Released: 2011, Nuclear Blast
Sabaton has long been a favorite here at Metal-Rules.com. Every album has been well received by our reviewers. The bands successful four album run on Black Lodge, the band caught the eyes and ears of Nuclear Blast who released COAT OF ARMS last year which made our staffs collective Top 10 for 2010. Knowing a good thing when they hear it, Nuclear Blast has given the bands entire catalogue the reissue treatment with the ‘Re-Armed Series’. It seems the North American pressing has retained the original cover art, which is a better choice because I personally don’t like it when a label tampers with the cover art for reissues. Would Leonardo DiVinci go back and add a mustache to the Mona Lisa? I think not.
I’m not going to focus too heavily on the albums themselves because our various staff members have
already written a number of fine reviews of the original albums. I highly recommend you check out those reviews in our database. For the new fans, North Americans who found it hard to get the original pressings, or for those existing fans that want to know if picking up the reissues are worth it, please read on!
I remember getting PRIMO VICTORIA and playing the hell out of it in the Metal nightclub I was DJ’ing in at the time. I made it my mission to champion this band to whoever would listen and since I was in charge of the CD player people got to hear it quite a lot! It made my personal Top 10 that year, even though I wasn’t writing for Metal-Rules that year. Aside from the fact that it is a killer album, why should you get it? Two reasons.
First, the reissue is very well done with additional liner notes and lots of photos. The band seems to get naked a lot in the photos…nobody needs to see that! There are also full lyrics and very informative song-by-song liner notes from various members of the band, for each bonus track. It’s this attention to detail that makes this package so worthwhile.
The second reason to grab this is that it comes with a generous six bonus tracks. There are a couple of short instrumental cuts that the band uses as the intro and outro to their concerts. There are a brace of live tracks from a hometown gig (Falun, Sweden) from 2008. The band also recorded a cover of the Twisted Sister song ‘The Beast’ about 10 years ago. They pulled it out of the vault, dusted it off, did the vocals and added it for our pleasure. The last true original unreleased song is a catchy little number called ‘Shotgun’, which easily stands side by side with any of their other compositions. Nuclear Blast has done a great job and it is well worth your attention.