Carolus Rex (album)

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Carolus Rex
Sabaton Carolus Rex.jpg
Studio album by Sabaton
Released 25 May 2012
Recorded January - March 2012, Abyss Studios, Sweden
Genre Power metal
Length 45:09
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Sabaton, Peter Tägtgren
Sabaton chronology
World War Live: Battle of the Baltic Sea
(2011)
Carolus Rex
(2012)
Heroes
(2014)
Singles from Carolus Rex
  1. "Carolus Rex"
    Released: 8 April 2012
  2. "The Lion From the North"
    Released: 2012
Limited edition cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[1]

Carolus Rex is the sixth studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton. It is a concept album based on the history of the Swedish Empire, whose legendary monarch Charles XII gives it its title. It was released with both English/mixed and Swedish vocals. It is the last album to feature guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mullback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. It was produced by Peter Tägtgren in Abyss Studios.[2] The album received critical acclaim and commercial success, achieving gold certification in Poland and platinum in Sweden.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Theme Length
1. "Dominium maris Baltici" ("Dominion of the Baltic Sea")       0:29
2. "The Lion from the North" Brodén, Sundström Brodén Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden 4:42
3. "Gott Mit Uns" ("God With Us") Brodén, Sundström Brodén The 1631 battle of Breitenfeld 3:15
4. "A Lifetime of War" Brodén, Sundström Brodén The misery caused by the Thirty Years' War 5:45
5. "1 6 4 8" Brodén, Sundström Brodén The 1648 battle of Prague 3:54
6. "The Carolean's Prayer" Brodén Brodén The Caroleans 6:14
7. "Carolus Rex" ("King Charles") Brodén, Sundström Brodén, Kängström The crowning of Charles XII of Sweden and his belief in Divine Right. 4:53
8. "Killing Ground" Brodén, Sundström Brodén, Kängström The battle of Fraustadt 4:24
9. "Poltava" Sundström Brodén The defeat in the battle of Poltava 4:03
10. "Long Live the King" Brodén, Sundström Brodén The death and funeral procession of Charles XII 4:09
11. "Ruina Imperii" ("Downfall of the Empire") Brodén, Sundström Brodén The Carolean Death March and the fall of the Swedish Empire 3:21
Total length: 45:09

A Swedish edition of the album, with Swedish lyrics, is also available.

The limited 2-CD mail-order edition of the album includes the English version with all of the bonus tracks and the Swedish version, as well as alternate artwork.

As of 18 September 2012, the album is certified gold in Sweden, selling over 30,000 copies (20,000 copies sold is needed for an album to be certified gold in Sweden).[3] As of March 2013, the album is also certified gold in Poland.[4] On 18 June 2013, Carolus Rex was certified platinum in Sweden with 40,000 album sales, making it the "most successful Swedish heavy metal album ever" according to the band. Since its release, the album turned into the #74 best-selling album on Sweden since 1995.[5]

Personnel[edit]

  • Joakim Brodén – vocals
  • Pär Sundström – bass
  • Oskar Montelius – guitar, backing vocals
  • Rikard Sundén – guitar, backing vocals
  • Daniel Mÿhr – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Daniel Mullback – drums
  • Peter Tägtgren – guest vocals on "Gott Mit Uns" and "Twilight of the Thunder God", guitar solo on "Twilight of the Thunder God"

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Poland (ZPAV)[6] 1× Gold 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[7] 1× Platinum 40,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sabaton – Carolus Rex review by heavymetal.about.com
  2. ^ Pain interview - Peter Tägtgren (part 3). YouTube. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sabaton – Official Headquarters Carolus Rex sells gold in Sweden - Sabaton - Official Headquarters". Sabaton - Official Headquarters. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sabaton: 'Carolus Rex' Certified Gold In Poland - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sabaton – Official Headquarters Carolus Rex Sells Platinum! - Sabaton - Official Headquarters". Sabaton - Official Headquarters. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Polish album certifications – Sabaton – Carolus Rex" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. 
  7. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2013" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.  Type Sabaton in the top right search bar. Click on "Sok" and select Carolus Rex and see certification.