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SABATON Announces New EP Trilogy 'Echoes Of The Great War'

Swedish metallers SABATON have made an exciting announcement: with their fascination for the stories of World War I and two dedicated studio albums filled to the brim with stories from this conflict, the band from Falun has decided to dive even deeper into this topic with its newest release, the EP...
September 30, 2022

AVATAR Shares Lyric Video For New Song 'Valley Of Disease'

Swedish metallers AVATAR have released a new song, "Valley Of Disease". The track is taken from the band's upcoming album which was recently recorded and mixed for an early 2023 release. AVATAR vocalist Johannes Eckerström comments on "Valley Of Disease": "There is a sickness, a stranger, and a harm...
September 23, 2022

Why Did All Five Members Of SABATON Get VAN HALEN Tattoos? PÄR SUNDSTRÖM Explains

In a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, SABATON bassist Pär Sundström confirmed that he and his bandmates all have VAN HALEN tattoos. Regarding why they all ended up getting the iconic VH logo permanently inked on their bodies, he said: "It was a bet, and we just did that." Asked if he is...
September 21, 2022

SABATON Announces 'The War To End All Wars' Movie

Swedish metallers SABATON have announced that for the last two years, they have been busy working on an exciting, large-scale project. In 2023, SABATON will release "The War To End All Wars" movie, a full-length musical motion picture featuring songs from the band's tenth studio album, "The War To E...
September 19, 2022


In a new interview with Robert Cavuoto of Metal Rules, SABATON bassist Pär Sundström was asked about his band's "plans for world domination" once legendary heavy metal acts like IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST have officially retired. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, we will see. Fi...
September 18, 2022

EPICA Announces 'The Alchemy Project'

Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will release "The Alchemy Project" on November 11 through Atomic Fire Records. In the 20 years of their existence, EPICA has never shied away from challenges, twists and turns, weathering every storm and pushing the symphonic metal genre to heights no one even dared t...
September 16, 2022

METALLICA Cancels FRAUENFELD ROCKS Concert Due To Positive COVID-19 Test

METALLICA has been forced to cancel its headlining appearance at the Frauenfeld Rocks festival in Switzerland Wednesday night (June 29) after a member of the band's "family" has tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier today, METALLICA released the following statement via social media: "It is with a ve...
June 29, 2022


Four albums in, and CIVIL WAR are still peppering their press releases with references to SABATON. It makes sense, of course. Founded by two former members of the Swedish heavyweights, and instinctively tethered to the same broad concepts, they have also welcomed former SABATON guitarist Thobbe Engl...
June 14, 2022

Acclaimed Hard Rock Drummer HEMPO HILDÉN Dead At 69

Acclaimed Finnish-Swedish rock drummer Henrik "Hempo" Hildén has died at the age of 69. Born in Tampere, Finland, Hildén, who has played with John Norum, Don Dokken and Glenn Hughes, among others, moved to the Swedish town Karlskrona in the 1990s, where he remained until his death. He was considered...
May 30, 2022

SABATON Singer On Why His Band Avoids Political Commentary: 'I Don't Wanna Tell People' Whom 'To Vote For'

Vocalist Joakim Brodén of Swedish metallers SABATON, who are best known for their war-inspired lyrics, spoke to Germany's Moshpit Passion about his band's reluctance to share its political views and opinions through its music and interviews. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We're contr...
May 11, 2022

JOAKIM BRODÉN Is Optimistic About SABATON's 2022 Touring Plans: 'You Can't Put The World On Hold Forever'

By David E. Gehlke SABATON was just getting a taste of headlining European arenas when the pandemic knocked them and everybody else off the road in March 2020. Pun intended, but cramming 18,000 seaters was a hard-fought achievement for the Swedes. They've carved out a niche as metal's resident histo...
April 20, 2022

SABATON Rejoined By Former Guitarist THOBBE ENGLUND At Hometown Concert (Video)

Swedish metallers SABATON were rejoined by their former guitarist Thobbe Englund on stage this past Thursday (April 14) at their hometown concert at Kulturföreningen Magasinet in Falun. Fan-filmed video of his appearance can be see below. The day after the show, SABATON shared a photo of the reunion...
April 17, 2022

JOAKIM BRODÉN Explains Why SABATON Is A Self-Managed Band

During an appearance on "The Back Lounge" podcast, vocalist Joakim Brodén of Swedish metallers SABATON spoke about why he and his bandmates continue to exist as a self-managed entity — a rarity among groups operating at their level. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We tried twice to in...
April 2, 2022

SABATON Announces 2022 North American Tour With EPICA; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale

Swedish metallers SABATON have announced "The Tour To End All Tours - North America 2022", a 25-date U.S. trek that will include a special headline show at Montreal's Place Bell, the band's first-ever arena headline concert in Canada. The tour, produced by FPC Live, kicks off on Thursday, September...
March 14, 2022

The War To End All Wars

You might call it impeccable timing. SABATON have long been the metal world's great guardians of military history, and the underlying message behind the Swedish band's many tales of armed conflict has always been abundantly clear. As they said themselves online this week: "There has been more than e...
March 2, 2022