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:
    • ATTERO! DOMINATUS! BERLIN IS BURNING!
      • DENIQUE! INTERIMO! THE REICH HAS FALLEN!
    • 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."
    • 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 pronunciation 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-Asskicking One-Liner
  • 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: 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.
    • 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 bizzare 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.
  • 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 .
  • 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 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 and Uprising.
    • 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.
  • Unconventional Learning Experience: Learning the history of Europe by way of power metal? YES.