The Art of War (Sabaton album)
|The Art of War|
|Studio album by Sabaton|
|Released||May 30, 2008|
|Recorded||Abyss Studios, Sweden|
|Label||Black Lodge Records|
|Producer||Tommy & Peter Tägtgren|
|Singles from The Art of War|
Front cover of the 2010 reissue
All songs written by Joakim Brodén.
|1.||"Sun Tzu Says"||A short introduction to Sun Tzu's Art of War||0:24|
|2.||"Ghost Division"||Erwin Rommel and the 7th Panzer Division||3:51|
|3.||"The Art of War"||Sun Tzu's 'Planning Offensives'||5:09|
|4.||"40:1"||The Battle of Wizna||4:11|
|5.||"Unbreakable"||Sun Tzu's 'Strategic Military Power'||5:58|
|6.||"The Nature of Warfare"||Sun Tzu's 'Vacuity and Substance'||1:19|
|7.||"Cliffs of Gallipoli"||The Gallipoli Campaign||5:52|
|8.||"Talvisota"||The Finnish Winter War||3:32|
|9.||"Panzerkampf"||The Battle of Kursk||5:16|
|10.||"Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)"||The Battle of Monte Cassino||4:05|
|11.||"The Price of a Mile"||The Battle of Passchendaele and senseless slaughter of World War I in general||5:56|
|12.||"Firestorm"||The strategic bombing campaigns of World War II||3:26|
|13.||"A Secret"||A humorous outro addressing music piracy||0:38|
|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", and "The Price of a Mile". These quotes are taken from LibriVox's audiobook version of the book, which follows the Lionel Giles translation.