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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 Rolls The War Machine Into Worcester

Only a few times in my life have I been as worried about how my “vision” of future events would come to pass as when Sabaton rolled it’s Swedish tank division into the Palladium at Worcester on Saturday night. For starters, the band just had a major split with four members, all of which provided the power and part of the rhythm of a band that was all about force. Secondly, the split happened on the eve of two major career milestones for the band: the release of “Carolus Rex” (review forthcoming), which will see a U.S. release even before the European, and a bold North American headline tour with no support, save for local acts at only particular venues. Tack on the fact that the band was late with obtaining visas for the new members forcing the cancellation of the first three nights of the tour and the fact that there has been little no tour hype generated though the band’s Facebook page, which remained eerily quiet since the tour began (not even announcing where the band was playing each day). It also didn’t help that Arch/Matheos was playing the same night back in Hartford in one of very few show appearances, which certainly would make attendance at this show even less. Since there were no supporting acts on the bill, I can report on the VIP meet and greet with the band, which proved to be a smashing success. More...

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ArmyOfOne TV Posts Interview With Sabaton

Robban Bäck and Chris Rörland, the new members of the Swedish metal band Sabaton, talked to ArmyOfONeTV on May 2nd at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY while on the current Swedish Empire Tour 2012. On this interview they discussed the response of their fans to the new line up and also about their next European tour that is expected to last until late 2013. Watch the interview below.

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Sabaton Cancels First Three Dates of Tour

Swedish power metal band Sabaton has cancelled the first three days of the North American tour, which was scheduled to start in Tampa tomorrow, due to problems with obtaining visas over the Easter weekend for the band's four new members. The tour will now commence on April 15, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.

The band posted the following video with regard to the cancellations:

The dates for the "Swedish Empire" tour are as follows: More...

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Sabaton Posts Lyric Video For "Carolus Rex"

Swedish power metal band Sabaton posted a lyric video for the English version of the title track to "Carolus Rex." The release date for the album is now confirmed as May 22, 2012 (USA) and May 25, 2012 (EU) through Nuclear Blast Records. The band previously announced that the album will be issued in English, Swedish and a limited edition featuring both.

Recently, Sabaton announced the departure of 4/6 of the band's lineup and within a couple of days announced new members, which included Nocturnal Rites guitarist Chris Rörland. The band will embark on the Swedish Empire Tour on April 10, 2012 in Tampa, FL.

Check out the English Version of "Carolus Rex" here:

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Sabaton Posts Tour Trailer, Streams New Track

Sabaton, who recently announced the mutual split of four band members and announcing the new lineup has posted up the tour trailer for the "Swedish Empire" tour for both North American and European dates. While no support act was announced for the North American tour, the European leg will have support from Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie and Hungarian power metal band Wisdom.

All confirmed dates are contained in the following video, which doubles as the stream of the first single and Swedish version of the title track from the forthcoming "Carolus Rex" LP (due out this May):

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Sabaton Announces New Members, Tour Is On

Swedish power metal band Sabaton announced the new lineup after the the recent band split this past Friday. The announcement on the band's Facebook page this morning reads:

This is the new Sabaton!

To end all rumors that Sabaton will stop touring, or even act/perform as a band, we can now present that Sabaton's new lineup will be as follows:

Joakim Brodén - Vocals
Pär Sundström - Bass
Chris Rörland - Guitars [Nocturnal Rites]
Thobbe Englund - Guitars [Winterlong]
Robban Bäck - Drums

At the moment we are still searching for a keyboard player. Until we have found the right guy we will still have Daniel Myhr with us, in digital form, since he has specially recorded all keyboards for us to use on tour.

Therefore, we are not cancelling any shows at all - the war machine of Sabaton will go on just as planned!

The MKII of Sabaton is ready for the next chapter...

The band posted a video introduction and rehearsal footage which can be seen here: More...

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Joakim Broden Confirms Sabaton Lineup Split

Sabaton vocalist Joakim Broden confirmed the recent news about the lineup split and said it was no joke. In a post on his Facebook page, Broden stated:

"The recent news is no April fools joke I'm afraid. :(

"This hurts like a motherfucker, but we wanted different things in life and everybody is right when it's coming to what's right for him. There will be a new Sabaton (mk2) coming and we would never try to fool you into thinking that it would be the same.

"We are coming...... dare I say stronger than ever?"

