More Sabaton History

More Sabaton History

As we enter the Christmas season, it is appropriate that Sabaton cover the last stand of the Swiss guard at the Vatican in 1527. I've said before - I am not sure where their beliefs truly lie, as they publicly eschew the title of "right wing." Nevertheless, the very fact they can and will discuss subjects like the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party with some sympathy for the German people, as well as the effectiveness, heroism, moral courage, or bravery of the ghost battalions, the German army holding Berlin and escorting civilians to safety in the…

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9/11

9/11

Oddly, this year, I am not so much saddened, as grim. Yes, a tragedy occurred this day, two decades ago, and yes, many have forgotten. Yes, the memory has been systematically scrubbed, so that we cannot as easily find the images of the buildings collapsing, or the jets striking the building caught in realtime that I saw broadcast that very day. And yes, there paper americans, born here or elsewhere, who tell us it's really our fault. In a way, it is, but not for the reasons usually given by the cowards and cosmopolitan, educated elite who don't want to…

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Sabaton - White Death

Sabaton - White Death

The latest Sabaton History video is on Simo Häyhä, the Finnish sniper known as the "White Death", with what is likely the highest recorded kill count for a sniper in any conflict. The song is regularly on my workou tlist.…

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Impressions of Europe - Oslo

Impressions of Europe - Oslo

Along with Kristiansand, Oslo's surrounding terrain is somewhat gentler than much of the rest of Norway. The country overall heavily shows the signs of being carved out by glaciers, but the extremes in sheer cliff walls, tall hills, and relatively little flatland hold less true here. It is indeed beautiful, in a stark way. And it does call to me. Don't bother with the town hall. You can hardly miss it if you're downtown because it's right on the waterfront, and is a Soviet-style hideous example of government "we are serious" architecture. Ditto the internal artwork, all in glory of…

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I'm Back - And the Great War is here...

I'm Back - And the Great War is here...

It's been an interesting couple weeks, with plenty of food for thought. In the meantime, Sabaton finally released their "Great War" album. I don't know if this will over time supplant The Last Stand as my overall favorite Album, but every song on it is solid, two of the prerelease singles already featuring prominently in my workout mix, with a greater degree of complexity and variety as they take on more challenging musical compositions. The variety of melodies, including, yes, not recycling riffs as they have done on occasion, makes it an interesting listen all the way through from beginning…

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The Great War, and Other Channels

The Great War, and Other Channels

For those who have been following along until now, I've mentioned Sabaton repeatedly. I've also now mentioned their history channel, in collaboration with Indy Neidell. Yeah, those guys at Sabaton have a knack of doing something useful and informative that also opens up more business opportunities and promotion. Of course a channel dedicated to covering specific events from their songs will also be used to hilight songs from upcoming albums (and an upcoming tour that starts in the states this fall). Indy has been busy as well, and if you have not yet, check out at least three channels he's…

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Rise of Evil

Rise of Evil

Sabaton regularly gets accused of being right-wing because of things like putting out an album about Karl of Sweden, or singing the Swedish Anthem in concert, or writing a song that explains, with sympathy to the german people, why an evil, charismatic, and ultimately incompetent man was able to seize power. I'll note one thing regarding the "Socialism" being real socialism. Especially as it's clear they're trying to stay neutral, and there are many who a decade ago praised hte "successful" socialism of Venuzuela who now insist it wasn't "real" socialism. Yes, Hitler was an opportunist who would wear any…

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