Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON are set to release their new album “The Great War” next week,on July 19th, 2019. Today the band reveal the fourth album trailer, in which they discuss the importance of putting their music into context and why Verdun plays a key role in “The Great War”.
Recently, the band proudly announced their European tour dates for “The Great Tour”, with fellow Swedes AMARANTHE and Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA supporting.
“It is with great anticipation that we can finally reveal that “The Great Tour” is also coming to arenas in Europe. I wish it was already January the 17th and we entered the stage at “Hallenstadion” in Zürich, but time will pass quickly”, announces Pär Sundstöm and adds: “You know by now how much we care about the bands we choose to bring with us on tour, this is no exception. AMARANTHE is a rising star on the metal sky bringing such energy and passion rarely seen on stage and will open the evening. After that comes the big surprise for a lot of people who are not familiar with the cello rock band APOCALYPTICA, but trust us that their emotional show will definitively create magic in the arenas. Finally, we are bringing with us our biggest touring production we have ever done… and we promise to deliver a show you could have never imagined.. and the biggest announcement regarding this tour is still to come…”
AMARANTHE currently released their fifth album “Helix” and are more than happy to open up the battle: “It is with absolutely massive levels of excitement that we announce our part in SABATON’s monster of a European tour next year! We have proudly watched as SABATON has risen through the metal ranks, and with honor we finally join our Swedish brothers in this Cyclopean campaign set to steamroll across the continent. Although AMARANTHE will open these night you can expect a more energetic and mesmerizing show than ever before, that will fill the arenas with pure modern metal madness! Do not miss this infernal machine of a tour, as lightning might not strike twice!”
APOCALYPTICA are currently working on their follow-up album to the successful “Shadowmaker” record. The Finnish cello rockers surprised by releasing their own version of the SABATON single “Fields Of Verdun”. Eicca Toppinnen states: ‚As people may know we love to collaborate with other artists. We love the energy developing out of this and we embrace the learning from other professionals. Doing this incredible tour with SABATON is something special for us. It is not only about writing and producing new music together, but also about the energy on stage. We are super excited and very much looking forward to this tour!‘
SABATON – »The Great Tour« – Europe 2020 w/ APOCALYPTICA & AMARANTHE
17.01. CH Zürich – Hallenstadion 18.01. D Stuttgart – Schleyer-Halle 19.01. D Munich – Olympiahalle 21.01. A Vienna – Gasometer 22.01. H Budapest – Arena 24.01. PL Warsaw – Arena COS Torwar 25.01. D Berlin – Max-Schmeling-Halle 26.01. CZ Prague- O2 Arena 28.01. I Milan – Alcatraz 31.01. D Frankfurt – Festhalle 01.02. D Oberhausen – König-Pilsener-ARENA 02.02. B Antwerp – Lotto Arena 04.02. E Barcelona – Palau Sant Jordi 05.02. E Madrid – Vistalegre 07.02. F Paris – Zénith 08.02. UK London – Wembley Arena 09.02. NL Amsterdam – AFAS Live 11.02. D Hamburg – Sporthalle 12.02. DK Copenhagen – Forum Black Box 14.02. S Gothenburg – Scandinavium 15.02. S Stockholm – Hovet 16.02. N Oslo – Spektrum
Tickets are available on sabaton.net
The release of SABATON’s ninth full-length record perfectly coincides with the band’s 20th anniversary and the concept album is based on events during the First World War. 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.
“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
Alongside the album, the Swedes have worked hard to make their 20th year anniversary a very exciting year, and also started the SABATON HistoryChannel – 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/channel/UCaG4CBbZih6nLzD08bTBGfw
“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.”
More SABATON live dates 2019:
25.07. FIN Kuopio – Kuopiorock 01.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air *SOLD OUT* 09.08. UK Derby – Bloodstock Open Air 17.08. S Falun – Sabaton Open Air 23.08. D Sulingen – Reload Festival
»The Great Tour« – North America 2019 w/ HAMMERFALL 04.10. USA Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live 05.10. USA St. Petersburg, FL – Janus Landing 06.10. USA Atlanta, GA – Center Stage 08.10. USA Dallas, TX – House of Blues 10.10. USA Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren 11.10. USA Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern 12.10. USA San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom 14.10. USA Portland, OR – The Roseland Ballroom 15.10. USA Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo 16.10. CDN Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre 18.10. CDN Edmonton, AB – Union Hall 19.10. CDN Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre 21.10. USA Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 23.10. USA Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre 25.10. USA Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre 26.10. USA Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre 27.10. USA Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom 29.10. CDN Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall 30.10. CDN Montréal, QC – Mtelus 01.11. USA Worcester, MA – Palladium 02.11. USA New York, NY – PlayStation Theater 03.11. USA Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
01.12. S Stockholm – Sabaton Cruise *SOLD OUT*
»The Great Tour« – Russia 2020 06.03. RUS Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Stolitsa 07.03. RUS Vladivostok – Craft 08.03. RUS Khabarovsk – Velicano Club 10.03. RUS Irkutsk – Wild Horse 11.03. RUS Novosibirsk – Dkzh 13.03. RUS Moscow – Stadium Live 14.03. RUS St. Petersburg – A2 Green Concert 16.03. RUS Omsk – Angar 17.03. RUS Tyumen – Baikonur 19.03. RUS Yekaterinburg – Tele-Club 21.03. RUS Ufa – Ogni Ufy 22.03. RUS Samara – Zvezda 24.03. RUS Volgograd – DKT 26.03. RUS Nizhny Novgorod – Milo Concert Hall 28.03. RUS Voronezh – Palazzo 29.03. RUS Rostov-on-Don – Arena Don 31.03. RUS Krasnodar – Arena Hall 02.04. BY Minsk – Prime Hall
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