Sabaton unveiled the English version of its latest single over the weekend.
The band unveiled the English-language version of its song, ‘The Royal Guard‘ Friday. A new video accompanied the song to enhance the presentation. The English translated version came more than a month after the band released the Swedish-language version, which was dubbed ‘Livgardet,’ and its video.
Bassist Par Sundstrom, who also serves as the band’s manager, talked about the song during a recent interview.
“Our new song, ‘The Royal Guard,’ is about the great story of one of the oldest military regiments in the world, formed in the area where Sabaton hail from,” he said. “We are aware that we cannot make the Swedish Empire MKII happen even if we wanted. We had our chance some 300 years ago… But it was amazing to write about Swedish history again after nearly ten years since we wrote Carolus Rex.
“Since 2012 and Carolus Rex, we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish, and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland,” he added. “Over the past years we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up: One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swiss Royal Guard (Livgardet),was formed in the Sabaton home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish King Gustav Vasa. For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.”
The musical arrangement featured in Sabaton’s new single is everything that audiences have come to expect from Sabaton. The power metal approach is there once again but the overall arrangement is its own unique presentation.
The new video that accompanies the English-language version of ‘Royal Guard’ continues the story started in the video for the band’s Swedish-version of the song. After enjoying a rich meal at a castle, the band, dressed as the Royal Guard, kneels before the throne of King Vasa before fighting off a horde of enemies– supposedly Turks or some other seemingly Middle Eastern group.
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