Imagine you’re sitting in your golden hall, hearing tales of valiant warriors and epic battles that raged on that have been passed through legend and into myth. Ok, got that. Perfect, now add Metal as your soundtrack and boom you get Sabaton.
Back for this their 8th album `The Last Stand’ is Sabaton at their glorious best, opening with the bombastic `Sparta’ Joakim and company have the ability to take their brand of power metal and instil that ethos into each song impressively so with each song taking inspiration from different battles within history, they evoke each period with majesty.
This is Sabaton’s forte combining epic power metal with history lessons to tell the rabid Sabatonians tales of war and heroism, although they aren’t glorifying war however each song evokes the passion of the soldiers marching to war or regaling the young with tales heroes and victories despite the harrowing circumstances.
Songs like `Blood Of Bannockburn’ have added weight due to the band taking the time research lyrically but also taken to really evoke the time period to include instrumentation as best they could, I mean that’s relatively easy to get hold of bagpipes but what the Spartan’s used apart from war drums, I’m not sure but please educate?
Sabaton’s unique song telling is really utilized through extremely memorable melodies and uncomplicated sing along choruses, `The Last Battalion’ is clearly indication of their ability to write songs of this nature even on their 8th album. Every metal head that’s already a fan or for those yet uninitiated there’s no doubt that you will become a fan with songs from `The Last Stand’, they are crowd lifting, enthusiastic and colossal sounding songs.
`The Last Stand’ will please all Sabaton fans no doubt and I have full confidence in that claim. Each time Sabaton create an album, they have the ability to take a battle from ages past and recreate the passion of the soldiers marching to war with a song in their heart and beer in their belly.
Sabaton should be teaching history lessons.
9.5/10- Sabaton once again kings of creating the best history lessons ever!
Stand Out Tracks:
`Sparta’, `Blood Of Bannockburn’ and `The Lost Battalion’
2. Last Dying Breath
3. Blood Of Bannockburn
4. Diary Of An Unknown Soldier
5. The Lost Battalion
6. Rorke’s Drift
7. The Last Stand
8. Hill 3234
10. Winged Hussars
11. The Last Battle
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