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YMMV: Sabaton

  • Awesome Ego: Their portrayal of King Charles XII.
  • Cargo Ship: Joakim likes tanks. According to the fandom, he really, really, really likes tanks.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: With each album the number of awesome moments in World War Two they haven't dedicated a song to decreases.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Oh so many.
    • 40:1 and Uprising. Double points if you're Polish, as hearing the words “Warszawo walcz!” will for sure be an amazing experience.
      • Not to mention that for someone not from Poland, his pronunciation is actually dead on. Its the little things.
    • Ghost Division, oh so much.
    • Hellrider
    • "Prepare for Nuclear Attack!"
    • Swedish Pagans
    • Let's just say there are more examples.
    • Two words: "Primo Victoria."
    • To the skies, see Carolus Rise!
    • The Lion from the North. "Lion come forth, come from the no-o-o-orth~!"
    • While it'd be easy to say all of Carolus Rex, special mention goes out to Poltava and Long Live The King.
    • Every. Single. Song. on Heroes. Smoking Snakes takes the cake however.
    Rise from the blood of your heroes!
    You, were the ones who refused to surrender!
    The 3, rather died than to flee!
    Know that your memory!
    Will be sung for a century!
  • The Face Of The Band: Joakim Brodén
  • Genius Bonus: More like historian bonus, as the more knowledge about history you have, the more events referenced in their songs you're gonna understand. This pretty much encourages the listener to do a lot of research. A sabaton, by the way, is the metal shoe in a suit of armor.
  • Poles Love Sabaton: Oh boy, how very much. Thanks to their 40:1, they've found their way into mainstream news and do concerts in museums. Here's the Aesop: when you're a dabbling metaller, and want to quickly and surely gain some notoriety, make a song about brave Polish people. They seem to realise this (heh eh heh heh), as they've now let out Uprising.
    • Also in Russia, thanks to Stalingrad, Panzerkampf and Attero Dominatus.
      • They gained a whole lot of popularity in Brazil due to "Smoking Snakes" recently, to the point that it's often lampshaded by Brazilians themselves that Sabaton brings up something that should be taught in classes and just isn't.
  • Lost in Translation: There is a distinct difference in tone between the Swedish and English versions of "Carolus Rex". The English version is a pretty positive badass-praising album in regular Sabaton-style. The Swedish version is a far more solemn affair, focusing more on the effects of the war on soldiers, civilians and countries, and doesn't shy away from depicting atrocities on either side. For comparison: The bridge from Killing Ground
    English version: See the Caroleans standing tall/ All for one and one for all/ Enemies fall at their feet/ Begging for their mercy/ See the Caroleans standing tall/ Conquer lands and slaughter all/ Enemies fall at their feet/ Victory and great defeat
    Direct translation of Swedish version: See the Russian surrender, beg for mercy/ The Swede violates the code of war/ Caroleans take their revenge/ Slaughter their prisoners/ See the Russian surrender, beg for mercy/ Mass murder, not heroic deed/ Caroleans take their revenge/ Honor is lost
  • Misaimed Fandom - there's potential for that, for obvious reasons. One of their songs is called "Wehrmacht".
  • Music to Invade Poland to: Sabaton get this a lot. They make bombastic power metal, their vocalist rolls his Rs in a very particular way, and most of their songs are about WW I and II, quite a few of them from the perspective of German forces. Disregard that they have several songs from the perspective of the nations fighting against Nazi Germany as well as definite anti-war anthems, and that their eight minute epic about the Nazi's rise to power is called Rise of Evil. Oh, and the band is Swedish.
    • All things considered "Music to Defend Poland to" would be a more apt description, considering their Polish fanbase and songs like 40:1 and Uprising.
    • Case in point: In August 2013 the band were forced to cancel a show in Russia...because a Russian politician thought they were Nazis who intended to desecrate a Russian flag during their concert.
  • Tear Jerker: I dare you to listen to The Price of a Mile and not get misty-eyed. If you can, your spring needs winding.
    • Also Cliffs of Gallipoli, with lyrics taken from the Turkish memorial for the Australians who died there.
    Oh mothers wipe your tears, your sons will rest a million years
    Found their peace at last, as foe turn to friend and forgive
    • Same with The Hammer Has Fallen.
    • Also "Purple Heart" and "Light in the Black"; very poignant.
    • The Final Solution, one of the most amazing power ballads you'll ever hear, is about... Auschwitz.
    When freedom burns
    The final solution
    Dreams fade away and all hope turns to dust
    • Angels Calling.
    • The album Carolus Rex in general can be considered this for patriotic Swedes. Long Live The King is this for everyone.
    • If you understand Swedish, En Livstid I Krig (A Lifetime of War) definitely does it. The English version not as much, although it still qualifies.
    • Ruina Imperii is like a dagger to the heart to anybody, the soft mourning of a time of greatness suddenly put to an end and the figurative and literal death of an army in the winter cold.
    • Uprising can be this, if you think about how the Warsaw Uprising ended.
    • Inmate 4859 is downright depressing.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Given their shoddy track record with Latin, it's likely that nobody in the band knows the language, and the Latin lyrics are lifted directly from Google Translate, which is infamously bad with the language.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: History of Europe by way of power metal? YES.

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