Swedish metal band Sabaton will release its ninth full-length album, “The Great War,” on July 19 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The record, which will be released in time for the band’s 20th anniversary, will be a concept album covering stories from the First World War. Pre-orders will start April 19, so watch for limited and exclusive editions at www.nuclearblast.com.
The band started the recordings exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War (Nov. 11, 1918), and it took three months of intensive work to complete the album with its long-term producer and partner Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios. The album has been mastered by Maor Appelbaum, and the artwork once again was created by Peter Sallai. See the cover art below.
“This is not the first time we sing about stories from this period in time, but now we felt the timing was right to make a full concept album about this war,” the band said.
Side by side with the album, the Swedes have worked hard to make their 20th anniversary an exciting year and also started the Sabaton History Channel—a collaboration between the band and multimedia historians Indy Neidell and Timeghost, capturing the power of social media to tell stories about the wars, battles and heroes behind Sabaton’s songs. Subscribe to the YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaG4CBbZih6nLzD08bTBGfw.
“This is the biggest album we have taken on so far, there is so much depth and story around the songs that we never had before,” bassist Pär Sundström said. “Expect many surprises as we have tried new things and we also went back in time to a concept we know a lot of you love. The Great War has been created side by side with the Sabaton History Channel to make 2019 the most exciting year in our 20-year history.”