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THUNDERMOTHER to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

THUNDERMOTHER to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

Thundermother is back with three new members and continues to fight for for music with their single “We Fight For Rock N Roll” released by Despotz Records on June 12th.

The band’s founder Filippa Nässil started the band in 2009 and since then the band has released two albums and had hundreds of shows. They have been touring with Michael Monroe, W.A.S.P, D-A-D and Danko Jones and recently had an sold out headline tour in Europe.

The band’s previous line-up with Clare Cunningham, Tilda Stenqvist, Giorgia Carteri and Linda Ström was formed in 2014 and when these four members decided to leave Thundermother in the spring of 2017, Filippa was determined to fight on with Guernica Mancini on song, Sara Pettersson on bass and Emlee Johansson on drums.

“This is the beginning of something new, We will follow our passion for as long as we can. We fight for rock n roll!”
 // Thundermother

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SEPULTURA to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

SEPULTURA to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a major force in the thrash metal and groove metal genres during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their later experiments drawing influence from alternative metal, world music, nu metal, hardcore punk and industrial metal.

Sepultura has released fourteen studio albums to date, the latest being Machine Messiah (2017).

Sepultura has sold over three million units in the United States and almost 20 million worldwide, gaining multiple gold and records around the globe, including in countries as diverse as France, Australia, Indonesia, United States, Cyprus and their native Brazil.

Visit SEPULTURA online here!

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BATTLE BEAST to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

BATTLE BEAST to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

The last time we had BATTLE BEAST in Falun was in 2014, and now they are back stronger than ever!

Formed in 2008, BATTLE BEAST won the Wacken Metal Battle back in 2010. Followed by signing a record deal with German metal powerhouse Nuclear Blast and releasing their highly-acclaimed debut album »Steel« (2012), the band were seen touring successfully with their labelmates, symphonic metal masters NIGHTWISH.

After the arrival of new frontwoman Noora Louhimo in 2012, the release of their self-titled sophomore record (2013) delivered them support slots for well-known bands such as SONATA ARCTICA and POWERWOLF among others.

BATTLE BEAST’s unstoppable way to the top of the metal world went on: With their third studio album entitled »Unholy Savior«, the band hit the charts in several European countries (#1 Finland, #23 UK Rock, #39 Germany,…).

On the release day, the group embarked on a big European tour with Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON and DELAIN. In support of this record, they also toured European soil as a headlining band for the very first time…

Visit them online here: https://battlebeast.fi/

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ELEINE to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

ELEINE to Sabaton Open Air 2018

Seductive, Style & Monumental.

This is how Eleine presents themselves. The music is described by listeners as heavy symphonic metal that is both stylish and magnificent.

Eleine had their album debut in 2015 and have since had several acclaimed shows with great reviews

Sweden Rock Magazine 8/10
– ”You can’t resist the urge to be both fascinated and spellbound”

Rockbladet 10/10
– ” At the end of the show I had to ask myself, did this really happened?”

Eleine have toured parts of europé with Moonspell and The Foreshadowing and with W.A.S.P in Sweden.

Visit Eleine online here!

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PRIMAL FEAR to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

Primal Fear to Sabaton Open Air 2018

We are happy to announce Primal Fear, a German band formed in 1997 by singer Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. Scheepers and Sinner have been constants in the heavy metal scene before the band was founded.

Ralf Scheepers sang in the bands Tyran Pace, F.B.I. and the internationally successful band Gamma Ray. After a gig with his Judas Priest cover band Just Priest in which Mat Sinner and Tom Naumann helped out the idea arose to found Primal Fear.

They signed a record deal with Nuclear Blast Records in late 1997. Their debut album Primal Fear was released in February 1998 and entered the German LP charts at place 48 thus making it one of the highest chart entries of a debut album in German metal.

The same year they toured with metal veterans Running Wild and HammerFall.

Visit Primal Fear online here!

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North American tour 2018 with KREATOR!

Official press release:

Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON are uniting with German thrash titans and label mates KREATOR for the ultimate North American co-headlining trek. The 24-date tour kicks off on Thursday, February 8. 2018 at The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona and will make stops in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Philadelphia before concluding at Jannus Landing in Tampa, Florida on March 10th.

SABATON’s Par Sundström comments, “We are excited to return to American grounds after the last successful tour. Teaming up with our friends in KREATOR, we are able to play larger venues which allows us to bring a bigger production than we ever brought into America.

KREATOR’s Mille Petrozza states, “Hordes! We return back to North America alongside the mighty SABATON! It’s a true European invasion and we can’t wait to be back!

Nuclear Blast’s Symphonic and Thrash metal artists collide for an unforgettable experience filled with high energy and extradorniary musicianship.

SABATON will be touring in support of their highly-acclaimed eighth album, The Last Stand. Check out the the lyric video for “Sparta” which chronicles the story of the most iconic last stands battle of Thermopylae. Listen to it here:

KREATOR is touring in support of Gods Of Violence which entered the world charts at #16. Watch the music video for ‘Satan Is Real’ on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

Citi® Cardmember will have the opportunity to purchase advance tickets from Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:00 AM local time until Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:00 PM local time

Livenation.com and their mobile app will give its customers the opportunity to purchase advance tickets from Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM local time until Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:00 PM local time. (Use the password: BEATS)

Ticketmaster will have advance tickets available from Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at10:00 AM local time until Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:00 PM local time. (Use the password: SABATOR)

All other outlets will have general admission tickets available on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM local time!

