Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON are set to release their new album The Great War on July 19th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band proudly presents their first single, “Fields Of Verdun.”
Watch the official video here: https://youtu.be/xP8G-LwWNn0
Get the song digitally here: http://nblast.de/
Bassist Pär Sundström comments: “We choose “Fields of Verdun” to be the first single since we felt it represent the album perfect, a classic SABATON metal song which we cannot wait to include in the future setlists.
The story of the battle of Verdun is also very representative for the album since it has all elements that identify with ‘The Great War’. Verdun is so much WW1 that we decided to hold the first album presentation in this city, inviting journalists from around the world to not just hear the album, but also understand the story behind it.
It is the first single from the upcoming album even if we just released ‘Bismarck’, but that song is not from the upcoming album. We decided to write ‘Bismarck’ outside the album since the story does not connect to WW1 and also that it was recorded at a different time. The meaning of this song was a tribute to all fans who have contributed over the years by sending us ideas for future songs, please continue with that!“
SABATON’s ninth full-length record, that will see the light of day right in time for the band’s 20th anniversary, will be a concept album based on events during the First World War.
The Great War will be available in these editions and formats:
The full album, available on CD Jewel case, colored vinyl and digitally.
The full album including narrated parts introducing each song.
These narrations are merged, not as separate tracks.
The History edition is available on CD Digipak, vinyl and digitally.
THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE GREAT WAR EDITION
Instrumental versions of The Great War, available digitally (full album) + exclusively as part of THE GREAT BOX EDITION on CD (full album) and vinyl (10 tracks).
Features a 36 pages booklet and includes the STANDARD EDITION & HISTORY EDITION on CD.
THE GREAT BOX EDITION
(Limited to 1000 pieces) Includes:
-Earbook with 36 pages booklet
-STANDARD EDITION – CD
-HISTORY EDITION – CD
-THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE GREAT WAR EDITION – CD
-STANDARD EDITION – vinyl [180g]
-HISTORY EDITION – vinyl [180g]
-THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE GREAT WAR EDITION – vinyl [180g] (10 tracks)
-One out of 11 Great War posters (chosen at random)
-Limited, numbered and individualized certifications
The Great War tracklist:
01. The Future Of Warfare
02. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom
03. 82nd All The Way
04. The Attack Of The Dead Men
05. Devil Dogs
06. The Red Baron
07. Great War
08. A Ghost In The Trenches
09. Fields Of Verdun
10. The End Of The War To End All Wars
11. In Flanders Fields
Pre-order the album here: http://nuclearblast.com/
Watch the first trailer for the album, in which bassist Pär Sundström and historian Indy Neidell discuss the new record: https://youtu.be/VqbcvI2BgSk
The band started the recordings exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War (11/11/1918) and took 3 months of intensive work to complete the album together with their long term producer and partner Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios. Furthermore, the album has been mastered by Maor Appelbaum and the artwork was once again created by Peter Sallaí.
“This is not the first time we have sung about stories from this period in time, but now we felt the timing was right to make a full concept album about this war,” explain the band.
SABATON posted this trailer revealing more details about the amazing artwork – watch it here: https://youtu.be/HCZP1-JsD0M
Alongside the album, the Swedes have worked hard to make their 20th year anniversary a very exciting year, and also started the SABATON History Channel – a unique collaboration between the band themselves and multimedia historians Indy Neidell and Timeghost –capturing the power of social media to tell stories about the wars, battles and heroes behind SABATON’s songs. Subscribe to the YouTube channel via this link: https://www.youtube.com/
“This is the biggest album we have taken on so far. There is more depth and story around the songs that we have ever had before,” Pär Sundström announces. “Expect many surprises as we have tried new things and we also went back in time to a concept we know a lot of you love. The Great War has been created side by side with the Sabaton History Channel to make 2019 the most exciting year in our 20-year history.”
SABATON recently announced plans for their return to North America this fall with feature support from special guest HAMMERFALL. Tickets are on sale now at www.sabaton.net/tour.
SABATON TOUR DATES (w/HAMMERFALL):
Oct 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Oct 5 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Landing
Oct 6 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Oct 8 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Oct 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
Oct 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Oct 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
Oct 14 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
Oct 15 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
Oct 16 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Oct 18 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
Oct 19 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theater
Oct 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Oct 23 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
Oct 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theater
Oct 26 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
Oct 27 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
Oct 29 – Toronto, on – The Danforth Music Hall
Oct 30 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
Nov 1 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
Nov 2 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
Nov 3 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore