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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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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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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Nautical History

Nautical History

First, for those who missed my post, Sabaton decided that, since they couldn't figure out a place to slide it in between Heroes, The Last Stand, and the upcoming Great War, that they'd just go ahead and do a single about the Bismark. OK, for those somewhat familiar with the story of the hunt for the Bismark, there's actually an argument for putting it under "The Last Stand". Either way, like how they executed the video. While on the subject, another song about the same ship: I grew up with that song, courtesy of my dad.…

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