Dates for the 2018 SABATON & KREATOR North American co-headlining tour are:

02/08/2018 The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
02/09/2018 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
02/10/2018 The UC Theater – San Francisco, CA
02/12/2018 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
02/13/2018 Showbox – Seattle, WA
02/14/2018 The Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
02/16/2018 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
02/17/2018 The Palace – Calgary, AB
02/19/2018 Revolution – Boise, ID
02/21/2018 The Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
02/22/2018 The Truman – Kansas City, MO
02/23/2018 Music Hall – Minneapolis, MN
02/24/2018 Orpheum Theatre – Madison, WI
02/26/2018 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
02/27/2018 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
03/01/2018 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
03/02/2018 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
03/03/2018 House of Blues – Boston, MA
03/04/2018 The Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
03/06/2018 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
03/07/2018 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
03/08/2018 The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
03/09/2018 Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
03/10/2018 Jannus Landing – Tampa, FL

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BEAST IN BLACK to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

BEAST IN BLACK

When we heard their single “Blind & Frozen” for the very first time, we arranged a pre-listening of the full album “Berserker” and it became crystal clear that we just had to book them for the 2018 issue of Sabaton Open Air!

-We just loved it!

And what do media think about their upcoming album “Berserker”?

Metalized (DK) 9/10
METAL HAMMER GREECE (Official) (GR) 8/10
Aardschok (NL) 82/100

More on BEAST IN BLACK

A five-piece Helsinki based heavy metal band that was founded by Anton Kabanen soon after he had parted ways with BATTLE BEAST in 2015. The international line-up consists of Yannis Papadopoulos (voc), Mate Molnar (bass), Sami Hänninen (drs), Kasperi Heikkinen (gtr) and Anton Kabanen (gtr, voc).

By the end of 2015 the band had already played their first gig as an opener for NIGHTWISH without even having their debut album out yet. The making of the album was in progress and it was completed in the summer of 2017.

A record deal was made with NUCLEAR BLAST almost immediately after the completion of the album. The debut album titled “BERSERKER” is set to be released in November 2017 and it continues in the style of Anton’s previously composed works which include the first three Battle Beast albums.

And let it be mentioned that one of the essential themes on this debut is a Japanese manga and anime “BERSERK”.

The album cover art deserves a special mention as well, since it marks the return of the collaboration between Anton and Roman Ismailov who was the original illustrator and graphic artist for Battle Beast.

The time is drawing near. The newborn Beast is back with a vengeance, rising from the abyss with fortitude to spew its unrivaled heavy metal fury all over the world!

The Beast is back, the Beast In Black!

Visit them online here!

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DALRIADA to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

Dalriada

DALRIADA is a folk metal band from Hungary that was formed in 1998 under the name “Echoes of Dalriada”, and changed their name into DALRIADA in 2006!

They have released 9 studio albums so far, and here is one of their great tracks:

Tickets to Sabaton Open Air can be found here!

More info on Dalriada

The band, the predecessor of Dalriada, was formed in early January 1998 with a five-person lineup, two guitars, bass guitars, drums and vocals, in Sopron.

The team played a more classic, classical heavy / power metal, where Hungarian, Celtic folk, and old-fashioned elements were already in color.

Between 1999 and 2001, the band was strengthened by a violinist with whom the band moved even further into the new metal field, which was almost unfamiliar with that time.

The early lineup fell apart because of a tragic death, unfortunately the demo records of that time were lost.
Membership remaining in the orchestra was a long way to look for the right setting, first Laura came to sing as a singer in 2001, and shortly thereafter, Tadeusz occupied the space behind the drums.

The inclusion of the Dalriada name, the complete lineup and the first major sounding material, the Walesi Bárdok, appeared in 2003 with the accession of György Varga.

From now on, the team is constantly working, concerts, releasing discs, presenting the Hungarian and increasingly on the international stage. Thanks to the many concerts, musicals and personal conflicts and other reasons, since 2003, many exchanges have been exchanged, but this did not break the momentum of the band.

Since the recordings of Arany-Album since 2009, he has been playing with the Dalriada album, and with the major concert one of Hungary’s outstanding folk music ensembles, the Fajkusz Banda.
The band signed a promise to the German Afm Record in 2011, so the album was promoted and distributed throughout the world.
The Mahasugi’s posting of the band’s publications, the viewing of the clips and the attendance of the concerts all show that there is a great interest in Dalriada’s epic, ballad, old-fashioned, reverberant metal in the world. READ MORE HERE!

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HULKOFF to Sabaton Open Air 2018!

Hulkoff

It would be a major misconduct to not book our dear friend and brother in arms, wouldn’t it? :)
So, the first act for 2018 is hereby announced: HULKOFF!

HULKOFF have so far released 3 kick ass singles prior to the album release in November, you can find them here:

Einherjr: http://smarturl.it/Hulkoff.Einherjr
Dragonrider: http://smarturl.it/Hulkoff.Dragonrider
Faravid: http://smarturl.it/Hulkoff.Faravid

Tickets for Sabaton Open Air can be found here!

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The Last Heroes are coming to Falun

The Last Heroes are coming to Falun

We are exited to announce that “The Last Heroes” are coming to Falun for the first time ever!

On the Official Pre Party of Sabaton Open Air, they will release their full might and with great force unyieldingly play Immortal hits from everybody’s else’s career!

This band of brothers, who carries the nickname “the ultimate super group” coined by themselves, have all played together in a special band before, but this time it’s once in a lifetime experience. For the first… and probably the last time.

The Last Heroes is something you don’t want to miss, and more importantly – need to see.

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World of Tanks collaborates with Swedish Heavy Metal Band SABATON!

World of Tanks collaborates with Swedish Heavy Metal Band SABATON!

Official press release.

Metal gods collide on June 12th as indigo at The O2 plays host to the 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards, in association with Orange Amplification. The event attracts greats from the rock and metal industry and fans from across the world. So, it’s natural that Wargaming and World of Tanks are involved, which marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the game and the heavy metal band SABATON.

