Twinmusix Chat With Par From Sabaton About Their Australian Tour
What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
When we come to a country we rarely play, we wanna do something we haven't done before which won't be difficult because since the last time we were there we had released a new album. So obviously there's a lot of new songs to play live in Australia, which is really exciting.
What inspired you to start your own festival ‘Sabaton Openair’?
We are always very enthusiastic about making the most out of everything. Instead of making it single concert, we decided to make it a one day festival. Everyone said it was a lot of fun and a lot of people said thank you for making an awesome show for our city. It mean't a lot so we continued it and the festival kept on growing to be a four day event with 40 different bands and two stages. It's grown a lot and it's one of the most internationally known festivals, fans from all over the world come and help us build and tear down the festival every year.
In your song's you talk about historical engagement, can you please tell us more about that?
We tell stories about war that hopefully won't happen again. If I could go back in time I would make sure there were no wars so I would have to find something else to write about, but that would be an easy sacrifice. We are not here to promote war and we are not here to tell people what to think. We sing about what happened and those are facts, and some songs are written because they have to be read from a certain point of view. Taking side in a song doesn't mean it's a Sabaton point, we are retelling the story the way the story was told to us.
In 2008 you wrote Art of War inspired by the book Art of War, how did this influence you to write that album?
We thought it was a great idea because it was an interesting script, almost a manual on how to make welfare and it's even valid today! We wanted to find conflict where those type of strategies were explained in the writings of The Art of War and we wanted to see if they were implemented in World War 2. To see how those tactics we're used in World War 2 and connected it to the chapters of the script and made a concept album out of it.
In 2002 you were meant to release metalizer but didn't release it till 2007, what happened with the delay of the release date?
A lot of things happened. It was contracted to a record label in Italy and they came up with a whole lot of excuses why it didn't happen. They used excuses like “the mail order wasn't working” then It’d be that it was “too hot in Italy so the mail wasn't arriving” or a “bad time to release it” and the last excuse was heavy metal is dead. In 2004 we decided to record Primo Victoria and go on without it, some years later we were able to buy back the rights for metaliza and re-release it ourselves.
Are you writing a new album at the moment?
We are acting on the new album but we are not actively working on it, we haven't set a new course yet. We are loosely riding songs to see where it's going to take us. I'm working on a few topics for our future album, but we are keeping it open for now and see where it's going to take us.
What stage gear do you use?
We all play on ESP guitars now, we're switching around with the different models to try and find out what we like. We all played Kemplers amps and it's not really amplifiers but rather amplifier profilers, it’s easier to travel with when we are doing around 110 shows per year around the world and needs to be solid equipment to tour with. The drums we have have a Drum riser, it's a huge take but hopefully we can bring it to Australia.
Would you ever tour with the band Civil War again because they have some of your ex members in it?
we would definitely tour with them again. We are on good terms and have played a lot of shows together, and we see each other because we lived in the same city and we hang out.
What was your favourite to a memory with Accept?
Touring with them was great! We all grew up listening to their music and it meant a lot. Seeing them on stage and knowing they are lot older than us gives us a good projection of what we are able to do in the future if we take care. Accept are not a crazy band who has done a lot of drugs, they stayed in shape and concentrated on their music and you can easily tell that.
If you could have any band play one of your songs which band and in your style or there's?
I'm a big fan of Sabotage and I think they could easily do a cover of a Sabaton song their style.
you have toured with DragonForce twice, what was the experience like touring with them?
We are good friends and the first time we toured together was in 2006, we have been good friends ever since. Initially they were a bit weird acting, at the beginning they treated bands a bit badly but after a while they started to treat their bands very nice. Once when we were missing our Guitar player for a show we used their bass player.
How did you come up with your band name?
Initially we we're called another name that plenty of other bands were called, we asked a friend of ours and had a couple of the ideas and Sabaton was one of the ideas. We asked a friend to draw some logo types and when he drew the Sabaton logo type we thought that's what we want to do.
Is there any thing ealse you would like to announce to your fans?
We are thankful for the support even though we haven't been to Australia a lot thanks for having us and the waiting was worth it.
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