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Formed: 2012
From: Falun, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Civil War News

Below is our complete Civil War news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Civil War Recruits New Vocalist

After unexpectedly parting ways with vocalist Patrik Johansson in December, Civil War just issued this announcement about bringing on a new singer:

"We proudly present Kelly Sundown as the new voice of Civil War! He's known for his work with Adagio, Beyond Twilight, Darkology, Epysode, Outworld, Zierler and touring singer for Firewind, he brings experience and huge talent into our ranks.

"We are very happy to say that we found just the right person and powerful voice we've been looking for. Help us give the warmest welcome to Kelly. We are all very excited to write a new chapter in Civil War's history together!" More...

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Civil War Posts Year End Message

After splitting with vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson earlier this week, Civil War has now posted this year-end message online:

"2016 has been a year of changes to say the least. A lot of people that have influenced us in many ways has left this world, and it's very possible that people that will influence us in the future have been born.

"Also for us there have been changes, but now we're facing new year. A year with new challenges. When we wake up tomorrow we'll start our mission on finding a new singer for real by starting with sending out audition songs.

"So do you feel that you're the man/woman for it? Or do you know anyone that could be? Then don't hesitate to contact us here on Facebook or at info[at]civilwar.se. But for now.....have a very Happy New Year!

"Take care of each other and be safe! See you next year!" More...

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Civil War Splits With Vocalist

After just announcing an upcoming tour with Nightmare, vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson has unexpectedly parted ways with Civil War. The band comments:

"Good evening to you all! As some of you probably already noticed our vocalist Patrik suddenly left the band without any further notice. It came as a really big surprise to us all.

"We just had a meeting and we came to the conclusion that Civil War will go on! We'll take the holidays now to let all this sink in and then we'll start the hunt for a new singer after that.

"Best Regards, Myhr, Mullback, Rikard and Petrus! STAY TUNED!" More...

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Nightmare Announces Tour With Civil War

Nightmare and Civil War just issued this joint announcement about gearing up for an April / May trek together in 2017:

"We are proud to announce, in cooperation with Napalm Events, that Nightmare and Civil War will join forces on the Road To Victory tour 2017.

"Both bands have released a brand new album in November and are now ready to hit the road, the road to victory." More...

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Civil War Posts "Tombstone" Video

Following "The Killer Angels" from 2013 (reviewed here) and subsequent sophomore offering "Gods And Generals" last year, Swedish group Civil War is now about to unleash "The Last Full Measure."

While this third full-length isn't set to drop for a for more days, due out Friday, November 4th through Napalm Records, today a new music video from the album has come online.

Civil War comments: "Today we bring you cowboys, guns and metal!!! All packed together in the video for our song 'Tombstone' from our upcoming album!! Only 2 days left now til it's out!"

Pre-orders for "The Last Full Measure" are available here and the album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Civil War Issues Second Preview For New Album

Swedish metal generals Civil War will issue the third full length album "The Last Full Measure" on November 4th, 2016 via Napalm Records. Today, the band posted the second preview teaser for the release, which you can check out in the player below.

In keeping with the Michael Shaara/Jeffrey Shaara inspired Civil War Trilogy novel series, the album's title is the culmination of "The Killer Angels" and "Gods & Generals."

The album track list is as follows:

1. Road To Victory (see lyric video here)
2. Deliverance
3. Savannah
4. Tombstone
5. America
6. A Tale That Never Should Be Told
7. Gangs Of New York
8. Gladiator
9. People Of The Abyss
10. The Last Full Measure
11. Strike Hard Strike Sure (Bonus Track)
12. Aftermath (Bonus Track)

Check out the clip here: More...

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Civil War Plots The "Road To Victory"

Swedish metal generals Civil War will issue the third full length album "The Last Full Measure" on November 4th, 2016 via Napalm Records. Pre-order your copy now at this location.

In keeping with the Michael Shaara/Jeffrey Shaara inspired Civil War Trilogy novel series, the album's title is the culmination of "The Killer Angels" and "Gods & Generals."

Vocalist Nils Patrik Johannson commented: "After 'The Killer Angels' and 'Gods & Generals,' we are extremely proud and can´t wait to share the last part of the trilogy! This is our best work so far, at least this is what we think, but I´m sure you won´t be disappointed!"

Today, the band teams up with Metal Underground.com for the exclusive premiere of the lyric video for the opening track "Road To Victory," which you can hear in the player below.

The quintet, featuring former Sabaton members, presents twin guitars, keyboard-fanfares and double bass marches. Full of honor, they are flying the flag as high as possible. Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors) proves that his powerful voice was marked by destiny. It offers guts for more. It's the call of duty. "Heaven can wait 'cause we have so many more battles to win", shouts the opener 'Road To Victory'. If you hear the bloodcurdling barking of the dogs from Civil War, you will wish that you are not standing on the other side of the battlefield. More...

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Civil War Announces New Album

The third studio album by the Swedish metal generals from Civil War will be titled "The Last Full Measure" and drops November 4th, 2016 via Napalm Records.

Nils Patrik Johannson comments: "After 'The Killer Angels' and 'Gods & Generals,' we are extremely proud and can´t wait to share the last part of the trilogy!"

