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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A bit of Music

A bit of Music

Some nifty stuff, over at soundcloud Glacier Music Part I, by jaredburrell.comtrack by jaredburrell.comBandcamp Album of the Day Sep 14, 2017jaredburrell.com…

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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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Getting a Fixx

Getting a Fixx

This post was inspired in part by the passing of Ric Ocasek, of the Cars. I absolutlely loved their first album, and it is still my favorite despite being introduced to the band via the album Hello Again, my other favorite. While there are good songs on Shake it Up, Candy-O, etc., none of them gelled for me. What really stuck out for me for the Cars was the not just the way they used rhythm, but the way in which they managed to sound simultaneously spare and yet full. There is one other band, or more accurately album, that…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Just a few odds and ends for the day. First - Corb Lund Crossing over from purely music to a bit of history, the frankly incredible tale of Sgt York. For those interested in engineering geekery, a long-ish, but well put together video on rocket motor designs.…

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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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Musical Interlude - Halo

Musical Interlude - Halo

I was digging a bit into various covers of Senbonzakura because as much as I love the Waggaki band it turns out the song did not start with them, but in an anime-related community known as Vocaloid. In the process, I stumbled into a pretty interesting cover done by a lady called Lindsey Sterling, and since I'm a sucker for cute girls playing violin, looked around. She doesn't dance as much in this video as she does in other songs. She reportedly has learned to play and dance at the same time, at least for some songs she knows really…

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