For Wargaming and its millions of players, the combination of history and epic music is a huge part of their gaming scene. Not only is SABATON a big influence for fans of the game, but the band themselves love playing World of Tanks when they have some time between the shows. It just goes to show that this kind of united inspiration brings a massively diverse bunch of people together to share their passion…and blow stuff up.

This year won’t be SABATON’s first tour of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. In 2011, the band won the Breakthrough Band Award and was nominated in 2012, which was sponsored by Wargaming. Having performed in 2012, it only seems right that on the 15th anniversary of the event SABATON returns.

“It’s fantastic to see that SABATON’s members are an active part of World of Tanks,” said Maxim Chuvalov, World of Tanks marketing manager. “We know our players’ interests don’t just stop at gaming — their talents go far beyond. With this collaboration, we wanted to celebrate the musical talent from our World of Tanks community because it’s an extremely important part of the in-game experience. This was our chance to share the music in and around our games with the global gaming communities and help inspire them even more.”

“History is a great source of inspiration to us,” said Joakim Brodén, lead singer of SABATON. “We like to tell stories that influenced the lives of a lot of people. We’ve all been playing World of Tanks, and seeing the company step outside of just gaming in lots of cool ways is an awesome thing to be a part of.”

Fans of Wargaming and SABATON can expect some cool surprises on the way, so you’d better stay tuned for more information. And, of course, rock on!

About World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare of the mid-20th century. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 500 armored vehicles from the United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain, Japan, China, Sweden and Czechoslovakia carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
Official website: www.worldoftanks.eu

About Wargaming
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped over 15 titles. Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that includes the armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes, and the naval World of Warships. The three intertwined titles form a common gaming universe integrated within the portal www.wargaming.net.

As part of its multiplatform line-up, the company has introduced World of Tanks on Xbox and World of Tanks Blitz on mobile platforms, Windows 10 PCs and Mac OS X. Launched in 2014 and 2015, World of Tanks on Xbox introduced epic tank-on-tank battles to console gamers and offers the first cross-platform gaming experience between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In 2016, Wargaming released World of Tanks for PlayStation®4, continuing its console campaign.
Official website: http://www.wargaming.com

Order SABATONs recent album »The Last Stand« now: http://nblast.de/SabatonLastStandNB
Get »The Last Stand« digitally: http://nblast.de/SabatonDownloads

More on »The Last Stand«:
‘The Lost Battalion’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTgkTEDDog
‘Blood Of Bannockburn’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi7xBe5-M8k
‘Shiroyama’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylyqoxh-cXk
‘Sparta’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1SlBlB5pzU
‘The Art Of War’ OFFICIAL LIVE CLIP:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYoK1N90KDk

 

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HammerFall to do special Glory To the Brave session in Falun 2017!

Hammerfall

Since this is the 20th anniversary of HammerFall‘s debut album Glory To The Brave, the band has decided to do something very special to celebrate this milestone. At Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and Sabaton Open Air in Sweden, they members will be joined on stage by Swedish Grammy nominees Draupner (featuring 3-time key-fiddle world champion Magnus Holmström) for an extensive Glory To The Brave session that you won’t see anywhere else.

Singer Joacim Cans exclaims: “I have worked with these wizards of folk music before, and what they are capable of doing on their instruments is almost impossible. If Yngwie Malmsteen played key-fiddle his name would be Magnus Holmström. This will truly be an epic and unforgettable addition to the live set!”

Draupner represents the timeless Swedish folk music tradition and will put their very unique stamp on some of the HammerFall classics. Expect something very much out of the ordinary for this segment, as no other band on this level has incorporated the Swedish folk music and made the tradition come alive in a heavy metal setting.

This will be reserved for the headline slot of these two festivals, and nowhere else.

Hammerfall to do special Glory To the Brave session in Falun!
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The Last Tour – North America 2017 is over!

North America 2017

From the bottom of our hearts:

– Thank You USA & CANADA for this amazing tour! And a big thanks to BATTLE BEAST & LEAVES’ EYES for great touring company!

We cannot wait to be back in North America again, and we hope it will be really soon!

This was the North America 2017 tour:

April 20 – Philadelphia, PA
April 21 – New York City, NY
April 22 – Worcester, MA
April 23 – Clifton Park, NY
April 25 – Montreal, QE
April 26 – Quebec City, QE
April 27 – Toronto, ON
April 28 – Cleveland, OH
April 30 – Louisville, KY
May 1 – Chicago, IL
May 2 – Minneapolis, MN
May 3 – Winnipeg, MB
May 5 – Edmonton, AB
May 6 – Calgary, AB
May 7 – Vancouver, BC
May 8 – Seattle, WA
May 10 – San Francisco, CA
May 11 – Anaheim, CA
May 12 – Tempe, AZ
May 14 – Englewood, CO
May 16 – Dallas, TX
May 17 – San Antonio, TX
May 18 – Houston, TX
May 20 – Tampa, FL
May 21 – Charlotte, NC
May 22 – Silver Springs, MD

Wanna catch us on tour?

All info about our coming shows, including ticket links to 100% official and valid tickets is always available here: www.sabaton.net/tour

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Brothers of Metal to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Brothers of Metal

Some call them the greatest metal band that ever existed. Even though they met both fame and fortune they still stayed modest. They never called themselves the greatest or the best, the most cunning. Because deep inside they know they are all that and more, they are mighty warriors of Valhalla chosen by Odin allfather. They play true metal that leave posers and wimps in shame of their way of life.

Metal Hammer will most likely give their upcoming album 12/10 giving Brothers of Metal their rightful place on the throne, as kings and queens of true metal. If you miss this battle, you shall forever live in regret and despair.
Come, watch the battle, become a believer.

