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Sabaton

Formed: 1999
From: Falun, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Sabaton News

Below is our complete Sabaton 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Sabaton Posts "The Story Of Heroes, Ch. II" Clip

Swedish power metal act Sabaton posted the second chapter of the new video series "The Story of Heroes" - showcasing the behind the scenes of the making of the new album "Heroes," the first studio release by the band since the now famous schism, which saw four members of the band depart to form Civil War.

Heroes is set for release on May 16th via Nuclear Blast. The track list is:

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts of Iron

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Sabaton Comments On Bonus Cover Tracks

For the upcoming new record "Heroes," Swedish heavy metal institution Sabaton now reveals the different track listings, including all the bonus tracks that will be available.

Among them are three cover versions of Metallica, Battle Beast, and Raubtier.

"Heroes" will be released on May 16th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The band comments on the bonus tracks:

"METALLICA - ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls:' All of us are old fans of Metallica The choice of the song was difficult, but we all could agree on that one. As an addition, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was the first heavy metal song ever performed on a stage by Pär.

"BATTLE BEAST - ‘Out Of Control:' Battle Beast was our secret guest at our latest Sabatoncruise and we all enjoyed watching them perform their songs live. We thought we wanted to support young and upcoming bands and decided to do a cover of them.

"RAUBTIER - ‘En Hjältes Väg:' Raubtier are our brothers from the north of Sweden. We have played together countless times and in the past, and Thobbe used to be in this band. At a special concert in 2012 Joakim performed this song live together with Raubtier and it awoke the idea of doing a cover-version. Seeing to the song title it was also a natural choice for our latest album "Heroes.'"

The track listings will be as follows: More...

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Sabaton Posts "The Story Of Heroes" Preview Clip

Swedish power metal act Sabaton posted the first chapter in a new video series "The Story of Heroes" - showcasing the behind the scenes of the making of the new album "Heroes," the first studio release by the band since the now famous schism, which saw four members of the band depart and form Civil War.

Heroes is set for release on May 16th via Nuclear Blast. The track list is:

1. Night Witches
2. No Bullets Fly
3. Smoking Snakes
4. Inmate 4859
5. To Hell And Back
6. The Ballad of Bull
7. Resist And Bite
8. Soldier of 3 Armies
9. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts of Iron

Check out the clip here: More...

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Sabaton Announced "Heroes" Track Listing

Sweden's Sabaton announced the track listing for the upcoming new album "Heroes," the first studio album to be released since the famous schism in the band just before the release of "Carolus Rex" (see review here) in 2012. "Heroes" drops on May 16th via Nuclear Blast Records, with pre-orders to commence within a couple of days.

The track list for the album is:

1 Night Witches
2 No Bullets Fly
3 Smoking Snakes
4 Inmate 4859
5 To Hell And Back
6 The Ballad of Bull
7 Resist And Bite
8 Soldier of 3 Armies
9 Far From The Fame
10 Hearts of Iron More...

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Unearth And Kadavar Added To NEM&HF 2014

As the mammoth lineup of audio obliteration continues to expand, the organizers of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to bring Massachusetts metalcore merchants/NEM&HF alumni, Unearth, as well as German psychedelic space rock perpetrators, Kadavar, to the stages!

Additionally, the sorcerers behind the NEM&HF are eager to officially welcome the first annual Best In Brutality Tour to its maniacal three-day ambush. The punishing five-band tour package will level Worcester on Thursday, April 17th and features the co-headlining assault of esteemed deathcore brutalizers, Oceano, and legendary death metal titans, Broken Hope, alongside the combined sonic destruction of Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the iconic New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will commence on April 17th and run through April 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Sabaton Posts Guitar Clinic Footage

Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund from Sabaton headed off to Kalix, Sweden to do their very first guitar clinic. Now the band has uploaded footage from the clinic, which can be see below.

Sabaton is also gearing up to release new album "Heroes" this coming May, which is being recorded at Abyss Studio along with producer Peter Tägtgren. Check out the album's artwork at this location.

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More Bands Added To NEM&F Lineup

The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014's installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including Massachusetts' own '90s hardcore punk act, Sam Black Church.

Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event's third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church's set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since the group initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late '90s.

Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring: "It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are fucking excited to be a part of it once again!"

