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CD review: SABATON - "Heroes" (Nuclear Blast)

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CD review: Sabaton - "Heroes"

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The legendary melodic power metal band Sabaton are back with a new release "Heroes." What to expect from "Heroes" is a lot of hammer and skull crushing powerful beatdowns. Track after track provides the listener with some of the greatest musicianship in one band. There are numerous tracks on "Heroes" which could no doubt be chart toppers.

A great track to set the stage for this glorious release "Night Witches" is a stampede or electric and dynamic sing along catchy chorus. "No Bullets Fly" is a great track that showcases the guitarist and drums. Symphonically a strong song. Extremely catchy. "Smoking Snakes" gived you the what Sabaton has been known for, the sing along melodic lines and powerful drums. Vocals are extremely strong and carry this song. "The Ballad Of Bull" is a melodic drinking song, filled with piano and orchestrated song. Great lyrics and is a really invigorating song, it does pick up pace and delivers. "Resist And Bite" starts off with the guitarist riffing and the strong vocals ring in and develops into a catchy and hooky song. Alot of "fighting" going on in the songs. Closing out the latest release by Sabaton is "Hearts Of Iron" which provides an anthemic track. A great song to close "Heroes" with. It really brings the essence of the entire release in this final track. A must listen to.

"Heroes" was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai.

Track listing for Heroes is:
01. Night Witches
02. No Bullets Fly
03. Smoking Snakes
04. Inmate 4859
05. To Hell And Back
06. The Ballad Of Bull
07. Resist And Bite
08. Soldier Of 3 Armies
09. Far From The Fame
10. Hearts Of Iron

ABOUT SABATON:
Formed in Falun, Sweden in 1999, the band is best known for singing almost exclusively about historical wars & battles, a direction SABATON members decided to take on after watching the 1999 Academy Award-winning film Saving Private Ryan. “For us it means a lot more to write about historical events than to make up stories,” says bassist Pär Sundström, one of the main songwriters. The band thoroughly researches their topics to ensure the songs paint accurate & objective portraits of the historical event they’re singing about, which are narrated from an omniscient point-of-view or in first-person as a soldier caught in the line of fire. Like their home country, SABATON aims to remain politically neutral in their role as musical war historians.

SABATON is:
Joakim Brodén – Lead Vocals Thobbe Englund – Lead Guitar Chris Rörland – Lead Guitar Pär Sundström - Bass Hannes Van Dahl - Drums

SABATON Official Headquarters is online at www.SABATON.net.
Like: www.facebook.com/SABATON
Follow: twitter.com/SABATON
Watch: www.YouTube.com/SABATON

SABATON are bringing their dynamic live stage performances back to the U.S. and Canada this April & May as direct support to American metallers ICED EARTH on their “Worldwide Plagues” North American tour. Opening each show of the six-week trek will be Dutch heavy metallers & label mates REVAMP.

Tour dates are:
04/04/14 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
04/05/14 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
04/06/14 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
04/07/14 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
04/09/14 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
04/10/14 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
04/11/14 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/12/14 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
04/14/14 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/15/14 Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC – CANADA

04/16/14 Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC – CANADA
04/17/14 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
04/18/14 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
04/19/14 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/21/14 Empire – West Springfield, VA
04/23/14 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/24/14 House Of Blues – Orlando, FL
04/25/14 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/26/14 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
04/28/14 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/29/14 Trees – Dallas, TX
05/01/14 Club Red – Tempe, AZ
05/02/14 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
05/03/14 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
05/05/14 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
05/06/14 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
05/07/14 The Venue – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
05/09/14 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
05/10/14 Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA
05/11/14 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK – CANADA
05/12/14 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
05/14/14 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
05/15/14 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
05/16/14 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

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