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Convivium to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Convivium

Convivium is a melodic trash metal band from the southern parts of Dalecarlia, Sweden. Formed in 2011, they play a fast and aggressive brand of metal that still retains an excellent sense of melody and harmony, providing a very complete listening experience. Combine that with absolutely slamming live shows and you have an extremely dangerous band on the rise!

This was recognized by the jury of Wacken Metal Battle when they awarded Convivium the 5th place in the world finals at Wacken Open Air, among very fierce competition. The band continued 2014 with the release of their explosive latest EP ”Staring Into Black”, appearances at Rockstad: Falun and several club gigs in Stockholm. In 2016 Convivium had the great honor of opening for Raubtier during Rovdjursturnén, taking them all across their homeland.

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Cryonic Temple to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Cryonic Temple
Cryonic Temple was founded in 1996 in Dalarna, Sweden. Together with Orphan Gypsy and Sabaton they are considered the originators of the of the new Power Metal wave in Dalarna in early 2000’s. Through the years they performed at festivals such as Sweden Rock Festival, HeadBangers Open Air, Sabaton Open Air, Peace And Love, Gothenburg Metal Festival, Motala Metal Festival, 2000 Decibel and many more.
Cryonic Temple have also opened for Uriah Heep, Saxon, Tad Morose, Civil War, Lion’s Share and Paul Di’Anno
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Nale to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Nale

Formed in 2007, Nale quickly gained ground in the local live scene as an explosive, energetic and in-your-face live act. Having released two EP’s – “Nale” (2007) and “From Sh*t to Salvation” (2009), mixed by grammy awarded producer Chris Laney (Candlemass, Europe, Crashdïet) in legendary Polar Studios – Nale recorded a full-length album with producer Lawrence Mackrory (F.K.Ü, Darkane) resulting in the release of critically acclaimed debut album Ghost Road Blues (2012). Nale has since released the EP “Zombieland” and toured with the likes of Crucified Barbara and The Resistance at clubs all over Sweden, played at Getaway Rock Festival and Metallsvenskan but also headlining an own tour in India.

The band recently finished their second full length album “Death, Skulls, Satan” and is currently seeking a label for its release.

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Mark Zero to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Mark Zero

Founded in Falun, Sweden in 2013 and now based in Gothenburg, Mark Zero is about creating music that truly reflects its members, which wasn’t always the case in some of their previous musical projects. Already playing together in a funk-rock quintet, guitarist John NT, bass player Kammo Olayvar and drummer Robin Risander realized their true calling was heavy metal, and having recruited Scott Crocker on guitars, Mark Zero was complete!

With strong melodies and meaningful lyrics in a dark soundscape with seriously detuned guitars, Mark Zero is now ready to show everyone what dedication and hard work can bring!

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Distinguished with gold and platinum awards!

SABATON - distinguished with gold and platinum awards!

Sabaton are currently touring the world in support of our latest studio record “The Last Stand” and also holding #1 (“The Last Stand“), #7 (“Carolus Rex”; on the top for 248(!) weeks in a row now), #9 (“Heroes“), and #17 (“The Art Of War”) in the Swedish Top 20 rock charts.

After hitting the charts worldwide with “The Last Stand” last year (#6 World; #1 in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany among others), we were recently honoured with new plaques for our impressive album sales: “The Last Stand” achieved Gold in our homeland Sweden, and in Poland. The previous studio album, “Heroes“, even got platinum-certified in Sweden!

On March 4th, Sabaton had already been honoured with golden plaques for “The Last Stand“‘s sales in the Czech Republic at Tipsport Arena, Prague.

This is a proof of two things, first that we are still able to make music that fans wanna listen to and second that we have fantastic fans who really care. Sure, the current tour is called “The Last Tour”, but as long as it is going like this we’ll be going strong for a long time.”
/ Pär Sundström

Order “The Last Stand” here: http://www.sabaton.net/product-category/audio-video/
Get “The Last Stand” digitally: http://nblast.de/SabatonDownloads

More on “The Last Stand”:
‘The Lost Battalion’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTgkTEDDog
‘Blood Of Bannockburn’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi7xBe5-M8k
‘Shiroyama’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylyqoxh-cXk
‘Sparta’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1SlBlB5pzU
‘The Art Of War’ OFFICIAL LIVE CLIP:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYoK1N90KDk

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Hammerfall to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Hammerfall

There are quite a few of us who are happy over the fact that the HammerFall boys once went against the tide – and dared to stand (and deliver!) their metal, in a time when metal was in a coma.

EXCLUSIVE: Special Glory To the Brave session in Falun 2017!

Some 20 years and 9 studio albums later, HammerFall released their 10th, ”Built to Last”this fall. They are also introducing their new drummer, Johan Koleberg, who the SOA audience met last summer in Therion.

HammerFall is to consider one of the most iconic bands in their genre, and it’s with great pride we now can welcome them to Falun in August 2017 for a Friday headline show at Sabaton Open Air!

Or as the singer, Joacim Cans puts it:

”It is an honor to yet again share the stage with our friends in Sabaton, and this time on their home ground within the heart of Sweden. We have always had a nice fanbase there so we are really looking forward to once again deliver some ‘True German metal from Sweden!’ ;) “

HammerFall is headline act for Friday night with their Special Glory To the Brave session with Draupner!

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The Last Tour – North America 2017

The Last Tour North American 2017 trailer

The time has finally come for THE LAST TOUR to reach the North American shores, and for the first time since 2012, Sabaton will headline a tour in USA and Canada!

The tour starts in a couple of weeks, and already now the 2 shows in Montreal & Seattle are sold out with more to follow.

