SABATON Drummer HANNES VAN DAHL: 'When You're Too Excited, You Don't Look Too Smart'

October 27, 2014

Piper of conducted an interview with drummer Hannes Van Dahl of Swedish metallers SABATON on October 19 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked if he has ever looked at a crowd a concert and seen something that made him laugh, Hannes said: "Oh, many times. Sometimes just people's sheer excitement can make people look pretty funny, 'cause they're so into it, and it makes me laugh, 'cause I get also excited by their excitement. But when you're too excited, you don't look too smart, that's for sure."

SABATON's latest album, "Heroes", was recently certified gold in the group's home country for sales in excess of 20,000 copies.

Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last seven years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.

"Heroes" sold around 3,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 99 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Released on May 16 via Nuclear Blast Records, the "Heroes" cover artwork was created by Péter Sallai. A number of bonus tracks were made available, including cover versions of songs originally written and recorded by METALLICA, BATTLE BEAST and RAUBTIER.

"Heroes" was tracked at The Abyss, the recording studio in Pärlby outside Ludvika, Sweden owned and operated by record producer and musician Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN).

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