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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Sabaton : The last Stand : The Last Battle

Sabaton : The last Stand : The Last Battle

The final battle of WW2 in Europe was an odd affair. On May 5, after Hitler’s suicide but just before Germany’s unconditional surrender, American Army forces of the 23rd tank battalion joined with German Wehrmacht units to defend castle Itter from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division. Yes, you read that right. Not a large action, it was nevertheless an odd one, and the only known battle in WW2 where US and German army forces fought side by side. Oh, and just because I love the song so much, I’m also adding the title track from this album,…

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Musical Interludes

Musical Interludes

Peter Grant digs up a relatively recently released version of the Moody Blues “The Story In Your Eyes”. He’s also got a new book out. Saw them in college during the Sur La Mer tour. It was an outstanding concert, and always did like Wildest Dreams. In the meantime the Didact presents some power metal – my favorite subgenre if not necessarily his. And last, a bit of nostalgia originally brought to my attention courtesy of Adventures in Babysitting: Did enjoy the album it came from in my college days.…

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Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Hill 3234

Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Hill 3234

One of the things I love about Sabaton is digging into history I was only marginally aware of, or completely ignorant of. So, the next song in my ongoing review is one of the latter – about a battled in Afghanistan during the soviet occupation attempt. History From infogalactic: The Battle for Hill 3234 was a successful defensive battle fought by the 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment, Soviet Airborne Troops, in Afghanistan against a force of 200 to 250 Mujahideen rebels. Two of the soldiers killed, Vyacheslav Alexandrovich Alexandrov and Andrey Alexandrovich Melnikov, were posthumously awarded the Gold Star of the…

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(Not Quite) Metal Monday

(Not Quite) Metal Monday

In addition to my love of prog-rock bands like Rush and ELP, back in the 80’s I also loved the explosion of “solo” players like Yngwie, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc. Perhaps my favorite though was not a guitarris, but a bassist by teh name of Stuart Hamm. His albums had a strong science fiction theme. The first was titled Radio Free Albemuth, and the – IMO far better – album that succeeded it and was my first introduction to him, Kings of Sleep, had song titles like “Count Zero” and “Black Ice” explicitly referencing William Gibson cyberpunk stories. Strap in,…

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Metal Monday - Sabaton

Metal Monday - Sabaton

Dug up a couple AMV’s of Sabaton songs. Mostly Star Wars themed here, though one is the excellent fan-animated short, and hey, the rest are “stuff blowing up” even if it is from Rogue One, etc.…

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