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Sabaton Members Announce Mutual Split In Band

With a new album ("Carolus Rex") expected in May and a major headling U.S. Tour confirmed, Sabaton has announced a major mutual split of the current band. According to multiple news sources, guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr have agreed to departed the band. Vocalist Joakim Bróden and bassist Pär Sundström will continue on as Sabaton with new, yet undisclosed members. The statement was posted up on the band's Facebook page, with a link to the full story on band's website, however, the link quickly crashed the band's hosting server. No word of the news has yet been confirmed by label Nuclear Blast.

News sources report that the full statement on the band's website reads as follows:

"Starting a band at the age of 18 is simple, keeping it intact for 12 years is much harder, and finally we have come to the crossroad where we will go separate ways.

"Pär Sundström and Joakim Brodén will continue to battle on stage, carrying the banner of Sabaton to further victories.

"We will always have an eternal bond to each other, created by more than 12 years of friendship & touring, and wish each other long and prosperous lives with families, various projects and musical careers.

"In the end, all six of us will end up in our own glorious future…"

The band has not commented on the upcoming U.S. tour. More information is expected shortly.

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Sabaton To Release English & Swedish Version Of LP

Swedish power metal band Sabaton has confirmed that the new LP "Carolus Rex" will be released as a "two-in-one-album" featuring the all Swedish version and an all English version. The band posted the following announcement about the album:

We can now confirm that our new album will be available in both English and Swedish language. The topics of the songs will remain quite the same and deals with the Swedish Empire, from it’s rise to it’s fall. 'Carolus Rex' will be available for purchase on single Swedish CD (Sweden only) and single English CD plus a limited edition which features a double CD with both language versions. The double CD will also feature a different cover artwork. The release is set for Europe and in North America the last week of May, but already now you can pre-order the album (click here: Nuclear Blast Mailorder) .

It’s produced by Peter Tägtgren who is also doing guest vocals on one song. During the recording of “Carolus Rex” we also recorded a song where Joakim sings in German, a cover of “Feuer Frei” by Rammstein.

We are currently booking a huge tour and will present more countries in the upcoming days!

The track listing for the English version is as follows:

1. Dominium Maris Baltici
2. The Lion From the North
3. Gott Mit Uns
4. A Lifetime of War
5. 1648
6. The Carolean’s Prayer
7. Carolus Rex
8. Killing Ground
9. Poltava
10. Long Live the King
11. Ruina Imperii More...

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Limp Bizkit To Headline Graspop 2012

American nu metal veterans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as the final headliner for this year's edition of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. Also newly confirmed for the festival are Behemoth, Black Label Society, Godsmack, Slash and All Shall Perish, while the organisers have also announced that Young Guns and Lagwagon have pulled out of the event. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Ozzy Osbourne and friends (Headliner)
Limp Bizkit (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
All Shall Perish
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Black Spiders
Black Veil Brides
Cancer Bats
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Dimmu Borgir
H20 More...

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Breaker Confirmed For Bang Your Head 2012

Cleveland, Ohio metallers Breaker been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place July 13th - 14th, 2012 in Balingen, Germany.

Breaker will perform an exclusive European reunion show with original vocalist Jim Hamar to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records.

This will be Breaker's fifth visit to Germany and second to Bang Your Head. The band's only previous festival appearance in Germany with Hamar on vocals was at Wacken Open Air in 2000.
Visit the Bang Your Head website for more information.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Nine More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have confirmed a further nine names for this years edition of the event, including French death metal outfit Gojira, English doom metal veterans My Dying Bride and American hard rock legends Twisted Sister, as well as I Killed The Prom Queen, Cancer Bats, Lagwagon, While She Sleeps, Black Spiders and Kobra And The Lotus. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly: More...

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Sabaton Unveils Album Art And Track List

Swedish power metal band Sabaton has unveiled the album art (seen below) and revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming "Carolus Rex" album. The album is set for a May 2012 release, although the exact day has not yet been announced. The band also posted another studio video (seen below).

The band had the following comments on the album:

This album will be all about the Swedish Empire and for the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren.

We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on CAROLUS REX, and our producer Peter Tägtgren says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!

The track listing for "Carolus Rex" is as follows:

1. Dominium Maris Baltici
2. Lejonet från Norden
3. Gott Mit Uns
4. En Livstid i Krig
5. 1 6 4 8
6. Karolinens bön
7. Carolus Rex
8. Ett Slag Färgat Rött
9. Poltava
10. Konungens Likfärd
11. Ruina Imperii More...

