Music by: Brodén / Text by: Brodén / Sundström
Spent the night in formation
To the battle we marched in the dawn
We were ready to die for our king
On the fields of Breitenfeld
Fire at will
Aim for their cannons
Thunder of guns
Gott mit uns
As we all stand united
All together Gott mit uns
From the old world’s demise
See an empire rise
From the north reaching far
Here we are
On September the seventh
We filled their hearts with fear
Seven times they attacked on that day
Seven times they retreated
Follow that banner
After the king
Freedom we bring
Breaking their lines
Thousands of soldiers
Run for their lives
Led by Gustavus Adolphus, the Swedish army advanced through Germany like a swarm of locusts, leaving a devastated countryside in their wake. Their opposition, the Catholic League and the Habsburg Imperial Army did their best to offer resistance.
The two sides met on 7th September 1631 on an open field near the village of Breitenfeld, outside Leipzig and the ensuing battle became the biggest of the Thirty Years War. Gustavus Adolphus and the Swedish army, with Saxon reinforcements, faced the Imperial army under the command of General Tilly. The Swedes went into battle under the war cry “Gott mit uns”, in English “God with us”. (this motto would subsequently be used by the Prussian army and later by German forces during WWI & the Wehrmacht during WW2, when the motto was embossed on the soldiers’ belt buckles).
After seven hours of battle, the Swedish-Saxon army were victorious, thanks to their exceptional discipline, great mobility and superior firepower. Twelve thousand men lay dead on the battlefield.
The victory at Breitenfeld was the height of Gustavus Adolphus’ military career but his victory march continued. Nuremberg, Frankfurt am Main and Munich were conquered. He gained a reputation for being undefeatable but did not live long enough to realise his dream of becoming Holy Roman Emperor. The following year, on 6th November 1632, he fell in battle outside the city of Lützen in eastern Germany but the war continued.
Carolus Rex is available in 2 languages, English and Swedish.
Recorded & Mixed at Abyss Studios by Peter Tägtgren & Jonas Kjellgren
Produced by Peter Tägtgren
Mastered by Jonas Kjellgren
Released upon Nuclear Blast
Artwork by Jobert Mello / Peter Sallai