History Music / Sabaton

26th Apr '17 6:48:24 PM StarSword
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* PerspectiveFlip:
** An interesting variation happens in ''Heroes''. Sabaton has a song named ''Attero Dominatus'' about the fall of Berlin, in ''Heroes'' we have ''Hearts of Iron'' which is about the same event, but from the perspective of the German troops trying to protect civilians.

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* PerspectiveFlip:
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PerspectiveFlip: An interesting variation happens in ''Heroes''. Sabaton has a song named ''Attero Dominatus'' Their second album's title track, "Attero Dominatus" is about the fall of Berlin, in told from the perspective of the advancing Red Army. ''Heroes'' we have ''Hearts contains the song "Hearts of Iron'' Iron" which is about the same event, but from the perspective of the German troops trying to protect civilians.



* TheQuisling: A great deal of scorn is reserved towards Ephialtes of Trachia (the man who betrayed the Spartans to the Persians) in ''Sparta''.

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* TheQuisling: A great deal of scorn is reserved towards Ephialtes of Trachia (the man who betrayed the Spartans to the Persians) in ''Sparta''."Sparta".
26th Apr '17 6:44:12 PM StarSword
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* HarshVocals: Joakim Brodén's singing voice is notably deeper-pitched and gruffer than many PowerMetal vocalists, but he usually doesn't dip into hoarse DeathMetal territory. One notable exception is the cover of Music/AmonAmarth's "Twilight of the Thunder God", where he sings the entire bridge like this (shifting into a MetalScream for the last line).



** ''The Final Solution.'' An awesome metal song... about the horrors of the Holocaust, specifically Auschwitz. The band no longer plays that song live because they found it unsettling to see the audience cheer and headbang along.
** ''The Price of A Mile'', also a catchy, badass, upbeat song about the soldiers dying pointless deaths at Passchendaele.
** ''Nuclear Attack'' just like the two above, a catchy and more upbeat song about the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
** ''We Burn'' -- catchy, badass song about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srebrenica_massacre Srebrenica massacre]].
** ''Long Live The King'' is a glorious, epic ballad about the death of the Swedish Empire and the titular King Charles XII, as his soldiers do everything to bring his body back to Sweden.
** ''In The Army Now'' is a badass ballad about a poor sod who gets suckered into joining the military, and it is nothing like what he expected.

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** ''The "The Final Solution.'' Solution". An awesome metal song... about the horrors of the Holocaust, specifically Auschwitz. The band no longer plays stopped playing that song live until their 2017 tour because they found it unsettling to see the audience cheer and headbang along.
** ''The "The Price of A Mile'', Mile", also a catchy, badass, upbeat song about the soldiers dying pointless deaths at Passchendaele.
** ''Nuclear Attack'' "Nuclear Attack" just like the two above, a catchy and more upbeat song about the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
** ''We Burn'' "We Burn" -- catchy, badass song about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srebrenica_massacre Srebrenica massacre]].
** ''Long "Long Live The King'' King" is a glorious, epic ballad about the death of the Swedish Empire and the titular King Charles XII, as his soldiers do everything to bring his body back to Sweden.
** ''In "In The Army Now'' Now" is a badass ballad about a poor sod who gets suckered into joining the military, and it is nothing like what he expected.
26th Apr '17 6:38:04 PM StarSword
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-->''Bushido, dignified!''
-->''It's the Last Stand of the Samurai!''

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-->''Bushido, dignified!''
-->''It's
dignified!''\\
''It's
the Last Stand of the Samurai!''



* FashionableAsymmetry: Only one of Joakim's arms is tattoed, and he often wears a small band on one of his wrists.

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* FashionableAsymmetry: Only one of Joakim's arms is tattoed, tattooed, and he often wears a small band on one of his wrists.



* AGodAmI: "Carolus Rex" (the song) [[DownplayedTrope stops just short]] in talking about King Charles XII's belief in the divine right of kings, portraying him as a borderline madman convinced his power comes directly from God.



* TankGoodness: The band has a mad, passionate love affair with German panzers in particular, with "Panzer Battalion" probably the best case of [[GunPorn Tank Porn]] outside of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Imperial Guard]]. Other songs about tank warfare include "Ghost Division" and "Panzerkampf" from ''The Art of War'', the latter of which covers the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kursk Battle of Kursk]], one of the biggest armor confrontations in history.

