Sabaton’s “Public Educator” Award Under Review Due To Bassist’s Past Crimea Comments

According to Dagens Nyheter, The Swedish Skeptics Association (Vetenskap Och Folkbildning) are currently reviewing their decision to present Sabaton with their “Public Educator” award. The honor may be revoked due to past comments bassist Pär Sundström made about Crimea.

The review started after Sabaton’s “Carolus Rex” was pulled from a Spotify playlist that was created to represent Sweden as they hold the presidency of the council of the European Union. The track was removed due to the band playing a concert in the Crimean Peninsula shortly after Russia illegally annexed the territory. That show was “organized by the Russian biker gang Nattvargarna, who are close to Vladimir Putin.” Sundström said the following in 2015:

“[Sabaton] play for fans, regardless of where they are. We were there to spread our music, as we always do. We do what we do, we sing about history and we play heavy metal. I know people want to politicize us, but we don’t actively want to do that.”

He also added the following in a 2016 interview with Sweden Rock Magazine:

“If you go to Sevastopol, you hardly feel that they feel occupied — quite the opposite. They have been occupied for years only because they ended up on the wrong side when the border was drawn between the Soviet Union and Ukraine. All these years they have felt like Russians but treated like a small piece of Ukraine.”

Sundström has since clarified his comments:

“My quote was how I experienced the situation there and then on site and the impressions I took home with me. That someone invades or occupies another country is against international law, which I think should apply instead of someone resorting to armed conflict as has now happened in Ukraine. Our catalog of songs is proof that there has been enough fighting.”

[via Metal Injection]

BABYMETAL Added To Sabaton And Lordi’s European/UK Tour

BABYMETAL have been added to Sabaton and Lordi’s European/UK tour. They will be replacing The HU, who have since dropped off the trek.

Tour Dates:

04/14 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
04/15 London, UK – OVO Arena Wembley
04/16 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
04/18 Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
04/21 Paris, FRA – Zenith
04/22 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
04/24 Hamburg, GER – Barclays Arena
04/25 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
04/28 Stockholm, SWE – Avicii Arena
04/29 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
04/30 Copenhagen, DEN – Royal Arena
05/02 Hannover, GER – ZAG Arena
05/03 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
05/05 Berlin, GER – Mercedes Benz Arena
05/06 Leipzig, GER – Quarterback Immobilien Arena
05/07 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
05/09 Lodz, POL – Atlas Arena
05/10 Ostrava, CZE – Arena Ostrava
05/12 Cologne, GER – Lanxess Arena
05/13 Antwerp, BEL – Sportpaleis
05/15 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
05/18 Tallinn, EST – Saku Arena
05/19 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
05/20 Kuopio, FIN – Kuopio Hall

Sabaton Announce New EP Trilogy “Echoes Of The Great War”

Sabaton have announced a new EP series, which they are calling “Echoes Of The Great War.” The World War I-inspired trilogy will feature “Weapons Of The Modern Age,” which is available now, and two additional EPs titled “Heroes Of The Great War” and “Stories From The Western Front.”

Bassist Par Sundstrom commented:

“This trilogy complements our two studio albums, ‘The Great War’ and ‘The War To End All Wars.’ We were definitely not ready to close our World War I chapter. We wanted to continue the journey and let it echo a little longer in the hearts and minds of our fans.”

A lyric video for “Father” from “Weapons Of The Modern Age” can be found below. Singer Joakim Broden said the following about that track:

“Our new song ‘Father’ is a dark track about a very controversial person. Fritz Haber, the man who weaponized lethal gas, is responsible for about four billion people being alive today thanks to the Haber-Bosch process that he won a Nobel Prize for. It takes some serious thought to wrap your head around his story. Things aren’t always easy to understand or simply black and white, but rather all shades of grey. ‘Father’ really forces you to think a bit more than the average song you hear on the radio.”

Sabaton Announce “The War To End All Wars” Movie

Sabaton have joined forces with Yarnhub animation studio to create a new movie called “The War To End All Wars.” The film, which is currently in post-production, will be released in 2023 and it will feature songs from the band’s album of the same name. A teaser can be found below:

The band said the following:

“We are beyond proud to announce that for the last 2 years we have been busy working on an exciting, large-scale project with our friends at @Yarnhub. In 2023 we will unleash The War To End All Wars movie – an animated and live action motion picture, featuring songs from our latest album. This movie tells the stories of WWI and will give you a better understanding of what our songs are about. It is a musical and historical adventure. Trust us, you’re going to want to see this!’

Bassist Pär Sundström continued:

“We premiered an early version of this movie to journalists during a preview session for our latest album, ‘The War To End All Wars’, at the Royal Military Museum in Brussels. Witnessing their reaction to it was priceless — they were speechless — so we decided to take it to the next level and push the boundaries even further for a global audience.”

