Miscellaney

Miscellaney

It would be easy to turn this into the all-Sabaton, all the time channel, but they don't release stuff quite that often. That said, while I am still not a fan of the growl/scream vocals, this cover of "82'd All The Way" is actually pretty good. I like the effect of mixing the lady's voice with the guy with the more 80's metal voice. For what it's worth, 82nd is vying with "Devil Dogs" as my favorite song on the album. Oddly, the first track here, just like on The Last Stand, is my least favorite, and the second…

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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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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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