Heroism isn’t always measured in blood or danger. Sometimes, to spare your foe is the honourable thing to do. A dramatic example comes in the shape of the American Charlie Brown and German Franz Stigler.
Brown was flying his heavily damaged B17 ‘Flying Fortress’ bomber home after a demanding bombing run on Bremen when Franz Stigler in his fighter plane caught sight of its tail.
This story is about the encounter between the two enemies and the song that we wrote about it, called ‘No Bullets Fly’.
No Bullets Fly – Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler – Sabaton History 016 - YouTube
We chose ‘Fields of Verdun’ to be the first single since we felt it represented the album perfectly, a classic Sabaton metal song which we cannot wait to include in our future set-lists.
The story of the battle of Verdun is also very representative of the album since it has all the elements that identify with ‘The Great War’. Verdun is so much WW1 that we decided to hold the first album presentation in this city, inviting journalists from around the world to not just hear the album, but also understand the story behind it.
It is the first single from our upcoming album.
Bismarck which was just released is not from the upcoming album. We decided to write and release ‘Bismarck’ as a stand-alone single, and not part of The Great War since the story behind it does not connect to WW1. It was also recorded at a different time. This song is a tribute to all fans who have contributed over the years by sending us ideas for future songs – please continue with that!
SABATON - Fields of Verdun (Official Music Video) - YouTube
The first song from our upcoming album The Great War.
Emotionally performed by the amazing cello rock band Apocalyptica from Finland!
Enjoy it here:
Apocalyptica - Fields of Verdun (Sabaton cover) - YouTube
”I watched Apocalyptica’s show in Madrid last year and I was blown away by the magic atmosphere they created. This made me excited to see what these fantastic musicians could do with a Sabaton song! And what would be more fun than to let them record their version of a song not yet released?” /Pär
More info on our upcoming album The Great War and all it’s editions + pre-order info can be found here!
NORTH AMERICA, prepare for a Swedish invasion!We will reach your shores in early October with our new album “The Great War”, a bigger production than before & the templars of steel in Hammerfall as special guests!-Get ready for a damn good dose of Swedish heavy metal!
The time has come to take the Battle of the Baltic Sea to a whole new level to make this 10th anniversary something extra special!It will be a decade since the first Sabaton Cruise sailed from our Swedish capital Stockholm towards Turku in Finland and over the years thousands of metalheads have rocked the ship with us and survived the epic battles at sea, returning with fantastic memories from this very unique and intimate experience.Many of you have told us that we should make some changes so the experience can be even better.
And we would be stupid if we did not listen to you!So we can now present a heavily upgraded version of our cruise, on a new ship, with more metal, more tonnes & more Sabaton.On the first of December we sail from Stockholm towards Tallinn, Estonia giving all sailors something we have never done before on this double length voyage. There will be two full nights of party + a day in Tallinn city, a beautiful town filled with historical places to discover for those who want to go ashoreFor the past 9 years the Sabaton Cruise has been sold out very quickly, so when the tickets go on sale on April 25th @ 10.00 CEST, you better be quick!The Battle for the Baltic sea rages on..
And this time we are bringing a Battleship.
Didn’t get a ticket?Have faith, every 10 minutes the staff @ Tallink Silja goes thru the booking system checking for not payed cabins, or even cancellations, & makes them available for booking again.So keep trying friends, and we strongly suggest you to call them: +46 (0)8-666 33 33 for the best possible service!Also, if you have a ticket and are alone in your cabin and want to share it with someone who didn’t got a ticket yet, it’s very easy to arrange. Just call Tallink Silja and they will help you!
The most requested topic for a Sabaton song ever!The fate of the ship Bismarck is a fascinating story we wanted to write about for a long time, but could not fit into any album.So we decided to make it as a single release, and as a gift from us to you for being fantastic fans for the past 20 years.Thanks to our friends at Wargaming and World of Warships we can also present it with a truly impressive video, well worthy of this song.
The talented team at Wargaming could ensure the historical accuracy of the scenes thanks to the models from their award winning game World of Warships, and the director Matthias Hoene, who won a Golden Lion at Cannes, were able to bring the band and story together.The song Bismarck was written over a year ago and we recorded it last summer in Black Lounge studios with Jonas Kjellgren, who has also recorded and mixed our upcoming album The Great War.Bismarck was a German Battleship and one of the biggest ever built in Europe.
Commissioned in August 1940 and sunk in May 1941 after an intense hunt in the North Atlantic. Though he now rests beneath the waves, players of World of Warships can still take this iconic ship into virtual battles.For now the song is available at Youtube so you can enjoy this great video for free.
At a later stage it will also be available on your favourite digital platform.You wanted us to write this song, we heard you, and here is our tribute!
SABATON - Bismarck (Official Music Video) - YouTube
The Great War will be released worldwide on July 19th through Nuclear Blast Records.
As the album title reveals, all songs are based on events during the First World War.The Great War will be available in these editions and formats:STANDARD EDITION The full album, available on CD Jewelcase, coloured vinyl and digitally.HISTORY EDITION The full album including narrated parts introducing each song.
These narrations are merged, not as separate tracks.
The History edition is available on CD Digipak, vinyl and digitally.THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE GREAT WAR EDITION Instrumental versions of The Great War, available digitally (full album) + exclusively as part of THE GREAT BOX EDITION on CD (full album) and vinyl (10 tracks).EARBOOK EDITION Features a 36 pages booklet and includes the STANDARD EDITION & HISTORY EDITION on CD.THE GREAT BOX EDITION (Limited to 1000 pieces) Includes:
-Earbook with 36 pages booklet
-STANDARD EDITION – CD
-HISTORY EDITION – CD
-THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE GREAT WAR EDITION – CD
-STANDARD EDITION – vinyl [180g]
-HISTORY EDITION – vinyl [180g]
-THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE GREAT WAR EDITION – vinyl [180g] (10 tracks)
-One out of 11 Great War posters (chosen at random)
-Limited, numbered and individualised certificationsThe Great War tracklist:
As the scientific masterminds of the early 1940’s discover the destructive capabilities of splitting atoms, some of them try to weaponise it. One special product is important in the creation of such a weapon: heavy water. The Norwegians have a plant that produces heavy water at Vemork. The Allies, desperate to slow down the German progress towards the development of a nuclear weapon, decide to sabotage it.The Sabaton song ‘Saboteurs’ is about the dangerous mission that is conducted by the British and Norwegians in the winter of 1940 to sabotage the Norwegian Heavy Water production for the Nazi’s.
Saboteurs – Norwegian Heavy Water Sabotage – Sabaton History 011 - YouTube
As the title tells, Fields of Verdun is about the battle of Verdun.The song will be available for digital download and streaming across all major platforms, but you can pre-save it now and have it added to your library automatically on May 3rd.Fields of Verdun is the first track from our upcoming album The Great War.Here’s an album talk with Pär
& Indy from Sabaton History Channel:
Sabaton – The Great War – Pär & Indy talk about the new album - YouTube