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THIS IS THE GREAT WAR!

Sabaton announce new album THE GREAT WAR

Today we can reveal the title and artwork for our 9th studio album that will be released this summer. We have named it THE GREAT WAR and as the title tells it covers stories from the First World War.

THE GREAT WAR will be available worldwide through Nuclear Blast Records on July 19th.

We started the recording 100 years after the First World War ended (11/11/1918) and during the following 3 months we completed the album together with our long term partner Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge studios.

This is not the first time we sing about stories from this period in time, but now we felt the timing was right to make a full concept album about this war.

The album has been mastered by Maor Appelbaum and the artwork was once again created by Peter Sallaí.

Side by side with the album we have worked with the Sabaton History Channel to make our 20th year anniversary a very exciting year!

Starting from today, you can purchase new exclusive merchandise for THE GREAT WAR! The new items are available to buy online by clicking here.

New Sabaton merchandise items from THE GREAT WAR

Here’s an interview of Pär discussing the new album:

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Sabaton announce new partnership with SABIAN cymbals

The famous tank drum-riser is finally complete as Sabaton has teamed up with leading cymbal makers SABIAN.

The brand is now official partner of Sabaton drummer Hannes Van Dahl, who is excited to be a part of the global “SABIAN family”.

Hannes is happy to be part of the "SABIAN family"

Hannes: “I’m very grateful and happy to be part of the SABIAN family”

Hannes said: “Many of my favourite drummers and idols, since I was a young boy, play SABIAN cymbals and I’ve always been a fan of how SABIAN cymbals sound and look. Just like my band, they take pride in their craft.

“I can now feel – but most importantly hear – that what I have in front of me sitting on my drum throne, is complete. It’s such a great feeling.

“I’m very grateful and happy to be part of the SABIAN family and I can’t wait to bring these fantastic cymbals to rehearsals, into the studio and to play them live all over the world so you guys can hear just how amazing they sound!”

SABIAN, founded in 1981 by cymbal-making legend Robert Zildjian, is an iconic industry brand and offers the biggest range of designs and options to help drummers create their perfect kit, with an emphasis on creating the right sound every time.

While the brand has a presence in 120 countries and exports products around the globe, its HQ is still in the SABIAN family’s original home of New Brunswick, Canada. To learn more, visit the SABIAN website.

Hannes Van Dahl’s full SABIAN cymbal setup is:

  • AAX Stadium Ride Brilliant 20”
  • AAX X-Plosion Hats Brilliant 14” 
  • HHX Stage Hi-Hats Brilliant 14” 
  • AAX X-Plosion Crash Brilliant 19”
  • HHX X-Plosion Crash Brilliant 19”
  • HHX Evolution Crash Brillian 18”
  • AA Holy China Brilliant 19”
  • AAX X-Treme Chinese Brilliant 19”
  • AA Mini Holy China Brilliant 10”
  • AAX Aero Splash Brilliant 8”
  • Ice bell 12”
  • HH Low Max Stax Set Brilliant 12”

Find out where to see Hannes and his new cymbals in action over on Sabaton’s tour page.

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Sabaton History Channel launches with 40:1

Sabaton History Channel Episode 1 - The battle of Wizna - 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 watch below.

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.”