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Sabaton is a [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} 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.

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.

'''Current line up:'''
* Joakim Brodén – vocals
* Pär Sundström – bass
* Chris Rörland — guitar
* Tommy Johansson - 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)
* Thobbe Englund - guitar (2012-2016)

* ''Primo Victoria'' – 2005
* ''Attero Dominatus'' – 2006
* ''Metalizer'' – 2007
** Singles: ''Masters of the World''
* ''The Art of War'' – 2008
** Singles: ''Cliffs of Gallipoli'', ''Ghost Division''
* ''Coat of Arms'' – 2010
** Singles: ''Coat of Arms'', ''Screaming Eagles''
* ''Carolus Rex'' - 2012
** Singles: ''Carolus Rex'', ''The Lion From the North''
* ''Heroes'' - 2014
** Singles: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYWdgBtSM8s To Hell and Back]]'', ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGtEH1i78sI Resist and Bite]]'', ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NSUFDHFgg Night Witches]]''
* ''The Last Stand'' - 2016
** Singles: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTgkTEDDog The Lost Battalion]]'', ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi7xBe5-M8k Blood of Bannockburn]]'', ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylyqoxh-cXk Shiroyama]]''
!Sabaton and their songs provides examples of:

* TheAce: ''White Death.''
* AcePilot: ''Aces in Exile'' (about the RAF's Polish 303 Squadron, the Czech 310 Squadron and the Canadian 401 Squadron) and ''[[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.''
** Also mentioned in the Sun Tzu quotes on ''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...''
** ''Cliffs of Gallipoli'' has a similar theme.
-->''There is no enemy''\\
''There is no victory''\\
''Only boys who lost their lives in the sand''
* AmazonBrigade: ''Night Witches'' is about the all-female Russian 588th Night Bomber Regiment, which kicked a lot of ass and raised a lot of hell for the Germans.
* 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.
* 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' smoking snake.
* ArmyOfTheAges: The cover of ''[[http://98b7695aa5bb76e7839227ab.skydustproductio.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Artwork.jpg The Last Stand]]'' shows a battle containing ancient Spartans, The Polish Winged Hussar cavalry, Samurai, and soldiers from both world wars fighting side-by-side in Castle Itter, a WWII battleground.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: On the cover art of ''Heroes'' the American soldier basically has to dislocate his arm to {{Shoryuken}} the Nazi soldier in that manner.
* AvengersAssemble: ''Blood of Bannockburn'' is a nation-wide version, talking about all the clans assembling to fight the English in Bannockburn.
* BadassArmy: ''The Carolean's Prayer'' paints the soldiers under Charles XII as this, which is TruthInTelevision and the whole album has the Swedes being total badasses and winning except when they're outnumbered, which is still factual.
* BadassBaritone: Joakim is a rare example of a power metal vocalist fitting this trope.
* BadassBoast: Carolus Rex is this for [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex King Charles XII]] of Sweden and Poltava is this for his ArchEnemy, Tsar UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat
-->''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]].
* BigDamnHeroes: ''Winged Hussars'' elaborates how the Ottomans were nearly winning the Battle of Vienna until '''[[MemeticMutation THE WINGED HUSSARS ARRIVED]], COMING DOWN THEY TURNED THE TIDE!'''
* BilingualBonus:
** ''Attero Dominatus'' uses four words in Latin. "Attero Dominatus" most likely means "Destroy Tyranny".
** ''Uprising'' has one sentence in Polish - "Warszawo, walcz!" which means "Warsaw, fight!" (commanding the city to fight - which it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising did]].)
** They constantly use German throughout most WW2 themed songs, although mostly basic terms everyone knows like "Panzer" (using the entire word "Panzerkampfwagen" in ''Screaming Eagles''), and proper nouns like "Wehrmacht" (there is a whole track entitled ''Wehrmacht'' on the ''Coat of Arms'' album. No prizes for guessing what it's about). 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, including as something of a battle cry by the Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus.
** ''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. Bonus point for ''Ruina Imperii'' is titled in Latin/Russian.