Get ready for THE LAST TOUR – NORTH AMERICA with Sabaton, Battle Beast & Leaves’ Eyes!

Here are all the dates:

April 20 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
April 21 – New York City, NY – Playstation Theatre
April 22 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium (Festival)
April 23 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
April 25 – Montreal, QE – Club Soda -SOLD OUT!-
April 26 – Quebec City, QE – Imperial de Quebec
April 27 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
April 28 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
April 30 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub and Billiards
May 1 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
May 2 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
May 3 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
May 5 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
May 6 – Calgary, AB – The Palace
May 7 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
May 8 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon -SOLD OUT!-
May 10 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
May 11 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
May 12 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
May 14 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
May 16 – Dallas, TX – Trees
May 17 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo Music Hall
May 18 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
May 20 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
May 21 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
May 22 – Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore

Tickets for all shows here: www.sabaton.net/tour

North American 2017 tour – Special Guests:

What could be better than to bring two great European bands on our upcoming North American 2017 tour? Leave’s Eye’s and Battle Beast is a perfect match for Sabaton fans, and we have done several shows with them in the past proving how great package this will be.

Both bands have also performed on our festival Sabaton Open Air in the past and Battle Beast toured with us on the Heroes tour in Europe so it will be one big family touring North America in April & May.

Sabaton US tour 2017 with support Leaves Eyes and Battle Beast
Sabaton Open Air 2017
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Freedom Call to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Freedom Call

Freedom Call really don’t need much presentation. If you are a fan of Power Metal, you already heard them and probably liked them for years back!

Freedom Call was formed in 1998 by front man Chris Bay and his old friend Daniel Zimmermann (ex Gamma Ray) and their debut album “Stairway to Fairyland” was released in May 1999.
Their 9:th studio album “Master Of Lights” was released november 11 2016 and it’s another master piece by the band!

Freedom Call was supposed to play the 2010 issue of Sabaton Cruise, but got caught by the blizzards in Germany and had to cancel their show. Instead we re-booked them for the 2011 festival in Falun and since then they have not been back.. Until now for the 10:th anniversary in 2017!

As we said then:

– We can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to this awesome show!

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Steve Harris British Lion to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Steve Harris British Lion

Steve Harris British Lion, the side project of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris who released their eponymous debut album in 2012. Featuring Steve alongside vocalist Richard Taylor, David Hawkins (guitar and keys) , Grahame Leslie (guitar) and Simon Dawson (drums), BRITISH LION has been touring annually ever since, amassing an ever-growing fan-base.

Today BRITISH LION find themselves on their most extensive tour yet around Europe, delighting fans with their distinctive style of music influenced by the late 70´s and bands like UFO and Thin Lizzy. Bands who once inspired Steve Harris himself. Although this material is presented in a modern version, more mainstream rock than metal. If BRITISH LION is new to you – check them out here:

And if you haven´t yet experienced them live – take your chance at Sabaton Open Air 2017!

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Pain to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Pain

“Music is everything to me. I’ve been through two divorces and a whole world of s*it because of music but still it is the most important thing in the world to me. I’d rather have music than anything else.”

So speaks Peter Tägtgren, musician, producer and creative brain behind PAIN, Sweden’s finest industrial metal export. His has been a life immersed in music, in pushing boundaries, and taking ideas to both their logical and illogical extremes. It’s been a career that has involved fronting bands – notably iconic death metal veterans HYPOCRISY, and now PAIN – or shaping their sounds – as he has done with SABATON, CELTIC FROST, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DIMMU BORGIR and IMMORTAL amongst others.

After the substantial success of Peter’s LINDEMANN project with RAMMSTEIN vocalist Till Lindemann, he retreated and took time to write another industrial metal statement entitled “Coming Home” (Released in September 2016)

Last time we had PAIN on stage in Falun was back in 2011 and Peter had as his mission to pull off such a show that would make Sabaton’s special effects look pale and cheap. Did he succeed? And will he make another try now in August 2017? Be there and find out…

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Thobbe Englund to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Thobbe Englund

Our dear friend Thobbe, the x-Sabaton guitar player, is confirmed to play the 2017 issue of Sabaton Open Air with his new band. We asked him for a short quote for this presentation, and this is his own words:

“Dear friends!

I have to tell you all how happy I am, and we as a band are, to play SoA this coming summer.
For me personally it’s connected to the best times in my life, and as a former member of Sabaton I of course have tons of wonderful memories from this festival.

Coming back with my own band is going to be so ”#€%&!) great, and seeing all of you Sabaton fans out there again is going to be wonderful. So, please give us your support and come to the show, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for my upcoming album early next year!

See you all!
Yours truly,
Thobbe”

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Eternal (of Sweden) to Sabaton Air 2017!

Eternal

These gentlemen, or brothers as we would like to call them, have played our festival a few times before and the last time was in 2014. Since then they have released a brand new full length album called “Heaven’s Gate” and helped Sabaton out in the studio with backing vocals on “The Last Stand”.

Eternal (of Sweden) will deliver a great melodic power metal show in August @ Lugnet, Falun. – Be there and support these fine gentlemen!

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Evergrey to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Evergrey

The Gothenburg based Evergrey was founded in 1995 and have since then released 10 studio albums including their last master piece “The Storm Within” that saw the morning light on September 9, 2016.

Founder Tom Englund says:
“We are happy and eager to announce that we will play the Sabaton Open Air festival the summer of 2017! We look forward to a weekend of playing, but of course also watching great music together with some of our really close friends! We hope to see you there!”

We are very happy to have Evergrey on stage for the 10:th anniversary of Sabaton Open Air in August 2017!

