Sabaton has returned with the new single/video “Livgardet.” The song commemorates the 500th anniversary of one of the oldest military establishments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard, and is the first new music from the band since its 2019 album “The Great War.”
Simultaneously, Sabaton has announced the new single “The Royal Guard” and started the pre-order for the limited vinyl edition of the single that will see the light of day on April 9, 2021. This 12-inch record comes with an etched B-side, noble gold foil prints and embossed artwork, and contains both the English version of the track “The Royal Guard,” as well as the Swedish version “Livgardet.” For a limited edition, the band even visited the pressing plant and created a special vinyl that will contain real gunpowder.
Pre-order the vinyl here: http://sabat.one/TheRoyalGuardV
Pre-save “The Royal Guard” on the digital platforms here: http://nblast.de/SabatonTRGPre
“Since 2012 and Carolus Rex, we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish, and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland,” bassist and co-songwriter Pär Sundström said. “Over the past years, we have been discussing topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in Sabaton’s home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa.
“For the past 500, years they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world, and they are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one single song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.”