How do you follow up an epic concept album about the rise and fall of an empire? Combining soaring power riffs with distinctive deep vocals, their lyrics focus on the exploits of war, from ancient historical battles to modern acts of heroism. Has it Leaked is not a download site. Well, if it was that simple then they would have been copied for years, but as it is the Swedes are a long way ahead of any pack that are daft enough to try to chase them. While The Art of War stands as the best, most cohesive and possibly the most varied Sabaton album to date, Heroes has overtaken it to become my favorite, due to its super addictive, quick and to the point tracks, which strike the perfect balance between immediately engaging and still holding up perfectly after 30+ listens. Sabaton also supported Iron Maiden on part of the Europe tour and Sabaton is even going to have Accept as support! I listened to other stuff but I find the metal music is offensive when accompanying an angelic voice.
As always, he's in very fine form here, with some of the track really bringing out his accent and making perfect use of his super deep, yet smooth voice. First up is the title track, which begins with some super epic keyboards, that immediately give the music a slight symphonic feel, before the track picks up the pace and Joakim shows up to steal the show, as always. They play a very epic brand of power metal, which often includes symphonic elements and most of their albums contain heavy metal elements on a few songs. I've always found Sabaton's music to be extremely fun and catchy, even as far as power metal goes, but Heroes is by far their catchiest and most addictive album ever, with only two songs going past the four minute mark, and every song on the album is designed to kick in, impress with their fun riffs, melodies and choruses, and then end before even beginning to drag on. Still, in comparison to many of the band's other albums, there aren't any obvious threads connecting the tracks, and instead it's simply a collection of fun, epic war themed power metal songs, with nine of the ten tracks being pretty much perfect, and so it's an album that breezes by quickly and is very easy to listen to over and over again. It again has some nice lead guitars, while also being one of the lighter, more melodic and more keyboard driven tracks on the album, with of course another stunning chorus, an amazing guitar solo in the second half.
Long Live the King 11. For the most part, the songwriting is amazing as always, but I find this release has two weaker tracks which stick out just a bit, and help prevent the album from reaching the heights it could have. Feuer Frei Rammstein Cover 15. Ruina Imperii Run Time: 1:05:16 Release Date: November 30, 2018 Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records. Thankfully, though, that isn't really the case, as once again the majority of the tracks here are absolutely fantastic, with a few of them even ranking among my favorites by the band. It gets extra points for mentioning Canada towards the end, and lyrically it's a pretty great track. But honestly they have no bad songs, some ordinary like speeder or inmate 4859.
They are sometimes just keeping it tight and piledriver Judas Priest heavy, and at others they are playing around the melodies. Obviously, I love the album as well, and definitely understand why some folks would think of it as a masterpiece. This album on the whole strikes a nice balance between the heavier sound of their earlier albums and the really light, keyboard driven sound of The Last Stand, and this track is a perfect example of that, as it's not as heavy or intense as some of the band's work, but it still has some excellent guitar work, including an excellent solo and some nice riffs during the chorus, and it certainly has more speed and energy to it than most tracks on the latter album, while still having some excellent melodies and of course an absolutely epic and unforgettable chorus. Simply put, there is no-one else quite like Sabaton, and that in itself is quite a statement. The vocals on both are serene and emotive, and subtle guitar riffs from Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sunden give the songs a pace of military precision. Moving on to songwriting, then, and that's where this album absolutely knocks it out of the park, without a single less than perfect song to be found. It charges along at a blazing fast pace, with heavy guitars and epic keys, and has a super fun and catchy chorus, further enhanced by those choirs, as well as an absolutely stunning section in the middle where the choirs fully take over, until Joakim briefly appears near the end to steal the show again.
As my introduction to Sabaton, I definitely have a soft spot for it, though I do think I'd find it to be a very high quality release regardless of when I had heard it, as some of the songs are simply to amazing to not be impressed by. Sabaton is a Swedish power metal band, formed in 1999 by vocalist Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström. It's certainly energetic, fun and super catchy, making it the perfect choice for a single, and it only gets better during the final run through at the end. It'll never be my favorite Sabaton album as it is for some people, but overall it's still a must hear for fans of the band and it's an excellent album with three of my all time favorites by the band. It also feels odd that this the one and only track on the album to not be recorded in English, which is disappointing, because as someone who doesn't understand a word of Swedish, I can follow the entire rest of the album and then have no clue how the story ends, which is quite the letdown, indeed. While the band has always been one of my favorites, with The Art of War in particular standing out as an exceptional album, Heroes is by far my most played of all their albums, and is also by far my most played overall since I started tracking that stat back in 2013.