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Dirkschneider to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Dirkschneider

The former Accept singer and heavy metal icon Udo Dirkschneider tours with his self-named band Dirkschneider and performs only classic Accept hit songs nowadays. And this show is just magnificent!

They have just completed a tour in Sweden with sold out shows both in Borlänge and Örebro, and we are sure that every single one that saw them went home with a big smile on their faces!
This is a hard & heavy trip back memory lane! For die hard Accept fans, this is religion.

We have actually had Udo Dirkschneider in Falun before making a guest appearance with Sabaton. That was back in 2011, and now he will be back for a full show on the 10:th anniversary of Sabaton Open Air!

-Balls to the wall!

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Corroded to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Corroded

Corroded is finally back!

In 2010, on the first festival held on the Lugnet venue, we had Corroded playing as the first band out for that day.
Due to technical problems in the entrance many fans didn’t get in to see the full set.
Ever since that day we have tried to book them back, and now for the 10:th anniversary we finally nailed it!

Per Soläng, the meanest drummer in Sweden, states:
“Listen up folks…after 7 looong years its about time again…and we are SUPERSTOKED to announce our participation at one of Swedens best festivals, Sabaton Open Air 2017, can’t wait!!!
See you in August!”

We are very happy to announce that Corroded is back on the Lugnet venue again, in full power!

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Månegarm to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Månegarm

MÅNEGARM Returns to Sabaton Open Air

These Viking metal veterans started out in 1995 in Norrtälje, Sweden and was one of the early bands to play Pagan/Viking metal before this style became a big trend. The use of traditional instruments like violins and flute but also female vocals in their metal music came in early and over the course of nine studio albums the Swedes have developed their gripping mix of death/black metal, paired with well thought out folk arrangements.

MÅNEGARM celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015 with releasing a brand new self-titled album “Månegarm” which received great reviews.

The band last visited us in 2013 and we are so happy having them back as they have become one of our most wanted bands to return over the years!

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Narnia to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Narnia

Narnia is a Christian neoclassical progressive power metal band founded by guitarist Carl Johan Grimmark and singer Christian Liljegren. The band formed in Sweden in 1996, disbanded in 2010, and reformed in 2014. Their album themes heavily reference The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

On January 31, 2014, the band announced they were active again, celebrating the 15th anniversary of their Long Live the King album by playing live shows and re-releasing the album as a deluxe edition.
They also released their highly praised 7th studio album in September 2016 called Narnia. Music media worldwide hail this album as the best effort from Narnia. A successful Sweden Tour and the successful European dates followed in 2016 and in April 2017 a big South American tour is planned and more festivals around the world until the Lion rocks hard at Sabaton Open Air August 2017.

Check out the single and video for Reaching For The Top:

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Rotting Christ to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Rotting Christ

Ascending from the Greek soil and the early days of Black Metal, the Tolis brothers have held the metal banner high for almost 30 years. During their musical evolution, Rotting Christ has involved hints of goth, doom and industrial metal in their creations, but are still highly active within the realms of extreme metal – where they once started.

Their musical footprint has been spread around the world with their numerous world tours, so we are very proud to announce their coming to Sabaton Open Air next summer.

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ShadowQuest to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

ShadowQuest

ShadowQuest, in its earliest form, was conceptualized more than two years ago.
Ronny and Ragnar had been writing songs for a long while, when they came across a singer they thought would fit the music perfectly. Patrik, being a fan of both Dionysus and Sinergy, was very interested and happily accepted the spot as vocalist.

Ronny and Kaspar had been collaborating since the years in Dionysus, and it was with honour that Kaspar grabbed the keyboard wizardry position. Both Jari and Peter had been involved in various projects with Ronny, and two phone calls later the band was complete.

”We are extremely happy to have found each other”, Patrik says. ”Six persons that are stable and easy-going, as well as dedicated and having the same taste in music and music writing. It simply is not easy to find. In addition, we all share the same rotten humour. Epic.”

Coming up with the band name was a process. It is hard work to find a name that everyone can agree on and feel for. A number of names was discarded, sooner or later, until the band decided for ShadowQuest.
Artwork magician Thomas Holmstrand, who is known for logotypes and art work for Dionysus, Sinergy and Saint Deamon etc., was hired to design an artwork concept for the band.

Musically, ShadowQuest is a mixture of many influences. Traces of Dionysus can be heard, spiced with heavier guitar work signed by Widerberg/Huss. Ronny’s ambition was to create a musical landscape in the vein of ”Painkiller” and ”Keeper of the Seven Keys”. Patrik added scents and flavours of Avantasia, while Kaspar worked hard to go deeper into the lyrical well he had been exploring with Dionysus and later Ride the Sky.

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Grimner to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Grimner

Sweden’s six-headed hird Grimner incorporate folk instruments into their own melodic, yet aggressive brand of metal. With lyrics that honour the norse gods and fallen warriors of old (explicitly sung in Swedish), they have taken enthusiasts of both metal and folk music by storm.

The band has recently performed at major folk metal festivals in Europe as well as being support act for Korpiklaani. Their latest full-length album “Frost Mot Eld” (2016, Despotz Records) has taken Grimner to the next level, an album that gives a new touch to the mix of folk and metal – resulting in outstanding reviews.

On stage Grimner gives a dynamic, intensive and jovial performance.
No matter if you are a fan of folk metal or not – this is something you should check out!

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Follow the Cipher to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Follow The Cipher

Follow the Cipher is a metal band that started in 2014 when Ken Kängström decided he wanted to do his own thing. Ken is known for writing songs together with Joakim Brodén for Sabaton on the albums “Carolus Rex”, “Heroes” and “The Last Stand” albums.

Ken started to write songs while he auditioned for singers and stumbled upon the fantastic and beautiful vocalist Linda Toni Grahn, and from there on, Follow the Cipher was created.

