Sabaton Day by Day - Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Sabaton Day by Day - Seven Pillars of Wisdom

You can consider this the inauguration of a series - to insofar as possible, commemorate the events behind Sabatp's song on the anniversary of said events. I haven't mapped all of them to a calendar yet, so things may be incomplete for a while, but I've already seelcted dates for each song in The Great War. Today marks the anniversary of one of the first raids conducted by the Arabs in conjunction with T.E. Lawrence "of Arabia" against the Ottoman Empire. Incidentally, the story of Lawrence is arguably a major influence on the story of Dune.…

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Really?

Really?

I'd become accustomed to the dazzling variety of metal genres out there. Old school 70's metal, acid metal, black metal, death metal, speed metal, thrash metal, symphonic metal, power metal, folk metal... Filed under not quite as "what the hell did I just watch" as my introduction to BabyMetal, it turns out there is, indeed, a capella metal. Or the next best thing to it.…

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Resist and Bite

Resist and Bite

The most recent Sabaton History video is about the background to one of my favorite Sabaton songs - Resist and Bite. It's the story of the Belgian troops holding the border against the German invasion in World War II. Outnumbered, outgunned, with nothing but light arms, machine guns, and rifle grenades, the Belgian troops held their ground so tenaciously through maneuver and fire that when finally captured, the Germans were shocked to discover how few truly stood against them. And while we're at it, if we're going to take the utterly silly Girls und Panzer - vastly oversimplified, based on…

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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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Sabaton and the WW1 Memorial

Sabaton and the WW1 Memorial

Sabaton was in Atlanta Sunday night as the third show of their tour for The Great War. What a show. Hammerfall opened, and did a great job as well, with a large percentage of the crowd also being fans. It was also a nice touch to play the orchestral arrangements from the Soundtrack to the Great War during the setup after Hammerfall's set. Joakim handed off his sunglasses near the end, this time to a seven year old girl with huge ear covers sitting on her parents shoulders. The mosh pit wasn't huge, and when "Swedish Pagans" came on, sat…

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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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Sabaton

Sabaton

For those of you who've hung around a while, my love of Sabaton is not news. There are metal bands with more intricate musicianship, but the overall blend of history and music sense is outstanding. They've also started a youtube history channel with Indy Neidell, who has two other youtube channels dedicated to history in general and WW2. I'll post links to the first seven videos released up until now below, but another question has been knocking around the back of my head. What do they believe? I'll grant up front that I cannot and will not read minds, but…

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