Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sabaton "Heros" (2014)


Sabaton are a Power Metal outfit from Sweden with a focus & inspiration on true war stories from the two world wars and other conflicts. Hero's is there 7th album since there inception in 99. I decided to give this a spin after a recommendation from a commenter here on the blog. What i found was a decent record, but it is unable to turn me onto Power Metal, which i have already struggled to click with.

This album was a refreshing break from the magic and fantasy themes so commonly explored in Power Metal. War & patriotism  is a bit of a touchy subject for me, however i found the lyrical content to be focused on the tales of soldiers who gave there life's for a cause, and this for me was enjoyable, however on "The Ballad Of Bull" i found myself a bit bemused. "Sometimes war is killing, sometimes its saving lives, its the judgment of fate, its nothing that man can dictate" No, just no. War is killing, war is made by man.

For me, the music behind the theme was pretty decent, but nothing special, there were not many moments that "blew me away" or stuck in my mind, and the leads/solos are pretty forgettable. The highlights for me were the rhythm guitar which was always solid, and the vocals! Joakim Brodén has a really distinctive voice, and i enjoyed the way his Swedish accent would leave its mark on some words, yet not others. It added a nice flavor to his mark on this record. Overall, pretty enjoyable but Power Metal still doesn't quite do it for me.

Favorite Tracks: Resist And Bite, To Hell And Back
Rating: 4/10

8 comments:

  1. I actually mostly agree with you. The only big difference between your opinion and mine is that I really like it :P
    I am happy you gave it a try. Power Metal just doesn't seem for you, and that's fair enough.
    Looking forward to future posts! :D

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  2. X, please do a review on a Children of Bodom album. I'd recommend something like Follow the Reaper or Hatebreeder if you havent heard of them already - I'm sure you probably have ;)

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    1. They are my favorite Bodom albums, I'll review them if i feel like listening to them again, or if they release a new album ill review that.

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    2. You have great taste man! :) Yeah, Bodom's best albums were the earlier ones. Only exception for me is Relelntless Reckless Forever, but really not too keen on the most recent; Halo.
      What other metal bands you listen to? You seem to listen to alot of music!
      You should listen to them while working on that Guardian farm! :D

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    3. I dont know why but the final part of Night Witches remembers me of the intro song for Attack on Titan. Here see if it is not similar: http://youtu.be/QqjyBxv6O8U?t=38s except the languge. And some what the beat.

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  3. Xisuma check out Black Veil Brides or Linkin Park, they are both great bands and I think you will enjoy them.

    anyways I have a question for you, do you prefer digital or physical cd albums?

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  4. Hey Xisuma, have you ever heard Dead by April, cause if not i highly recommend them. And i hope you enjoy their music :)

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  5. Nice review! I can understand you not to like Power Metal but there are 2 really nice bands. One of them is Alestorm. Great scottish Pirate Metal(it feels like Power Pirates) they have just released their new album "No Grave But The Sea" you should really check that out.
    The other band is Veonity from Sweden, their guitar play will be on top of the Power Metal genre. You'll have many parts where the music, voice, or lyrics will blow your mind. Their new Album "into the Void" released in 2016 but you might wanna check it out. Great stuff!

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