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Editors’ Notes

Falun, Sweden’s Sabaton is still musing on war-related themes on its seventh studio album, Carolus Rex. This is the last recording with guitarists Rikard Sundén and Oskar Montelius, keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr, and drummer Daniel Mullback. Needless to say, a palpable anger blasts from singer Joakim Broden’s voice right from the opening onslaught of “The Lion from the North,” a galloping adventure-metal epic replete with dramatic string arrangements and a sprawling choir of backing vocals. The grandiose “A Lifetime of War” plays like the national anthem for a country invented by Sabaton’s music, as towering guitar leads intertwine and ascend victoriously over cinematic-sounding orchestral accompaniment. A roomy church organ playing foreboding notes introduces “The Carolean's Prayer,” an over-the-top standout that sounds inspired by Game of Thrones. The title track sounds so sinister that it should be listened to while drinking the blood of your enemy’s pet falcon from a jewel-encrusted chalice.

Customer Reviews

FANTASTIC new album!

Nobody, absolutely nobody does historical battle metal like Sabaton. I was a bit apprehensive that they could pull off an entire album dedicated to the Swedish empire of years past, but they have completely nailed this one. I'm not Swedish, but it kind of makes me wish I were :)

The flow of this album is spectacular - the early songs in the album introduce Gustav II, the Lion From The North and his Swedish-Saxon soldiers and their motivations and then subsequent songs transfix you in the tales of bloody conquest, victory and then terrible defeat. The layout has a great flow to it and by the time I hit Lifetime Of War my heart was in my throat.

Sabaton has a singularly powerful way of portraying battles in all their mad glory and yet leaving you with the distinct impression of the futility of politics and the horrors of war. If historical, lyrical battle metal is your thing then this album will not disappoint. I'm not sure, but it may actually become my favourite Sabaton album of all time.

Just Amazing!

This album is the true definition of awesome metal with clean vocals. It proves Sabaton's place in the metal hierarchy as being one of the top dogs. They do not fail to impress. This album is one that won't be put down for a very long time.
I love their story in their songs, it is all very impressive. It inspires a sense of awe.
If you love pure amazing beautiful powerful metal pick this album up. It is hands down one of the best.

Best one Yet

I love the English-Swedish mix, I definitely think that they should do it in their next album! It is amazing that they can make a song in two different languages and retain all its flow and intensity.
I bought it around a week ago, and I practically haven't stopped listening to it.


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Swedish band Sabaton have been a major force in the power metal field since the mid-2000s, but had to battle through significant difficulties to get there, which may explain their eventual creative obsession with everything war-related. Originally founded in 1999 and comprised of Joakim Brodén (vocals and keyboards), Rickard Sundén (guitar), Oskar Montelius (guitar), Daniel Myhr (keyboards, beginning in 2006), Pär Sundström (bass), and Richard...
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Carolus Rex (Deluxe English & Swedish Version), Sabaton
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: May 22, 2012

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