The organizers of the fest comment: "Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse "Jet" Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled Leave Behind a Groove in the Earth is scheduled for release in 2014."

Also now confirmed to invade this year's festival are Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Metal Alliance Tour Invading NEM&H Festival

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault.

The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside Metal Blade labelmates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows (not the final running order): More...

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Sabaton Reveals Alternate Artwork

On the 16th of May, Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton will release the follow up to "Carolus Rex," which will be called "Heroes."

The band previously revealed the primary artwork (available here), and today Sabaton unveils alternate artwork for the album. The band comments:

“Hi everyone, and many thanks for the huge response on our new album artwork made by Peter Sallai. Just like 'Carolus Rex' and 'Swedish Empire Live' our new album 'Heroes' will have an alternate artwork for some editions. Here it is, what do you think?"

"Heroes" is being recorded at Abyss Studio along with producer Peter Tägtgren, with whom Sabaton already worked on "Carolus Rex." Bass player Pär Sundström comments: “He still has some aces in his sleeves that we are sure will lift the new album." More...

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1349 And More Added To NEM&HF 2014 Lineup

The lineup of this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand with the newest additions of: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain.

Slated to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth edition of the iconic two-staged event takes place at the Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and available for purchase at this location. The currently confirmed lineup is as follows:

1349, The Acacia Strain, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Bent Life, Bleeding Through "Final East Coast Appearance," Black Crown Initiate, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifax, Colin of Arabia, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquisition, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Ramallah, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Scale The Summit, Scars of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sworn In, Sylar, The Mongoloids, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins.

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Sabaton Unveils New Album Artwork

Sabaton is currently in the Abyss studios along with Peter Tägtgren recording a new album titled "Heroes," which is due out in May. The album's cover artwork can now be seen below. "Heroes" will follow the previous album "Carolus Rex" (reviewed here).

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Sabaton Enters The Studio

Sabaton has now officially entered the studio to record a new album, which follows the 2012 release "Carolus Rex" (reviewed here). Check out the first photo from the studio below, or follow the recording process over at the band's Facebook profile here.

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting After Movie Available

The 2013 edition of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting took place from December 12th - 14th and saw the likes of Sabaton, Accept, Therion, Napalm Death, Hooded Menace, and more perform live.

Now the organizers of the festival have released a video clip highlighting this year's event, which can be seen below. Details on the 2014 festival have not yet been released, but keep your eyes peeled an on the Eindhoven website for future updates.

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Sabaton Posts Cruise Footage

Sweden's Sabaton has posted footage online from the Sabaton Cruise 2013 on the Baltic Sea, which can be viewed below. Sabaton also recently recruited new drummer Hannes Van Dahl and will soon be working on a new album.

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Sabaton Taps Evergrey Drummer Hannes Van Dahl

Sweden's Sabaton has named Hannes Van Dahl (Evergrey) the new permanent drummer of the band. After nearly a year of speculation as to whether Robban Back - who came into the band when four then members of the band split - would return after the birth of his child or that replacement Snowy Shaw (ex-Therion/ex-King Diamond) would become permanent.

In addition, Sabaton announced that the band will hit the studio soon to record the follow up to the highly successful "Carolus Rex" LP (see review here). The full announcement reads:

"For some time there has been rumors about Robban coming back soon, or that Snowy would fill in for a while longer, or even take Robbans place permanently behind the drums.

"To put an end to these rumors we now present our new full time member in Sabaton: Hannes Van Dahl.

"Hannes has previously played in Evergrey which we have toured with in the past, and he has also worked side by side with us as drum technician for Snowy during his time in Sabaton.

"He did his first show as a Sabaton member at this weekends show at Metal Hammer Paradise festival in Germany.

"We would of course like to thank Robban and Snowy for their great time in Sabaton, and we will continue to support them in everything they will do in the future!

"In just a few weeks we will start recording a new album and more details will be presented very soon!
The topic for the new album is set and we are very excited, it´s totally SABATON."

The band will support Iced Earth along with ReVamp on an upcoming North American Tour scheduled in April. For more information, head on over to this location. More...

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Iced Earth Announces U.S. Tour With Sabaton

U.S. metal act Iced Earth today announced the North American dates for the "Worldwide Plagues" Tour in April/May 2014. The band will tour in support of the forthcoming LP "Plagues of Babylon," which is set for release on January 6th in Europe and January 7th in North America via Century Media Records.

