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Sabaton is a Swedish PowerMetal band founded in 1999. Most of their songs touch on themes of war, often being about [[HorribleHistoryMetal famous historical battles]], especially from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

'''Current line up:'''
* Joakim Brodén – vocals
* Pär Sundström – bass
* Chris Rörland — guitar
* Thobbe Englund - guitar
* Hannes Van Dahl - drums

'''Former members:'''
* Rikard Sundén – guitar (1999-2012)
* Oskar Montelius – guitar (1999-2012)
* Richard Larsson — drums (1999-2001)
* Daniel Mullback – drums (2001-2012)
* Daniel Mÿhr – keyboards (2005-2012)
* Robban Bäck — drums (2012-2013)

'''Albums:'''
* ''Primo Victoria'' – 2005
* ''Attero Dominatus'' – 2006
* ''Metalizer'' – 2007
* ''The Art of War'' – 2008
* ''Coat of Arms'' – 2010
* ''Carolus Rex'' - 2012
* ''Heroes'' - 2014

!Sabaton and their songs provides examples of:

* TheAce: ''White Death.''
* AcePilot: ''Aces in Exile''. In ''Heroes'' we have the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Witches Night Witches]]''.
* AFatherToHisMen: King Charles XII is painted this way in some of the later songs in ''Carolus Rex.''
** Mentioned in the Sun Tzu quotes in ''The Art of War''.
* AGodAmI: The chorus of "Carolus Rex".
---> I was chosen by Heaven / Say my name when you pray!
* AllAreEqualInDeath: ''Lifetime of War''
--> ''When they face death they're all alike''
-->''No right or wrong''
-->''Rich or poor''
-->''No matter who they served before''
-->''Good or bad''
-->''They're all the same''
-->''rest side-by-side now...''
* AmazonBrigade: ''Night Witches'' is about the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, which was an all-female [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin night bomber regiment]]. They kicked a lot of ass, and raised a lot of hell for the Germans.
* AnimalMotifs: Frequently, as many nations and/or armed forces have animals as their symbols. Most reoccurring, their songs often refer to Nazi Germany and its armed forces as "The Eagle" (one of their symbols). Other examples include (but are not limited to) the Swedish Empire's Eagle and Lion, the ''Chasseurs Ardennais'' boar, and the Brazilian Expeditionary Forces' snake.
* ArabIsraeliConflict: ''Counterstrike'' is about the Six-Day War specifically, also doubles as IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: On the cover art of ''Heroes'' the American soldier basically has to dislocate his arm to {{Shoryuken}} the Nazi soldier in that manner.
* Creator/AudieMurphy: ''To Hell and Back'', named after his autobiographical movie, is about the man himself.
* Literature/TheArtOfWar: The album of the same title is strongly inspired by the work of Sun Tzu. The title track is all about it and nearly every track on the album opens with a woman reading excerpts from TheArtOfWar.
* BadassArmy: ''The Carolean's Prayer'' paints the soldiers under Charles XII as this, which is TruthInTelevision. Hell, the whole album has the Swedes being total badasses and winning except when they're outnumbered, which is still factual.
* BadassBoast: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZMY-YXLa38 Carolus Rex]] is this for King Charles XII of Sweden and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Kl8LXA5ZM Poltava]] is this for his enemy Tsar Peter ("''Listen, excuse for a king! Trust me, this fight you can't win!''")
* BadassCreed: One of the final and most epic parts of ''Long Live the King.''
--> ''For their honor!''
--> ''For their glory!''
--> ''For the men that fought and bled!''
--> '''''A soldier from Sweden remembers the dead!'''''
* BalladOfX: ''The Ballad of Bull''.
* BandOfBrothers: ''Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)'' is more about this than the Battle of Monte Cassino.
** ''The Carolean's Prayer'' paints the entire army of Charles XII as this.
* BeingGoodSucks: Most of the heroes from the same-titled album suffered pretty terrible fates in spite of their heroism. Karel Janoušek (''Far From the Fame'') and Witold Pilecki (''Inmate 4859'') were both executed by communist regimes. A theme of the album is also that despite their heroism, their tales are mostly forgotten.
