Sabaton Celebrates Subscribers Milestone With New Video Premiere; Announces New Live Dates

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Sabaton reached an important milestone this week.

The band officially reached one million subscribers. In celebration of the moment — and as part of the band’s Advent calendar — the band released an animated video for its song ‘No Bullets Fly.’ The song is featured in the band’s 2014 album Heroes.

The video and song collectively tell the little-known story of a German pilot named Franz Stigler who rather than shooting it down, escorted a severely damaged B-17 Flying Fortress and its crew back to safety in England during World War II. As is pointed out in the video’s finale, the story was kept secret from everybody for half a century until the 1980s. Stigler, and the bomber’s pilot, Charles “Charlie” Brown ended up meeting all those decades later, and ended up becoming friends.

Audiences are even treated to the video of the duo’s first meeting in 1990, decades after the incident. As an added bonus, there is one last kicker at the end that together with the video of the men’s meeting and that of the story, will leave not one viewer dry-eyed.

Sabaton’s new video was created in part through a partnership with Yarn Hub. Yarn Hub most recently partnered with Sabaton to create the video for its then most recent single, ‘Night Witches.’ The song is featured in the band’s most recent album The Great War.

Along with ‘Night Witches,’ The Great War also produced the singles ‘The Future of Warfare,’ ‘Great War,’ ‘82nd All The Way,’ ‘The Red Baron,’ ‘Fields of Verdun, ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom,’ and ‘The Attack of the Dead Men.’

In other news, Sabaton has announced more live dates for its tour in support of The Great War. The new dates run from June 5 in Nickelsdorf, Germany to July 14 in Moscow, Russia. They are additions to an already extensive tour run that is scheduled to start Jan. 1in Karlstad, Sweden.

The band’s update tour schedule is noted below.

2021:
22.01.      SE      Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
23.01.      SE      Örebro – Conventum
25.01.      SE      Umeå  – Idun, Folkets hus
26.01.      SE      Östersund – Folkets hus
28.01.      SE      Piteå – Pite Havsbad
29.01.      SE      Luleå – Kulturens hus
30.01.      SE      Skellefteå – Folkparken
01.02.      SE      Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
02.02.      SE      Malmö – Slagthusetmmx
03.02.      SE      Halmstad – Live
04.02.      SE      Trollhättan – Folkets Hus
06.02.      SE      Ronneby – Klubb Ron
07.02.      SE      Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
08.02       SE      Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
09.02.      SE      Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.02.      SE      Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
12.02.      SE      Älmhult – Arenan
13.02.      SE      Borås – Ahaga
14.02.      SE      Linköping – Konsert & Kongress
15.02.      SE      Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
17.02.      SE      Norrköping – Flygeln
18.02.      SE      Gävle – Gasklockorna
19.02.      SE      Borlänge – Galaxen
20.02.      SE      Falun – Magasinet
22.02.      SE      Sundsvall – Avenyn
24.02.      SE      Värnamo – Gummifabriken
25.02.      SE      Mölnlycke – Råda Rum
26.02.      SE      Karlshamm – Bellevueparken
27.02.      SE      Skövde – Valhall

05.06.      AT       Nickelsdorf – Novarock
18.06       DK      Copenhagen – Copenhell
06.07.      DE      Frankfurt – Deutsche Bank Park
14.07.      RUS    Moscow – Park Live Festival
15.07.      BG      Mogilovo – Midalidare Rock 2021
15.07.      BG      Mogilovo – Midalidare Rock 2021
07.08.      SE       Falun – Sabaton Open Air
29.08.      CH       Aarburg – Riverside Open Air
13.09.      US       Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
17.09.      US       Youngstown, OH – Covelli Center
22.09.      US       Milwaukee, WI – Miller Life High Theater
25.09.      US       St. Louis, MO- Saint Louis Music Park
29.09.      US       Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
06.10.      US       Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
08.10.      US       Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood
09.10.      US       Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
12.10.      US       San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
13.10.      US       Austin, TX – H-E-B Center
15.10.      US       Dallas, TX – Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
16.10.      US       Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
28.10.      US       Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
30.10.      US       Ledyard, CT – Foxwood Casino Arena

Additionally, the band has announced its first slate of live dates for 2022 in support of The Great War. That schedule is noted below.

2022:
07.01.   SE         Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
08.01.   SE         ÖrebroConventum – Kongress
10.01.   SE          Halmstad – Live
11.01.   SE          Mölnlycke – Råda Rum
12.01.   SE           Kalmar – KalmarSalen
14.01.   SE           Skellefteå – Sara Kulturhus
15.01.   SE           Piteå – Rivierahallen Pite Havsbad
16.01.   SE           Luleå – Kulturens Hus
18.01.   SE          Huskvarna – Folkets Park
19.01.   SE           Linköping – Garden
21.01.   SE          Sundsvall – Avenyn
22.01.   SE           Umeå – Idun Folkets Hus
23.01.   SE           Östersund – Folkets Hus
24.01.   SE           Gävle – Gasklockorna
26.01.   SE           Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
27.01.   SE           Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
28.01.   SE           Borås – Åhaga
29.01.   SE           Älmhult – Arenan Älmhults Handelsplats
31.01.   SE           Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
01.02.   SE           Malmö – Slagthuset
02.02.   SE           Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
04.02.   SE           Karlshamn – Bellevueparken
05.02.   SE           Skövde – Valhall
06.02.   SE           Trollhättan – Apollon
07.02.   SE           Värnamo – Gummifabriken
09.02.   SE           Ronneby – Klubb Ronn
10.02.   SE           Norrköping – Flygeln
11.02.   SE           Borlänge – Galaxen
12.02.   SE          Falun – Magasinet

Tickets are available now on https://www.sabaton.net/tour/

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Death Dealer “Conquers” The Power Metal Realm With Its Latest LP

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Power metal outfit Death Dealer officially returned this year with its latest album.  The band’s third album, Conquered Lands is a presentation that will appeal to the band’s fans just as much as to those of the power metal genre.  That is proven in no small part to its infectious musical arrangements.  This will be discussed shortly.  Its lyrical themes add their own appeal to its presentation, and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album a successful new offering that conquers the land of power metal.