** ''Resist and Bite'' features "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 ''Nicht ein Schlacht, ein Rettungsaktion'', meaning "It's not a battle, it's a rescue operation''.
** And they covered [[Music/{{Rammstein}} Feuer Frei]].
** ''Talvisota'': Finnish for Winter War.
** {{Inverted}} with "Hill 3234", which refers to the Afghan ''mujahideen'' by one possible English translation of the term: "those who fight".
* BloodKnight: ''Soldier of 3 Armies'' states Lauri Törni is "addicted to the war game!"
* BraveScot: ''The Battle of Bannockburn'' focuses on how the Scots defeated the English at Bannockburn.
* {{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.
* TheCaligula: UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein in Reign of Terror:
-->''Merciless killing your own\\
A slave to power- a slave to gold. Ruinous rule in the East.''
* TheCavalry: A literal example is provided by the Winged Hussar cavalry in ''Winged Hussars''.
* CentralTheme: Forgotten heroism is a recurring motif in ''Heroes'', with nearly half of the songs commenting that their titular heroes are rarely remembered. Two of the people on the album, Leslie 'Bull' Allen and Karel Janoušek only got an English Wikipedia page after the album was released.
** ''The Last Stand'' primarily centers on tales of brave men going for a LastStand, usually for honor.
* ChurchMilitant: The Swiss Guard for the Pope, as depicted in the song ''The Last Stand'' on the eponymous album.
-->''For the grace, for the might of our lord\\
For the home of the holy\\
For the faith, for the way of the sword\\
Gave their lives so boldly\\
For the grace, for the might of our lord\\
In the name of his glory\\
For the faith, for the way of the sword\\
Come and tell their story again''
* ColdSniper: ''White Death'', which is about the famous Finnish sniper UsefulNotes/SimoHayha.
* 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'' is about Sun Tzu's ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'', and includes several direct quotes.
** The album ''Heroes'' is called that for a reason; ten songs, only five are about groups. The other five are about individual legendary soldiers; Witold Pilecki, Creator/AudieMurphy, Leslie 'Bull' Allen, Lauri Allan Törni[[note]]Larry Thorne[[/note]], and Karel Janoušek.
** ''The Last Stand'' is entirely about grand last stands across history, ranging from the most famous (The Battle of Thermopylae and the fabled 300 Spartans) to the most obscure (Hill 3234 about a Battle of the Soviet-Afghan war where 39 Soviets held the hill against 200 Afghans) [[note]]which is still well-known in the former USSR, partially due to Fedor Bondarchuk's 2005 box-office hit movie ''The 9th Company''[[/note]].
* CommieLand: ''Panzerkampf''.
* {{Crossover}}: Joakim Brodén took part in Music/VanCanto's cover of Sabaton's 'Primo Victoria'.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Some of their songs, notably ''Reign of Terror'' and ''Wolfpack'', describe one side of a battle completely wiping the floor with the other.
** ''Killing Ground'' is this for the Swedes towards the Russians. The next song on the album, ''Poltava'', reverses their positions.
** ''Shiroyama'' is about the bravery of the last samurai in the face of this. The Satsuma samurai are outnumbered 60:1 and armed with swords against Imperial guns - the fact that they even survive until dawn is impressive.
* 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: ''Nuclear Attack'', ''Night Witches'', and ''Firestorm'', the last of which 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.''
** Also ''Into the Fire'' has this:
-->''From above the asteroid came and it burned the world below''\\
''Napalm falling from the sky and it leaves no man alive!''
* DeathIsDramatic: One of their few non-history based songs, ''[[{{Tearjerker}} The Hammer Has Fallen]]'' is told from the perspective of a man DyingAlone.
-->''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 song ''The Art of War'' describes this tactic.
-->''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, 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.
* 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.
* TheDreaded: By the way the chorus refers to them, the Night Witches seem to be incredibly feared.
* DyingAlone: ''The Hammer has Fallen''
* EagleSquadron:
** ''Aces in Exile'' deals with the Battle of Britain, but doesn't mention the TropeNamer, instead focusing on the Polish 303 Squadron, the Czech 310 Squadron, and the Canadian 401 Squadron).