** The song ''Hearts of Iron'' from the same album covers the protection of civilians from the Red Army, by the German 9th and 12th army. [[Main/{{LastStand}} This did not end well for the 9th and 12th.]] However, it went [[EverybodyLives much better for the 250,000 people they saved]].
* BilingualBonus: ''Attero Dominatus'' uses four words in Latin. “Attero Dominatus” most likely means “I Destroy Tyranny”
** And ''Uprising'' has one sentence in Polish - “Warszawo walcz!” which means “Warsaw fight!” (imperative, i.e. commanding the city to fight - which it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising did]].)
** They constantly use German throught most WW2 themed songs, although mostly basic terms everyone knows like "Panzer" (using the entire word "Panzerkampfwagen" in ''Screaming Eagles''). In ''Rise of Evil'', which themes Hitler's uprising to power and the development of Nazi Germany, they use words like 'Anschluss' (the annexing of Austria), and 'Lebensraum' (the initial, official motivation for the war). There is also a cover song of Warlock's ''Für Immer'', which apart from a part of the chorus that's in English and Spanish, is entirely in German.
** "Gott Mit Uns." It's German for "God With Us," and was used a lot in the Thirty Years War.
** ''Carolus Rex'' in general has a lot of this, with song titles like ''Gott Mit Uns'' and ''Ruina Imperii'' and whole lines in some songs being in Old Swedish. Plus, there is a Swedish version of the whole album. ''Ruina Imperii'' is the only song on the album that doesn't have an English version, not counting bonus tracks.
*** The "chanting" in ''The Carolean's Prayer'' is the Lord's Prayer in Swedish.
** ''Resist and Bite'' feature "Gloria fortis miles" which means "Glory to the brave soldier" and "Adversor et admorsus" which means "[[TitleDrop Resist and Bite]]".
** In "Smoking Snakes", there's one line sung in Portuguese: "Cobras fumantes eterna é sua vitória!" ("Smoking Snakes eternal is your victory!"). In fact, throughout the song, they're always refered as "Cobras Fumantes" (Portuguese for Smoking Snakes).
** "Hearts of Iron" has a line that goes thus: ''Nicht ein Schlacht, ein Rettungsaktion'', meaning "It's not a battle, it's a rescue''.
** And they covered [[Music/{{Rammstein}} Feuer Frei]].
* {{Cameo}}: Actor Peter Stormare and Polish general Waldemar Skrzypczak took part in making the video for ''Uprising'' respectively playing a commander of the German occupying forces and one of the Warsaw Uprising's leaders.
* BloodKnight: "A Soldier of 3 Armies" states Lauri Torni is "addicted to the war game!"
* TheCaligula: SaddamHussein in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ0aqF_-nJQ Reign of Terror]]
** Special mention goes to the lines "Merciless killing your own" "A slave to power- a slave to gold. Ruinous rule in the East."
* CentralTheme: Forgotten heroism is a recurring motif in ''Heroes'', with nearly half of the songs commenting that their titular heroes are rarely remembered.
** To wit, at the writing of this entry, one of the people on the album, Leslie "Bull" Allen lacks an English Wikipedia page. Karel Janoušek only got an English Wikipedia page when the album was announced.
* ColdSniper: ''White Death''.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Carolus Rex'' is entirely about the rise and fall of the Swedish Empire from the Thirty Years War to the Great Northern War.
** ''Art Of War'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is about]] Sun Tzu's ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'', and includes several direct quotes.
** The album ''Heroes'' is called that for a reason 10 songs, only 5 are about groups. The other 5? About 5 legendary soldiers, [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Witold]] [[LaResistance Pilecki]], Creator/AudieMurphy, [[UsefulNotes/VietnamWar Leslie "Bull" Allen]], [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests La]][[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons uri]] [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks Törni]][[note]]Larry Thorne[[/note]], and [[FourStarBadass Karel]] [[LaResistance Jan]][[UsefulNotes/BohemiansWithBombers oušek]].
