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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 – lead vocals, keyboards
* 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)

'''Albums:'''
* ''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]]''
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!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 quote in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-DAbDUoVF8 "Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)"]].
--->''"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death."''
* AllAreEqualInDeath:
** "A 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 the songs. In addition to recognizing the importance of the Eastern Front, the band sings about many lesser-known events that didn't involve any of the major Allied powers. On the other hand, in concerts in the United States, Joakim will usually make at least one "if it weren't for you Americans, we'd all be speaking German" comment to the audience (usually before playing "Primo Victoria").
* 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. "Screaming Eagles" is the unit nickname of the 101st Airborne Division.
* 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.
* AteHisGun: The video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhmHSAClG1c "To Hell and Back"]] shows the ShellShockedVeteran (strongly implied to be Audie Murphy himself) sticking the barrel of a pistol in his mouth at one point.
* 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. [[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: The English and Swedish versions of ''Carolus Rex'' take very different lyrical tones. The English version is a pretty standard badass-praising Sabaton album, but the Swedish version has much more of a WarIsHell atmosphere and often calls out the Swedes themselves for various atrocities, such as executing Russian prisoners at Fraustadt in "Killing Ground"/"Ett Slag Färgat Rött".
* BloodKnight: "Soldier of 3 Armies" states Lauri Törni is "addicted to the war game!"
* BraveScot: "Blood 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''
** "The Caroleans' Prayer" also has shades of this ("''Facing death, their faith will keep the fear at bay!''/Into battle, facing the fire/''Lord, thy will be done''/Into battle, walk in a line/See the whites in their eyes, Caroleans are marching on!/''Put their live's in God's hand, for their king and their fatherland!''/See the whites in their eyes, Caroleans are marching on!"), especially in the bridge, which has the Lord's Prayer in Swedish as lyrics.
* 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'', ''Night Witches'', and ''Hill 3234''.
* CoverVersion: They included a cover on ''Metalizer'' and as bonus tracks on the {{Updated Rerelease}}s of ''Primo Victoria'' and ''Attero Dominatus'' and on every album since ''Carolus Rex''.
** ''Primo Victoria'': "The Beast" by Music/TwistedSister
** ''Attero Dominatus'': "Für immer" by Music/{{Warlock}} and "Långa bollar på Bengt" by Svenne Rubins
** ''Metalizer'': "Jawbreaker" by Music/JudasPriest
** ''Carolus Rex'': "Twilight of the Thunder God" by Music/AmonAmarth, "In the Army Now" by Music/BollandAndBolland, and "Feuer frei!" by Music/{{Rammstein}}
** ''Heroes'': "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Music/{{Metallica}}, "En hjältes väg" by Music/{{Raubtier}}, and "Out of Control" by Music/BattleBeast
** ''The Last Stand'': "Camouflage" by Music/StanRidgway, "All Guns Blazing" by Judas Priest, "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" by Music/IronMaiden, and "Burn in Hell" by Twisted Sister
* {{Crossover}}: Joakim guest-sang 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.
* DangerousDeserter: ''The Last Stand'' is about the Sack of Rome in 1527, when the Holy Roman Imperial Army, angry due to not having been paid by the Empire for their service, mutinied and led a siege on Rome itself, joined by various gangs of bandits and other deserters. The song doesn't focus much on them, however, instead focusing on the 189 members of the Swiss Guard who fought to save the Pope by escorting him along a secret passage to the Castel Sant'Angelo, and especially the 147 who formed the rear guard and gave their lives in service to the Pope.
* 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.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Attero Dominatus'' compared to albums before and after. The title track is about the Soviet sack of Berlin, and it also has songs about terrorism, the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the rise of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, and trench warfare in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. This is capped off with track five, "We Burn", a song about the Srebrenica massacre ''[[VillainSong sung by the perpetrators]]''.
* 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 airstrike 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 Germany and then 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]].
** The trio of songs about the end of Nazi Germany allude to this: "Attero Dominatus", "Hearts of Iron", and "The Last Battle".
* 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 tattooed, 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]].
** Inverted by "Night Witches", which portrays a ''Soviet'' bomber regiment [[SquadNickname nicknamed the "Night Witches"]] as actually having supernatural powers ("From the depths of Hell in silence/Cast their spells, explosive violence")
* 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.
* 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".
* GratuitousForeignLanguage:
** "Attero Dominatus" uses four words in Latin. "Attero Dominatus" is supposed to mean "Destroy Tyranny", while "denique interimo" means "finally crushed" (but the grammar is a bit off).
** "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 "The Rise of Evil", which themes Hitler's uprising to power and the development of Nazi Germany, they use words like 'Anschluss' (the annexation of Austria), and 'Lebensraum' (the initial, official motivation for the war). There is also a cover song of Music/{{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. Even in the English version, this line stays in its original language.