** Lauri Törni left Finland to go to the US to continue fighting the Russians, as recorded in ''Soldier of 3 Armies.''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Combined with LaterInstallmentWeirdness by way of ExecutiveMeddling is the reason Metalizer sounds so off compared to the rest. Originally recorded as their debut album, Underground Symphony decided to shelf it until the rights were released to Black Lodge 3 years later. After some minor remastering, it was released in 2007, 5 years after it was recorded.
** ''Birds of War'' seems to be an entirely typical PowerMetal [[HeavyMithril fantasy song]] about evil forces descending from the sky, with none of the historical lyrics that made Sabaton famous. Furthermore, Joakin Brodén sounds much deeper and more gravelly in this song.
* TheEmpire: The UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire and Russia all throughout ''Carolus Rex''.
* EnemyMine: ''The Last Battle''. What happens when sixteen American soldiers, thirteen Wehrmacht soldiers, a Waffen SS ''Hauptsturmführer'', French former prisoners, a tank, and an Austrian Resistance member hole up in a castle against the 17th Waffen-SS Panzer Grenadier Division? [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_Castle_Itter The strangest battle of World War II]].
* EndOfAnAge:
** The general theme of ''Long Live The King'' and ''Ruina Imperii'' about the fall of the Swedish Empire.
** ''Shiroyama'' combines this with LastStand to cover the fall of the samurai and the end of [[UsefulNotes/FeudalJapan Japanese feudalism]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai: ''Shiroyama'' in ''The Last Stand'' tells of the last battle of the Samurai in the Satsuma Rebellion, and it is all the more awesome for it.
-->''Bushido, dignified!''
-->''It's the Last Stand of the Samurai!''
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: In ''The Lost Battalion'', what ''sounds'' like drums is actually artillery fire set to the beat. Pistol gunfire and the sound of a bayonet piercing flesh are also used to add to the music's rhythm.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Bagpipes not only feature in the instrumentals of ''Blood of Bannockburn'', a part of the main chorus is about how bagpipes are awesome.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Only one of Joakim's arms is tattoed, and he often wears a small band on one of his wrists.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Joakim
** TheLancer: Thobbe
** TheSmartGuy: Chris
** TheHeart: Par
** TheBigGuy: Hannes
* FourStarBadass: ''Far from the Fame'' is about Karel Janoušek, who was made Air Marshall.
* FriendToAllChildren: Joakim Brodén will often call a young fan up on stage during concerts and give them his [[CoolShades iconic sunglasses]] definitely a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* {{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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cDa7yZeci8 cover]] of Music/AmonAmarth's ''Twilight of the Thunder God''.
* 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 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 [[Literature/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.
* HoldTheLine: The other CentralTheme of ''The Last Stand'', with most of the legendary last stands also being a case of this.
* HorribleHistoryMetal: They live by this trope. Most of their songs are about historical events. Most of the content in their songs tends to be very accurate, [[ShownTheirWork even about the obscure stories]].
* HornyVikings: ''Swedish Pagans''. Their cover of ''Twilight of the Thunder God'' might count too.
* IAmSong: The song ''Carolus Rex'' is this for [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex the titular king]].
* IconicOutfit: Joakim's mirrored glasses, armored jacket and camouflage pants. The glasses, in specific, are often given away in shows.
* 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.
* LargeHam: Joakim Brodén is a Metal vocalist, after all.
* 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.
** ''The Last Stand'' is the name and central theme of their eighth album. The first three singles releases were ''The Lost Battalion'', ''Blood of Bannockburn'' and ''Shiroyama''. ''The Lost Battalion'' is about the titular battalion fighting for a week with no reinforcements in World War I; ''Blood of Bannockburn'' is about the Battle of Bannockburn, where the Scots managed to hold off (and ''win'') against the numerically superior English forces; ''Shiroyama'' is about the Battle of Shiroyama, where 350-500 {{samurai}} were outnumbered 60 to 1 against the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese army]].
** ''Winged Hussars'' is a subversion. The Siege of Vienna is looking like this... '''[[BigDamnHeroes AND THEN THE WINGED HUSSARS ARRIVED]]!'''