Death Dealer’s third full-length studio recording Conquered Lands is a presentation that power metal fans will agree lives up to its name.  It definitely conquers the power metal realm.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  From start to end of the 11-song presentation, the arrangements lend themselves easily to comparisons to works from the likes of Judas Priest, Blind Guardian, and Sabaton.  That is evidenced in the soaring guitar lines, front man Sean Peck’s equally powerhouse vocals, and rhythm section pairing of bassist Ross The Boss and drummer Steve Bolognese.  For the most part, the arrangements maintain a relatively high energy.  However, there are some moments that while slower, are still heavy in their own right.  Case in point is the album’s slower but still very heavy title track.  It is not until even more than halfway through the nearly five minute song that it picks up the pace.  That increase in tempo and energy is only temporary, though.  It does slow back down to the heavy, sludge style sound and style with which it opened.  ’22 Gone’ is another of the album’s slower tunes that is still so powerful even being a more introspective composition.  That these two slower moments are thrown into the mix gives listeners some variety in terms of musical arrangements, making for its own share of interest for audiences.  The whole of the arrangements forms a strong foundation for the record.  Building on that foundation is the equally diverse lyrical content that couples with the record’s musical content.

The lyrical content that is featured in Death Dealer’s new album is important because unlike its musical counterparts, is even more diverse.  From beginning to end, audiences get a lot of different topics.  The whole thing opens with a song about the famed Marvel Comics character Dr. Strange in the form of ‘Sorcerer Supreme.’  ‘Every Nation,’ the album’s second song takes things in a completely different direction with its proud, fist-pumping anthem that declares the strength of metal and its audiences.  Peck goes so far as to say here, “They don’t understand us/We’re kicked to the curb/Often we scare them/And leave them disturbed/We like it that way/We don’t care what they say.”  He goes on later in the song to note, “If the world was all metal/We never would fight/We would just bang our heads/And get drunk every night.”  This could not be more true.  Metal and hard rock actually does more good for its audiences than bad for any aspect of society.  Real scientific studies that have been done support Peck’s statements.  This is just one more way in which the diversity of the record’s lyrical themes is exhibited.  ‘Faith Under Fire’ and ’22 Gone Today’ take on some very serious social issues.  ’22 Gone today’ tackles the issues of PTSD that military personnel endure long after they leave battle, as well as the physical damage that they deal with.  ‘Faith Under Fire’ meanwhile takes on the topic of the religious divide in America.  Of course, the band also takes on some lighter issues, such as apparently the tales of King Arthur and his knights in ‘Hail to the King’ and even ancient Egyptian culture in the album’s title track.  Between all of that, the seeming fantasy-based ‘Slay or be Slain,’ the call to union among metal heads that is ‘Running With The Wolves’ and the vampire-esque tale in ‘Beauty in the Blood,’ no doubt is left as to the importance of this record’s lyrical content.  While the lyrical themes featured in Conquered Lands and their companion musical content collectively do a lot to make the album widely appealing, they are just a portion of what makes the album a success.  The sequencing of the collective content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation.

The sequencing of Death Dealer’s new album is important because as noted, the album stays largely the same stylistically and in terms of the songs’ energies.  Save for the two noted moments, the album’s energy remains relatively high.  What is really important to note of it all is that the changes in the arrangements are just subtle enough from one to the next to keep the album interesting.  The changes are not overpowering, but not too subtle.  They are just enough that audiences can hear them through a close listen.  That in itself is important to address because it shows in its own right, a certain attention to detail throughout the album.  What’s more, the sequencing also shows that the lyrical themes do not stay too closely related from one song to the next.  This adds even more enjoyment and engagement for audiences.  Between that and the impact that the sequencing of the album’s musical arrangements has, the whole of the record’s sequencing clearly presents its own importance to the album.  When it is considered along with the albums overall content, the result is a record that succeeds because of its content and the very presentation thereof. 

Death Dealer’s new album Conquered Lands is a successful new offering from the power metal super group.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  The arrangements are mostly familiar up-tempo power metal anthems.  However, there also is some slower but still very heavy content added in to the mix for a whole that will keep audiences engaged and entertained just from this aspect.  The diversity in the album’s lyrical content adds its own level of appeal to the album.  As noted the lyrical content ranges from the real to the fantastical to something in-between.  This in itself is sure to keep listeners’ attention.  The sequencing of that collective content puts the finishing touch to the album’s presentation.  The subtle changes in the stylistic approaches to those high-energy arrangements do just enough to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  The constant change in the album’s lyrical content through that sequencing builds even more on the importance of the album’s sequencing.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, the album proves that it lives up to its title.  It is available now.

More information on Conquered Lands is available online along with all of Death Dealer’s latest news at:

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Helion Prime Does About Face On Singles, Debuts New Album’s Fifth Single, Video

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Power metal band Helion Prime announced late last month that its then latest single ‘Photo 51’ would be the last from its forthcoming album Question Everything.

Apparently the band had a change of heart on the matter. That is because the band debuted the video for the album’s title track Monday. The song and video are the fifth from the band’s album, which is scheduled for release Friday.

The debut of ‘Question Everything’ and its video follows the debuts of ‘Photo 51,’ ‘The Gadfly,’ ‘Madame Mercury,’ and ‘The Forbidden Zone.’

The video for ‘Question Everything’ finds Helion Prime’s members — Mary Zimmer (vocals), Jason Ashcraft (rhythm guitar), Chad Anderson (lead guitar), Jeremy Steinhouse (bass) and Alexander Bosson (drums) — performing the new single in separate locations. The performance is streamed to computers around the world thanks to the help of someone who is supposed to be quite the computer whiz. As people are exposed to the video, their reactions vary from angry to excited.

The band’s former vocalists, Heather Michele and Sozos Michael joined the band’s current lineup for the shoot. Ashcraft addressed the guest appearances in a recent interview.

“It was very exciting getting to work with Heather again on this album, but what makes the title track very special to me is having both Heather and Sozos appear on it,” he said. “A lot of people don’t understand that we are all still a close family and love working together. When bands have to let go of members it’s not always for negative reasons. I think this song really managed to capture Helion Prime at its core.”