** ''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"]] in German.
** "Talvisota": Finnish for Winter War.
--->''The slice of a knife to the throat\\
Their blood turns to ice''\\
Talvisota!
** {{Inverted}} with "Hill 3234", which refers to the Afghan ''mujahideen'' by one possible English translation of the term: "those who fight".
* 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.''
* 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).
* 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:
** "40:1", where a unit of 400-700 Polish Army troops held the village of Wizima against a German army outnumbering them forty to one for three days (at which point they ran out of ammunition and German engineers had finally begun to penetrate their bunkers).
** "Resist and Bite", about a 40-man Belgian unit that held the border against the Germans for 18 days before being captured. The song references the Germans' astonishment that so few had held them off for so long across such a large area.
** 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:
** ''Heroes'':
*** ''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 released 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]].
*** The opening track, "Sparta", is about the Battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans led other Greek soldiers in a successful holding action against a vastly larger Persian army. They all died, but they achieved their objective.
*** "Last Dying Breath" is about the doomed defense of Belgrade by the Serbian Army against Austria-Hungary.
*** "Winged Hussars" is a subversion. The Siege of Vienna is looking like this... '''[[BigDamnHeroes AND THEN THE WINGED HUSSARS ARRIVED]]!''' Ditto "Hill 3234" and "Rorke's Drift", both of which were cases where the underdogs won.
* 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 plane was too damaged to fight, and promptly not only didn't fire but ''led the bomber 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 stopped playing that song live until their 2017 tour 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.
** Zig-zagged by "To Hell And Back": On the one hand, it's a badass, uplifting song that describes the horrors in WW2 faced by Creator/AudieMurphy and even describes [[ShellShockedVeteran his struggles with PTSD in the bridge]] ("And all along the shore/Where cannons still roar/They're haunting my dreams/They're still there when I sleep"). On the other hand, the badass, uplifting tone fits perfectly with how the lyrics describe Murphy's triumphs and eventual recovery ("He charged and attacked/He went to Hell and back!").
* LyricsVideoMismatch: The music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTgkTEDDog The Lost Battalion]] shows scenes of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII combat... in a song ''explicitly'' about UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* ManBitesMan: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGtEH1i78sI "Resist and Bite"]], which is about the Chasseurs Ardennais during World War II.
* MeaningfulName: A sabaton is 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 the triumphant and blood-pumping "Gott Mit Uns" we go into the TearJerker ballad "A Lifetime of War". The second when after the hopeful tone of "The Carolean's Prayer", the triumphal MotiveRant "Carolus Rex", and the fast blood-pumper "Killing Ground", we get the fast-paced yet noticeably down-turn "Poltava", followed by "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 in "Inmate 4859". "Inmate 4859" is then followed by the badass, energetic "To Hell And Back".
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: "Panzerkampf", "Night Witches" and "Hill 3234".
* NonAppearingTitle: "Long Live the King", "The Caroleans' Prayer", "Hill 3234", "Carolus Rex", "Panzerkampf", and "The Last Stand".
* NukeEm: "Nuclear Attack", about the attacks on 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."
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene:
** "We Burn" is a VillainSong about the Srebrenica massacre. 'Nuff said.
** "Killing Ground" shows the Swedes, who in the album ''Carolus Rex'' are usually portrayed as TheKingdom's BadassArmy, slaughtering surrendering soldiers ("Killing ground/''Even though you surrender''/Turn around/''You will never survive''/Killing ground/As the battle of Fraustadt turns").
* OminousMusicBoxTune: "Inmate 4859" starts off with one.
* OminousPipeOrgan:
** Played straight by "Wehrmacht", "Birds of War", and "Rise of Evil".
** Inverted in "The Caroleans' Prayer", where the pipe organ is inspiring, not sinister.
* OneManArmy: "White Death" about UsefulNotes/SimoHayha.
* OutOfGenreExperience: "The Ballad of Bull" is a straight-up PowerBallad.
* PatrioticFervor: The band is very proud, frequently to the point of comedy, of their Swedish heritage. One of the bonus tracks on the UpdatedRerelease of ''The Art of War'' is the band and audience singing the Swedish national anthem at the Sweden Rock Festival.
* {{Polyglot}}: Like most Swedes, Joakim speaks English quite well (barring the odd singular/plural mismatch on the earlier songs), and can also sing in German. The concert on the deluxe version of ''Heroes'' has an amusing segment between songs where he starts teaching bits of Polish to the Swedish members of the audience and vice versa, and another bit where he actually forgets to switch back from English to Swedish when giving a prize to a Swede.
