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The second behind-the-scenes clip from SABATON‘s August 2 appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany can be seen below.

SABATON will release its new DVD and Blu-ray, “Swedish Empire Live”, on September 20 via Nuclear Blast. The disc features the band’s live performance at the renowned Polish Woodstock Festival in 2012, where over half a million fans had gathered to watch SABATON in action. Besides this main feature, the first-ever SABATON live offering also features even more live footage of the band’s performances in Gothenburg, London and Oberhausen on their extensive “Swedish Empire Tour”.

“Swedish Empire Live” will be made available in the following formats:

* 2Blu-ray digi
* 2DVD digi
* DVD (Poland only)
* CD digi
* 2LP (limited black vinyl in gatefold + poster)
* 2LP (limited yellow vinyl in gatefold + poster) (Nuclear Blast mailorder only)
* Earbook (2Blu-ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48-page earbook)
* Special Leather Hardcover Earbook (Nuclear Blast mailorder only) (2Blu-ray + 2DVD + CD + exclusive bonus CD, 48-page earbook)

SABATON‘s latest album, “Carolus Rex”, was recently certified gold in Poland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. The band was presented with gold plaques during their signing session in Warsaw. The CD was also certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. (Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry [IFPI] in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last 11 years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.)

“Carolus Rex” was released on May 22, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which was made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).

SABATON last year parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr.


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The power metal is back ladies and gents! So many people frowned upon the last Avantastia because of it’s lean towards more traditional melodic styled metal. While I thought The Scarecrow was possibly the best Tobias has created, it was definitely less power metal inclined. Despite my immense interest in The Scarecrow, there were a ton of people who criticized it for not being epic enough, nor heavy enough for their liking; to each their own. However, 2010 has brought a two part, double full length effort that dramatically returns to the roots that made Avantasia great to begin with, and this time, Tobias is pulling out even more stops in the vocal department.

Here are just a few names associated with The Wicked Symphony: Jorn Lande (Masterplan, Yngwie Malmsteen), Tim Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen), Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva’s Pain, Savatage) and Andre Matos (Angra, Shaman). This is ridiculous, but then again, if Tobias is great at one thing, it’s bringing together immense vocal talents in his metal operas. Seriously, these names alone should evoke interest in just about anyone interested in melodic, progressive and power metal styles. Armed with these names, Tobias has elected to combine the modern melodic metal style of latter day Edguy and The Scarecrow, with the styles of earlier incarnations of both of his projects. I honestly think all the issues fans may have had with recent Tobias works should give The Wicked Symphony as well as the second half of this 2010 project, Angel of Babylon a shot, because they truly bring back to spirit of old school Tobias Sammet. Stay tuned for part 2 of this series of reviews, with my coverage of Angel of Babylon, and maybe some not so nice things to say about this project, as well as the final, combined score for both!

Tobias Sammet – Vocals, Bass
Sascha Paeth – Guitars
Michael “Miro” Rodenberg – Keyboards, Orchestration
Eric Singer – Drums

Guest Musicians:

Bruce Kulick – Guitars
Oliver Hartmann – Guitars
Felix Bohnke – Drums
Alex Holzwarth – Drums
Simon Oberender – Organ

Guest Vocalists:

Jørn Lande
Michael Kiske
Russell Allen
Bob Catley
Klaus Meine
Tim “Ripper” Owens
André Matos
Ralf Zdiarstek

Nuclear Blast Records

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