Sabaton Premiere “The Royal Guard” Video

Sabaton have released an English version of their latest single “Livgardet.” This version of the track is titled “The Royal Guard” and an official video for it can be found below:

Bassist Pär Sundström commented:

“Since 2012 and ‘Carolus Rex’, we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland. Over the past years, we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the SABATON home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa. For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.”

Former Sabaton Guitarist Rikard Sundén Sentenced To Prison For Molesting An Underage Girl & Child Pornography Possession

According to MetalSucks, former Sabaton and Civil War guitarist Rikard Sundén has been convicted of sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl and possessing child pornography. A Swedish court has sentenced him to nine months in prison with a fine of SEK 53,400.

Court documents obtained by MetalSucks offered some disturbing details regarding the case. Sundén, who has since changed his name to Johan Andersson, was said to have sexually touched his daughter’s friend under her clothes during a sleepover. However, the musician denied those claims and tried to blame his daughter in a testimony:

“His theory is that his daughter, who touches herself a lot when she sleeps, has accessed NN3 [the victim] with her hands and feet in her sleep. NN3 has since made a mistake and thought it was him.”

Sundén’s wife, who has since divorced him and taken custody of their kids, and the mother of the victim both gave testimonies as well. The victim’s mother said the assault completely altered her child’s behavior and that she had become “a shadow of herself.” A teacher also backed that claim saying she had become very “withdrawn.”

While investigating the molestation, police seized Sundén’s computers and phones and also found films containing child pornography. The following was said about that:

“Johan Andersson has owned seven child pornographic films. It happened on April 3 2020 at Trotzgatan 90, Falun, Falu municipality. The crime should be considered serious as the films depict children who are particularly exposed to serious sexual coercion and violence and has been exploited in otherwise particularly ruthless ways. Johan Andersson Rikard Sundén committed the act with intent.”

Sundén admitted to watching the films, but he denied ownership, claiming that others had access to his computers including touring bandmates, a previous computer owner, and a computer repair person. He also admitted that he was the only one with access to his mobile phone, but he claimed that he didn’t believe that the people in the film on that device were underage. Furthermore, the court also heard testimony that said he previously told a psychologist that he started watching child pornography in 2005. You can read more about all that over at MetalSucks.

Sabaton Premiere “Livgardet” Video

Sabaton have premiered a new song titled “Livgardet.” The Swedish-language track honors the Swedish Royal Guards and an official video for it can be found below:

Bassist Pär Sundström commented:

“Since 2012 and ‘Carolus Rex’, we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish, and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland. Over the past years, we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the Sabaton home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa. For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.”

An English version of the song, titled “The Royal Guard,” will also be released on April 9. Multiple vinyl pressings will be available including one that contains actual gunpowder.

Sabaton To Release New Single “Livgardet” This Month

Sabaton have officially re-signed with Nuclear Blast and are planning to release a new single, titled “Livgardet,” on February 26. The Swedish-language track will honor the Swedish Royal Guards, which were first established in 1521. Pär Sundström commented:

“It feels good to continue our collaboration with the world’s biggest heavy metal label, Nuclear Blast. We have been working with Nuclear Blast for more than a decade, and at the end of last year, we signed the contract for the upcoming releases, and we will continue to write metal history together.”

Sabaton To Begin Recording New Album “In A Few Days”

Sabaton recently posted a teaser for a new song and now the band have confirmed that they are planning to start the recording process for their new album “in a few days.” Joakim Brodén said the following about that:

“Hello everyone. Here we are on Christmas eve, and we just wanna take the chance to say thanks to all of you for being fantastic fans in tough times. However, we do have some good news, and that is, in a few days, we’re gonna go into the studio and record the next Sabaton album.”

Sabaton Celebrate One Million YouTube Subscribers With Animated Video For “No Bullets Fly”

Sabaton have officially hit one million subscribers on YouTube and the band are celebrating by releasing an animated story video for “No Bullets Fly” off their 2014 album “Heroes.” You can check that out below. The group commented:

“Today [December 20] we are thrilled to present our new Animated Music Video for our song ‘No Bullets Fly’ which pays tribute to the Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident on this day in 1943. The video was produced by our friends at Yarn Hub Yarnhub who also produced our animated story video for ‘Night Witches‘!”

Sabaton Premiere “Devil Dogs” Video

Sabaton have premiered a new video for their song “Devil Dogs.” This track is from the band’s latest album “The Great War.” The group commented:

“On this day, in 1918, the Battle of Belleau Wood ended. Though unconfirmed, it has been widely accepted the U.S. Marine Corps’ nickname, the ‘Devil Dogs’, originated from the Germans at the Battle of Belleau Wood for the Marine’s relentless tenacity as vigorous shock troops and remarkable marksmen.”

Sabaton Announce Swedish Tour

Sabaton have announced an early 2021 Swedish headlining tour. HULKOFF will open.

Tour Dates:

01/22 Karlstad, SWE – Nöjesfabriken
01/23 Örebro, SWE – Conventum Kongress
01/25 Umeå, SWE – Idun Folkets Hus
01/26 Östersund, SWE – Folkets Hus
01/28 Piteå, SWE – Rivierahallen Pite Havsbad
01/29 Luleå, SWE – Kulturens Hus
01/30 Skellefteå, SWE – Folkparken
02/01 Helsingborg, SWE – Sundspärlan
02/02 Malmö, SWE – Slaghthuset
02/03 Halmstad, SWE – Live
02/04 Trollhättan, SWE – Apollon
02/06 Ronneby, SWE – Klubb Ronn
02/07 Eskilstuna, SWE – Lokomotivet
02/09 Husqvarna, SWE – Folkets Park
02/10 Kristianstad, SWE – Södra Kasern
02/12 Älmhult, SWE – Arenan Älmhults Handelsplats
02/13 Borås, SWE – Åhaga
02/14 Linköping, SWE – Garden
02/15 Kalmar, SWE – KalmarSalen
02/17 Norrköping, SWE – Flygeln
02/18 Gävle, SWE – Gasklockorna
02/19 Borlänge, SWE – Galaxen
02/20 Falun, SWE – Magasinet