The song’s musical arrangement is full-on power metal in every aspect. It will appeal to any power metal purist with its soaring guitars and vocals, its precision time keeping as the time signature changes throughout, and the heaviness of the bass line.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Question Everything’ encourages listeners to not just go along with everything they are told. It in fact, comes right out and encourages listeners to listen to their inner voices and…well…question everything. The coupling of that familiar rock theme to the powerhouse musical arrangement makes the song even more appealing to power metal fans, especially considering that it goes against the grain of so much power metal lyrical content.

More information on Helion Prime’s new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Helion Prime’s New Album Will Appeal To Any Power Metal Purist

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Independent power metal band Helion Prime has apparently had a change of heart in regards to the singles for its new album, Question Everything.  One week ago today, the band debuted what it had alleged was going to be the last single for the album, which released today.  However, the band did an about face on that decision today with the debut of the album’s fifth single ‘Question Everything’ and its companion video.  The musical arrangement featured in the song and the rest of the album’s singles (and its other tracks not turned singles) form the record’s cornerstone.  They will be addressed shortly.  The album’s overarching lyrical theme that accompanies the infectious musical arrangements builds around and on that cornerstone to make the presentation that much more appealing.  The record’s sequencing caps off its most important elements and ensures the album’s success in its own way, which will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Question Everything.  All things considered, they make the record a presentation that will appeal to any power metal fan.

Helion Prime’s brand new album Question Everything is a presentation that easily holds its own against any record from the band’s more well-known counterparts, such as Dragonforce, Unleash The Archers, and Epica.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are pure power metal at its finest.  At the same time though, there are moments that add in a little something extra for audiences to enjoy.  Case in point is the arrangement featured in the album’s opener, ‘The Final Theory.’  The partnering of the guitar and keyboard arrangements lends itself to comparisons to works from In Flames.  At the same time, the similarity to works from Unleash The Archers and Epica is just as evident.  The balance of those influences and sounds makes for an arrangement that makes for a strong start to the album.  It is just one of the moments that offers audiences something extra in this record.  ‘Madame Mercury,’ the record’s second song, is another way in which the album gives audiences something extra in its arrangements.

The musical arrangement featured ‘Madame Mercury’ takes more of a hard rock approach than power metal.  Yes, the power metal approach is just as obvious as here as at any other point in the album, but that more mainstream, hard rock approach is just as audible.  That the band continued to take a new direction here and still manage to make the two distinctly different styles work together so well is worthy of its own applause.  It serves to make the album that much more appealing for audiences and is not the last of the moments that does this, either.  ‘Kong at the Gates/The Forbidden’ is another example of how the album goes beyond the band’s power metal roots to give audiences something extra.

‘Kong at the Gates/The Forbidden’ takes Helion Prime’s familiar power metal approach and adds a touch of symphonic metal a la Symphony X to the mix.  That is evidenced through the string arrangements and the pounding drums that open the song.  Event the vocal delivery of singer Mary Zimmer is noticeably different here from that of any of the album’s other songs.  It isn’t nearly as wide open and operatic as at those points.  Yes, there is a touch of that approach, but there is more of a controlled approach here.  That, coupled with the equally controlled work of the guitars and time keeping makes for an arrangement that stands on its own merits while helping to build the album’s musical foundation in its own right.  When this arrangement is considered along with the other noted arrangements and the rest of the album’s compositions, the whole of the album’s musical content leaves no question about its importance to the record’s whole.  It is just one part of what makes the album so appealing.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical arrangements builds even more on that foundation.

The lyrical content that is featured throughout the 56-minute album adds its own interest to the presentation because it so unique.  It does something that many other bands do, but also that so few do at the same time.  It takes a similar approach to that of say, Sabaton with its historical focus, making it familiar (and in turn, welcome) to power metal fans.  In the case of Sabaton, the chosen topic is military history.  In the case of this record from Helion Prime, the band crafted songs for this record about famed figures, such as philosopher Socrates, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, Raymond Gosling, who took the first picture of DNA, and astronomer Galileo Gallilei.  The noted figures (and those not noted here) were people who questioned everything at their time (thus the album’s title), including gender roles, societal beliefs and even scientific and religious views.  This is an approach that is unlike even the works from Sabaton and so much other power metal music, whose lyrical content tends to focus on wizards and dragons. So again, what audiences get in the album’s lyrical content is a focus on real history, much like what they will get from fellow power metal band Sabaton.  At the same time, it presents its own unique content separate from Sabaton and pretty much most other power metal bands.  To that end, the lyrical content that is featured in this record makes for its own share of appeal.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable elements.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

For the most pat, Question Everything maintains a very high energy throughout the course of its body.  It does briefly break things up in the early bars of ‘The Gadfly’ with the old school classical guitar style approach there.  From there, the album’s energy picks right back up until it reaches the last two songs, ‘Reawakening’ and ‘Kong at the Gates/The Forbidden.’  ‘Reawakening’ is really the most reserved that the album’s energy gets, and even that is still a relatively upbeat work.  Though stylistically, it is reserved by comparison to the album’s other works.  The album’s finale is slower in its opening bars, but from there really picks up and becomes a full-on operatic work.  Simply put, Question Everything will appeal to audiences in terms of its sequencing because it keeps the energy flowing from its opening to its end.  Even when it does pull back, that reservation is slight at best.  That steady energy joins with the appeal in the album’s lyrical content and even more familiar style in its musical arrangements to make the whole a positive new presentation for Helion Prime.  It collectively makes the album a presentation that holds its own easily against works from the band’s more well-known power metal counterparts.

Helion Prime’s new album Question Everything does not necessarily question the power metal formula.  That is evident throughout the course of its presentation.  Even despite that (and because of it) it still proves itself a work that will appeal to the most devoted power metal purists.  That is due in part to the record’s largely familiar stylistic approach to the musical arrangements.  They are familiar, but also have some other elements that give audiences a little something extra to enjoy.  The record’s lyrical content takes a familiar route in terms of straying from the mainstream lyrical topics of relationships, religion, and politics.  It takes a unique approach by focusing on historical figures, really as a way to encourage listeners to think for themselves.  That ironically is a familiar topic in the mainstream world.  So really, the lyrical content gives audiences the best of both worlds, mainstream and independent.  The record’s sequencing puts the last touch to its presentation, ensuring its energy never lets up too much, and breaking things up just enough at the right points.  Each noted item is important in its own right to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album a work that will appeal to any power metal purist.

