Today, Swedish heavy metal heroes Sabaton reveal the title and artwork of their new studio album that will be released in summer 2019. This ninth full length record, that will see the light of day right in time for the band’s 20th anniversary, will be a concept album named “The Great War” covering stories from the First World War.
“The Great War” will be available worldwide through Nuclear Blast Records on July 19th and pre-orders start on April 19th, so watch out for limited and exclusive editions.
The band has started the recordings exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War (11/11/1918) and took 3 months of intensive work to complete the album together with their long term producer and partner Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge studios. Furthermore, the album has been mastered by Maor Appelbaum and the artwork was once again created by Peter Sallaí.
“This is not the first time we sing about stories from this period in time, but now we felt the timing was right to make a full concept album about this war”, the band comments.
In addition, Sabatonposted this trailer revealing more details about the amazing artwork.
Side by side with the album, the Swedes have worked hard to make their 20th year anniversary a very exciting year, and also started the Sabaton History Channel – a unique collaboration between the band themselves and multimedia historians Indy Neidelland Timeghost, capturing the power of social media to tell stories about the wars, battles and heroes behind Sabaton’s songs.
“This is the biggest album we have taken on so far, there is so much depth and story around the songs that we never had before”, Pär Sundström announces. “Expect many surprises as we have tried new things and we also went back in time to a concept we know a lot of you love. The Great War has been created side by side with the Sabaton History Channel to make 2019 the most exciting year in our 20 year history.”
Many more live shows will be announced shortly, but take your chance to see Sabaton perform their new battle hymns during their summer festival run at one of these dates (including the band’s very own annual Sabaton Open Air in their hometown Falun):
04.05. CZ Pilsen – Liberation Festival 07.06. D Nuremberg – Rock im Park 08.06. D Nürburg – Rock am Ring 13./15.06. CH Interlaken – Greenfield Festival 14.06. A Nickelsdorf – Nova Rock 20.06. F Clisson – Knotfest meets Hellfest 23.06. B Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting 26.06. PL Krakow – Mystic Festival 28.06. E Madrid – Download Festival 13.07. E Lleida – Doctor Music Festival 25.07. FIN Kuopio – Kuopiorock 01. – 03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air *SOLD OUT* 09.08. UK Derby – Bloodstock Open Air 17.08. S Falun – Sabaton Open Air 22. – 24.08. D Sulingen – Reload Festival