As we speak, SABATON is reaching twentieth anniversary as a band. What would be the most appropriate way to celebrate this tremendous milestone – and set our targets on the future at the same time? Naturally, there is only one option: to unleash the ninth missile into the heart of heavy metal world. In other words, SABATON’s new album – another concept record from the vaults of fascinating military history – is completed and we couldn’t be more satisfied with it, says SABATON bassist and lyricist Pär Sundström – and continues: „The title of our new magnum opus is “The Great War”, and within its rich musical and lyrical journey, we dive into the gloomy and bloody atmosphere of World War I. This frantic war shook the whole planet during 1914-1918 and caused devastating consequences that still echo to this day. World War I was also supposed to be the war to end all the wars. Well, today, we unfortunately know little bit better…“ If you are any familiar with the epic sounds of SABATON, you know that these gents are no strangers to cheerfully diverse and catchier-than-glue style of heavy metal. Well, no need to be worried: epic-sounding “The Great War” takes everything to another level. „The contrast between the brutality of merciless war and heroic sacrifices made by humans of many kind is reflected on seminal tracks – both on compositions and lyrics“, states Sundström. Once again, SABATON’s musical rollercoaster has been masterminded by singer and lyricist Joakim Brodén. „Maybe needless to say, but I am pursuing each of our record to be the absolute best we’ve ever done. Because of this, writing process is always immensely emotional and challenging, but also extremely rewarding ride. And time-consuming… I’m always double- checking just about everything in order to come up with the most fascinating SABATON-manufactured heavy metal ©.“ With utterly delightful “The Great War”, SABATON is able to combine two extremely important elements: here and there, the band fires it up on more familiar territories, only to storm into untouched zones during next moment. „“The Great War” is 100% pure SABATON album, but that being said, we’re also taking the listener on a wild ride with severe twists and turns“, smiles Brodén and goes on to say: „I don’t want to reveal too much, but the new longplayer kicks off with a curveball, making desired space into more distinguished, multilayered and melodically rich SABATON metal lunacy. There are more surprises along the way and record is finally completed by rather special piece… Well, you just have to be patient for a little while!“ If World War I was supposed to be the end (of that kind of inhuman behavior),“The Great War” is nothing like that for SABATON: in fact, this colossal piece of art may eventually turn out to be the last piece in the puzzle leading for a total domination in the world of heavy metal.For now, one last thing remains: what really was the band’s main goal with “The Great War”? „To build up f***ing impressive SABATON album that will go down in the history of harder music“, states Brodén, without any hesitation. Well, lads… Target locked, missile fired and mission completed!
Black LP (180g) in the gatefold incl. Lyricsheet.
Official Release Date: 19/07/2019