Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

by Sabaton


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Coat of Arms

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2010
Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC: 0727361254124
catalogNumber: 12541

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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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