Sabaton (band)

Sabaton is a heavy metal band from Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical theme is that of historical wars. This can be seen on the album Primo Victoria and Attero Dominatus as well as The Art of War where all of the songs, except the final tracks, take inspiration from a historical battle or war and the two first mentioned are about WWII.


Sabaton was formed in 1999. After the first songs were recorded in Peter Tägtgren's studio, The Abyss, Sabaton was contacted by a couple of record labels. The band decided to sign up for an Italian label who internationally released the promo CD Fist for Fight—including cover artwork by the legendary Ken Kelly (Manowar)—with the intention to promote forthcoming releases.

A year after the first recordings were made Sabaton returned with a debut album Metalizer, again working with Peter Tägtgren. The album was recorded 2002 but had a five year delay before release in 2007. Metalizer is counted as their second album despite the fourth album released.

Sabaton performed across Sweden, and after two years of waiting for the label to release Metalizer, Sabaton decided to record another album. But this time they would do it on their own, without the financial support of a record label.

The band returned a third album titled Primo Victoria and found themselves in negotiations with several international record labels. They eventually signed with Black Lodge, the metal division of Sound Pollution.

Their fourth album Attero Dominatus continued the war theme of Primo Victoria with songs like "Back in Control" (which focuses on the British attack to reclaim the Falkland Islands during the Falklands War), "Attero Dominatus" (about the Battle of Berlin which brought about the end of World War II in Europe) and "Angels Calling" (about trench warfare during World War I), and was released in Europe on the 28th of July 2006.

In March 2007, Sabaton released Metalizer as a double disc together with Fist for Fight, along with the previously unreleased song "Birds of War".

As a follow up to Metalizer, in May 2008, Sabaton released "Art of War." An album inspired by the influential book by Sun Tzu. The album contains the singles "Cliffs of Gallipoli" and "Ghost Division". The album has received extremely positive reviews so far.

In September of 2008 it was announced that Sabaton will be performing at the 2009 ProgPowerUSA X festival in Atlanta GA USA. In addition, Sabaton were the first band confirmed for the festival Bloodstock '09 in Derby, UK.



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