He goes on to say, "This is our best work so far, at least this is what we think, but I´m sure you won´t be disappointed!"

1. Road To Victory
2. Deliverance
3. Savannah
4. Tombstone
5. America
6. A Tale That Never Should Be Told
7. Gangs Of New York
8. Gladiator
9. People Of The Abyss
10. The Last Full Measure
11. Strike Hard Strike Sure (Bonus Track)
12. Aftermath (Bonus Track) More...

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Civil War Seeking Fan Input On Tour Routing

The heavy metal generals from Civil War just finished the production of a yet-untitled upcoming album, which was mixed and mastered by the mighty Jonas Kjellgren.

To celebrate the album release, the band will hit the road all over Europe soon. Fans now have the chance to vote on their preferred city via Stagelink to help plan out the routing.

General Nils Patrik Johansson commented: "While you are waiting for our upcoming masterpiece, you have the unique chance now to go to the link below and vote us to your city! We´re extremely excited to meet you all again and can´t wait to hit the road! Peace Love! Patrik." More...

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Civil War Invokes The Spirit Of "Braveheart"

Sweden's Civil War continue the tradition of historical lyrical compositions with the latest album "Gods & Generals" touching topics like the first ironclad warship commissioned by the Union Army in the U.S. Civil war in 1862 ("USS Monitor"), or the failed CIA sponsored military invasion of Cuba in 1961 ("Bay of Pigs) and post-traumatic stress disorder of soldiers who fought in the Pacific theater of World War II ("Back to Iwo Jima"). You can obtain your own copy of "Gods & Generals" from Napalm Records at this location.

This time, the power metal group consisting of former members of Sabaton, with the great Nils Patrik Johansson (Wuthering Heights/Astral Doors) on vocals, take on one of Scotland's most legendary historical figures: William Wallace. Check out the world premiere of the music video for the track "Braveheart" in the player below.

Civil War is on tour in Germany in support of Powerwolf, the dates of which are as follows:

22.10.15 DE – Berlin / C-Club
23.10.15 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
24.10.15 DE – München / Backstage
29.10.15 DE – Ravensburg / Oberschwabenhalle
30.10.15 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
31.10.15 DE – Stuttgart / Lka Longhorn

Metal Underground.com is proud to premiere the new music video "Braveheart" here: More...

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Civil War Releases Interactive Preview

Sweden's Civil War - featuring former members of Sabaton and Astral Doors vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson - released an interactive preview clip, which features samples from the entire new release "Gods and Generals." The album drops on via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

G/A/S/Europe/AUS: May 8th
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: May 11th
USA/CAN: May 12th
SE/ESP: May 13th

The track list for the album is:

1. War of the World
2. Bay of Pigs (see music video here)
3. Braveheart
4. The Mad Piper
5. USS Monitor
6. Tears from the North
7. Admiral over the Oceans
8. Back to Iwo Jima
9. Schindler's Ark
10. Gods and Generals
11. Knights of Dalecarlia (Bonus Track)
12. Colours on My Shield (Bonus Track)

Check out the preview here: More...

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Civil War Releases "Bay Of Pigs" Music Video

Sweden's Civil War released a music video for the new track "Bay of Pigs," which premiered over at Decibel Magazine at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new release "Gods & Generals," which is set to drop on May 6, 2015 via Napalm Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The track list for the album is:

1. War of the World
2. Bay of Pigs
3. Braveheart
4. The Mad Piper
5. USS Monitor
6. Tears from the North
7. Admiral over the Oceans
8. Back to Iwo Jima
9. Schindler's Ark
10. Gods and Generals
11. Knights of Dalecarlia (Bonus Track)
12. Colours on My Shield (Bonus Track)

Check out "Bay of Pigs" here: More...

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Powerwolf To Tour With Civil War And Xandria

Powerwolf today announces the support bands and additional dates for the upcoming Wolfsnächte tour, commenting:

"We're happy to have gathered a great lineup for the upcoming Wolfsnächte tour 2015. The wolves will be accompanied by none less than Germany's power metal hopefuls Orden Ogan, Swedish troopers Civil War (the new band of Ex-Sabaton members) as well as German / Dutch symphonic metallers Xandria.

"With this package featuring a wide variety of melodic and epic metal, we're damn sure these nights - topped by the biggest Powerwolf stage show to date - will become truly unforgettable!" More...

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Civil War Announces New Album

Civil War - featuring former members of Sabaton and Astral Doors - today reveals the cover artwork & release dates for the upcoming album "Gods And Generals," which follows previous full-length release "The Killer Angels" (reviewed here). The release dates are as follows:

GSA / AUS 08.05.15
USA / CAN: 12.05.15
UK / NOR/ FR / DK / IT: 11.05.15
SE / ESP: 06.05 More...

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Sabaton Announces "Sabaton Open Air"

Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton just announced a new and very special kind of festival: the Sabaton Open Air / Rockstad:Falun festival in the band's hometown Falun, the Sabaton Cruise on the Baltic Sea, and now there is also Sabaton Open Air / Noch ein Bier Fest in Germany.