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: ''No Bullets Fly'', which is about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Brown_and_Franz_Stigler_incident Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident]], in which a heavily damaged B-17 stumbled upon an enemy. However, the enemy in question (Franz 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.
** ''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.
* ManBitesMan: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGtEH1i78sI Resist]] and Bite'', which is about the Chasseurs Ardennais during World War II.
* MeaningfulName: "Sabaton" means an armoured shoe, as a part of knightly armour.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Joakim Brodén is an ''utter master'' of this in live performances and music videos, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01IaKb6DmTw Uprising]]'', for example.
* 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".
* 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."
* OminousMusicBoxTune: ''Inmate 4859'' starts off with one.
* OminousPipeOrgan: ''Wehrmacht'', ''Birds of War'', ''Rise of Evil''.
* OneManArmy: ''White Death'' about Simo Häyhä.
* OutOfGenreExperience: ''The Ballad of Bull'' is a straight-up PowerBallad.
* 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.
* PowerBallad: ''The Ballad of Bull'', which is remarkably slow and barely features guitars in it.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: In live shows, before performing ''[[UsefulNotes/BraziliansWithBazookas Smoking Snakes]]'', they will shout "A Cobra Vai Fumar!" ("The Snake will Smoke!", battle cry of the actual Smoking Snakes).
* PunchClockVillain: ''Wehrmacht'' explores whether or not they were ''[[AxeCrazy "crazy madmen on a leash]] or [[TragicMonster young men who lost their way."]]''
* TheQuisling: A great deal of scorn is reserved towards Ephialtes of Trachia (the man who betrayed the Spartans to the Persians) in ''Sparta''.
--> ''By traitor's hand, secret passage, to their land\\
Know his name, know his shame will last forever''
* 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 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.
** {{Downplayed}} with "In the Name of God", which is a [[TheVillainSucksSong "Villain Sucks" Song]] about religiously motivated terrorism.
* RightfulKingReturns: ''Hail to the King''.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: ''Aces in Exile'' depicts this by the Polish and Czech pilots.
--> ''Even at night shadows cover the ground''/
--> ''Fighting goes on from dusk till dawn''/
--> ''We fall on the Reich with the claws of the eagle!''/
--> ''They were Ready to fight, they were ready to die''/
--> ''Up in the air, the battle goes on''/
--> ''They had proven their worth now they have their revenge''/
* RockBeatsLaser:
** Both played straight and subverted. In the beginning of ''Rorke's Drift'' the song summarizes how the Zulus destroyed the British forces at the legendary [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Isandlwana Battle of Isandlwana]], but the song in general is about "laser" (The British Empire) holding "rock" (The Zulu) against all odds at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rorke%27s_Drift Battle of Rorke's Drift]], where about 141 British soldiers held off around ''five-thousand'' Zulus. ''And won''.
** Defied in ''Shiroyama''.
-->''It's the nature of time, that the old ways must give in.''
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** The main song of ''Carolus Rex'', is about [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex King Charles XII of Sweden]] and his role in UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar.
** ''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.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: A running theme in Sabaton songs. ''Hearts of Iron'' for example has Germans deciding to ignore their orders to save civilians.
* 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!"
* 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.]]
* 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.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Sparta'' has quote a few to ''Film/ThreeHundred'', including the Spartan's "OOH AAH!" chant.
** ''The Last Battle'' has "From the home of the brave, from the land of the free", a reference to the final line of the American national anthem.
* ShownTheirWork: Besides the accuracy (and sheer obscurity) of their songs (such as ''Far from the Fame'''s Karel Janoušek, ''who didn't have an 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]].
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Joakim has a speaking voice which is pretty much the posterchild for "Swedish male, mid-thirties, working class background", with a slight Dalecarlian accent. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zooF8c5K2So Interview in English]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38HoiDOzQsg Interview in Swedish]]. His singing voice, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZm4zseMok0 on the other hand...]]
* 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''.
* SnowMeansDeath: Multiple examples.
