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Sabaton History Channel launches with 40:1

History Channel 40:1

The new Sabaton History Channel has launched with an episode about one of the band’s best-loved songs – the Polish anthem 40:1.

The first episode, which tells the story of the Battle of Wizna in World War II, when a few hundred Polish soldiers stood against more than 40,000 German invaders, is available to view on the YouTube channel now.

Sabaton History is a unique collaboration between the band themselves and multimedia historians Indy Neidell and Timeghost, capturing the power of social media to tell the stories behind Sabaton’s songs.

Music and history fans have been talking about the channel ever since it was first trailed on 8 January, and more than 30,000 advance subscribers were ready and waiting for the first episode.

Bass player Pär Sundström, who co-presents the episode, explained why 40:1 was chosen first: “Not only is this one of our most popular songs, the chorus actually starts with the line ‘baptised in fire’. Nobody in the world of metal has ever done a project like this before, so we knew this was the right choice for our own baptism of fire!


Bass player Pär Sundström and historian Indy Neidell co-present the first episode, from the custom-built Sabaton History studio

“A lot of people tell us this was the song that got them listening to Sabaton, and it’s been a regular part of our live show for over 10 years, so we’re sure subscribers will enjoy the story behind it.

“Filming has been amazing and the episodes will be fun to watch, but the history team also take their research very seriously and we think even we will learn something from Sabaton History.”

A new episode will air at 3.30pm CET every Thursday, telling the true-life stories behind every Sabaton song – including those from the highly-anticipated new album – meaning the channel has potential to run for the next year and beyond.

Each story is researched by historians, who will use exclusive footage from the PA archives, original graphics, and of course Sabaton music, to bring it to life in a fast-paced 15-minute episode.

Every week they will be joined in the specially-designed studio by a member of Sabaton, who will share the band’s own stories about the song, including insights into the writing process and tales from the recording studio.

Channel presenter and writer Indy Neidell, the face of ambitious Youtube history projects The Great War, Between Two Wars, and World War II, said: “This is going to be historical! We’ve got a rock band working with a bunch of history nerds to use the power of Youtube, music and storytelling to bring history to life in a way nobody’s seen before.

“Studying history can tell us so much about our own lives and our own world, so for me as a historian, having this amazingly cool way to get these stories out there – and having tons of fun in the process – feels like we’re making our own piece of history right here.”

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Sabaton to headline U Rock

U Rock festival announcement

Sabaton have announced that they will headline Sweden’s U Rock festival this Summer.

U Rock, which launched four years ago, is based in Umeå in Norrland and is the biggest festival in the area.

Sabaton’s headlining performance on 20 July will be their only show in Sweden in 2019 – with the exception of their own festival, Sabaton Open Air (14-17 August).

For more information or to book your ticket, visit the U Rock website.

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Reunited on the Sabaton Cruise: one man and his merch

Every metalhead knows that music brings people together, but one Sabaton fan learned the true value of metal brotherhood on the 2018 Sabaton Cruise.

When Kevin Granov saw the recent release of a framed set of platinum Carolus Rex discs – limited to just 100 copies – he knew he had to have number 21 as a treat for his 21st birthday, and planned to take it on the cruise to get signed by the band.

But the precious memorabilia was delayed in the mail and Kevin, who runs the Danish Pagans Sabaton fanpage, had to travel to Stockholm before it arrived.

Not wanting to miss his chance, Kevin made a plea on social media to see if another cruiser could stop by his home and collect the discs, and was amazed when a total stranger – Timo Windels from Germany – stepped forward to reunite him with the beautiful collector’s item.

Kevin and Timo
You’ve got a friend in metal: Kevin (l) and Timo with the limited edition discs, signed by Sabaton
(Image by Georgephoto.se)

He explained: “It’s very special and I was a little afraid someone would just keep it! But I’m glad I asked, and I’m very grateful that Timo is the kind of person who would do this for somebody. I definitely owe him a beer!”

Timo added: “We were going to drive through Denmark to get to the cruise, and I got that this was pretty important for Kevin, so I wanted to do a favour. We met up in Stockholm at a pre-party Kevin organised, and we got to meet a lot of nice people before we even got on board, so it’s been great for us too.”

The pair say they will stay in touch and hope to meet at another festival or show in future, so Kevin can buy Timo that beer.