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Release Date: 16th May 2014

Ian Sutherland

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Swedish power Metal band Sabaton have forged a reputation for solid albums of Heavy Metal anthems all based around military history.

Strangely, despite having what sounds like a bloodthirsty obsession, their other reputation is as a great, fun live act enlivening many a stage with their humour and rabble rousing attitude. With their own annual festival and annual cruise they are a mainstay of the European Metal scene and seem to be going from strength to strength.

'Heroes' is their seventh full length studio album and the first since major line up changes left only original members Joakim Broden and Par Sundstrom from the line-up which recorded 2012s 'Carolus Rex'. Given that the previous album has been a great success worldwide and raised the band's profile there is a lot of pressure on the new line-up to produce a worthy follow up.

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'Carolus Rex' was all about events in Sweden's history but this time round the theme of 'Heroes' is about individual valour in battle through the ages so each track is of a story on its own. Musically there is no departure from what has gone before, this is an album full of fist pumping Metal anthems with mighty riffs and pounding drums and epic choruses just tailor made for rousing a crowd in a hall or a festival.

Instead of going for a change in style with the new line-up Sabaton have stuck to their roots and sound just like they always did but have worked hard on the quality of the songs. There is no real standout track for me but no clunkers either. Each of the ten songs on my promotional copy is strong and full of the epic bombast and traditional Metal signatures that I've come to expect from this Swedish Metal institution.

If I have to pick favourite tracks I love the melodic guitarwork and galloping rhythms of 'Far From The Fame', the epic feel to 'Inmate 4859' and the irresistible chantalong choruses of 'Night Witch' and 'Hearts Of Iron' but there really isn't a weak track on the album.

Sabaton have stayed true to themselves and despite the changes forced on them have come out all guns blazing doing what they do best. There are no surprises here, just a Heavy Metal band doing Heavy Metal the traditional way with joy and commitment married to great playing and singing and some excellent songwriting.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys what might be described as good old fashioned Heavy Metal. You could say this is music designed to have a field full of Metal fans punching the air.

Coming soon to a festival near you.

1. Night Witches 3:01
2. No Bullets Fly 3:37
3. Smoking Snakes 3:14
4. Inmate 4859 4:26
5. To Hell And Back 3:26
6. The Ballad Of Bull 3:53
7. Resist And Bite 3:27
8. Soldier Of 3 Armies 3:38
9. Far From The Fame 3:47
10. Hearts Of Iron 4:28

Line up:
Joakim Brodén — vocals
Pär Sundström — bass
Chris Rörland — guitar, backing vocals
Thobbe Englund — guitar, backing vocals
Hannes van Dahl — drums


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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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