Follow the Cipher represent a dirty, dry, rusty and lonesome environment in a devastated future, collapsed by a careless consequence of our past mistakes. The rebellion (The Cipher) is a clan of deserters acting as a force against the new world’s brutality and depression.

FTC describes this environment in an adventurous way with the theme of their music and the lyrics within it.

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The Storyteller to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

The Storyteller

The Storyteller – Heavy / Power Metal with medieval melodies.
That is the band’s own characterization of the style they play.

This is a trademark that really speaks to what the band delivers and together with fast, melodic metal with fantasy lyrics, The Storyteller became one of the major posternames in the Swedish Power Metal scene.

TS is a seasoned band with six studio albums in the backpack, and over the years the band has been appearing with bands like Helloween, Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Stratovarious, Sonata Artica, GammaRay others …
They have also played at the major festivals in the Nordic countries where their live performances have been very appreciated.

L-G Persson Who is the singer of The Storyteller says:
“We are really looking forward to playing on Sabaton Open Air wich is one of the major festivals on offer within the metal scene. We’re just writing material for a seventh album, which will continue the story from album nr 1 & 2 and Sabaton Open Air will be a perfect opportunity to introduce some of the new songs – but we will also deliver all our old favourites that the audience loves.”

So for anyone who likes fast and melodic metal in the style of Blind Guardian, this is the band that you do not want to miss out during this festival.

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Chronus to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Chronus

Chronus is a Swedish heavy rock/metal band. Delivering a persuading live performance with a myriad of hit melodies, dark melancholic parts and intense upbeat riffs.
Chronus is a four piece, formed in 2012 and based in Helsingborg, Sweden.
Recently released the first single “Avarice” off the new self-titled album, recorded at HH-Studios (HandsomeHard Music).

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Lancer to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Lancer

LANCER met at the Music Academy of Ingesund in Arvika, Sweden, and the common passion for heavy metal forged them together and LANCER was born. They invaded the metal scene in the spring of 2012 with their debut EP “Purple Sky”. The EP got a warm welcome from all around the world and gave the band a record deal with the Swedish label Doolittle Group AB, owned by the famous metal vocalist Christian Liljegren (Narnia), and they also signed a deal with Japanese label King Records at this time.

In early 2013 the follow up to the “Purple Sky” EP, LANCER’s self-titled debut album was released worldwide. The album was produced by Tommy Johansson (Sabaton) and Ronny Milianowicz (previous collaborations with Hammerfall, Michael Kiske and Timo Tolkki to name a few!), and it received great reviews from all around the world. Japanese Burrn Magazine gave the album 75/100 and Sweden Rock Magazine 7/10, naming the band a new hope for European power metal, and it received even higher grades from several European and American reviewers. LANCER’s music videos for the songs Purple Sky and Young and Alive have also been aired on Metal Hammer Greece’s own TV channel.

LANCER’s sophomore album “Second Storm” was a lesson in melodic metal and followed a long tradition of outstanding Swedish metal bands like Hammerfall, Sabaton and many more! The album was recorded in the world famous Leon Music Studios with producer Gustav Ydenius (Sister Sin, Mustasch, Enforcer).
Being released on Despotz Records in April 2015, ”Second Storm” earned amazing reviews from metal press all over the world, naming the band future successors to the throne of melodic metal. During the fall of 2015 LANCER joined German power metal band Freedom Call on support act tour, and received a fantastic reception from the fans!

When LANCER announced that they would start the recordings of their third album in May 2016, the renowned German metal label Nuclear Blast Records reached out to the band, and a new record deal was signed. LANCER entered Leon Music Studios once more with producer Gustav Ydenius. This time the band chose to let the world famous producer Miro (Avantasia, Rhapsody, Kamelot) of Gate Studio, Wolfsburg, master the album. In addition to signing with Nuclear Blast the band visited Japan in November and secured a new deal with Japanese label Ward Records.
The third album “Mastery” will be out worldwide in January 2017, and in connection to this the band will embark on a European tour together with HammerFall and Gloryhammer!

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Forever Still to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Forever Still

Forever Still are a completely honest and emotional in-your-face heavy rock band with no excuses. The band’s wide array of brooding beats, atmospheric electronic textures, and stocky guitar riffs, all compliment vocal powerhouse Maja Shining’s emotionally revealing lyrics, which range from soft lullaby tones to scathing and aggressive full throttle screams.

Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, and consisting of Maja Shining, Mikkel Haastrup, Maja Partsch, and Dennis Stockmarr, the band have built a large following by delivering breath-taking shows fuelled by a consecutive level of very high quality releases – this is no small feat, especially for a truly DIY band with no major backing.

In 2013, Forever Still released their debut EP “Breaking Free” to extensive critical acclaim and widely toured the record throughout Scandinavia. The following year the band returned to the studio to record the first of three EPs that now make up their full-length concept album ‘Tied Down’. The record grapples with a glut of personal issues stemming from depression, anxiety, and worthlessness, through to perseverance and recovery. The first EP picked up glowing reviews, as did the second record entitled ‘Save Me’. The sophomore EP was released in April 2015 and Forever Still undertook a hugely successful European tour, which saw the rocksters headline their first run of UK dates.

Forever Still has now unleashed their eagerly awaited debut full length album “Tied Down” in January, which is followed by extensive European touring

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Power Quest to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Power Quest

Power Quest, one of the premiere melodic power metal bands in the world. Formed in 2001 by ex Dragonforce member Steve Williams, the band returned to active duty in 2016 after a 3 year absence.

With 5 studio albums under their belt, the band are currently working on album #6.

