:

Sweden #4

Poland #9

Finland #17

Germany #19

Switzerland #33

Austria #71

The Coat Of Arms track listing is:

01.  Coat of Arms

02.  Midway

03.  Uprising

04.  Screaming Eagles

05.  The Final Solution

06.  Aces In Exile

07.  Saboteurs

08.  Wehrmacht

09.  White Death

10.  Metal Ripper

SABATON recently shot a video in Poland for the track “Uprising” with director Jacek Raginis and producer Bogna Janiec of Studio Filmowe N.  The video includes actors Peter Stormare [Sweden, U.S.] and Mateusz Damięcki [Poland], Monika Buchowiec, and a special appearance by General Waldemar Skrzypczak of the Polish army.  View photos from the “Uprising” video shoot here.  View a video trailer here.  View the “Making Of” video 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.

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October 14th, 2008

Wacken Open Air 2008

Once again tens of thousands of lunatic metal freaks travelled from all over the world to the small German village located in the middle of the beautiful northern German countryside. The small peaceful Wacken literally goes upside down when nearly 80.000 conquer the village during one weekend in a year. Wacken Open Air celebrated its 19th birthday from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, whose biggest headliner ever in the history of Wacken was Iron Maiden. Despite Iron Maiden being the biggest name on the bill, however there were tons of other interesting and fascinating names.

Brat: The mass convergence of catholic youth in Sydney for World Youth Day the week Ray and I left brought a smile to my face and a feeling of warmth as I realised it wouldn’t be long until I was part of a similar pilgrimage but to Hamburg Germany and with two major differences—where Sydney was awash with colourful youth, Hamburg would be invaded by a swarm of black; and the trolley suitcases carrying clothing would instead be trolleys full of beer; songs of the gospel would be replaced by metal anthems. They came to worship at the cross—we to worship at the flaming longhorn but we all would display our nations’ flags proudly.

Tickets for W:O:A 2008 sold phenomenally fast. The special edition X-mas pack with extra goodie bag sold out before I could take a long breath after my 2007 trip. By February the official festival ticket seller was “SOLD OUT”. Suddenly the ebay market was flooded with tickets with one ticket reaching a record price of 800 British Pounds—obscene. Even in July with less than 1 month before the festival, there was an average of 5 new listings a day for tickets, which nullified all “SOLD OUT” credibility. (Brat)


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South By Southwest (SXSW) 2008

April 8th, 2008


By Robert Williams

South By Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music and film conference/festival held yearly in beautiful Austin, Texas. In the 21 years of its existence, SXSW has served as a launching pad for many unknown bands turned media darlings overnight. For one week in the month of March each year bands from all over the world gather in downtown Austin and showcase their music, their craft, for record executives, media big wigs, and most importantly in my opinion, music lovers!

This all sounds like a splendid and festive occasion with the exception of one detail. SXSW has almost exclusively all but overlooked metal and its many subgenres for its entire existence.

Now I won’t lie. In years past I have seen some cool showcases. Century Media and Relapse usually cart their bands into town, and scattered about my 12 year tenure in Austin I have seen some notable showcases featuring among others In Extremo, Sol Evil, Children Of Bodom, and Grey Skies Fallen. But when 1,400 bands come to town for one week in March each year, you would hope at least, I don’t know, 50-100 of them would be awesome heavy metal, right?

Well, this year Austin got a fair amount of killer metal. Kicking things off on Wednesday, the 12th I had the pleasure of witnessing my first Municipal Waste concert. A day later I got off of work early and headed downtown with some friends and caught a showcase featuring Enslaved, Mixhell, Napalm Death, High On Fire, and the mighty Motorhead.

Lastly, I witnessed the “It’s Grim Up North” showcase featuring Sabaton, 1349 and Enslaved. I partied like a true champion, saw some really, really good performances and got some really solid interviews. Read on metal faithful and I shall guide you through these conversations in steel conducted in my homeland of Austin….Let’s start at the beginning….


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Gates Of Metal Festival Sweden 2006

November 17th, 2006

Gates Of Metal Festival
4-5/8 – 2006

By: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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