More information on the band’s new album and single is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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Sabaton Debuts ‘The Future Of Warfare’ Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Sabaton debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘The Future of Warfare‘ Tuesday. the song and its video are the seventh from the band’s latest album The Great War.  Its debut follows that of the singles ‘Great War,’ ‘82nd All The Way,’ ‘The Red Baron,’ ‘Fields of Verdun,’ ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom,’ and ‘The Attack of the Dead Men‘ and their companion videos.

The video takes a new approach from that of the band’s past videos.  This time out, the band presented the song’s story through the use of Legos.  The stop motion style presentation tells the story of The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which took place on Sept. 15, 1916.  British and French military forces fought against the German military during the battle, which was part of the bigger Battle of the Somme.

The overall Battle of the Somme was a tactical loss for the German forces, and was a key moment in the German’s eventual defeat during World War I.

The musical arrangement featured in Sabaton’s new single is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band, presenting the band’s very distinct, familiar power metal approach.

In other news, Sabaton is scheduled to launch the latest leg of its tour in support of The Great War on Nov. 4 in Kazakhstan.  The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 13.  From there, the band will take some time off before heading back out on the road on Jan. 22 for yet another leg of its tour, which will take the band across Sweden, Europe and the United States.

The tours’ full schedules are noted below.

SABATON Live:

2020: 
04.11.      KZ     Almaty – Bariber Club
07.11.      RUS   Chelyabinsk – Entertainment Galaxy
08.11.      RUS   Yekaterinburg – Tele Club
10.11.      RUS   Ufa – Tinkoff Hall
12.11.      RUS   Samara – Zvezda
14.11.      RUS   Volgograd – Vs Club
16.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
17.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
19.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
20.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
21.11.      RUS   Rostov-on-Don – Krop Arena
23.11.      RUS   Krasnodar – Krop Arena
24.11.      RUS   Stavropol – Major
26.11.      BLR    Minsk – Falcon Club

13.12.       SE      Baltic Sea – M/S Baltic Queen *SOLD OUT*

2021:
22.01.      SE      Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
23.01.      SE      Örebro – Conventum
25.01.      SE      Umeå  – Idun, Folkets hus
26.01.      SE      Östersund – Folkets hus
28.01.      SE      Piteå – Pite Havsbad
29.01.      SE      Luleå – Kulturens hus
30.01.      SE      Skellefteå – Folkparken
01.02.      SE      Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
02.02.      SE      Malmö – Slagthusetmmx
03.02.      SE      Halmstad – Live
04.02.      SE      Trollhättan – Folkets Hus
06.02.      SE      Ronneby – Klubb Ron
07.02.      SE      Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
08.02       SE      Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
09.02.      SE      Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.02.      SE      Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
12.02.      SE      Älmhult – Arenan
13.02.      SE      Borås – Ahaga
14.02.      SE      Linköping – Konsert & Kongress
15.02.      SE      Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
17.02.      SE      Norrköping – Flygeln
18.02.      SE      Gävle – Gasklockorna
19.02.      SE      Borlänge – Galaxen
20.02.      SE      Falun – Magasinet
22.02.      SE      Sundsvall – Avenyn
24.02.      SE      Värnamo – Gummifabriken
25.02.      SE      Mölnlycke – Råda Rum
26.02.      SE      Karlshamm – Bellevueparken
27.02.      SE      Skövde – Valhall

15.07.      BG      Mogilovo – Midalidare Rock 2021
07.08.      SE       Falun – Sabaton Open Air
29.08.      CH       Aarburg – Riverside Open Air
13.09.      US       Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
17.09.      US       Youngstown, OH – Covelli Center
22.09.      US       Milwaukee, WI – Miller Life High Theater
25.09.      US       St. Louis, MO- Saint Louis Music Park
29.09.      US       Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
06.10.      US       Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
08.10.      US       Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood
09.10.      US       Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
12.10.      US       San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
13.10.      US       Austin, TX – H-E-B Center
15.10.      US       Dallas, TX – Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
16.10.      US       Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
28.10.      US       Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
30.10.      US       Ledyard, CT – Foxwood Casino Arena

Tickets are available now on https://www.sabaton.net/tour/

More information on Sabaton’s upcoming live dates, its new single and all of its latest news is available along with all of its latest news is available at:

 

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Sabaton Debuts Official ‘The Attack Of The Dead Men’ Video

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Sabaton debuted the official video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the official video for its single ‘The Attack of the Dead Men.’  As with the video for the band’s then latest single ‘Devil Dogs,’ this video features the band’s new single over a montage of live footage from the band.  The previously released video for ‘Attack of the Deadmen,’ which debuted early this year, was an unofficial live recording from the band’s recent European tour.

The footage used for the ‘Devil Dogs’ video was recorded during the band’s most recent North American run.  By contrast, the official video for ‘The Attack of the Dead Men’ was recorded during the band’s latest European run.  An added effect is mixed into the video to resemble gas or some other chemical that would have been used during WWI, aligning with the overall WWI theme of the band’s latest album The Great War.

According to information provided about the video and song, the gas would have been chlorine gas.  The gas was used in the battle of Osowiec Fortress between the Germans and Russians.  The German forces used the gas against the Russians, thinking it would stop them, but the Russians protected themselves and fought back, winning the battle.

Bassist Par Sundstom talked about how that history tied into the making of the band’s video.

“The video features Sabaton wearing gas masks while performing “The Attack Of The Dead Men” during our latest European tour,” he said. “Little could we imagine that today a huge amount of the world’s population would wear masks daily thanks to this f***ing virus that has paralyzed our beloved metal community. We miss doing this, we miss you… no livestream can ever replace the feeling of being in the audience for a metal concert”

The song’s musical arrangement presents the same power metal style approach as most of its other works past and present.

‘The Attack of the Dead Men’ is just the latest single released from The Great War.  Also released as singles from the album are: ‘Great War,‘ ‘82nd All The Way,’ ‘The Red Baron,’ ‘Fields of Verdun,’ and ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom.’  In related news, Sabtaon’s Nuclear Blast Records label mate Amaranthe debuted its own cover of ’82nd All The Way’ in January.

