Swedish metallers SABATON have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented Nuclear Blast A&R representative Jaap Wagemaker: "Although [SABATON have] already released four great albums, they are still unknown to the majority of the metal legions — which is a shame!
"We noticed the band's potential to become one of the leaders of nowadays metal scene — especially by visiting their festival appearances and club shows.
"Together Nuclear Blast and SABATON are prepared for the next step to bring the band on a much higher level! Watch out for their new album in spring 2010!"
Added SABATON bassist Pär Sundström: "After ten years as a band and four albums, we have decided what the next step in the evolution of SABATON will be. A contract with the biggest heavy metal label in the world has been signed and the next album will be released by Nuclear Blast in the spring of 2010.
"The last album, 'The Art of War', touched the hearts of thousands and thousands of metal fans around the world, and with their help we are now ready to hit the studio and record our new album.
"What way could we better end our 10th year?"
SABATON's latest album, "The Art of War", landed on the Swedish chart at No. 5. The follow-up to 2006's "Attero Dominatus" was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Peter Tägtgren and was made available in three formats: normal CD, gatefold LP and a limited-editon CD that comes in a DVD package that also includes the exclusive book "The Art of War".