Label: Nuclear Blast
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|The Early Years ? Before the War
Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band
called Aeon reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon
Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had
joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few
line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of
the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
In 2001 the band was ready to record more material, and this time they turned to
Tommy Tägtgren who were to play a part in the creation of the Sabaton sound, and
together they recorded the second half of the bands demo compilation Fist For
Fight that was released by Underground Symphony later that year.
When 2002 arrived the band returned to Abyss studios and Tommy Tägtgren to
record the debut album Metalizer that was to be released later that year, but
didn't end up in the record stores until 5 years later.
In 2004, after countless hours of rehearsals and dozens of shows the band got
tired of waiting for the release of Metalizer that never came and decided to
take matters into their own hands.
Primo Victoria ? The Battle Begins
Without the support of a record label Sabaton returned to Abyss studios and
Tommy Tägtgren and recorded the album Primo Victoria which loosely translated
means: The first victory, or: The beginning of the victory.
A fitting name, considering it represents a new beginning for the band and also
marks the start of the typical war themed Sabaton lyrics.
The band signed up with the label Black Lodge later that year and in 2005 Primo
Victoria was released
In early 2005, just before the album was released, Daniel Myhr was recruited
into the band to relieve Joakim of his keyboard duties and the band was now
This year saw the first Sabaton show outside of Sweden and there were many more
just around the corner.
In January 2006 the band headed back into the studio for 3 weeks of intensive
recording sessions with Tommy Tägtgren and recorded the album Attero Dominatus
just before heading out on Sabaton's first major European tour as supporting act
for Edguy and Dragonforce.
Attero Dominatus ? The Battle Rages On
Halfway into 2006 Attero Dominatus was released and the band headed out on
it's first European headline tour, and even though it wasn't very long, it was
so successful that another one was added right after the first leaving only
enough time for the band to jump back to Sweden and do 3 shows with Eurovision
winners Lordi before getting back on the road again.
The Attero Dominatus tour continued in Sweden, and when 2007 arrived it was
followed up with another major European tour. This time Sabaton supported
Therion and Grave Digger and the tour reached into territories where Sabaton had
never performed before.
Metalizer ? Cease-fire
As the band had been touring with Therion and Grave Digger negotiations between
Black Lodge and Underground Symphony had been successfully completed and
Sabaton's debut album Metalizer which does not feature lyrics about war was
ready for release, 5 years after it was recorded.
This time Sabaton went on a big European headlining tour called Metalizing
Europe which didn't go unnoticed and it was followed up by many major festival
appearances throughout Europe.
The Art of War ? Back in the Trenches
During late 2007 Sabaton performed little, only doing a few shows to stay in
shape and 3 appearances on Helloween's European tour to focus on the creation of
the next album, The Art of War.
The album was based on the over 2500 years old writings of Sun Tzu, conveniently
named The Art of War and the songs on the album follow the same formula and deal
with the same subjects as the corresponding chapters of the text.
In January 2008 the band returned to Abyss studios, once again working with
Tommy Tägtgren for the recording sessions but involved his brother Peter for the
When the single Cliffs of Gallipoli was released it hit the Swedish singles
chart hard and reached #1 instantly and some time later later sold gold in
The album The Art of War was also a great success for the band and it received
great reviews from all around the globe, it charted on #5 in Sweden and it was
also honoured with a Swedish Grammy nomination.
All the hard work, quality and joy Sabaton had put into the music and the
touring was finally being recognized and the band made TV appearances in several
countries as well as going on the road with their biggest tour so far.
Between May 2008 and December 2009 Sabaton had: managed to perform over 160
shows in more than 20 countries, received honourable citizenships/titles from
the Polish government, toured with Hammerfall and Dragonforce, and been honoured
with the opportunity to play a headline show in front of 10.000 fans on the
battlefield near Wizna where the battle they sing about in the song 40:1 took
place exactly 70 years earlier.
Coat of Arms ? Full Frontal Assault
Even though the band had been touring extensively, the creative process never
ceased and the band were almost ready for the recording of their next album
Coat of Arms in the end of 2009.
During the latter part of 2009 the band had reached out to their fans and asked
them to send in ideas for battles to sing about and the fans responded with
thousands of mails, and while preparing for the new album, (in the middle of a
tour of course) the band took the next big step and joined the Nuclear Blast
The studio facilities where Sabaton recorded their first self titled demo: Moon
Music Studio were abandoned at that time and the the guys in the band decided to
built their own studio in the same location, thus coming back to where they
started out 10 years earlier.
The final composing and the lyrics were made in December of 2009 and in January
2010 the band headed back to Abyss Studios to track the drums, this time with
Peter Tägtgren behind the recording console and then returned to their own
studio that by now, in typical Sabaton-esque manner was called The Eagle's
Nest after a joke made by the bands lightning engineer to record the rest of
In early February 2010 Fredrik Nordström, assisted by Andrew Hayball mixed the
album together with Sabaton in Boomtown studios, and when the mastering at
Masters of Audio was complete, the final master of Coat of Arms was sent to
At this moment, with most of the major European festivals booked, a huge tour
announced, and a new label, Sabaton stand ready to once again storm into the
Back to the front!