In 2000 and 2001 they recorded two demo tapes, that ended up being released together in a compilation titled Fist for Fight. Musically, it's the slowest in the trilogy, though it still moves at a decent pace and has a nice mix of great riffs and keyboard melodies, as well as a super catchy and fun chorus, as always, with the last run through being especially awesome. Overall, Carolus Rex is Sabaton's most ambitious album to date, being a full scale concept album telling the story of the rise and fall of The Swedish Empire, released in two languages. It has an amazing chorus, as always, and is a super addictive track. This leads to a very cheery tone to the album overall, which fits the music perfectly, and when you combine these lyrics with the catchiness, epic melodies and pure fun of a Sabaton album, you know you have an instant classic on your hands. Honestly, I don't usually get to the 20 listen mark with most modern albums, not because I don't enjoy them enough, but because I spend so much time listening to various new albums every year, finding the time to go beyond that point is tough, and yet one such album that has managed to not only pull that feat, but go further and approach the 35 listen mark in less than four years, is Heroes, the sixth full length album from Sabaton, which also happens to be the last of their albums I have left to review, at least until their inevitable next album is released and as of the time of this review it's already said to be in the works. Some albums are challenging and complex, meant to force the listener to spend several hours of their time with them, before fully opening themselves up.
They carry off powerful topics of battles and where lives were lost, whilst maintaining utmost respect, giving a voice to those that lost theirs. These guys are at the very top, and show no sign of falling. The Lion from the North 03. Sabaton have proved to be incredibly consistent since they released their debut back in 2006, taking power metal, blending it with some symphonic elements, and then mixing it into a whole new level. It makes one consider how much time and effort Sabaton put into the creation of this album when it was initially conceived — having to record vocals in two languages, whilst making sure both versions worked with the music already methodically and painstakingly put onto tape. Honestly, I think I'd go as far as to say that outside of their demos, this is my least favorite Sabaton track ever and it really brings the album down a bit. He ties in with Pär Sundström to create the foundation of the sound, a driving rumble that allows guitarists Thobbe Englund and Chris Rörland to either keep on the riff, solo independently or together.
With achievements ranging from eight full-lengths, tours with Dragonforce and Hammerfall, to even their own Sabaton Cruise, they show no sign of slowing down - with another as-yet-untitled full-length coming in 2019. And then there is the rare masterclass album that manages to instantly impress on first listen, while still proving to be just as addictive and mindblowing as ever some 30 listens later. This is an album that's all about the flow, as it moves seamlessly from highlight to highlight, with no less than amazing moments on the entire album, and not even a single second is wasted. Twilight of the Thundergod Amon Amarth Cover 13. It's probably my favorite of the last few songs on the album. The use of choir vocals is quite prominent and comes in many forms throughout the album, but these are always used to great effect and help enhance the choruses, which are of course outstanding as always. From this year tour they took Wisdom as support and for that occasion Joacim sang a song with Wisdom.
Added to that are the keyboards and incredible vocals of Joakim Brodén, whose voice seems to be as broad as it is deep, so that one feels that one can saddle the notes coming out of his throat and go for a ride. On the other side of the spectrum are albums which immediately engage the listeners from the first play, but do little to keep them interested over a long period of time. Over time, while other albums like The Art of War, Attero Dominatus and Heroes have overtaken it, I still consider it to be an excellent album, which I'd place roughly within the middle of the band's discography, and of course a middling album for Sabaton is an incredible album for basically any other band. So it Is with Coat of Arms, their fourth full length album, and one that can easily be overlooked by some, due to the fact that it comes in between their two most ambitious albums to date. The track is very subdued, but still has some pretty heavy riffs as well some awesome melodies, especially during the instrumental section in the middle, and of course the chorus, while more laid back than usual, is still absolutely incredible.