YMMV / Sabaton

  • Acceptable Targets: Sabaton have built an entire musical career on songs about brutalizing Nazis.
  • 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.
    • The Last Stand is notable, as it's about grand last stands throughout history. Ranging from the most famous to the most obscure. And of these grand last stands, several of them were successful. Specifically: Blood of Bannockburnnote , Rorke's Driftnote , Winged Hussarsnote , and The Last Battlenote 
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • 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
    • Hellrider
    • "Prepare for Nuclear Attack!"
    • Swedish Pagans
    • Two words: "Primo Victoria."
    • "Counterstrike"
    "Six days of fire"
    "One day of rest."
    "June 67"
    "Taught them respect."
    • 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.
    • Smoking Snakes;
    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!
    • Double points if you're from Brazil, since the Portuguese is nearly spot on. A bit off, but it's certainly refreshing to listen to Portuguese spoken correctly by foreigners.
    • The March To War. It plays as the band takes the stage at concerts, practically making it a musical Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner
    • Birds of War. There aren't many songs about Warhammer 40,000 not done by Bolt Thrower or Debauchery, and even fewer about Chaos.
    We ride on the wind, we ride through the sky!
    Like unholy birds of war we fly!
    We bring agony and insanity!
    Once blessed by the light, now serving the night!
    And soon cursed by every man on earth!
    We follow our lust, in no god we trust!
    Imperial force defied, facing 500 samurai
    Surrounded and outnumbered
    60 to 1, the sword face the gun
    Bushido dignified
    It's the last stand of the samurai
    Surrounded and outnumbered

    Until the dawn they hold on
    Only 40 are left at the end
    None alive, none survive

    Imperial force defied, facing 500 samurai
    Surrounded and outnumbered
    60 to 1 the sword face the gun
    Bushido dignified
    It's the last stand of the samurai
    Surrounded and outnumbered
    60 to 1, facing the gun
    60 to 1, culture undone
  • Ear Worm: Lots. But the worst offenders on the catchiness front are probably:
    • Carolus Rex
    • The Carolean's Prayer
    • Resist and Bite
    • To Hell and Back
    • Panzerkampf
    • The Last Battle
    • Winged Hussars
  • The Face Of The Band: Joakim Brodén, naturally, being the lead singer as well as the principal composer (he and bassist Pär Sundström share lyricist duty).
  • Fandom Berserk Button: "The Last Stand" is about the Stand of the Swiss Guard against a Protestant army during the sack of Rome in 1527; it is not about the Crusades. Expect to be stomped on if you say anything resembling "Deus vult"note  in response to it.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Every time Extra History covers a topic Sabaton made a song about, like D-Day or Great Northen War, you will find people posting lyrics of their songs in the comments and these videos get posted by fans on Sabaton subreddit, so apparently there is an overlap between the fandoms. Reached absolute epic levels during the series involving The Great Northern War, focusing on the life of Charles XII - better known as Carolus Rex - to whom Sabaton dedicated half an album and named the title track after.
  • 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: Thanks to 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.
    • This has only increased with the songs Inmate 4859 and Winged Hussars.
    • Also in Russia, thanks to Stalingrad, Panzerkampf and Attero Dominatus and 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.note 
      • Specificaly, they are incredibly popular among members of Russian imageboards, and their music created a few very bizarre Memetic Mutations, like Copypastas about gaining superpowers through listening to Sabaton or jokes about current conflict in Ukraine being organized by Sabaton because they ran out of wars to sing about.
  • Growing the Beard: Primo Victoria was when Sabaton started focusing on war and history, and coincidentally was when they really hit their groove. They had previously recorded Fist for Fight and Metalizer, which were more generic Heavy Mithril albums.
  • 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
  • Memetic Badass: Anyone that has a song specifically about them tends to become this. See: Charles XII, Simo Häyhänote .
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Posting a line from a Sabaton song on a relevant Reddit thread or Facebook group will generally result in an entire chain of posts quoting the song.
    • Noch ein bier?note 
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • There's potential for that, since many songs appear to glorify war and are often told from the perspective of the traditionally "evil" side (Nazi Germany in particular). "Wehrmacht" deals quite maturely with its subject matter (basically asking whether the army of the Reich was Just Following Orders or Ax-Crazy, and seeming to settle on "a little bit of both"), and songs such as "Ghost Division" concentrate on praising the proficiency of the German military. The band itself says war is simply a good source of stories.
    • "The Last Stand", a song about the Swiss Guards' defence of the Pope during the 1527 Sacking of Rome by (Protestant) troops from Germany, has sometimes been misinterpreted as a song about the Crusades.
  • 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 Nazis' rise to power is called Rise of Evil. "Music to Defend Poland to" would be a more apt description, considering their Polish fanbase and songs like "¡'40:1, Uprising and Inmate 4859''.
    • Joakim Brodén has in interview called the attempts to connect Sabaton's music to Nazi ideology "bullshit" and has questioned why no-one applied the same reasoning to film and asked if Steven Spielberg or Quentin Tarantino were closet Nazis after portraying sympathetic Nazis in Saving Private Ryan and Inglourious Basterds respectively. 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. This is especially ironic considering the existence of "Panzerkampf" and "Night Witches", both of which are about the Soviets defending Russia.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    Country in depression
    Nation in despair
    One man seeking reasons everywhere
    Growing hate and anger
    The Führer's orders were precise
    Who was to be blamed and pay the price!
    Inmate in Hell or a hero in prison?
    Soldier in Auschwitz, we know his name!
    Locked in a cell, waging war from the prison,
    He hides behind 4859!
    • "To Hell and Back" is an upbeat and badass song... But then there's the bridge:
    Oh, gather 'round me, and listen while I speak
    Of a war where Hell is six feet deep!
    And all along the shore, where cannons still roar,
    They're haunting my dreams, they're still there when I sleep!
  • Signature Song:
    • They've opened almost every concert since The Art of War came out with its catchy, pulse-pounding opening track "Ghost Division".
    • "Primo Victoria". If it's not the closing number in a concert, it's pretty close, usually second-to-last. The band also encourages people to jump and sing along with the song.
    • For the Polish fanbase especially, "40:1" and "Uprising" about the Poles' fierce resistance to the Nazis during World War II.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: Learning the history of Europe by way of power metal? YES.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The band emphasizes in interviews that they're history geeks and storytellers, not militarist advocates and certainly not neo-Nazis, no matter what certain Russian politicians may think. Listening carefully to the music bears this out: even when they sing from the World War II German perspective, the Nazis are Always Chaotic Evil and even ordinary Wehrmacht personnel are only unambiguously "the good guys" when they're defying or outright fighting against them.