The Great War (Sabaton album)

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The Great War
Sabaton - The Great War.jpg
Studio album by
Released19 July 2019
GenrePower 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

The Great War is the ninth studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton. It was released on 19 July 2019.[2][3] It is the first studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Johansson.[4]

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] The album was released in four separate editions: the standard release[9], a history edition with contextual narration preceding each track[10], a soundtrack edition featuring instrumental versions of the songs,[11] and a Sabaton History Patreon exclusive release containing narration by Indy Neidell.[12]

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."[13] 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.[14]

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 · BrodénLawrence of Arabia3:02
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"SundströmBrodénBattle of Belleau Wood3:17
6."The Red Baron"BrodénBrodénManfred von Richthofen3:22
7."Great War"SundströmBrodén · 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"BrodénBrodénWorld War I casualties4:45
11."In Flanders Fields"John McCraeBrodénA poem by John McCrae1:57
Total length:38:27

Personnel[edit]

Band members

  • Joakim Brodén – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Pär Sundström – bass, backing vocals
  • Chris Rörland – guitars, backing vocals
  • Tommy Johannson – guitars, backing vocals
  • Hannes van Dahl – drums, backing vocals

Guest musicians

  • Thobbe Englund – guitar solo on "Fields of Verdun"[15]
  • Antti Martikainen – orchestral arrangements on "Fields of Verdun", additional orchestral arrangements for The Great Box Edition[16]
  • 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]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 19
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 24
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[22] 7
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[23] 13
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[25] 40
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[27] 10
Italian Albums (FIMI)[28] 50
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[29] 4
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[30] 3
Scottish Albums (OCC)[31] 6
Slovakia Albums 48
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[32] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 11
US Billboard 200[36] 42

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "This Is The Great War!". Sabaton.
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  5. ^ "Sabaton Debut 'Fields of Verdun' Music Video". Loudwire. May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sabaton: Lyric Video For New Song 'The Red Baron'". Blabbermouth.net. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Great War - 3rd single - Out now - Watch & Listen". Sabaton.net. 24 June 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  8. ^ Munro, Scott (22 July 2019). "Sabaton share striking lyric video for 82nd All The Way". Louder Sound. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  9. ^ https://www.nuclearblast.de/en/products/tontraeger/cd/cd/sabaton-the-great-war.html
  10. ^ https://www.nuclearblast.de/en/products/tontraeger/cd/cd-digi/sabaton-the-great-war-history-edition.html
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  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk-VN_PjZyg&ab_channel=SabatonHistory
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  14. ^ Simpson, Dave (19 July 2019). "Sabaton: The Great War review − rage against the war machine". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
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