*** Although ''No Bullets Fly'' is about the Franz Stigler/Charlie Brown incident, from the perspective and about the former, being a Luftwaffe Pilot that escorted a damaged B17 Bomber back home instead of shooting it down, throwing away the Iron Cross he would have gotten for the additional kill.
** You could argue that their entire discography is made up of concept albums, but they're less obvious than most.
* CommieLand: ''Panzerkampf''.
* CurbStompBattle: Some of their songs, notably ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ0aqF_-nJQ Reign of Terror]]'' and ''Wolfpack'', are about these.
** ''Killing Ground'' is this for the Swedes towards the Russians. The next song on the album, ''Poltava'', reverses their positions.
* DarkReprise: While the lyrics certainly do not reflect it, ''Ruina Imperii'' is this to ''Lion From The North'', both when you notice that the chorus of the first is more or less a very downtrodden version of the other, and that while ''Lion From The North'' covers the rise of the Swedish empire, ''Ruina Imperii'' covers its fall.
* DawnOfAnEra: ''Lion From The North'' is about the beginnings of the Swedish Empire under Gustavus II Adolphus. It's very hopeful and energetic.
* DeathFromAbove: ''Firestorm'', also ''Nuclear Attack''. ''Firestorm'' even drops the trope name:
-->''Burn! Burn!''
-->''Rage of the heavens,''
-->''Burn! Burn!''
-->''Death from above,''
-->''Die! Die!''
-->''Merciless killing,''
-->''Burn! Burn!''
-->''Death from above.''
** Another great example is ''Night Witches''.
* DeathIsDramatic: One of their few non-history based songs, "[[{{Tearjerker}} The Hammer Has Fallen]]" is told from the perspective of a man DyingAlone. It is ''very'' dramatic.
-->''Here I am standing, darkness all around''
-->''Thinking of past, taking my last breath, the air is cold as ice''
-->''No one close to hear my voice''
-->''Did not leave me with a choice''
-->''Heaven will you wait for me?''
* DefensiveFeintTrap: ''The Art of War'' describes this tactic pretty well.
-->''I will run, they will hunt me in vain,''
-->''I will hide, they’ll be searching,''
-->''I’ll regroup, [[DefensiveFeintTrap feign retreat]], they’ll pursue,''
-->''Coup de grace, [[ToWinWithoutFighting I will win but never fight]],''
-->''That's the Art of War!''
-->''They will find me no more, I'll be gone,''
-->''I will have them surrounded,''
-->''They will yield without fight, overrun,''
-->''Coup de grace, [[ToWinWithoutFighting I will win but never fight]],''
-->''That's the Art of War!''
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Spoofed in "A Secret" from The Art Of War, which always plays no matter how the album was acquired, its format, or where it is being played.
* TheDreaded: By the way the chorus refers to them, the Night Witches seem to be incredibly feared.
* DyingAlone: ''The Hammer has Fallen''
* TheEmpire: The HolyRomanEmpire and Russia all throughout ''Carolus Rex''.
* EndOfAnAge: The general theme of ''Long Live The King'' and ''Ruina Imperii'' about the fall of the Swedish Empire.
* EpicRocking: Since they're a Power Metal band, it's a given.
* FilkSong: Many people seriously doubt that ''Hellrider'' is about tanks and not really [[Comicbook/GhostRider a certain demonic biker]], especially since it really suits him.
** ''Birds of War'' seems to be about [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Chaos Raptors]].
* FiveManBand: The new lineup.
** TheLeader: Joakim
** TheLancer: Par
** TheSmartGuy: Chris
** TheHeart: Thobbe
** TheBigGuy: Hannes
* ForcesWithFirepower: Many songs focus on specific armies:
** UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery: ''Cliffs of Gallipoli'' and ''Ballad of the Bull''
** UsefulNotes/BohemiansWithBombers: ''1648'', ''Far from the Fame''
** UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships: ''Back In Control''.
** UsefulNotes/BraziliansWithBazookas: ''Smoking Snakes''
** UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests: ''White Death'', ''Soldier of 3 Armies'' and ''Talvisota''.
** UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades: ''Resist and Bite''[[note]]In the form of the Chasseurs Ardennais[[/note]]
** UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles: ''Counterstrike''.
** UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun: ''Midway''
** UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: ''Ghost Division'', ''Hearts of Iron'', ''Rise of Evil'', ''Soldier of 3 Armies'', ''Wehrmacht'', and ''Wolfpack''.
** UsefulNotes/NorwegiansWithNoAmmo: ''Saboteurs''.
** UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes: ''40-1'', ''Inmate 4859'', and ''Uprising''.
** UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets: ''Attero Dominatus'', ''Panzerkampf'', and ''Stalingrad''.
** UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRifles: ''Poltava''
** UsefulNotes/SwedesWithCoolPlanes: ''The Lion From The North'', ''Gott Mitt Uns'', ''The Carolean's Prayer'', ''Carolus Rex'', ''Killing Ground'', ''Long Live The King'', and ''Ruina Imperii''
** UsefulNotes/ThisIsHellas: ''Coat of Arms''.
** UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks: ''Midway'', ''Panzer Battalion'', ''Screaming Eagles'', ''[[RunningGag Soldier]] [[MeaningfulName of 3 Armies]]'', and ''[[Creator/AudieMurphy To Hell and Back]]''.
* UsefulNotes/TheFalklandIslands: ''Back in Control'' is about TheFalklandsWar.
* FourStarBadass: ''Far from the Fame'' is about Karel Janoušek, who was made Air Marshall.
* {{Ghostapo}} - While ''Ghost Division'' is named after the [[SquadNickname actual nickname]] of the 7th Panzer Division, the lyrics of the song give the division a supernatural edge by portraying them as a division of both live and {{undead}} soldiers [[EmotionEater fed by the fear the Nazis generate]].
* GondorCallsForAid: "Aces in Exile" is about the air forces of various nations who fought in the Battle of Britain.
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: In the band's cover of Amon Amarth's "Twilight of the Thunder God."
* UsefulNotes/GulfWar: ''Panzer Battalion'' is about the US armored divisions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, ''Reign of Terror'' is about Saddam, his regime, and the 2nd Gulf War itself.
* GreatNorthernWar: The second half of ''Carolus Rex'' is about this.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: ''A Light in the Black.''
-->''When the war has been won,''
-->''And the march home begins,''
-->''What awaits has not yet been revealed,''
-->''What was won? What was lost?''
-->''Will our deeds be remembered?''
-->''Are they written in stone or in sand?''
** The lyrics of "Long Live The King" acknowledge the mystery surrounding the death of King Charles XII, and that he had enemies among his own forces as well as the opposing armies.
-->''Killed by his own, or by his foes, turned the tide.''
-->''300 years, still no one knows, the secret remains.''
* HeavyMeta: ''Metal Crüe'', ''Metallizer'', ''Metal Machine'', ''Masters Of The World'', and ''Metal Ripper''.
** ''Metal Crue'' really takes the cake with its lyrics being composed almost entirely of band names.
*** ''Metal Machine'' does the same with song titles, and ''Metal Ripper'' uses lyrics samples!
** Men of War is a tribute to Music/{{Manowar}}. It is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome extremely awesome]].
* HeavyMithril: ''Shadows'' is about [[TheLordOfTheRings Nazgul]].
* HorribleHistoryMetal: They live by this trope. Most of their songs are about historical events.
* IAmSong: The song ''Carolus Rex'' is this for the titular king.
* ImColdSoCold: ''The Hammer has Fallen''
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: They made a cover of ''In The Army Now'' by Music/StatusQuo
* TheJuggernaut: ''Ghost Division''
-->''They are the panzer elite,''
-->''Born to compete,''
-->''Never retreat. (Ghost Division)''
-->''Living or dead,''
-->''Always ahead,''
-->''Fed by your dread.''
