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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.

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Just buy it, you won't regret it.

Fantastic Album

This is another brilliant album by sabaton. I still think that grave diggers music is the best and I can't wait for their new album to come out in August which is called clash of the gods.


If you like the historical story telling of Maiden, the theatricality of Priest and the power of Saxon then this is fantastic. The vocals are strong and impassioned. The instrumentation is sweeping. The solos uplifting. Does it occasionally stay towards the fringe of fromage? Perhaps a little.


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 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 Larsson (drums), the enterprising group quickly produced two...
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Carolus Rex (Bonus Version), Sabaton
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  • £4.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: 28 May 2012

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