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Sabaton is a Swedish Power Metal band founded in 1999. Most of their songs touch on themes of war, often being about famous historical battles, especially from World War Two.

Current line up:

  • Joakim Brodén – vocals
  • Pär Sundström – bass
  • Chris Rörland — guitar
  • Thobbe Englund - guitar
  • Robban Bäck — drums

Former members:

  • Rikard Sundén – guitar (1999-2012)
  • Oskar Montelius – guitar (1999-2012)
  • Richard Larsson — drums (1999-2001)
  • Daniel Mullback – drums (2001-2012)
  • Daniel Mÿhr – keyboards (2005-2012)

Albums:

  • Primo Victoria – 2005
  • Attero Dominatus – 2006
  • Metalizer – 2007
  • The Art Of War – 2008
  • Coat Of Arms – 2010
  • Carolus Rex - 2012

Sabaton and their songs provides examples of:

 For their honor!

For their glory!

For the men that fought and bled!

A soldier of Sweden remembers the dead!

  • Band of Brothers: Union (Slopes of St. Benedict) is really more about this than the Battle of Monte Cassino.
    • The Carolean's Prayers paints the entire army of Charles XII as this.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Attero Dominatus uses four words in Latin. “Attero Dominatus” can mean either “Destroy Tyranny” or “Destruction Rules” depending on who you ask, “Denique Interimo” means possibly “Kill at last”.
    • Gratuitous Latin: "Denique Interimo" is the the only one of those that is, maybe, gramatically correct, meaning "I finally kill". "Primo Victoria" pairs a masculine of neutral adjective with a female noun, and probably mixes up the cases as well. "Attero dominatus" could theoretically be correct if it were intended to mean "I destroy tyrannies", but even then the pronounciation would be off (the stress would have to be on the final syllable, sounding roughly like "ooze" but with a sharp s). Suffice to say John Cleese would have a field day with their lyrics.
      • "Primo Victoria" might be fine; it's only grammatically incorrect if you're forcing it to mean "First Victory." It could be an adverb with a nominative noun (and an understood "est" if you like), in which case it would mean something like "At first, victory" or "There is victory in the beginning."
    • And Uprising has one sentence in Polish - “Warszawo walcz!” which means “Warsaw fight!” (imperative, i.e. commanding the city to fight - which it did.)
      • They constantly use German throught most WW 2 themed songs, although mostly basic terms everyone knows like "Panzer" (using the entire word "Panzerkampfwagen" in Screaming Eagles). In Rise of Evil, which themes Hitler's uprising to power and the development of Nazi Germany, they use words like 'Anschluss' (the annexing of Austria), and 'Lebensraum' (the initial, official motivation for the war). There is also a cover song of Warlock's Für Immer, which is, apart from a bit in the chorus, entirely German. And it is glorious!
    • "Gott Mit Uns." It's German for "God With Us," and was used a lot in the Thirty Years War.
    • Carolus Rex in general has a lot of this, with song titles like Gott Mit Uns and Ruina Imperii and whole lines in some songs being in Old Swedish. Plus, there is a Swedish Version of the whole album.
    • And they covered Feuer Frei.
  • British Frozen Rocks with Penguins and Landmines: Back in Control is about The Falklands War.
  • Cameo: Actor Peter Stormare and Polish general Waldemar Skrzypczak took a part in making the video for Uprising playing respectively commander of German occupying forces and one of Warshaw Uprising's leaders.
  • Cold Sniper: White Death, also The Hammer Has Fallen.
  • Concept Album: Carolus Rex is entirely about the rise and fall of the Swedish Empire from the Thirty Years War to the Great Northern War.
  • Commie Land: Panzerkampf.
  • Curb Stomp Battle: Some of their songs, notably Reign of Terror and Wolfpack, are about these.
    • Killing Ground is this for the Swedes towards the Russians. The next song on the album, Poltava, reverses their positions.
  • Dawn of an Era: Lion From The North is about the beginnings of the Swedish Empire under Gustavus II Adolphus. It's very hopeful and energetic. And later...
  • Death From Above: Firestorm, also Nuclear Attack. Firestorm even drops the trope name:

 Burn! Burn!

Rage of the heavens,

Burn! Burn!

Death from above,

Die! Die!

Merciless killing,

Burn! Burn!

Death from above.

 I will run, they will hunt me in vain,

I will hide, they’ll be searching,

I’ll regroup, feign retreat, they’ll pursue,

Coup de grace, I will win but never fight,

That's the Art of War!

They will find me no more, I'll be gone,

I will have them surrounded,

They will yield without fight, overrun,

Coup de grace, I will win but never fight,

That's the Art of War!

 When the war has been won,

And the march home begins,

What awaits has not yet been revealed,

What was won? What was lost?

Will our deeds be remembered?

Are they written in stone or in sand?

  • Heavy Meta: Metal Crüe, Metallizer, Metal Machine, Masters Of The World, and Metal Ripper.
    • Metal Crue really takes the cake with its lyrics being composed almost entirely of band names.
      • Metal Machine does the same with song titles, and Metal Ripper uses lyrics samples!
  • Heavy Mithril: Shadows is about Nazgul.
    • Many people seriously doubt that Hellrider is about tanks and not really a certain demonic biker, especially since it really suits him.
    • Birds of War seems to be about Chaos Raptors.
  • Horrible History Metal: They live by this trope. Most of their songs are about historical events.
  • "I Am" Song: The song Carolus Rex is this for the titular king.
  • It Gets Worse: Carolus Rex goes through this quickly, with the hope and glory in songs like Carolus Rex going quickly to the despairing tones of Poltava, signifying the sudden rise and fall of the Swedish Empire itself.
  • The Juggernaut: Ghost Division

 They are the panzer elite,

Born to compete,

Never retreat. (Ghost Division)

Living or dead,

Always ahead,

Fed by your dread.

  • La Résistance: Uprising is a song about the Warsaw Uprising, praising Polish resistance.

 From the underground,

rose a hope of freedom as a whisper.

City in despair, but they never lost their faith.

Women, men and children fight,

they were dying side by side.

And the blood they shed upon the streets,

was a sacrifice willingly paid.

 Into the Motherland,

The German Army march!

Comrades stand side by side,

To stop the Nazi charge!

Panzers on Russian soil,

A thunder in the East!

One million men at war,

The Soviet wrath unleashed!

  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: In The Name of God is one big "The Reason You Suck" Speech to terrorists. Or religious fanatics in general.
    • We Burn, regarding the Yugoslavian genocide, although it's written in first person from the villain`s side.
    • Reign of Terror about Saddam Hussein and his regime.
    • A Lifetime of War is about how both sides of the Thirty Years War only use the lives of their soldiers for their own gain.

 By Kings and Queens young men are sent to die in war.

Their propaganda speaks, their words been heard before...

  • War Is Glorious: A majority of their songs about World War Two are about lionizing the heroes of various nations, especially Poland, Finland and the Soviet Union.
  • War Is Hell: Angels Calling and The Price of a Mile. Cliffs of Gallipoli also qualifies.
    • Possibly every song they have and will make about WW 1, because that war was stock full of unreasonable sacrifice for stretches of land you could hike through.
    • A Lifetime Of War provides two different perspectives on the Thirty Years War. The English lyrics focus on the horror of the war as a whole and the ambitions of the people behind it, while the Swedish lyrics show it all from the eyes of a common Swedish soldier who leaves his friends and family behind to serve his nation with no guarantee if he will ever return alive, or if he will be remembered and mourned.
  • Warrior Prince: King Charles XII of Sweden, as per real life.
  • World War Two: One of their common themes, as many battles they sing about took place in that time period.
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