* TheKingdom: Sweden in the album ''Carolus Rex.''
* LaResistance: ''Uprising'' is a song about the Warsaw Uprising, praising Polish resistance.
-->''From the underground,''
-->''rose a hope of freedom as a whisper.''
-->''City in despair, but they never lost their faith.''
-->''Women, men and children fight,''
-->''they were dying side by side.''
-->''And the blood they shed upon the streets,''
-->''was a sacrifice willingly paid.''
** ''Coat Of Arms'' paints the '''whole Greek nation''' as this. Considering how tough the Greeks resisted the Axis in real life, this isn't far off.
** ''Saboteurs'' is about the Norwegian resistance fighters sent to destroy the Telemark heavy-water plant.
** ''Inmate 4859'' is about Witold Pilecki, soldier of Polish Armia Krajowa resistance, [[MeaningfulName prisoner (No. 4859)]] in Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp, leader and hero of resistance in Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp.
* LastStand: ''Hearts of Iron'' is about the German forces of the 12th and 9th Armies, who facing defeat at the hands of the Soviets, created a corridor across the Elbe to protect fleeing refugees and soldiers to escape and surrender to the West rather than face certain death. In the same album, "Smoking Snakes" talks about three Brazilian soldiers [[note]]Arlindo Lúcio da Silva, Geraldo Baeta da Cruz and Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza[[/note]] who, ambushed by Germans, fought until their ammo ran out and died in a bayonet charge.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: "No Bullets Fly", which is about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brown_and_Franz_Stigler_incident Charlie Brown and Frans Stigler incident]], in which a heavily damaged B-17 stumbled upon an enemy. However, the enemy in question (Frans Stigler) saw that the ship was too damaged to fight, and promptly not only didn't fire but ''led the ship to safety''. Quote the chorus:
-->'''Fly, fighting fair!'''
-->'''It's the code, of the air!'''
-->'''Brothers, Heroes, Foes'''
* LyricalDissonance: ''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.
** ''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.
* ManBitesMan: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGtEH1i78sI Resist]] and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bite]]'', which is about the Chasseurs Ardennais during World War II.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: On average, around a 7 to borderline 8.
* MoodWhiplash: The album ''Carolus Rex'' goes through this at two points. The first, when after thr triumphant and blood-pumping ''Gott Mit Uns'' we go into the TearJerker ballad ''A Lifetime At War''. The second when after the hopeful tone of ''The Carolean's Prayer'', ''Carolus Rex'' and ''Killing Ground'' we get the fast-paced yet noticeably down-turn ''Poltava'' culminating in ''Long Live the King'' and ''Ruina Imperii'' - mournful cries about the death of Swedish glory. ''Heroes'' has another example with the rather abrupt switch from the blood-pumping ''Smoking Snakes'' to the operatic, grim tale of Witold Pilecki of ''Inmate 4859''.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: ''Panzerkampf''.
* NaziGermany: ''Rise of Evil'' covers the transformation of the WeimarRepublic into this.
* NukeEm: ''[[CaptainObvious Nuclear Attack]]''
* 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."
* OminousMusicBoxTune: ''Inmate 4859'' starts off with one.
* OminousPipeOrgan: ''Wehrmacht'', ''Birds of War'', ''Rise of Evil''.
* OneManArmy: ''White Death''.
* OutOfGenreExperience: ''The Ballad of Bull'' is a straight-up PowerBallad.
* PerspectiveFlip: Most of Carolus Rex is sung from the perspective of the Swedes. However, ''Poltava'' includes some parts that are from the Russians' perspective, and the English version of ''1648'' is from the perspective of the Bohemians. The Swedish version of ''1648'' is from a Swedish perspective, which also makes the two versions {{Perspective Flip}}s of each other.
** 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.
* PowerBallad: "The Ballad of Bull", which is remarkably slow and barely features guitars in it.