In other news, Satabon recently announced a new live schedule set to launch Nov. 4.  The European run is scheduled to run through Nov. 26.  The band will take some time during the holidays after that, to recharge before hitting the road again in 2021, starting Jan. 22.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.  Tickets are available here.

 

SABATON Live:

2020: 
04.11.      KZ     Almaty – Bariber Club
07.11.      RUS   Chelyabinsk – Entertainment Galaxy
08.11.      RUS   Yekaterinburg – Tele Club
10.11.      RUS   Ufa – Tinkoff Hall
12.11.      RUS   Samara – Zvezda
14.11.      RUS   Volgograd – Vs Club
16.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
17.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
19.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
20.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
21.11.      RUS   Rostov-on-Don – Krop Arena
23.11.      RUS   Krasnodar – Krop Arena
24.11.      RUS   Stavropol – Major
26.11.      BLR    Minsk – Falcon Club

2021:
22.01.      SE      Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
23.01.      SE      Örebro – Conventum
25.01.      SE      Umeå  – Idun, Folkets hus
26.01.      SE      Östersund – Folkets hus
28.01.      SE      Piteå – Pite Havsbad
29.01.      SE      Luleå – Kulturens hus
30.01.      SE      Skellefteå – Folkparken
01.02.      SE      Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
02.02.      SE      Malmö – Slagthusetmmx
03.02.      SE      Halmstad – Live
04.02.      SE      Trollhättan – Folkets Hus
06.02.      SE      Ronneby – Klubb Ron
07.02.      SE      Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
08.02       SE      Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress
09.02.      SE      Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.02.      SE      Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
12.02.      SE      Älmhult – Arenan
13.02.      SE      Borås – Ahaga
14.02.      SE      Linköping – Konsert & Kongress
15.02.      SE      Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
17.02.      SE      Norrköping – Flygeln
18.02.      SE      Gävle – Gasklockorna
19.02.      SE      Borlänge – Galaxen
20.02.      SE      Falun – Magasinet
22.02.      SE      Sundsvall – Avenyn
24.02.      SE      Värnamo – Gummifabriken
25.02.      SE      Mölnlycke – Råda Rum
26.02.      SE      Karlshamm – Bellevueparken
27.02.      SE      Skövde – Valhall

15.07.      BG      Mogilovo – Midalidare Rock 2021
07.08.      SE       Falun – Sabaton Open Air
29.08.      CH       Aarburg – Riverside Open Air
13.09.      US       Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
17.09.      US       Youngstown, OH – Covelli Center
22.09.      US       Milwaukee, WI – Miller Life High Theater
25.09.      US       St. Louis, MO- Saint Louis Music Park
29.09.      US       Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
06.10.      US       Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
08.10.      US       Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood
09.10.      US       Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
12.10.      US       San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
13.10.      US       Austin, TX – H-E-B Center
15.10.      US       Dallas, TX – Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory
16.10.      US       Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
28.10.      US       Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
30.10.      US       Ledyard, CT – Foxwood Casino Arena

 

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Sabaton Debuts ‘Devil Dogs’ Video

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“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.”

So said legendary military leader Gen. John Pershing many decades ago.  Power metal band Sabaton paid tribute to the United States Marine Corps in its latest album The Great War (2019) in the aptly titled song ‘Devil Dogs,’ and the band debuted the song’s companion video over the weekend.

The video features the band’s new single playing over footage of the band’s most recent North American tour, which featured audiences of all ages in attendance at the shows.  From a young girl with her father, to an elderly woman to a deaf interpreter helping her friend appreciate the band’s performance, audiences of all types and ages were in attendance at the shows, as the footage reveals.

Bassist Par Sundstrom talked about the video treatment in a recent interview.

”Filmed during our last tour in North America this video really shows how good the vibe is in the audience when we play; Young and old people singing together and jumping along to our songs every night,” he said. “I think anyone can see that we love what we do and we cannot wait to do it all again.”

‘Devil Dogs’ is just the latest single and video pulled from The Great War.  The album most recently saw the song ‘The Attack of the Dead Men‘ receive its own live video.

Also released as singles from the album are: ‘Great War,‘ ‘82nd All The Way,’ ‘The Red Baron,’ ‘Fields of Verdun,’ and ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom.’  In related news, Sabtaon’s Nuclear Blast Records label mate Amaranthe debuted its own cover of ’82nd All The Way’ in January.

In other news, Satabon recently announced a new live schedule set to launch Jan. 22 that will take the band across its homeland of Sweden.  The tour is scheduled to run through Feb. 27.  It is noted below.

Sundstrom noted of the upcoming dates, they are meant to make up for the dates lost due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We realized that 23 shows were not enough to cover Sweden properly, so we decided to add a few more,” he said.  “The tour has now grown to 29 dates, making it our largest tour in Sweden so far and probably the largest tour by any metal band.  Several of the already announced shows had sold out in the first week, and we are so damn happy and proud to see your enthusiasm about this tour!”

SABATON live in Sweden 2021:

22.01.              SE        Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
23.01.              SE        Örebro – Conventum
25.01.              SE        Umeå  – Idun, Folkets hus
26.01.              SE        Östersund – Folkets hus
28.01.              SE        Piteå – Pite Havsbad
29.01.              SE        Luleå – Kulturens hus
30.01.              SE        Skellefteå – Folkparken
01.02.              SE        Helsingborg – Sundspärlan
02.02.              SE        Malmö – Slagthusetmmx
03.02.              SE        Halmstad – Live
04.02.              SE        Trollhättan – Folkets Hus
06.02.              SE        Ronneby – Klubb Ron
07.02.              SE        Eskilstuna – Lokomotivet
08.02               SE        Uppsala – Uppsala Konsert & Kongress *NEW
09.02.              SE        Huskvarna – Folkets Park
10.02.              SE        Kristianstad – Södra Kasern
12.02.              SE        Älmhult – Arenan
13.02.              SE        Borås – Ahaga
14.02.              SE        Linköping – Konsert & Kongress
15.02.              SE        Kalmar – Kalmarsalen
17.02.              SE        Norrköping – Flygeln
18.02.              SE        Gävle – Gasklockorna
19.02.              SE        Borlänge – Galaxen
20.02.              SE        Falun – Magasinet
22.02.              SE        Sundsvall – Avenyn *NEW
24.02.              SE        Värnamo – Gummifabriken *NEW
25.02.              SE        Mölnlycke – Råda Rum *NEW
26.02.              SE        Karlshamm – Bellevueparken *NEW
27.02.              SE        Skövde – Valhall *NEW

Tickets are available now on https://www.sabaton.net/tour/

Additional dates in Russia and Belarus are also planned.  They are noted below, too.