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Guns N Roses Confirmed For Graspop 2012

The organisers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that American rock legends Guns N Roses will be wrapping the festival up this year, as they will be headlining the event on Sunday 24th. The organisers have also announced that As I Lay Dying has had to pull out of the festival after cancelling their European tour, but also confirmed that Cannibal Corpse, Machine Head, Gotthard, Adrenaline Mob, Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides and The Treatment will perform at the festival. Graspop Metal Meeting will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 22nd - 24th and will feature the following lineup, with more to be announced shortly:

Black Sabbath (Headliner)
Guns N Roses (Headliner)
Adrenaline Mob
Amon Amarth
August Burns Red
Black Veil Brides
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Comeback Kid
Death Angel
Dimmu Borgir
Jon Oliva's Pain
Killswitch Engage
Kyuss Lives!
Lamb Of God
Machine Head
Paradise Lost
Sacred Reich
Sebastian Bach
Sick Of It All
Texas In July
The Spudmonsters
The Treatment
Winds Of Plague
Young Guns

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Metalcamp 2012 Trailer Posted

A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):

Amon Amarth
Grand Magus
Machine Head
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Sin Deadly Sin
The Black Dahlia Murder

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Sabaton Posts Bonus "Carolus Rex" Studio Video

Sabaton posted bonus footage from the studio as the band records the forthcoming LP "Carolus Rex." The bonus footage shows Joakim Bróden finding creative inspiration from the kitchen for sound effects on the new album.

Check out the video here:

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Sabaton Posts Third "Carolus Rex" Studio Update

Sabaton has uploaded a third video clip from the studio making the band's next album "Carolus Rex." Watch this third studio update in the YouTube player below, or find the previously posted second video update about this location.

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"Monsters Of Metal - Vol. 8" Release Pushed Back

The release date for the upcoming compilation “Monsters of Metal - Vol. 8” on DVD/Blu-Ray with 90 music videos and over 400 minutes of pure metal is postponed until March 16th, 2012.

The compilation includes two DVDs and one Blu-ray with clips from bands like Nightwish, Edguy, Dimmu Borgir, Amorphis, Hammerfall, Accept, Blind Guardian, Avantasia, Deathstars, Monster Magnet, Leaves' Eyes, Tristania, Nevermore, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Opeth and more.

The track list is as follows:

01 Nightwish - Storytime
02 Deathstars - Metal
03 Pain - The Great Pretender
04 Amorphis - You I Need
05 Opeth - The Devils Orchard
06 Lacuna Coil - Within Me
07 Therion - Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of The Aeons
08 Leaves Eyes - Take The Devil In Me
09 Tristania - Year Of The Rat
10 Draconian - The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight
11 Saltatio Mortis - Hochzeitstanz
12 Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Dr. Pest
13 Monster Magnet - Gods & Punks
14 Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
15 Seventh Void - Heaven Is Gone
16 Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
17 Dream Theater - On The Backs Of Angels
18 Gotthard - Remember Its Me
19 Edguy - Robin Hood
20 Blind Guardian A Voice In The Dark
21 Accept - Pandemic
22 Sabaton - Screaming Eagles
23 Hammerfall - One More Time
24 Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
25 Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
26 Powerwolf - We Drink Your Blood
27 Grave Digger - Rebellion Live@Wacken
28 Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
29 Tarot - Wings OfDarkness
30 Bullet - Stay Wild
31 Steelwing - The Illusion
32 Enforcer - Midnight Vice
33 Skullfist - Head Of The Pack
34 White Wizzard - Over The Top
35 Cauldron - Chained Up In Chains
36 Huntress - Eight Of Swords
37 Battle Beast - Into The Metalworld
38 Armored Saint - Left Hook From Right Field
39 Nevermore - Born
40 Alestorm - Shipwrecked
41 Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
42 Heidevolk - Nehalennia
43 Trollfest - Die VerdammteHungersnot
44. Milking The Goatmachine -The Wolf Is Dead More...

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Sabaton Posts Second Studio Video

Sabaton has posted a second studio video clip online from The Abyss studios as the band works on the new album "Carolus Rex." Check out the video below, or find the previously posted studio video blog at this location.

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Sabaton Posts In Studio Session Video #1

Swedish power metal band Sabaton, who recently announced the title of the band's sixth studio release "Carolus Rex," have posted the first of a series of in session studio videos leading up to the album's release in 2012 (date is not confirmed as of yet).

The band recently announced a headlining U.S. tour commencing in April 2012, along with the "Carolus Rex" release party at the Key Club in West Hollywood on May 23, 2012.

Check out the video here:

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