For the full story, please visit the band’s website: http://www.power-quest.co.uk/2016/index.php/about-power-quest/band-bio

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Avatar to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Avatar

The clown has snuck out from the circus and is climbing through your bedroom window. Now he wants to tell you a story…

Avatar build their vast universe on a few very simple principals. All great metal is created by understanding that the riff is king and that the riff is groove. Whether it’s a blast beat or a back beat, you need to understand the vessel in which your riff will be carried. Once it takes off, all you need to do is follow. Let the music play you. This is how it’s supposed to be.

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden the lads grew up in the eye of a storm of local musicians made up of metal greats and legends who conquered the world and redrew the map of heavy metal on a monthly basis. This was the measuring stick, and the group have proudly taken on the challenge ever since.

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Degreed to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Degreed

Degreed have shared the stage with greats like Europe, Turbonegro, Millencolin among others and they have been touring and gaining fans all over the world. In the fall of 2010 Degreed released their critically acclaimed debut album “Life, love, loss”.

Having recorded the first album with producer Erik Lidbom, the band thought it made perfect sense to do the same on the second album “We Don’t Belong”. This time Erik also introduced the band to multiplatinum and Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Bill Champlin (former singer of Chicago, songwriter for Earth, Wind and Fire etc.) who co-wrote two songs for the album. Bill Champlin also sings a verse on the song “In For The Ride”. “We Don’t Belong” was released on the 2nd of September 2013 and that same month it made “Album of the Month” in Powerplay Magazine. By the end of 2013 the album had received great reviews and also “Album of the Year” by Swedish rock site rocknytt.net.

In 2014 the band opened for Dan Reed Network on their shows in Sweden followed by a European tour with Machinae Supremacy.

Degreed’s third album “Dead But Not Forgotten” was released in 2015 and was well received by critics all over the world and the opening track and first video “The Scam” got featured in Classic Rock Magazine.

In 2016 the band teamed up with Greenwall Management and Gain/Sony Music to reach new heights in their career and it’s a new, more powerful Degreed than ever before ready to take on the world.

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Eclipse to Sabaton Open Air 2017!

Eclipse

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the hotly anticipated fifth studio album from ECLIPSE, “Monumentum” on March 24, 2017.

Two years after the successful release of the “Armageddonize” album around the globe, Eclipse have established themselves as rising stars with audiences in Australia, Japan, America, and Europe (including the 3.5 million viewers who saw Eclipse’s debut on Swedish national television at Melodifestivalen 2016).

With the musical development and maturity shown across the board on their last two albums, “Bleed and Scream” and “Armageddonize,” the future has become clear: these guys are destined for stardom! And now with their new album, aptly entitled “Monumentum,” band’s amazing abilities are truly on display for the world to hear.

After touring extensively for two years in support of “Armageddonize”, Eclipse’s main songwriters Erik Mårtensson and Magnus Henriksson reconvened in Erik’s new studio in the Swedish countryside in late summer 2016 and started writing new songs. The intention was to write and record an album with no compromise on either song quality or musical performance from the band.

Singer, songwriter and producer Erik Martensson says: “With every album, one’s way of writing music changes a bit. What you thought was exciting and interesting while writing one album can radically change when you start writing the next. I think we have brought in quite a few new tricks in the writing and recording process while still staying true to our sound. In the end, it all boils down to if it’s good or bad songs and I think this is the best album we’ve done. In my opinion there is not one single weak song on the album and I’m really proud of it!”

We know saying your latest album is the best you’ve done is the oldest cliché in rock music, and so instead of taking our word for it, tune in and listen to the killer opening track “Vertigo” here: https://youtu.be/vAM5159IW4E It’s melodic rock that’s respectful of the roots of the genre, but with sights set firmly on the future. Fans of the band will not be disappointed and newcomers can look forward to hard rocking tunes with massive hooks from the first to the final track.

As Erik puts it: “When I go and see a band I just want to hear songs that make me wanna put my fist in the air and scream along, and I want everyone around me to do the same. Well, Monumentum is one giant fist waiting for a chanting crowd of rockers. We can’t wait for the people to hear it!”

Better be ready: ECLIPSE are coming to kick your ass!

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Daniel Sjögren fills in for Hannes for a few shows.

Hello Everyone!

Time has come for me to travel homewards for a short while to be with and for my family, home in the north.  My family on the road will have the miles pass underneath the busses and trucks as usual and the show will go on!

So, I hereby introduce you to a dear friend of ours: Daniel Sjögren! He is the sweetest of dudes and an excellent drummer! He was kind enough to help us out and will sit on my drum throne for a few shows until I’m back with my road family, brothers and sisters all over the world again!

Daniel has been rehearsing with Hannes and the Band for the last four weeks.

I’m a bit jealous of all you guys who’s going to see him kill it every night:) Please give him your awesome warm “Sabaton Battalion” support, have fun and I’m looking forward to seeing you all very soon again!

Yours truly, The Vandahl

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Danke Deutschland & Oberhausen 2017

Oberhausen 2017

Oberhausen 2017!
Wir hatten eine fantastische Zeit mit Euch und Ihr wart lauter als jemals zuvor.

Hier ist eine Reihe von Bildern dieser Nacht von Timo Isoaho. Wir hoffen, sie gefallen Euch und wenn Ihr Euch auf den Bildern erkennt, dürft Ihr diese Bilder gerne teilen oder Euch darauf verlinken.

Nächste Shows in Deutschland:

January 28, 2017 – Ludwigsburg SOLD OUT!
January 31, 2017 – Frankfurt
February 1, 2017 – Saarbrücken
February 4, 2017 – Bamberg
February 5, 2017 – Munich
March 15, 2017 – Berlin

Tickets sind hier erhältlich: http://www.sabaton.net/tour

All images by Timo Isoaho