Interview by Robert Cavuoto
Sabaton will be releasing their newest and most ambitious album to date, The War To End All Wars, on March 4th via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album features 11 heavy-hitting anthems that showcase this hard-working band’s undeniable talent: ripping, intense metal grooves blended with addictive hooks and thought-provoking lyrics with a historical theme. The band consists of Tommy Johansson, Pär Sundström, Chris Rörland, Joakim Brodén, Hannes and Van Dahl.
Sabaton is synonymous with power, precision, and perseverance. Across their 17+ year career, they have shaped, refined, and steadily broadened a style of power Swedish metal. They continue to power ahead through the changing musical landscape; trends be damned and deliver an incisively supercharged and ridiculously energized music.
The War To End All Wars has some incredible vocal performances by Joakim. He is a fierce juggernaut of old-school metal songs combined with anthemically powerful vocals. The album offers pummeling drums and guitar driving distortion into an expansive refrain imprinted with furious solos. The neck-snapping groove of “Race to the Sea” gives way to another unshakable chant, and “Lady of Dark’s” drops a hard-hitting and hypnotic hook that’s primed to set festivals ablaze. Sabaton are pure Swedish metal, and this album will exceed any fan’s expectation of the band and certainly make new ones.
Pre-orders can be placed here: smarturl.it/SabatonTWTEAW
I had the pleasure of speaking with Joakim Brodén for an in-depth discussion about their latest album, why he always puts such an extreme effort into seeking the ultimate expression in a song, the disappointment of having the Judas Priest tour cut short, and what constitutes a good riff that he can sing over to drive the melody. Make sure to follow Metal Rules on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to their YouTube channel.