Sabaton

Sabaton

Genre: Power Metal
Origin: Sweden
Status: Active

Biography:
Swedish band Sabaton have been a major force in the power metal field since the mid-2000s, but had to battle through significant difficulties to get there, which may explain their eventual creative obsession with everything war-related.

Originally founded in 1999 and comprised of Joakim Brodén (vocals and keyboards), Rickard Sundén (guitar), Oskar Montelius (guitar), Daniel Myhr (keyboards, beginning in 2006), Pär Sundström (bass), and Richard Larsson (drums), the enterprising group quickly produced two demo tapes that were later released in a limited edition as Fist For Fight in 2002.

But after inking a deal with Italian label Underground Symphony, Sabaton saw their first would-be official album, Metalizer, inexplicably held out of the marketplace for a full two years. Tired of waiting, the members of Sabaton (now including new drummer Daniel Mullback), once again took matters into their own hands, and financed the recording of another album, Primo Victoria, which was officially released in 2005 by the Black Lodge label. It also opened the floodgates for a slew of popular singles and battle metal LPs to follow, including 2006's Attero Dominatus, 2008's The Art Of War, and 2010's Coat Of Arms, all of them bursting at the seams with historic and mythical chronicles of battle set to anthemic power metal.

The band became increasingly successful across Europe, witnessed on 2011's live album, World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea, featuring a dozen tracks and ten different countries. The following year's Carolus Rex hit number one in Sweden and Poland, but it was the last for that lineup; 2014's Heroes featured new guitarists Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund plus new drummer Hannes van Dahl alongside the stalwarts Brodén and Sundström.


Discography:

Studio albums
- Primo Victoria  (2005)
- Attero Dominatus  (2006)
- Metalizer  (2007)
- The Art of War  (2008)
- Coat of Arms  (2010)
- Carolus Rex  (2012)
- Heroes  (2014)
- The Last Stand  (2016)

Singles
- Masters of the World  (2007)
- Cliffs of Gallipoli  (2008)
- Coat of Arms  (2010)
- Screaming Eagles  (2010)
- Screaming Eagles  (2012)
- The Lion from the North  (2012)
- Carolus Rex  (2012)
- 40:1  (2013)
- To Hell and Back  (2014)
- Resist and Bite  (2014)
- Blood of Bannockburn  (2016)
- Burn in Hell  (2016)
- In the Army Now  (2016)

Video
- Swedish Empire Live  (2013)

Compilations
- Fist for Fight  (2001)
- War and Victory: The Best of Sabaton  (2010)
- Metalus Hammerus Rex  (2012)

Live Album
- World War Live: Battle of the Baltic Sea  (2011)
- Swedish Empire Live  (2013)
- Live on the Sabaton Cruise 2014  (2015)
- Heroes on Tour  (2016)


Members

Current members:
Pär Sundström - Bass (1999-present)
Joakim Brodén - Keyboards (1999-2005, 2012-present), Vocals (1999-present), Guitars (live) (2015-present)
Chris Rörland - Guitars (2012-present)
Hannes Van Dahl - Drums (2013-present)
Tommy Johansson - Guitars (2016-present)

Past members:
Richard Larsson - Drums (1999-2001)
Oskar Montelius - Guitars (1999-2012)
Rikard Sundén - Guitars (1999-2012)
Daniel Mullback - Drums (2001-2012)
Daniel Mÿhr - Keyboards (2005-2012)
Robban Bäck - Drums (2012)
Thobbe Englund - Guitars (2012-2016)

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