* PunchClockVillain: ''Wehrmacht'' explores whether or not they were ''[[AxeCrazy "crazy madmen on a leash]] or [[TragicMonster young men who lost their way."]]''
* RapePillageAndBurn: ''1648'', particularly in the Swedish version.
** ''Attero Dominatus'' too, especially if you [[MoralEventHorizon know what the Soviets did to Berlin]]... [[note]]One of the largest mass rape and murders by military forces on non-combatants in history. Some reports say that every woman between ''EIGHT AND EIGHTY'' was raped by Soviet Soldiers[[/note]]
* '''RatedMForManly''': 90% of their songs are about war and conflict, after all.
** The album cover for ''Heroes'' shows an American soldier punching a Nazi soldier in the face [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom so hard that the latter is sent flying]].
* RecruitersAlwaysLie: In "In The Army Now", the recruiter says that Army doesn't do much except stay in bed, and that the recruit will be a hero to the neighborhood. Nothing like it happens; he's thrust into a war and nobody really cares about him.
* 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 SpanishInquisition who decides to go out in a [[FacingTheBulletsOneLiner blaze of glory]], and the song is his speech.
* RightfulKingReturns: ''Hail to the King''.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The main song of ''Carolus Rex'', is about King Charles XII of Sweden and his role in the GreatNorthernWar.
** ''The Lion From The North'', which is entirely about King Gustavus II Adolphus, the man who kicked basically all of Europe's ass for a few years.
* SayYourPrayers: Subverted in ''The Caroleans Prayer''. The chorus is The Lord's Prayer in Swedish, but it's triumphant instead of resigned.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Mentioned in "To Hell and Back" and shown in full extent in the music video for "To Hell and Back", which focuses on a PTSD-ridden war vet (implied to be Audie Murphy himself) clashing with the memories of the horror of war. TruthInTelevision, as Audie Murphy had severe PTSD and helped to raise awareness for the disease.
* ShownTheirWork: Besides the accuracy (and sheer obscurity) of their songs (such as ''Far from the fame'''s Karel Janoušek, ''who didn't have a english wikipedia page before the single came out''), there's a particular example in "To Hell and Back": The song's chorus and a whole verse are lifted ''almost entirely'' from [[http://www.audiemurphy.com/poems.htm one of Murphy's poems]].
* SnowMeansDeath: ''Ruina Imperii'', covering the Carolean Death March and the fall of the Swedish empire.
* SongOfSongTitles: ''Metal Machine'' is so full of Shout-Outs to other bands that it'd probably be quicker to watch this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvRZxn7e3hc video]] showing what and where they are in the song than to read a full list of them.
** That said, its somewhat fitting that a song about their love of metal also has a direct "fuck you" to Metallica's album St. Anger.
** ''Heroes'' features ''Man Of 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.
* TankGoodness: Several times, with ''Panzer Battalion'' probably the best case of [[GunPorn Tank Porn]] outside of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Imperial Guard]].
* UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar: The subject of the first half of ''Carolus Rex.''
* TitleDrop: Aside from “Metalizer”, every song that shares a title with their albums has one. Multiple other songs too.
* UpdatedReRelease: [[OverlyLongGag ''Primo Victoria: Re-Armed'', ''Attero Dominatus: Re-Armed'', ''Metalizer: Re-Armed'', ''The Art of War: Re-Armed'']]. Yes, their first ''FOUR'' albums were re-released with cleaner vocals and music.
** In another case, ''7734'' from their 2007 album ''Metalizer'' is a bonus track on ''Heroes''. It is viewed by many fans as ''thousands'' of times better than the original version.
* VillainSong: More like "Antagonist Song" as the album doesn't paint them as villains: "Carolus Rex" is mostly told from the perspective of the Swedish Empire and its kings, with the [[PerspectiveFlip a notable exception]] in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Kl8LXA5ZM Poltava]]'', whose bridges are sung from the perspective of the Russian troops and their Tsar gloating about how they trounced the Swedish Troops at [[TitleDrop Poltava]].