In support of the tour comes from Sabaton and ReVamp. The announcement reads:

"We are bringing our new album to the North America homeland when the Worldwide Plagues Tour hits North American shores April 4 for a six-week run with Sabaton and Revamp in support. We feel that the package with Sabaton and Revamp is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!"

Exclusive pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for the entire Iced Earth North American tour will be available later today at www.enterthevault.com. Pre-sale tickets will remain on sale until December 4, when remaining tickets are made available to the general public through the traditional retail outlets (check your local venue for details). VIP packages will remain on sale exclusively at www.enterthevault.com while supplies last.

The VIP-packages include:

• Early entry into the venue
• Meet & Greet / Signing Session with the band
• Photo-op with the band
• 7” picture disk vinyl single with one exclusive, unreleased demo from “Plagues of Babylon” on the B-side
• Iced Earth messenger bag
• Exclusive VIP-T-Shirt
• Exclusive VIP-laminate
• Exclusive VIP sticker set

For dates and venues, check out the poster here: More...

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Sabaton To Chat With Fans

Swedish heavy metal superstars Sabaton is covering new grounds within the virtual world and getting in touch with people from around the globe at the same time.

Bassplayer Pär Sundström will be available to chat via Soundrop tomorrow, October 29th at 6:00pm CET (10am PST/1pm EST). If you want to take part in this experiment, join in and listen to some of the new live tunes right here.

Sabaton's current output "Swedish Empire" was released on September 20th (EU), September 23rd (UK) and September 30th (US) via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Sabaton Posts Second DVD Clip - "Uprising"

Sabaton posted a second live clip - "Uprising" (from the 2008 release "The Art of War") - which was captured from the band's performance at the Woodstock Festival in Poland in 2012. The clip is part of the upcoming DVD/2CD live release "Swedish Empire Live," which is out on September 20, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band previously posted a clip of "Ghost Division," which can be seen over here.

"Swedish Empire Live" can be preorderd at this location in the various formats, including: 2Blu-Ray Digi, 2DVD Digi, DVD (Poland only), CD Digi, 2LP (limited black vinyl in gatefold + poster), 2LP (limited yellow vinyl in gatefold + poster) (Nuclear Blast Mailorder only), Earbook (2Blu-Ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48 pages Earbook) and Special Leather Hardcover Earbook (Nuclear Blast Mailorder only) (2Blu-Ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48 pages Earbook).

Check out "Uprising" here: More...

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ProgPower USA XIV: Saturday Crazies

Carrying the energy over from ProgPower XIV’s Friday show to Saturday’s show was like a Herculean trial for me, running on a combined total of 6 hours sleep from the last two days. In the quiet of dawn, nobody from ProgPower: Hardcore, the unofficial fitness group, was awake enough to run or work out, but not for lack of effort -- They had put in a good run and hot yoga session earlier in the week. (Only at ProgPower, folks.) Fortunately, each of the seven bands on the second day’s roster brought its game face and gave me and the other concert-goers what we needed to raise our bodies, put our hands in the air, bang our heads, jump (if you really enjoyed Sabaton), and fall in love all over again.

After descending upon Einstein Bagel Co at the end of Peachtree St for breakfast with my group of fellow black-shirted friends, which brought a few funny reactions from the locals, we headed down to The Loft next to Center Stage to see Wolverine’s exclusive all-acoustic set for Gold Badge holders and sponsors only. Having rehearsed well in advance, Wolverine was a well-oiled machine, although the same could not be said for the guitar cables that seemed to be shorting out on them by the dozen. Nevertheless, the show was to be unforgettable. Drawing heavily from “Communication Lost,” perhaps the easiest Wolverine album to translate to an acoustic setting, the show took the form of a sort of “Storytellers” gig.

The typical routine they followed went something like this: Vocalist Stefan Zell or bassist Thomas Jansson would give a background and context to a song, they would play it through, Jansson or keyboardist Per Henriksson would take a passionate but subdued solo, Zell would light up the air with his voice, and the crowd would weep. It’s true -- one attendee brought a box of tissues with her, which the band autographed after the performance, for members of the audience that couldn’t help but resonate with the song. The whole performance gave the impression of a slow burn -- warm and electrifying. A special set, indeed. More...

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