Released: 2006, Black Lodge/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
ATTERO DOMINATUS is the second album unleashed from the Swedish warmachine Sabaton. Just as on the previous album PRIMO VICTORIA, this album is full of heavy power metal but this time the music borders on heavy metal. They have also recruited Daniel Mÿhr on keyboard.
The keyboards make the well-played music a little more melodic but that’s not a bad thing in this case. This album is a masterpiece, and hail to the amazing singer Joakim Brodén in which the band have a real asset. He gives the band a different approach compared to many other power/heavy metal acts in this genre. The guys have once again been to Abyss Studio with the producer Tommy Tägtgren, and of course the production is great. Mr. Tägtgren is a studio wizard so what can go wrong then?
What can be said about the material then? Well, the songs are really catchy and stick to your brain straight away, but it doesn’t feel as genuine as it did the last time. Lyricwise it seems like they’re still stuck in the war theme; in general in-march tempo and the Third Reich. On ATTERO DOMINATUS we find two mid-tempo ballads “Angels Calling” and “Light In The Black”. It’s positive that the guys have tried to write ballads but unfortunately it doesn’t work that well. Another track that they easily could have removed from the finished product is ”Rise Of Evil”, which sounds like a carbon copy off something from the Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath. If you look at the album as a whole it’s terrific and almost as good as the previous one. The album grows on you and is jammed with catchy songs that are easy to bang your head to, and what more can you wish for? For the next album I’d wish that they could write about something else than the Third Reich, and if not they soon will be repeating themselves forever and ever.
Earlier this year Sabaton was on tour through Europe wit Dragonforce and Edguy. When I saw them in Lund, Sweden, it looked like the main crowd were there to support Sabaton becuase the audience cheered and screamed more when Sabaton went on stage than when Edguy began to play. Right now the band is planning to head out on a headliner tour and the dates for Germany are already set. Killer tracks “Attero Dominatus”, “Nuclear Attack”, “In The Name Of God”, “Back In Control”, “Metal Crüe”.