Yarnhub’s David Webb added:

“When Sabaton asked us to go beyond anything we had produced before and jointly create a film for their new album, we were filled with excitement and trepidation. It was a massive undertaking that required new people, technology, and skills. But we couldn’t miss the opportunity. We often say our mission is to harvest goosebumps, and our work with Sabaton has always been the most successful in that regard. It’s been two years in the making, but after spending many late nights and weekends in meetings with the band, the end result is something unique. A new way to listen to the album; a deeper understanding that helps the viewer experience the bravery and tragedy that was the inspiration for Sabaton’s latest masterwork.”

Bring Me The Horizon, Deftones, NOFX, Etc. Set For 2022 Good Things Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 Good Things Festival. The event will be held in Australia this December and it will feature: Bring Me The Horizon, Deftones, NOFX (performing “Punk In Drublic”), TISM, The Amity Affliction, Gojira, One Ok Rock, 3OH!3, Blood Command, Chasing Ghosts, Cosmic Psychos, Electric Callboy, Fever 333, Jinjer, JXDN, Kisschasy (performing “United Paper People“), Lacuna Coil, Millencolin, Nova Twins, Polaris, Redhook, Regurgitator, Sabaton, Sleeping With Sirens, Soulfly, The Story So Far, and Thornhill. Here’s the dates:

12/02 Melbourne, AUS – Flemington Racecourse
12/03 Sydney, AUS – Centennial Park
12/04 Brisbane, AUS – Showgrounds

Sabaton Rejoined Onstage By Former Guitarist Thobbe Englund During Falun, Sweden Show

During their April 14 show in Falun, Sweden, Sabaton were joined onstage by their former guitarist Thobbe Englund. You can see some fan-filmed footage of him performing “Fields Of Verdun” with the band below:

Sabaton To Release “The Symphony To End All Wars” In May

Sabaton will be releasing a new symphonic version of their latest album, “The War To End All Wars,” on May 6. The effort, which is titled “The Symphony To End All Wars,” can be pre-ordered HERE. The original edition of the record and the “History Edition” are also available at the same link.

“The Symphony To End All Wars” Track Listing:

01. “Sarajevo” (Symphonic Version)
02. “Storm Troopers” (Symphonic Version)
03. “Dreadnought” (Symphonic Version)
04. “The Unkillable Soldier” (Symphonic Version)
05. “Soldier Of Heaven” (Symphonic Version)
06. “Hellfighters” (Symphonic Version)
07. “Race To The Sea” (Symphonic Version)
08. “Lady Of The Dark” (Symphonic Version)
09. “The Valley Of Death” (Symphonic Version)
10. “Christmas Truce” (Symphonic Version)
11. “Versailles” (Symphonic Version)

Sabaton Announce North American Tour With Epica

Sabaton have announced a headlining North American tour. Epica will open.

Tour Dates:

09/15 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
09/16 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
09/17 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
09/19 Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House & Event Center
09/21 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater – Oakland
09/23 Los Angeles, CA – The Hollywood Palladium
09/24 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
09/25 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
09/27 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09/28 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
09/30 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
10/01 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
10/03 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
10/04 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle Atlanta
10/06 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
10/08 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
10/10 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
10/11 Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe
10/13 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis
10/15 Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
10/17 Pittsburgh, PA – @Stage AE@stageae
10/18 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/21 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
10/22 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
10/23 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom @ Manhattan Center

Sabaton Invited To Fire 25-Pounder Gun After Helping Save British World War I Museum From Permanent Closure

Sabaton will be heading to the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool, UK on March 3 to fire an original British field gun from WWII. The band were given the honor of firing the Ordnance Quick Firing 25-pounder after helping the museum stay open with a charity initiative that raised over £4000.

Heugh Battery Museum manager Diane Stephens commented:

“Sabaton have been a huge support to us in our fundraising efforts and for that we hope to show our gratitude. We really believe that their music brings history to a wide audience who then become visitors to the museums of the world — so they support many museums, not just us.

This is a huge achievement and one which should be acknowledged and applauded. Being invited to fire our gun is a gesture of our appreciation of the band and their attitude to keeping history in the minds of those who may not otherwise engage with these momentous historic events and figures.”

Guitarist Chris Rörland, a veteran of the Swedish army who served in the A9 Artillery Regiment in Boden Garrison, has been chosen to shoot the gun. Notably, he will be the first non-British army veteran to use the weapon.

[via Blabbermouth]

Sabaton Premiere “The Unkillable Soldier” Video

Sabaton have premiered a new video for their new song “The Unkillable Soldier.” This track is from the band’s new album “The War To End All Wars,” which will be released on March 4. Bassist Pär Sundström commented:

“The story of Sir Adrian Carton De Wiart represents Sabaton in many ways, but especially because he never gave up in spite of what was thrown against him. We were really captured by the life of this interesting character who ‘frankly enjoyed the war…'”