-->''Listen, excuse for a king. Trust me, this fight you can't win''
-->''Listen, obey my command. Hear me, or die by my hand''
-->''Madness, curse your feeble horde. Fear me, you'll die by my sword''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlsRsRo1PI4 Shadows]] is also one for the [[LordOfTheRings Ringwraiths]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pV8jH9L5BA Birds of War]] is definitely ''not'' about good guys.
* TheVillainSucksSong: ''In The Name of God'' is one big TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to terrorists. Or religious fanatics in general.
** ''We Burn'', regarding the Yugoslavian genocide, although it's written in first person from the villain`s side.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ0aqF_-nJQ ''Reign of Terror'']] is about Saddam Hussein and his regime.
** The English version of ''A Lifetime of War'' is about how both sides of the Thirty Years War only used the lives of their soldiers for their own gain.
---> ''By Kings and Queens young men are sent to die in war.''
---> ''Their propaganda speaks, their words been heard before...''
* VillainProtagonist: ''Birds of War''
--> ''[[FallenHero Once blessed by the Light]]''
--> ''[[FallenHero Now serving the Night]]''
--> ''[[CardCarryingVillain And soon cursed by every man on earth]]''
** The Swedes are this in the Swedish version of ''[[RapePillageAndBurn 1648]]''
* VocalEvolution: If you hear the early albums, Joakim has a much harsher and unpolished (in his own words, a bit amateurish) voice, different from his current more deep, thundering voice.
** Compare ''7734'' from ''Metalizer'' and ''Heroes''. It's still noticeable even with Joakim's more polished voice from the more recent albums.
* TheWarOnTerror: "In The Name Of God".
** They also go into the war in Iraq with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ0aqF_-nJQ Reign of Terror]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayjVxUC2qDE Panzer Battalion]]
* WarIsGlorious: A majority of their songs about WorldWarTwo are about lionizing the heroes of various nations.
* WarIsHell: ''Angels Calling'', ''The Price of a Mile'' and ''Cliffs of Gallipoli''.
** ''A Lifetime Of War'' provides two different perspectives on the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar. The English lyrics focus on the horror of the war as a whole and the ambitions of the people behind it, while the Swedish lyrics show it all from the eyes of a common Swedish soldier who leaves his friends and family behind to serve his nation with no guarantee that he will ever return alive, or if he will be remembered and mourned.
** ''To Hell And Back'' combines WarIsHell with WarIsGlorious.
-->''Bright, a white light, if there'd be any glory in war''
-->''Let it rest, on men like him, '''who went to hell and came back'''''
* WarriorPrince: King Charles XII of Sweden, as per real life.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: The point of ''The Price of a Mile'', about the inconclusive [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Passchendaele Passchendaele campaign]] where half a million men died to no purpose.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: One of their common themes, as many battles they sing about took place in that time period.
* WorthyOpponent: "Smoking Snakes" retells the story of three Brazilian heroes who fought to their last against the German troops. The Wehrmacht was so impressed it buried them with full honors and wrote in their graves "Three Brazilian heroes".
* YouAreNumberSix: "Inmate 4859", a polish soldier who infiltrated Auschwitz to command an uprising from within and tell the world of the horrors going on there.
* YouShallNotPass: "Resist and Bite", about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chasseurs_Ardennais Chasseurs Ardennais]] who defended the Belgium border from the German blitzkrieg. Quoth the song:
-->''We were told to hold the border, and that is what we did!''
-->''Honored our orders in despite of our foes!''
** ''Hearts of Iron'' combines this with LastStand. It's about the German 12th and 9th Armies,who against the Soviets, created a corridor across the Elbe to protect fleeing refugees and soldiers to escape and surrender to the West rather than face certain death.
** "40:1" - the story of the Battle that became known as the Polish Thermopylae:
-->''Soldiers of Poland, second to none\\
Wrath of the Wehrmacht brought to a halt.''

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