New dates for SABATON in Russia and Belarus:

07.11.      RUS   Chelyabinsk – Entertainment Galaxy
08.11.      RUS   Yekaterinburg – Tele Club
10.11.      RUS   Ufa – Tinkoff Hall
12.11.      RUS   Samara – Zvezda
14.11.      RUS   Volgograd – Vs Club
16.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
17.11.      RUS   Nizhny Novgorod – Milo
19.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
20.11.      RUS   Voronezh – Arena Hall
21.11.      RUS   Rostov-on-Don – Krop Arena
23.11.      RUS   Krasnodar – Krop Arena
24.11.      RUS   Stavropol – Major
26.11.      BLR    Minsk – Falcon Club

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Unleash The Archers Debuts ‘Abyss’ Video

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Power metal band Release the Archers debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Abyss‘ Thursday.  The video, directed by Roderick Sobie, features the band performing its new single in a studio setting.  As the band performs, a portal of sorts opens, sucking the band into another dimension, in which it continues to perform the song.

The song’s musical arrangement is an up-tempo composition whose vocals, guitars and time keeping will appeal to fans of bands, such as Sabaton, Battle Beast, and The Agonist.

The band’s new song is the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release Aug. 21 through Napalm Records.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

 

Abyss tracklisting:
1) Waking Dream
2) Abyss
3) Through Stars
4) Legacy
5) Return To Me
6) Soulbound
7) Faster Than Light
8) The Wind That Shapes The Land
9) Carry The Flame (feat. guitarist Andrew Kingsley on guest vocals)
10) Afterlife (feat. orchestration by Francesco Ferrini)

 

 

Vocalist Brittney Slayes talked about the new song in a recent interview.

“This track set the tone for the whole record; conceptually, lyrically, musically, it all started here,” she said.  “[Guitarist] Andy [Kingsley] came up with the opening riff back when we were writing Apex [Abyss‘ predecessor], but I knew right away it didn’t belong on that record.  When we finally started writing Abyss in 2019, this was the first song we wrote and it was the first song I listened to when the record was done. It symbolizes five years of hard work for us, and I think it does a great job of putting the listener in the right place emotionally to start the record. It hints at what the rest of the album is all about, but also doesn’t give it all away, not by a long shot!”

The new single is just one of the topics that Slayes addressed during her interview.  She also talked about how the song plays into the album’s overall lyrical theme and how it ties back to Apex.

“Our protagonist, The Immortal, is once again awakened at the beginning of our story, but this time he is in an unknown place: a ship out in deep space,” she said.  “He wanders alone for a time, reflecting on his misdeeds, searching for his new master. Finally, he finds him, and learns that it is the Grandson of The Matriarch, our antagonist. The Immortal had taken The Grandson’s father away some sixty years before, to be sacrificed by The Matriarch in a ritual to achieve immortality (the events from Apex) and now the Grandson seeks revenge against The Matriarch with the aid of her own weapon, The Immortal.

This album is a classic take on good versus evil, light versus dark, The Grandson versus The Matriarch, but it also uses the ‘person versus self’ literary device in that The Immortal is battling with the good and evil within himself, and must decide in the end if he is simply a tool for others to use, or a man with free will and the ability to choose his own path; a struggle I think every human can relate to,” added Slayes.

More information on Unleash the Archers’ new single and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Warbringer’s Latest LP Brings Lots Of Musical, Lyrical Firepower For Audiences To Enjoy

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Thrash metal outfit Warbringer is an interesting act.  The band has only been in existence for sixteen years.  Yet in that span, the band has toured the globe with some of the metal community’s biggest names (E.g. Overkill, Soilwork, Exodus), and released six albums, all while going through label and numerous lineup changes.  Most bands can only dream to have done as much as Warbringer in that span of time, what with the average number of albums and associated tours run over that time being three.  Even having done so much in such a short time, the band has not lost its fire.  That is clear in the band’s latest album (it’s sixth), Weapons of Tomorrow.  The 10-song record is a presentation that is everything that audiences have come to expect from Warbringer, both musically and lyrically.  The guitar riffs, vocals, bass work and time keeping come together to make this record just as worthy of applause as any of Warbringer’s past records.  That is evidenced in part early in the record’s 50-minute run in the form of ‘Defiance of Fate.’  This song will be addressed shortly.  ‘Heart of Darkness,’ which comes just past the record’s midpoint, serves as another example of the album’s strength.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Glorious End,’ the album’s finale, is one more way in which this album shows its impact.  It is hardly the last of the album’s most notable entries.  ‘Outer Reaches,’ which focuses on the journey into space, ‘Notre Dame (King of Fools),’ which seems to tell the story of Quasi Modo, and ‘Firepower Kills,’ which really comes across as an indictment of the buildup of the military complex, are also important additions to the album.  When they are considered with the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of the album proves itself to be a powerful new offering from Warbringer that the band’s fans will appreciate just as much as metal fans in general.

Twelve years ago, thrash metal outfit Warbringer first came onto the metal scene with its debut album War Without End.  In the decade-plus since that album’s release, the band has continued to impress audiences with each following album.  The band’s latest album, Weapons of Tomorrow – the band’s sixth album and eighth overall recording, counting its two EPs – is no exception to that rule.  That is proven through the album’s lyrical and musical content, as is evidenced early on in the album’s fourth track, ‘Defiance of Faith.’  The song’s musical arrangement lends itself to comparisons to Metallica’s timeless thrash anthen ‘Sanitarium’ what with its brooding, reserved approach in the work of guitarists Adam Carroll and Chase Becker.  Drummer Carlos Cruz’s work behind the kit adds even more to that comparison with his controlled performance, as does bassist Chase Bryant.  Given, front man John Kevill’s vocal delivery is more akin to something from perhaps Exodus or Overkill, but it still works in its own right, adding its own touch to the whole to make the arrangement its own strong performance.  The subdued nature of the song’s arrangement is important to note because it serves to help illustrate and translate the story presented in the song’s lyrical content, which is about a man trying to decide which path to take in his life, so to speak.

