The Art of War (Sabaton album)
|The Art of War|
|Studio album by Sabaton|
|Released||May 30, 2008|
|Recorded||September 2007 - January 2008, Abyss Studios, Sweden|
|Label||Black Lodge Records|
|Producer||Sabaton, Tommy & Peter Tägtgren|
|Singles from The Art of War|
Front cover of the 2010 reissue
The album is based on the ancient Chinese military treatise, The Art of War written by General Sun Tzu in the 6th Century BC. It consists of 13 chapters, each of which describe a different aspect of warfare, and is considered the definitive work on military tactics and strategies of its time. The tracks on the album correspond to each chapter of treatise. The lyrics of the songs are about famous battles or war, mostly based on the battles of the First and Second World Wars where Sun Tzu's tactics were applied.
|1.||"Sun Tzu Says"||A short introduction to Sun Tzu's Art of War||0:23|
|2.||"Ghost Division"||Brodén, Sundström||Brodén||Erwin Rommel and the 7th Panzer Division||3:51|
|3.||"The Art of War"||Brodén||Brodén||Sun Tzu's 'Planning Offensives'||5:08|
|4.||"40:1"||Brodén, Sundström||Brodén||The Battle of Wizna||4:10|
|5.||"Unbreakable"||Brodén, Sundström||Brodén||'Partizan in WW2'||5:58|
|6.||"The Nature of Warfare"||Sun Tzu's 'Vacuity and Substance'||1:18|
|7.||"Cliffs of Gallipoli"||Brodén, Sundström||Brodén||The Gallipoli Campaign||5:51|
|8.||"Talvisota"||Sundström||Brodén||The Finnish Winter War||3:32|
|9.||"Panzerkampf"||Brodén, Sundström||Brodén||The Battle of Kursk||5:15|
|10.||"Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)"||Brodén, Sundström||Brodén||The Battle of Monte Cassino||4:05|
|11.||"The Price of a Mile"||Brodén, Sundström||Brodén||The Battle of Passchendaele and senseless slaughter of World War I in general||5:55|
|12.||"Firestorm"||Brodén, Sundström||Brodén||The strategic bombing campaigns of World War II||3:25|
|13.||"A Secret"||A humorous outro addressing music piracy||0:37|
|Re-armed edition bonus tracks|
|14.||"Swedish Pagans"||The Vikings||4:13|
|15.||"Glorious Land"||A song about military forces defending their homeland||3:19|
|16.||"The Art of War"||Pre-production demo version||4:48|
|17.||"Swedish National Anthem (Live At Sweden Rock Festival)"||Swedish National Anthem||2:34|
The Art of War was released in three different versions, a standard edition containing only the CD, a vinyl version and a Limited Edition. The limited contains the full-length CD and the book The Art of War by Sun Tzu. The limited edition comes in a DVD case with alternate artwork. All preorders from the official Sabaton homepage also included the single, Cliffs of Gallipoli.
- Joakim Brodén – Vocals
- Rickard Sundén – Guitars
- Oskar Montelius – Guitars
- Pär Sundström – Bass
- Daniel Mullback – Drums
- Daniel Mÿhr – Keyboards
"40:1" became a hit in Poland and Sabaton was asked to perform it on the Polish Independence Day celebration in Gdańsk in 2008. "40:1" is also used as an entrance song by Polish mixed martial artist Damian Grabowski.
The Swedish national anthem from Sweden Rock '09 (found on the Re-Armed edition) was the only song on which bassist Pär Sundström has contributed vocals until 2012, when the line-up change required Sundström to step up to the microphone on a more permanent basis.
Spoken quotes from Sun Tzu's The Art of War can be heard in songs such as "Sun Tzu Says", "The Art of War", "Unbreakable", "The Nature of Warfare", "The Price of a Mile", "Firestorm" and "A Secret". These quotes are taken from LibriVox's audiobook version of the book, which follows the Lionel Giles translation.