* POVSequel: An interesting variation happens in ''Heroes''. Their second album's title track, "Attero Dominatus", is about the fall of Berlin, told from the perspective of the advancing Red Army. ''Heroes'' contains the song "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."]]'' The speaker seems to come to the conclusion that it was a little of both.
* PunishedForSympathy: "No Bullets Fly" comments that Luftwaffe pilot Franz Stigler "risked his life two times that day / To save an unknown enemy". Stigler faced a possible death sentence for helping the B-17 to safety[[note]]Inadvertently, mind: the song leaves out that his intention was to convince the crew to either surrender or land in neutral Sweden, the latter of which would keep them safe but out of the war. Problem was, the Americans didn't understand his attempts to signal to them.[[/note]], and so [[DefiedTrope left it out of his official report]].
* 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" (CoverVersion of a song by Music/StatusQuo), 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\\
With the claw of the Reich with the claw of the eagle\\
They were ready to fight, they were ready to die\\
Up in the air, the battle goes on\\
They have proven their worth, 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:
** ''Carolus Rex'':
*** ''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.
*** The title track is about [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex King Charles XII of Sweden]] and his role in UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar.
** "Sparta" is about King Leonidas leading the Spartans at Thermopylae.
* SayMyName:
** {{Inverted}} by "Inmate 4859", which deliberately avoids saying Witold Pilecki's name.
** "Far from the Fame": "Far, far away from the fame / But we still remember your name / ''(shouted)'' Karel Janoušek!"
* SayYourPrayers: Subverted in ''The Caroleans' Prayer''. The bridge 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.
** ''Firestorm'' has a small reference to another metal band:
-->''AA guns are blazing\\
As the sky is turning red\\
Better run for cover\\
You'll [[Music/IronMaiden be quick or be dead]]''
* 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''.
* 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.)
* 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, 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.
* 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.
* UnfriendlyFire: "Long Live the King" mentions the mystery of the death of King Charles XII at the Siege of Fredriksten: two of three investigations into his death suggested he was murdered by his own men, the other concluded he was hit by an enemy sharpshooter.
-->''Killed by his own or by his foes, turned the tide\\
300 years, still no one knows, the secret remains''
* UngratefulBastard: "Inmate 4859"'s last verse calls out the Warsaw Pact government of Poland for its execution of Witold Pilecki (the eponymous inmate) in 1948 (due to his loyalty to the London-based GovernmentInExile).
* 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]]" (about Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti) and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayjVxUC2qDE Panzer Battalion]]" (about US armor during the invasion).
* 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.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** "Uprising" calls out the Allies for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_betrayal twice abandoning the Poles to the Nazis]].
--->'''First verse:''' ''Do you remember when\\
When the Nazis forced their rule on Poland?\\
Nineteen thirty-nine\\
And the Allies turned away!''
--->'''Chorus:''' ''Warsaw, city at war\\
Voices from Underground, whispers of freedom\\
Nineteen forty-four\\
Help that never came!''
--->'''Second verse:''' ''Spirit, soul and heart\\
In accordance with the old traditions\\
Nineteen forty-four\\
Still the allies turn away!''
** "Ett Slag Färgat Rött" (the Swedish version of "Killing Ground") calls out the Caroleans for slaughtering Russian prisoners-of-war at Fraustadt. (The English version alludes to it in the chorus, but the Swedish lyrics devote the entire bridge stanza to it.)
* 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[[labelnote:real name]][[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witold_Pilecki Witold Pilecki]][[/labelnote]] who infiltrated Auschwitz to command an uprising from within and tell the world of the horrors going on there.
* YouShallNotPass:
** "40:1", the story of the Battle of Wizima in 1939, where 400-700 entrenched Polish troops held off a German army roughly forty times their numbers for three days (by which point they had run out of ammunition and German sappers had started to make progress in breaching their bunkers). The song compares them to King Leonidas's LastStand at Thermopylae.
-->''No army may enter that land\\
That is protected by Polish hand\\
[...]\\
Baptized in fire, forty to one\\
Spirit of Spartans, death and glory\\
Soldiers of Poland, second to none\\
Wrath of the Wehrmacht brought to a halt''
** "Coat of Arms" from the album of same name again makes a Thermopylae comparison, this time to the Greco-Italian War where the Greeks repeatedly trashed Mussolini's army until the Wehrmacht intervened.
** ''Heroes'':
*** "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.
** ''The Last Stand''
*** "Sparta" is about the Battle of Thermopylae ([[RuleOfThree the real one this time]]).
*** "The Last Stand" is about the Swiss Guards' defense of St. Peters and Pope Clement VII during the sack of Rome in 1527. Most of them died but they succeeded in holding off the attackers long enough for Clement to escape to safety.
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