The Great War (Sabaton album)

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The Great War
Sabaton - The Great War.jpg
Studio album by
Released19 July 2019
GenreHeavy metal, power metal[1]
Length38:27
LabelNuclear Blast
Sabaton chronology
The Last Stand
(2016)
The Great War
(2019)
Singles from The Great War
  1. "Fields of Verdun"
    Released: 3 May 2019
  2. "The Red Baron"
    Released: 13 June 2019
  3. "Great War"
    Released: 27 June 2019
  4. "82nd All the Way"
    Released: 20 July 2019
  5. "The Attack of the Dead Men (feat. Radio Tapok)"
    Released: 10 May 2020

The Great War is the ninth studio album by Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton. It was released on 19 July 2019.[2][3] It is the first studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Johansson.[4] Like many of Sabaton's albums, it is a concept album, this time about World War I, often known as The Great War.

The album's first single, "Fields of Verdun", was released on 3 May 2019.[5] The album's next single, "The Red Baron" was released on 13 June.[6] The title song, "Great War", was released as a single on 27 June.[7] A music video for the track "82nd All the Way" was released on 20 July.[8] A music video for "Seven Pillars of Wisdom", in which Indy Neidell plays the role of T. E. Lawrence, was filmed in the Tunisian desert in early September,[9] and was released on 21 December.[10] A live video and single for "The Attack of the Dead Men", recorded during a 13 March 2020 performance in Moscow that included Russian-language metal cover artist Radio Tapok singing the verses, were announced 8 May 2020 for a 10 July release.[11]

The album was released in four separate editions: the standard release,[12] a history edition with contextual narration preceding each track,[13] a soundtrack edition featuring instrumental versions of the songs,[14] and a Sabaton History Patreon exclusive release containing narration by Indy Neidell.[15]

Reception[edit]

The Great War garnered mostly positive reviews. Metal Hammer's Holly Wright gave it 4/5 stars, praising it as "a rip-roaring, riff-addled march towards victory, coaxing influences from folk and power metal that sounds remarkably upbeat for an account of bloodthirsty mass destruction."[16] The Guardian's Dave Simpson rated the album 3/5 stars and said he preferred the History version, which precedes the songs with voiceovers describing the events the songs are about.[17]

Mistakes[edit]

The recorded lyrics for "82nd All the Way" mistakenly attribute Sergeant Alvin York to the 338th Regiment rather than his actual assignment to the 328th Infantry Regiment.[18] The band corrects the mistake during live performances of the song.[19]

Cover versions[edit]

On May 1, 2019, Apocalyptica released their rendition of "Fields of Verdun".[20]

On 18 July 2019, YouTube-based cover artist Radio Tapok released a Russian-language cover of "The Attack of the Dead Men" with Sabaton's assistance.[21] Radio Tapok joined Sabaton on stage in Moscow the following spring during their Russian tour (cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic shortly after). The performance was recorded and produced as a single for a 10 July 2020 release.[11]

On January 3, 2020, Amaranthe released their rendition of "82nd All the Way".[22]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicThemeLength
1."The Future of Warfare"Joakim BrodénBrodénTanks in the Battles of Flers-Courcelette and Villers-Bretonneux3:26
2."Seven Pillars of Wisdom"BrodénChris Rörland · BrodénT. E. Lawrence3:02
3."82nd All the Way"Brodén · Pär SundströmRörland · BrodénAlvin York3:31
4."The Attack of the Dead Men"BrodénRörland · BrodénAttack of the Dead Men3:56
5."Devil Dogs"SundströmBrodénUS Marines at the Battle of Belleau Wood3:17
6."The Red Baron"BrodénBrodénManfred von Richthofen3:22
7."Great War"SundströmBrodén · Viktor CarlssonSuffering in World War I, specifically, in the Battle of Passchendaele4:28
8."A Ghost in the Trenches"BrodénTommy Johansson · BrodénFrancis Pegahmagabow3:26
9."Fields of Verdun"Brodén · SundströmThobbe Englund · BrodénFrench victory in the Battle of Verdun3:17
10."The End of the War to End All Wars"BrodénTommy Johansson [23] · BrodénThe Casualties and Armistice of World War I4:45
11."In Flanders Fields"John McCraeBrodénA poem by John McCrae1:57
Total length:38:27

Personnel[edit]

Band members

Guest musicians

  • Thobbe Englund – guitar solo on "Fields of Verdun"[24]
  • Antti Martikainen – orchestral arrangements on "Fields of Verdun", orchestral arrangements for the Soundtrack Edition[25]
  • Floor Jansen – additional vocals, vocals on Soundtrack Edition
  • Bethan Dixon Bate - narration on History Edition
  • Indy Neidell - narration on History Channel Edition

Production

  • Jonas Kjellgren – production, engineering, mixing
  • Maor Appelbaum – mastering engineer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[52] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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