Sabaton is a Swedish power metal band from Falun. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war, historical battles, and acts of heroism. The name Sabaton refers to a sabaton, knight's foot armor. Sabaton have five members Hannes Van Dahl on Drums, Joakim Brodén on Lead Vocals, Pär Sundström on Bass, Tommy Johansson on Lead Guitar and Chris Rörland on Lead Guitar.
Twinmusix got to speak to Pär Sundström from Sabaton about their upcoming album and more.
TM - What can fans expect from your new Album The Great War?
PS - Fans can expect what you would expect from Sabaton. We are not evolving too fast or changing too much on this album. The album is a concept album, for people who like to have a topic about the whole album, I think they will enjoy this.
TM - Who Designed your Album cover for The Great War?
PS - The album cover was designed by Peter who has been working with us since 2012. Peter is a great friend of ours and them great talented person when it comes to doing the artwork. We have a lot of ideas and we were together for a long time to come up with something like that.
TM - We saw you at Download Australia and you were amazing can fans expect you anytime again soon?
PS - We have played three shows in Australia, one with Nightwish, one with Amon Amarth and one at download Australia. We would love to come back to Australia to do our own headline tour, that would be a super big wish from the band.
TM - We would love it if you came to Australia for your own tour. I know people would definitely come and see you.
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
PS - I like the band Apocalyptica and I think they have a really cool take on the songs they cover. They have already done one of our songs. Apocalyptica had the day off and when we playing in Madrid, so I went down to see them and asked them to cover one of our songs and they did it. They had a lot of ideas for it. I think our fans will be looking forward to seeing them at Sabaton open-air festival.
TM - Apocalyptica are fantastic live. I was lucky enough to see them at Hellfest. They are also coming to Australia soon.
PS - That is cool
TM - They are playing at the Sydney Opera House.
PS - That venue would be fantastic to play. I am sure they have great acoustics in there.
TM - They do, it is a great venue.
TM - I have some fan questions that I am going to ask you now. Which one of your songs means the most to you and why?
PS - It varies day by day because it is fun to play a certain song in a certain country. It varies because it could mean something to that country. The one song that is always fun to play live is "A Lifetime Of War". Seeing the crowd jumping up and down to it is amazing, it also kickstarted of sabatons career.
TM - Why do you call your band after a metal piece of foot armor?
PS - Because you can use it to kick people who don't like heavy metal.
TM - Will you be releasing any live DVDs?
PS - We are not sure because today everyone uses YouTube and watches everything on their phones. I personally like YouTube a lot but it kills the idea of putting something in your DVD player and watching a whole concert.
A lot of people do not have time to watch concerts anymore. Now you can find the pieces that you want to see on YouTube because someone has recorded it. A lot of people live stream now, so it is more exciting to watch the live stream. Some of the festivals are filmed in HD and I think one day they will be no more concert DVDs.
TM - Since you are on tour in October for your new album, how are you going to film the current Sabaton History Channel for YouTube with Indy and will it be pre-recorded for those episodes?
PS - Of course we can make them pre-recorded, they just need to be times when they are released on specific dates. It would be complicated to set up a History Channel on the road. We have done on-site location shooting before, but it is a bit difficult to bring all those people on the road. When we go on to it in October, we will make sure we have some pre-recorded episodes. We will return to the studio right after our tour to film More.
TM - What is your favourite historical character and why?
PS - That is a good question. Paul kuklinski volunteered to change his name and be put into the Auschwitz prison to gain Intel so he could stop the whole thing.
TM - Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
PS - Check out the album and hopefully, we will be in Australia soon.
TM - Hopefully we get to see you in Australia soon.