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Art of War
     

The Art of War

by Sabaton
 

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Swedish power metallers Sabaton take their inspiration from military history, using depictions of key historical battles and campaigns to color their epic, keyboard-driven heavy metal. Their fifth album, The Art of War, is inspired in part by Sun Tzu's definitive strategic handbook, and the album's 13 tracks feature intermittent

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Swedish power metallers Sabaton take their inspiration from military history, using depictions of key historical battles and campaigns to color their epic, keyboard-driven heavy metal. Their fifth album, The Art of War, is inspired in part by Sun Tzu's definitive strategic handbook, and the album's 13 tracks feature intermittent quotations from the manual. If that sounds like a flimsy concept for an album, it most assuredly is. Thankfully, though, The Art of War differs little from its predecessors in that it focuses not on the art of war but on concrete events. "Panzerkampf" is the album's clear highlight: a passionate account of the Soviet Army's defeat of Wehrmacht forces on Russian soil in 1943 that perfectly showcases singer Joakim Brodén's throaty Germanic brogue with the chorus "Into the motherland, the German army marched/Comrades stand side by side to stop the Nazi charge!" Despite the quasi-nationalistic fervor whipped up by "Panzerkampf," delayed opener "Ghost Division" looks at events from the German side, celebrating the seeming invincibility of the Seventh Panzer Division. It's not just thematically that the album feels a little disjointed, however; if "Panzerkampf" and "Ghost Division" represent power metal at its most epic, the likes of "Union" and "Cliffs of Gallipoli" are relatively banal by comparison, and for that reason The Art of War is less than a fully satisfying listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2011
Label:
Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC:
0727361264529
catalogNumber:
12645
Rank:
9827

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Performance Credits

Sabaton   Primary Artist
Rikard Sunden   Guitar,Group Member
Par Sundstrom   Bass,Group Member
Oskar Montelius   Guitar,Group Member
Joakim Broden   Vocals,Group Member
Daniel Myhr   Keyboards,Group Member
Daniel Mullback   Drums,Group Member
Hannele Junkala   Background Vocals
Åsa Österlund   Background Vocals
Mia Mullback   Background Vocals
Marie-Louise Strömqvist   Background Vocals
Christian Ericsson   Vocals
Calle Sandlund   Piano
Björn Lundqvist   Vocals
Hjalle Östman   Vocals
Thomas Nyström   Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Tägtgren   Producer
Tommy Tägtgren   Producer,Engineer
Sabaton   Producer
Joakim Broden   Composer,Lyricist
Jobert Mello   Artwork

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