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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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Sabaton Cruise special: meet Carolus Rex

Jakob Karasiak (centre) as Carolus Rex, with two of his Carolean soldiers.

Remember the recent video of Joakim being delivered his platinum discs by Carolus Rex, who had returned to Sweden after 300 years?

Many people messaged the band asking who was the actor in this video, who looked so much like historical pictures of the king.

He was Jakob Karasiak, the Swedish historical re-enactment network’s official Carolus Rex. Jakob and two of his Caroleans were on the 2018 Sabaton Cruise, so the Sabaton team asked him how he became the modern day King Charles XII.

King Charles XII of Sweden
Uncanny resemblance: the real King Charles XII.

“I’m a blacksmith by trade,” Jakob explained, “and that is an ancient profession, so I’d always been kind of a history geek and I joined my local Carolean regiment as an infantry soldier.

“My brother has always called me Carolus because I look so much like the Swedish king, and the regiment saw that too and quickly converted me from infantry to king.

“That was 2016, and because the other Swedish regiments didn’t have a king, I began travelling to them to play Carolus in their re-enactments, and now they all accept me as their king!”

With 2018 being the 300th anniversary of Carolus Rex’s death, Jakob and the Swedish Caroleans have become known outside their home country.

He said: “We went to visit a group in Norway and re-enacted the siege of Fredriksten, where I was shot in the head. I also travelled to Dresden in Germany where I met the re-enactor who plays Augustus Rex, who was Carolus’ cousin.

“Sabaton first made contact with me in 2017 and invited me on stage with them at Tons of Rock. This involvement with a rock band is something I could never have predicted when I started out.

“If I were to speak for Carolus Rex, I think he’d be happy that people know of his memory and of the Swedish Empire, and he’d think it was good that Sabaton brings that to life.”

Watch Jakob as Carolus delivering Joakim’s platinum discs:

(Cover image by Georgephoto.se)