Sabaton’s tenth album, “The War to End All Wars“, will be released on March 4, through Nuclear Blast and I caught up with guitarist Chris Rörland to discuss all things Sabaton and the latest album “The War To End All Wars”
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Since Sabaton’s inception on the threshold of the 21st century, these fierce Swedes have been conquering battlefield after battlefield – of course, only those musical front lines – and along this intrepid path, Sabaton has practically done and seen it all within the realms of explosive heavy metal.
Over the past two-plus decades, Sabaton has played crowd-commanding headline shows at the largest European festivals, including 2012’s Woodstock Festival Poland in front of a half-million devoted fans. The band has headlined and sold out concerts throughout Europe, in North and South America, Australia, and Asia, such as high-profile performances at the prestigious Japanese Loud Park Festival and Ozzfest USA. Of its nine-album discography, Sabaton has amassed an impressive pile of Gold and Platinum awards: six Gold and two Platinum albums – quadruple Platinum in the case of 2012’s Carolus Rex – six Top 5 and five Top 10 albums internationally, a Grammis Award nomination as Hard Rock/Metal Band, five Metal Hammer/Golden Gods Awards including “Best Live Band” three different years, and is a five-time winner of Sweden’s Bandit Rock Awards as Best Group (twice), Best Live Act (twice), and Best Album. Sabaton has also racked up more than two-billion streams across all streaming platforms.
Sabaton has put the “COVID downtime” to good use, writing, recording, and releasing a variety of stand-alone singles and music videos. The band played its first post-pandemic date on July 9, performing in front of 40,000 fans when they headlined the Exit Festival in Serbia. Sabaton was Special Guest on Judas Priest’s 36-city, “50 Years of Metal” North American tour that began September 8 and had been scheduled to run through to November 5. Unfortunately, only 13 shows were performed before the tour was cut short due to a major medical heart issue with Judas Priest’s guitarist Richie Faulkner. Sabaton will headline a 29-date tour of Sweden in January/February 2022, followed by the launch of the massive “The Tour To End All Tours” on March 4 in Norway.