The story of that subject’s decision is told over the course of its seven-minute-plus run time, with the subject first asking himself about his path.  He says to himself in this verse,  “So far away/the night descends o one more day/I call your name/But no reply/Nothing/How to go on/Why wear a smile upon my face/I try to rise in vain/But I can’t defy/I can’t defy my fate.”  He continues his discussion with himself in the song’s second verse, with just as much emotion, “Can’t find a meaning/In a cold, uncaring world/I long for days/Days that once and never were/My hopes begin to fade/For I can’t defy/I can’t defy my fate.”  Eventually the song’s figure reaches an epiphany, realizing his fate is in his own hands.  This comes in the song’s third verse, as the subject states, “But will I lay down as my life passes by?/Or will I raise up my fist to the sky/I will not go silently into the dark/My flame will burn brighter than all of the stars/I will stand tall/I will not go silently/I will be known/My flame will burn bright/So bright/You will know my name/You will hear my voice/My life will have meaning/I have made my choice/Now I stand defiant/I stand in defiance of fate/For all of time/My will and my spirit remain.”  What’s really interesting here is that as the song’s subject gains his emotional and mental footing, so does the energy increase in the song’s arrangement, helping to illustrate the determination and confidence that is rising in the song’s subject.  Keeping all of this in mind, it is clear that a lot of thought was put into the song on both  sides.  Even more important to note here is that while this is just a story, it is a story to which listeners can relate, as it reminds listeners to not give up when they are in those situations in which they are feeling so much doubt.  To that end, the song proves even more important to the whole of Weapons of Tomorrow.  Whether making that connection was manifest from the band is anyone’s guess, but regardless, it is a connection that listeners can relate.  Keeping that in mind, this song is clearly an important addition to the album, and just one of the record’s most notable works.  ‘Heart of Darkness’ is another of the songs featured in Weapons of Tomorrow that makes the record worth hearing.

‘Heart of Darkness’ is notable because it stands out from the rest of the album’s songs just as much musically as it does lyrically.  Where ‘Defiance of Fate’ boasted a very Metallica-esque influence in its arrangement, this song’s arrangement is more of a 21st-century work.  It continues the band’s trend of experimenting with more black metal elements alongside its trademark thrash metal sound.  The two elements are well-balanced here, making the whole a work that is unique within the confines of the album and when compared to works from Warbringer’s thrash counterparts.  That combination makes this arrangement another work that audiences will appreciate just as much as the album’s other entries.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The foreboding sound presented through the song’s arrangement does well to help evoke the feeling in the song’s lyrical content.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Heart of Darkness’ seems to reference author Joseph Conrad’s timeless novella written by the same name.  The novella took on the themes of imperialism and racism.  At the same time, while the title of that publication is referenced here, the actual lyrical content seems to address more, the history of mankind on one another.  It can just as easily be likened to the influence of the Spanish on certain other societies, Europeans on native cultures in America (and Africa) and even the British on peoples of other nations.  In other words, it is a theme that connects to reality in so many avenues.  To that end, the two topics ironically intertwine with one another seamlessly.  The song states of that history in its lead verse, “Far into the unknown/They find this land/Yet unspoiled by time/Its people quite defenseless/Its riches ripe for the taking/They brought the torch/They brought the sword/To seek their fame/To seek reward/They venture into the jungles and mists/And blinded, they see/Only an infinite darkness.”  The story continues in its second verse with what seems to reference the atrocities of slavery in America, stating, “The crack of whips/The clack of chains/To bring the light/But why such pain/To rule by force and domination/And then to speak of civilization/The ivory face/The eyes so cold/The lust for power/The glimmer of gold/There lies a sickness deep in the soul/One glance in the mirror/Reveals an infinite darkness.”  In hindsight, the mention of “the lust for power/The glimmer of gold” might in fact make this a reference to the mistreatment of Native Americans by white Americans of European descent.  Either way, the picture of that mistreatment by one group to another is clear and powerful.  The song’s powerful story continues in its third verse, as Kevill “sings,” “Stained human soul/Which no one can disguise/What evil lurks in the recesses of the mind/Would you chain another/If you gained from their demise/To peer into this darkness means to face the horror/The horror within us all/Far/So far into the unknown/The hateful seeds that have been sown/The quest for wealth/That grim desire/The severed hands/The homes afire/Through the years, an unending stain/The crack of whips/The clack of chains/And even today, the echo remains/Witness the still-beating heart/Heart of darkness.”  Again, what is being addressed here is imperialism and racism throughout history from one group’s oppression of another to another group’s oppression of others.  It is a very unique way in which this familiar topic has been approached here.  Together with the song’s musical arrangement, the topic is even more impacting.  In turn, the song becomes another clear example of what makes Weapons of Tomorrow worth hearing.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable entries.  The record’s finale, ‘Glorious End’ is one more example of the album’s strength.

‘Glorious End’ stands out because while its musical arrangement does present more of the band’s familiar thrash sound – coupled with more black/death metal influence – the song’s lyrical content presents its own unique tale.  The tale here is that of a young man growing up and going off to war in World War I.  It is a story that will appeal widely to fans not only of Warbringer, but also to fans of Sabaton.  At the same time, it is also an indictment of war and what it causes.  The song’s subject states in the song’s lead verse, “I hear the call to arms/I shall answer at once/My brothers, now we march/Toward the sound of the guns/yes, men will die/But I will not be afraid/I remember the words that my father told me/My son, you must be brave/Your steel must be true/And upon that field of war, my son/You know what you must do.”  The story continues with the song’s subject paying tribute to his father, stating, “My father, my father/Your sons will stand tall/We will return to home/In victory or not at all/For I am no coward/I will laugh at death again/No onward my brothers/To our glorious end/Oh, the banner stands so tall/What glory awaits us all.”  The story continues even more over the course of the song’s nearly seven-minute run time, but does not have a happy ending.  The young soldier eventually dies as a result of a chemical attack. He and his fellow soldiers were gassed.  As the young man dies, he says, “My father, are you proud?/truly a glorious end/Into a silent tomb I fall/What glory awaits us all/Tell me father, have you lied?/this is no way for a soldier to die/Was there a meaning when I fell/Where is the glory/Where is the glory for me?”  Again, this becomes an indictment of war and its effects.  It is a not so veiled statement about those who blindly go off and serve out of their own inflated sense of patriotism and self aggrandizement.  It is a powerful statement that, when considered along with the album’s opening statement about the buildup of the industrial military complex, adds even more impact from the album.  Considered along with the rest of the songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings, the record in whole proves itself to be a record that will appeal widely to Warbringer’s fans, those of the thrash realm and of the metal world in general.  Simply put, it makes itself an easy candidate for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.

