Sabaton - The Great War - Album Review
Sabaton - The Great War - Album Review 8
Sabaton - The Great War - Album Review 8
Sabaton - The Great War - Album Review 8
Sabaton - The Great War - Album Review 8
Sabaton - The Great War - Album Review 8
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7.8

Sabaton, one of the mainstays of Power Metal, are back with their latest album The Great War. Regaling us once again with tails of war, more specifically the first world war, the most notable take away from this album is the fact that there is a more theatrical overtone with a big emphasis on keyboards and choral backing, it feels more like a movie score than an album, however in saying all that this is an excellent piece of work. ‘The Future Of Warfare’ aptly gets proceedings underway like the opening salvo of the war they are singing about, fast riffs and pounding drums that gets the blood pumping. The tracks continue to flow with the same intensity none more so than ’82ndAll The Way’ which tells the story of Sergeant York and the Airborne Division and their part in the great war with some great riffs and more unexpectedly the keyboard and drums that sound like bombs dropping.

‘The Attack Of The Dead Men’ has a real foot-stomping beat like an army marching and you just can’t help but get caught up in the groove of the beat and with an excellent solo thrown in for good measure, it is one of the finest tracks on here. ‘Devil Dogs’ up the tempo with a blistering pace, a savage solo and excellent riffs throughout make you want to get out on the battlefield. ‘Red Baron’ is a massive groove fest, telling the tale of the famous German fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, with a keyboard intro straight out of the Deep Purpleplaybookk in blasts into the track with ripping vocals and guitars going back and forth before a keyboard solo gives way to a guitar solo, an absolute belter. The title track ‘Great War’ is an epic motion picture like an overture, chock full of symphonic chorus’ with a fantastic beat, you can nearly see yourself marching along to the tune as you  head off to war. ‘A Ghost In The Trenches’ follows hot on its heels, packed with all the power metal essentials great harmonies, riffs coming out your ears and the dual guitars playing off one and other is amazing. ‘The End Of The War To End All Wars’ is another epic tune, as has become the norm on this album, it is full of haunting vocalising with unbelievable harmonies brought together with some outstanding guitar play intertwined with orchestral overtures, quite simple stunning. Closing out the album is ‘In Flanders Field’ a poem that was written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during the war and sung by Flour Jansen, a fitting way to finish the album.

Conor 

 

Tracklist:

1. The Future of Warfare 3:26
2. Seven Pillars of Wisdom 3:02
3. 82 nd All the Way 3:31
4. The Attack of the Dead Men 3:55
5. Devil Dogs 3:17
6. The Red Baron 3:22
7. Great War 4:28
8. A Ghost in the Trenches 3:25
9. Fields of Verdun 3:17
10. The End of the War to End All Wars 4:4511. In Flanders Fields 1:56

Alongside the album, the Swedes have worked hard to make their 20th year anniversary a very exciting year, and also started the SABATON History Channel – a unique collaboration between the band themselves and multimedia historians Indy Neidell and Timeghost – capturing the power of social media to tell stories about the wars, battles and heroes behind SABATON’s songs. Subscribe to the YouTube channel via this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaG4CBbZih6nLzD08bTBGfw

“This is the biggest album we have taken on so far. There is more depth and story around the songs that we have ever had before”, Pär Sundström announces. “Expect many surprises as we have tried new things and we also went back in time to a concept we know a lot of you love. The Great War has been created side by side with the Sabaton History Channel to make 2019 the most exciting year in our 20-year history.”

 

Sabaton are:

Joakim Brodén                           Vocals

Par Sundstrom                           Bass, Backing vocals

Chris Rorland                           Guitars

Hannes van Dahl                           Drums

Tommy Johansson                           Guitars

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