Sabaton have premiered a new video for their cover of Motörhead’s “1916.” This track appears on the final EP in the band’s “Echoes Of The Great War” trilogy, “Stories From The Western Front.”
Singer Joakim Brodén commented:
“We believed that ‘1916’ was the perfect fit for this EP, not only because it’s related to the First World War, but because we just love everything about the song.
Lemmy was inspired to write this track after watching a documentary about the Battle Of The Somme. The lyrics are emotionally charged and perfectly describe the experiences of all the young soldiers, most of whom were just kids, essentially. A lyric that really moves me and hits home is: ‘We were food for the gun, and that’s what you are when you’re soldiers’. I can’t get that out of my head.
We think we did this song justice. It’s our tribute to one of the greatest bands in the world and a nod to those who fought in the First World War and made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Bassist Pär Sundstrom added:
“We are excited to release the last EP in the ‘Echoes Of The Great War’ series as well as a new music video, which we had a blast filming in the U.K.
Our new EP tells the tales that came from the Western Front, a brutal and unforgiving theatre of war. The Battle Of Verdun, which was the longest battle of the First World War, the Battle Of Passchendaele in 1917 in Flanders, the Battle Of The Somme… these are all things we should not forget. And through this EP — in fact, through this whole EP collection — our sole mission has been to immortalize these stories and ensure that these are at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Speaking of the Battle Of The Somme, this conflict resulted in a huge loss of human life — around 300,000 fatalities. It was one of the bloodiest and deadliest conflicts of WW1 — and in human history! This is what ‘1916’ was written about and that’s why it was the missing puzzle piece of this EP.”