Warbringer’s latest full-length studio recording Weapons of Tomorrow is an engaging and enjoyable new offering from the young thrash metal veterans.  That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical content, as is evidenced through the songs examined here.  When those songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s offerings, the album in whole becomes another positive offering from Warbringer that boasts plenty of its own musical and lyrical firepower.  The album is available now through Napalm Records.  More information on Weapons of Tomorrow is available along with all of Warbringer’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Amaranthe, Angela Gossow Partner For New Single, ‘Do Or Die’

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Amaranthe has partnered with former Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow to send a warning to the world about its current state.

The group debuted the video for the song ‘Do or Die‘ Friday.  The video features Gossow and the members of Amaranthe in a post-apocalyptic world that is filled with pollution and garbage, collecting what can only be assumed to be the skeletons of the world’s former inhabitants killed by the impact of climate change.

The song’s musical arrangement features Amaranthe’s familiar melodic, orchestral metal sound alongside Gossow’s equally familiar gutteral vocal delivery.  The song’s lyrical content is meant as a statement about what humans are doing to the planet.

Amaranthe guitarist Olo Morck discussed that lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“While Amaranthe’s music is often uplifting, energetic and positive, sooner or later everyone needs to deal with the obvious fact that the world is literally crumbling around us — and it is crumbling fast, thanks to the short-sighted abuse of our common Mother Earth!,” he said.  “We talked to legendary Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy fame to do an entire package of a video and a song, outside of any normal album cycle, and let our different perspectives on metal collide in a massive explosion; and it resulted in ‘Do Or Die’!”  together with Overbeck Media, who shot the video, we delivered something really quite special, and Angela brings in a fresh strength to the trademark Amaranthe sound that is sure to resound all across the metal world!  Death and Fire!!!”

Gossow offered her own remarks about taking part in the video shoot.

“It was thrilling to join Amaranthe for a more extreme track and shooting a cutting edge video for it!,” she said.  “This is no cozy studio performance, but real ice cold winds, sewages, cadavers and pouring rain — the reality we live in, the devastating legacy we leave to our future generations.  Time to wake up, turn — and bang — some heads!  Watch out for these guys and killer lady.  They are going to crush you this year with a new album and some heavy touring!!!”

‘Do Or Die’ is available to stream and download here.  The song’s debut comes more than a month after the band debuted the video for its cover of Sabaton’s song ‘82nd All The Way.’

Amaranthe is wrapping the latest leg of its tour with Sabaton.  The bands’ current tour winds down Sunday.

The band will take part in a series of festivals this summer across Europe.  Its festival schedule opens June 4 at the Sweden Rock Festival and runs through Aug. 31 at the Rock in the City Festival.

An extensive North American headlining tour is also on tap for Amaranthe this summer, with support from Battle Beast and Seven Spires.  The band’s North American tour is scheduled to launch Aug. 20 in Baltimore, MD and to run through Oct. 2 in Cincinnati, OH.  It features performances in cities, such as Portland, OR; Tempe, AZ and Philadelphia, PA.

Amaranthe’s upcoming live dates are all noted below.  Tickets for the band’s North American dates are available here.

 

 

AMARANTHE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL SHOWS

04.06. S Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival *NEW*
05. – 07.06. D Nürburg – Rock am Ring *NEW*
05. – 07.06. D Nuremberg – Rock im Park *NEW*
05. – 07.06. FIN Tampere – Rockfest *NEW*
13.06. SK Prešov – Dobry Festival
24./25.07. FIN Oulu – Qstock *NEW*
30.07. – 01.08. FIN Kuopio – Kuopiorock *NEW*
31.08. FIN Lappeenranta – Rock In The City *NEW*
05. – 08.08. S Falun – Sabaton Open Air *NEW*

North American Tour 2020
with BATTLE BEAST and SEVEN SPIRE:
08/20/2020  Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
08/21/2020  The Palladium (MA) – Worcester, MA
08/22/2020  The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
08/23/2020  Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
08/25/2020  Club Soda – Montreal, QC
08/26/2020  Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
08/27/2020  Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
08/28/2020  MOD Club  – Toronto, ON
08/29/2020  The Eclectic Room –  Angola, IN
08/30/2020  Token Lounge –  Westland, MI
09/01/2020  Concord Music Hall –  Chicago, IL
09/02/2020  Apollo Theater – Belvidere, IL
09/03/2020  Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
09/04/2020  The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
09/05/2020  Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
09/06/2020  The Exchange – Regina, SK
09/08/2020  The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
09/09/2020  Dickens – Calgary, AB
09/11/2020  The Venue – Vancouver, BC
09/12/2020   El Corazon – Seattle, WA
09/13/2020  Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
09/14/2020  Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
09/15/2020  Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
09/16/2020  Whisky a Go Go – West Hollywood, CA
09/18/2020  Club Red – Tempe, AZ
09/19/2020  Backstage Bar and Billiards – Las Vegas, NV
09/20/2020  Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
09/21/2020  Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
09/23/2020  Trees – Dallas, TX
09/24/2020  Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
09/25/2020. Scout Bar – Houston, TX
09/26/2020  House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
09/27/2020  House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
09/29/2020  Rt 20 – Racine, WI
09/30/2020  The Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
10/01/2020  The Underground – Charlotte, NC
10/02/2020  Riverfront Live – Cincinnati, OH

 

 

More information on Amaranthe’s upcoming live dates, its new video and more is available online at:

 

Websitehttp://www.amaranthe.se

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/AmarantheBand

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/amaranthemetal

 

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