Swedish steelworkers SABATON were recently forced to postpone their European arena tour, which was scheduled to take place in March/April 2022, “due to continued COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on live events and global travel”. However, SABATON leader Joakim Broden say to finland Tuonela magazine that he and his bandmates still expect to hit the road again later this year. “That’s our main priority,” he said. “And the only reason we’re not on tour is that we physically can’t or aren’t physically allowed to. It’ll take the threat of jail or bankruptcy to stop us from doing it. Unfortunately, when it’s It’s about touring, dealing with a tour in several countries, it’s much more complicated than just one because of the governments, so that’s unfortunately the reason why we had to postpone the European tour. country everyone gave us a thumbs up and it’s clear we can do it, in other places it wasn’t clear, in some places it was a clear no, and at this we can’t physically do the tour, which is sad. But new plans are being made right now. And I’m not too pessimistic, actually, about 2022. In actually, quite the contrary. Damn, I can get back on stage. And that’s a good thing.
SABATON will be on tour in support of their tenth studio album, “The War to End All Wars”which is expected on March 4, 2022 via Nuclear Explosion Records. The 11-new song concept LP was written and recorded during the global COVID-19 pandemic and once again delves deeply into the atrocities, miracles and events of the First World War of the early 20th century.
In a recent interview with Canada’s The voice of metal, Broden said about the musical direction of SABATONnew material: “It’s really a SABATON album this way. We have always been an evolutionary group and not a revolutionary group. There are always surprises on a SABATON album but we’re never going to flip the coin and do something totally different on every song on a new album. There will be surprises on each album.
“It’s always subjective,” he continued. “I think it’s pathetic when an artist says, ‘This is the best album we’ve ever made’ and they keep pushing the same tired line. I say it’s up to the listener to decide that, but I know for a fact that everybody in the band, not even sitting together in the same room, because I kind of sent the premixes to everybody, and everybody — that’s the only time in our story that it happens — everyone came back with ‘Damn. great.’ Everyone is super happy with the production. We were always happy before, but it was, like, ‘Maybe this, maybe that.’ Now it was more like, ‘Okay, yeah, I have some suggestions and ideas, but wow.’ We’re really happy with the sound.”
SABATON are considered one of the most important bands to emerge from the Swedish modern metal scene, having been honored with five Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards (including “Best Live Band” three different years) and nominated several times for the Swedish equivalent of Grammy Awardsthe Grammis. In 2016, SABATONit is “The last Stand” album debuted at No. 1 in three different European countries and cracked the Top 3 in four others. Joakim Broden (singing), By Sundström (low), Chris Rörland (guitar), Hannes Van Dahl (battery) and Tommy Johansson (guitar) organize their own festival, Sabaton in the open airwhich started in 2008, as well as their own avant-garde Sabaton Cruise which has been going on since 2009.
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