In the eleventh hour I’m adding this brief review of one of Sweden’s most hyped metal bands the past year or so: SABATON. These guys from the Dalecarlian town Falun are playing in the Viking metal genre, but power metal will also do as a description.
Vocalist Joakim Brodén sings with rolling r:s, you know kind of like an Irish man. I know this may look stupid, but to me he sounds like an Ian Anderson (JETHRO TULL) with a highly sore throat. The thing is, though: I like this. I even like it a lot. They deliver straight forward power metal with rather massive walls of keyboards and an in-your-face-suck*r sound. To be fair, some of the songs are not just plain power metal. The slightly progressive “Cliffs of Gallipoli” is a mid-tempo tune with one part carrying some riffs almost from ABBA’s “Money money money” (no further similarities). The 2/4 beat of “Panzerkampf” is another song that just gets to your head. The fact that they sing about war, glory and honor and that kind of stuff would even be heard without lyrics. The music almost speaks for itself. It’s pompous Viking metal with class, this. I’m starting to get what all their fans are raving about.