For a long time Sabaton has had the plans for doing a special and totally unique event in Germany and that will become reality now. In July the group will organize the new Sabaton Open Air - a headline concert where people will surely get a unique show.

For this concert Sabaton has chosen the stunning Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen (famous from Rock Hard Festival) and as support on this show will be Powerwolf and Korpiklaani as well as former band mates in Civil War.

Bassist Pär Sundström comments: “In 2008 we organized ‘One more beer party’ in Essen in Germany as a release party for ‘Art of War.’ Since then the idea has existed of doing something similar. Now, seven years later, all pieces have fallen into position and we are ready. There will be a lot of ‘Noch ein Bier’ that night!” More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

As was the case in 2013, the 2014 installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium will have a live feed over this weekend (June 27th-June 29th). The feed can be accessed over at this location.

Not all bands are participating in the live feed, and the feed is subject to change at any time, with full live shows and partial live feeds throughout. Bands that will not be broadcast are: Ghost, Annihilator, Limp Bizkit and Black Sabbath. Make sure you check the schedule regularly at the bottom of the feed page for the status of the live stream (green check is full live stream, question mark is "unknown," green/red circle with slash is partial streaming and the red "x" is no stream).

As of press time, the bands scheduled for live streaming are as follows:

Friday, June 27th:

Jeff Scott Soto
Alestorm
Primal Fear
Sepultura
Novembers Doom
Solstafir
Napalm Death
Triptykon
Candlemass
Opeth

Saturday, June 28th:

Civil War

Sunday, June 29th:

Comeback Kid
Schirenc Plays Pungent
Tiamat More...

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Civil War Recruits New Guitarist

Swedish metal band Civil War hereby announces that guitarist Petrus Granar will be added as a full member to the line-up. The band comments:

"He as of today officially joined the band with a 'wet' ceremony baptizing him in Champagne, what else…

"Petrus have been a friend and working closely with the band since 'The Killer Angels' with demos, arrangements etc. He is a very talented guitarist and good with arrangements. Petrus also worked as a backline tech for the band since last November. It feels just natural to offer him a place with the band as he’s been our '7th member' all along.

"We look forward to have him in our band of brothers and he will add another dimension to our live sound and push the boundaries for what we can do with pretty much everything both on album and what we can make out of it as a live band."

Last year Civil War released debut full-length album “The Killer Angels” (reviewed here). The band is currently in the studio recording an upcoming album that will be released through Napalm Records later this year. More...

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Civil War Signs With Napalm Records

Swedish metal act Civil War, featuring former Sabaton members (Daniel Myhr – keyboard, Oskar Montelius - guitar, Rikard Sundén – guitar, Daniel Mullback – drums), has inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band also features bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon) and singer Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Lion's Share/Wuthering Heights).

The debut full length album "The Killer Angels" received excellent feedback worldwide (see review here) and was certified gold in Sweden. The band is expecting big things for this year.

The band commented: "We are more than happy to sign with Napalm Records, one of the best labels in the world. Our intention is to deliver Heavy Metal under the Napalm flag for many years. The civil war has only just begun."

The band also confirmed the following live dates: More...

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Civil War Posts "Gettysburg" Music Video

Civil War - the band formed by former Sabaton members Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback and Daniel Mÿhr along with Astral Doors/Wuthering Heights vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson, posted a new music video for the track "Gettysburg."

The video is a tribute to the 150th Anniversary of the famous American Civil War battle. The song appears on the latest LP "The Killer Angels" out now on Despotz Records (see review here).

On the video the band commented: "This is from us to you. To honor the memory of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg and a small poof of appreciation for the fantastic support you have showed us. Here you go: Gettysburg - the video. Featuring clips from our different shows we did this summer. We traveled across our native Sweden and a short stop in wonderful Budapest, Hungary this summer doing show after show with a response noone could dream of. Thank you for your support, bow your head in respect for the one who lost their life so many years ago on the battlefield of Gettysburg. We salute YOU!"

The video was directed by Michael Asplund and footage was shot by Michael Asplund and Daniel Falk. Check it out here: More...

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Civil War's Album Certified Gold In Sweden

Civil War (the symphonic power metal band from ex-Sabaton members Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback, and Daniel Myhr, along with frontman Nils Patrik Johansson and bass player Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson) is proud to announce that debut album "The Killer Angels" has been certified Gold in the band's home country of Sweden, selling more than 20,000 copies.

The members of Civil War were presented with their Gold plaques before headlining the Metal War festival in Budapest last weekend. Commented the band:

"Selling 20,000-plus in our home country is something none of us could ever imagine when getting into the sessions leading up to the album. Even though we felt we made a solid record, getting these numbers was still something we couldn't predict upon our wildest imagination."

"We at Despotz are incredibly proud to have reached 'Gold' status in Sweden with the band Civil War," added Despotz Records founder, Ömer Akay. "The band has received great international support from their fans, and it shows with growing sales and upcoming tours as a result. This is just the beginning of a brilliant career. We Will Rule The Universe."

"The Killer Angels" was released June 11th, 2013 via Despotz Records. Read our review at this location. More...

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