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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Not all power metal is epic power metal, but there are certain power metal albums that make a point of being as epic as possible -- and Sabaton's Coat of Arms is one of them. Everything about this 2010 release is epic and proud of it; we're talking epic melodies, epic hooks, epic lyrics, and big, fist-pumping epic choruses. Short of Manowar, one would be hard-pressed to find a more epic power metal disc than Coat of Arms. But while a lot of power metal operates in the fantasy realm lyrically, Sabaton's lyrics deal with actual historic events -- specifically, events during wartime. War has been an ongoing obsession of this Swedish band, and most of the songs on Coat of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Not all power metal is epic power metal, but there are certain power metal albums that make a point of being as epic as possible -- and Sabaton's Coat of Arms is one of them. Everything about this 2010 release is epic and proud of it; we're talking epic melodies, epic hooks, epic lyrics, and big, fist-pumping epic choruses. Short of Manowar, one would be hard-pressed to find a more epic power metal disc than Coat of Arms. But while a lot of power metal operates in the fantasy realm lyrically, Sabaton's lyrics deal with actual historic events -- specifically, events during wartime. War has been an ongoing obsession of this Swedish band, and most of the songs on Coat of Arms were inspired by things that actually transpired during World War II. Sabaton, in fact, get really specific, addressing the Battle of Britain on "Aces in Exile," the Warsaw Uprising on "Uprising," and the Siege of Baston on "Screaming Eagles." One of the tracks, "The White Death," is an ode to the heroic Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä, who killed hundreds of Soviet soldiers during Finland's 1939/1940 conflict with the Soviet Union. Despite its historic perspective, Coat of Arms still has the overblown campiness of a Hollywood adventure/action movie; if grindcore is the metal equivalent of a slasher flick and gothic metal is the metal equivalent of the darkly romantic gothic horror of Dark Shadows, power metal and progressive metal have often provided the sort of larger-than-life escapism one gets from epic fantasy or science fiction films. But again, Coat of Arms deals with history rather than fantasy, and in that sense, this 39-minute CD has more in common with an epic war film than it does with, say, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sabaton obviously put a lot of thought into Coat of Arms, which, despite its Hollywood-like pomposity, easily qualifies as one of the most intriguing and well-constructed power metal releases of mid-2010.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361254124
  • Catalog Number: 12541
  • Sales rank: 6,238

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coat of Arms (3:34)
  2. 2 Midway (2:29)
  3. 3 Uprising (4:55)
  4. 4 Screaming Eagles (4:07)
  5. 5 The Final Solution (4:56)
  6. 6 Aces In Exile (4:22)
  7. 7 Saboteurs (3:15)
  8. 8 Wehrmacht (4:14)
  9. 9 White Death (4:10)
  10. 10 Metal Ripper (3:50)
  11. 11 Coat of Arms (3:32)
  12. 12 Metal Ripper (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sabaton Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Andy Setter Drums
Stefan Eriksson Guitar
Rikard Sunden Guitar, Group Member
Par Sundstrom Bass Guitar, Group Member
Oskar Montelius Guitar, Group Member
Joakim Broden Vocals, Group Member
Daniel Myhr Keyboards, Group Member
Daniel Mullback Drums, Group Member
Andre Sandstrom Background Vocals
Jon Nilsson Background Vocals
Hannele Junkala Background Vocals
Håkan Danielsson Background Vocals
Frank Kooistra Background Vocals
Emil Wigelius Background Vocals
Christer Gärds Background Vocals
Bosse Gärds Background Vocals
Åsa Österlund Background Vocals
Sofia Lundberg Background Vocals
Pontus Lekaregård Background Vocals
Pelle Hindén Background Vocals
Mia Mullback Background Vocals
Marie-Louise Strömqvist Background Vocals
Maria Holzmann Background Vocals
Kjell Bergendahl Background Vocals
Kaj Podgórski Drums
Technical Credits
Peter Tägtgren Engineer
Sabaton Producer, Engineer
Jobert Mello Artwork
Kristina Lindholm Promoter
John Finberg Booking
Jeny Jakobsson Merchandising
Guenther Beer Booking
Patryk Lachowski Pyrotechnics
Otto Kroymann Monitors
Olof Wikström Booking
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