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* TankGoodness: The band has a mad, passionate love affair with German panzers in particular, with "Panzer Battalion" probably the best case of [[GunPorn Tank Porn]] outside of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Imperial Guard]]. Other songs about tank warfare include including "Ghost Division" and "Panzerkampf" from ''The Art of War'', the latter of which covers the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kursk Battle of Kursk]], one of the biggest armor confrontations in history. "Panzer Battalion" sounds like another one but is actually about the 2003 invasion of Iraq, focusing on American M1 Abrams tanks.
26th Apr '17 10:14:03 AM StarSword
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* SomethingElseAlsoRises: {{Inverted}}. "The Rise of Evil" is ostensibly about the rise of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. Brodén has been known to introduce it at concerts by saying it's about his penis. (This can be heard in Swedish on a bonus track of the ''Primo Victoria'' reissue.)
25th Apr '17 3:47:09 AM StarSword
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Initially formed as a more typical metal group with frontman Joakim Brodén also playing keyboards, their first productions, a pair of {{EP}}s later released as ''Fist for Fight'' and their intended debut album ''Metalizer'', were sent into DevelopmentHell by their label at the time, Underground Symphony. In 2005 they jumped ship to Black Lodge Records and released the ConceptAlbum ''Primo Victoria'', which had Brodén give up keyboard duties to Daniel Mÿhr. Such war songs, composed by Brodén, bassist Pär Sundström, or both, have comprised the lion's share of their output ever since. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast Records.

The band underwent a major lineup change after the release of ''Carolus Rex'' in 2012, with Mÿhr, guitarists Rikard Sundén and Oskar Montelius, and drummer Daniel Mullback leaving due to the group's grueling touring schedule. They subsequently joined up with Music/AstralDoors vocalist Nils Patrik Johannson to form Music/CivilWar.




See also Music/CivilWar, a SpiritualSuccessor band formed by former members of Sabaton.

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\nSee also Music/CivilWar, a SpiritualSuccessor band formed by former members of Sabaton.----
19th Apr '17 4:59:40 PM StarSword
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* AmericaWonWorldWarII: Averted. In addition to recognizing the importance of the Eastern Front, the band sings about many lesser-known events that didn't involve any the major Allied powers.
10th Apr '17 11:23:05 AM StarSword
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* ScrewYourUltimatum: The third verse (and opening splash of the music video) of "Screaming Eagles" recounts how the commander of the 101st Airborne, defending Bastogne at the Battle of the Bulge, responded to a German surrender demand as follows: "NUTS!"
8th Apr '17 6:04:11 PM StarSword
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** {{Inverted}} with "Hill 3234", which refers to the Afghan ''mujahideen'' by one possible English translation of the term: "those who fight".
23rd Mar '17 3:16:16 PM StarSword
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** ''Metal Crue'' has lyrics composed almost entirely of metal band names.
** ''Metal Machine'' [[SongOfSongTitles has lyrics almost entirely composed of the titles of other metal songs]]
** ''Metal Ripper'' borrows many lyrics from other metal songs.
** Men of War is a tribute to Music/{{Manowar}}.
** ''7734'' is an abridged retelling of the rise and decline of the metal genre, and also pokes fun at the stereotype of [[SubliminalSeduction hidden Satanic messages in metal songs]].
* HeavyMithril: ''Shadows'' is about [[TheLordOfTheRings Nazgul]].
** ''Birds of War'' is about five paladins fallen to darkness and scourging a world they once protected.
*** Also known as the Literature/HorusHeresy. More specifically, [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Chaos Raptors]], Chaos Space Marines with no allegiance to any one Chaos God, who rely on rapid assault tactics and jumppacks to terrorize their enemies. [[WouldHurtAChild And civilians.]] Especially civilians.

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** ''Metal Crue'' "Metal Crue" has lyrics composed almost entirely of metal band names.
** ''Metal Machine'' "Metal Machine" [[SongOfSongTitles has lyrics almost entirely composed of the titles of other metal songs]]
** ''Metal Ripper'' "Metal Ripper" borrows many lyrics from other metal songs.
** Men "Men of War War" is a tribute to Music/{{Manowar}}.
** ''7734'' "7734" is an abridged retelling of the rise and decline of the metal genre, and also pokes fun at the stereotype of [[SubliminalSeduction hidden Satanic messages in metal songs]].
* HeavyMithril: ''Shadows'' HeavyMithril:
** "Shadows"
is about [[TheLordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Nazgul]].
** ''Birds "Birds of War'' War" is about five paladins fallen to darkness and scourging a world they once protected.
***
protected. Also known as the Literature/HorusHeresy. More specifically, [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Chaos Raptors]], Chaos Space Marines with no allegiance to any one Chaos God, who rely on rapid assault tactics and jumppacks to terrorize their enemies. [[WouldHurtAChild And civilians.]] Especially civilians.



* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: ''Panzerkampf''.
* NukeEm: ''Nuclear Attack'', about the attacks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
* NumberOfTheBeast: PlayedForLaughs by ''A Secret'' which contains a part that says that it has detected an illegal download and is executing spyware protocol 666. Note that 666 is spelled out at "Six hundred sixty-six."

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* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: ''Panzerkampf''.
"Panzerkampf".
* NukeEm: ''Nuclear Attack'', "Nuclear Attack", about the attacks of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
* NumberOfTheBeast: PlayedForLaughs by ''A Secret'' "A Secret" which contains a part that says that it has detected an illegal download and is executing spyware protocol 666. Note that 666 is spelled out at "Six hundred sixty-six."



* ReligionRantSong: Subverted with ''Burn Your Crosses''. If you hear it without context, you would think it's just a rant on the evils of Christianity. But [[WordOfGod Joakim Brodén]] has empathetically stated the song is, like all other Sabaton songs, a narrative: It's about a man about to be executed by the UsefulNotes/SpanishInquisition who decides to go out in a [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner blaze of glory]], and the song is his speech.

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* ReligionRantSong: ReligionRantSong:
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Subverted with ''Burn "Burn Your Crosses''.Crosses". If you hear it without context, you would think it's just a rant on the evils of Christianity. But [[WordOfGod Joakim Brodén]] has empathetically emphatically stated the song is, like all other Sabaton songs, a narrative: It's about a man about to be executed by the UsefulNotes/SpanishInquisition who decides to go out in a [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner blaze of glory]], and the song is his speech. speech.
** {{Downplayed}} with "In the Name of God", which is a [[TheVillainSucksSong "Villain Sucks" Song]] about religiously motivated terrorism.



* SemperFi: Their cover of ''Camouflage'' is about a pair of marines, title drops this trope in the lyrics, and the eponymous Camouflage takes it seriously enough that he plays MysteriousProtector to the song's protagonist [[spoiler: despite having died the night before.]]

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* SemperFi: Their cover of ''Camouflage'' is about a pair of marines, Marines, title drops this trope in the lyrics, and the eponymous Camouflage takes it seriously enough that he plays MysteriousProtector to the song's protagonist [[spoiler: despite having died the night before.]]



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: {{Enforced}} with ''Metalizer'', which features no war songs at all. The album was actually recorded in '02 to be Sabaton's first full-length studio album, but Underground Symphony, their label at the time, sent it into DevelopmentHell for years before finally selling the rights to the band's second label Black Lodge. By that point Sabaton had firmly adopted the military history theme with ''Primo Victoria'' and ''Attero Dominatus''.



** ''Heroes'' features ''Man Of War'', fittingly for a giant tribute to Manowar, has lyrics entirely composed by names of Manowar songs.

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** ''Heroes'' features ''Man "Man Of War'', War", fittingly for a giant tribute to Manowar, has lyrics entirely composed by names of Manowar songs.



* SympatheticPOV: ''Hearts of Iron'' shows a more sympathetic side of Nazi Germany: The civilians and PunchClockVillain soldiers present, trying to flee from the horrors of war, while other Wehrmacht soldiers hold open the escape corridor and coordinate the evacuation of Berlin.
* TankGoodness: Several times, with ''Panzer Battalion'' probably the best case of [[GunPorn Tank Porn]] outside of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Imperial Guard]].

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* SympatheticPOV: ''Hearts "Hearts of Iron'' Iron" shows a more sympathetic side of Nazi Germany: The civilians and PunchClockVillain soldiers present, trying to flee from the horrors of war, while other Wehrmacht soldiers hold open the escape corridor and coordinate the evacuation of Berlin.
* TankGoodness: Several times, The band has a mad, passionate love affair with ''Panzer Battalion'' German panzers in particular, with "Panzer Battalion" probably the best case of [[GunPorn Tank Porn]] outside of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Imperial Guard]].Guard]]. Other songs about tank warfare include "Ghost Division" and "Panzerkampf" from ''The Art of War'', the latter of which covers the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kursk Battle of Kursk]], one of the biggest armor confrontations in history.
4th Mar '17 9:28:28 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheDogBitesBack: ''Panzerkampf'' is about the Soviets managing to turn the tide in the Eastern front to their favor against the Nazis and ''Attero Dominatus'' is about them finally taking the enemy in Berlin that caused them so much harm.



* SnowMeansDeath: Multiple examples.



* TheDogBitesBack: ''Panzerkampf'' is about the Soviets managing to turn the tide in the Eastern front to their favor against the Nazis and ''Attero Dominatus'' is about them finally taking the enemy in Berlin that caused them so much harm.
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