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 20 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 DaVinci 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 who want to know if picking up the reissues are worth it, please read on!
This is by far, in terms of technical presentation, the weakest in the reissue campaign. No liner notes, like the other three. Why not? Why go to all that effort and not finish the job? Budget? Deadlines? It doesn’t make sense. There are no additional photos. There is no track-by-track break down of the bonus material either. The bonus material? THE ART OF WAR has the least number of bonus tracks, four, of the entire ‘Rearmed’ series and of those only two are new songs. ‘Swedish Pagans’ is classic Sabaton with a big sing-along anthem with gang vocals and ‘Glorious Lands’ (which is spelled wrong on the back cover) is another mid-paced grinder. The other two cuts are a demo and a short live version the Swedish National Anthem. Don’t get me wrong, the album is killer, as evidenced by Anders awarding the album proper a 4.5 out of five in his review back in 2008. Are two new tracks, enough to rebuy the album? You be the judge. Personally I would, just to have the whole series, but I’m a completist.