** ''Ruina Imperii'', covering the Carolean Death March and the fall of the Swedish empire.
** ''White Death'': the Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä in the Winter War.
** ''Talvisota'', literally the Winter War; fought during one of the century's coldest winters, use of snow camouflage by Finnish ski troops, resulted in defeat of superior numbers of Soviet troops unprepared for winter conditions.
* 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.
** ''Heroes'' features "Man Of War", fittingly for a giant tribute to Manowar, has lyrics entirely composed by names of Manowar songs.
* SubliminalSeduction: Parodied in ''7734'' with numerology and backwards lyrics so obvious a child could get them. For one, ''7734'' itself - type it on a calculator and hold the calculator upside down, you get "hELL". Then there's this: "the last two united and two became one" (3+4=7, so 777) "one hundred eleven / they perished in flame" (777-111=666), and also the line "Do Glatem Live", which backwards is "Evil Metal God."
* 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: 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.
* TitleDrop: Aside from ''Metalizer'', every song that shares a title with their albums has one. Multiple other songs too.
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFO0Xo9TZ54 Screaming Eagles]]'' from the ''Coat of Arms'' album is about the 101st Airborne and 10th Armored Divisions' defence of besieged Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
** ''The Lost Battalion'' from ''The Last Stand'' is about the "Lost Battalion", nine companies of the United States 77th Division, roughly 554 men, isolated by German forces during World War I after an American attack in the Argonne Forest in October 1918.
* 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.
** ''We Burn'' is sung from the viewpoint of the perpetrators of the Yugoslavian genocide, and in first person to boot. Overlaps with TheVillainSucksSong, as the singer's CardCarryingVillain attitude drives home how vile their actions were.
-->''We burn, plunder and rape''\\
''Show them no mercy, just burn''
* 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.
* WardrobeMalfunction: Joakim's pants ''will'' shred at the crotch area at some point in the show, the question isn't if, it's when. At this point it's practically a RunningGag.
* TheWarOnTerror:
** ''In The Name Of God'', which is a TheVillainSucksSong about religious terrorists.
** 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]]''.
* TragicVillain:
** This pretty much sums up the depiction of the Nazis in Sabaton's songs. Starting from ''Rise Of Evil'' to ''The Final Solution'' to ''Hearts Of Iron'', the soldiers of the Third Reich are ultimately shown as men attempting to bring back their country to glory despite committing atrocities all for a delusional vision that brought Germany to flames in the end.
** The above is pretty much put in song form in ''Wehrmacht ''.
* WarIsGlorious:
** A majority of their songs about WorldWarTwo are about lionizing the heroes of various nations.
** ''The Last Stand'' glorifies various forces that faced Last Stands.
* WarIsHell:
** ''Angels Calling'' is about a soldier serving in the trenches in an unspecified battle during World War One who dies in one of the many charges against the enemy trench lines.
** ''The Price of a Mile'' laments the tragic loss of half a million men to gain six miles of land in the Battle of Passchendaele.
-->''Six miles of ground have been won\\
Half a million men are gone\\
And as the men crawled, the general called\\
And the killing carried on\\
And on\\
What was the purpose of it all?\\
What's the price of a mile?''
** ''Cliffs of Gallipoli'' is a memorial to the soldiers who died in the Gallipoli Campaign, wherein a quarter million members of the ANZAC Corps died on the Ottoman soil trying to open a sea lane to the Russians, and a similar number of Turks also died fighting them off.
** ''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: [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex 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 for no meaningful gains.
* WorthyOpponent: ''Smoking Snakes'' retells the story of three Brazilian heroes, Arlindo Lúcio da Silva, Geraldo Baeta da Cruz and Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza, 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 ''Drei brasilianische Helden'' (Three Brazilian Heroes).
* YouAreInCommandNow: ''Into the Fire'' makes reference to this in a narrative about the general unpleasantness of jungle warfare in Vietnam.
-->''Sarge is down, I'm in charge, [=VCs=] everywhere!''
* 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:
-->''No army may enter that land\\
That is protected by Polish hand.\\
Soldiers of Poland, second to none\\
Wrath of the Wehrmacht brought to a halt.''
** Speaking of Thermopylae, ''Sparta'' off of ''The Last stand'' is about the Battle of Thermopylae.