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'Swedish Empire Live' (Audio)
(Nuclear Blast)




Sabaton are by far one of the greatest live acts for me, energetic, fun, involving - what's not to love? But a live album is a tricky thing.

Personally I'm not really a fan of them at all. A live DVD is fine as you can see the performance, but do you really wanna just sit and hear the band play with bad sound, off key and not play it quite the right? But it's a risk bands take!

So how does 'Sweedish Empire Live' fare? Well actually not too bad! They get around the songs being slightly different (ie solo or drum fills) as 3/5 of them are new. And the audio quality is actually quite nice, there's a nice even level of all instruments, it's all clear yet it still has the live element to it - especially with the almost as loud audience.

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Sabaton: 'Uprising'

The audience are positive and vocal throughout, evidence that the band are truly loved and well known. No awkward interludes, just friendly banter from Joakim, happy as ever to be performing and most grateful as ever to have the honour to do so.

Filmed in Poland at the Polish Woodstock festival of 2012 to a crowd of over 600,000 Metalheads, the band also dedicate '40:1' in honour to the resilient Polish army of WWII and a song about that very fact.


The release boast several formats, the most attractive package being a set of 2x blu-ray/DVD + Bonus DVD + CD + a 48 page earbook, includes footage from the Sweedish Empire performance at Poland Woodstock, World Tour, live in Oberhaussen, live in London and a short movie on The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation - so you reading now know what to get me for Xmas, right?

With a pretty big sizeable back catalogue, a good range is offered:

01. The March To War
02. Ghost Division
03. Uprising
04. Gott Mit Uns
05. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
06. The Lion From The North
07. The Price Of A Mile
08. Into The Fire
09. Carolus Rex
10. Midway
11. White Death
12. Attero Dominatus
13. The Art Of War
14. Primo Victoria
15. 40:1
16. Metal Crüe
17. Panzer Batallion

So there you have it, the big package is a must have for all Sabaton fans!


In other news:

The 2013 Sabaton Cruise is sold out, in less than two weeks, for a fourth year running - this year without any other acts announced!

Rockstad Falun Open Air, held in Sabaton's home town, changed it's name to Sabaton Open Air this year. 2014 carries on this name with Tyr, Amaranthe, Deals Death, Imber and of course Sabaton.

Sabaton are not Nazi's! Some Russian nuts decided otherwise and tried to get them banned from all of Russia! Sabaton is and has always been a NON-POLITICAL and NON-RELIGIOUS band and holds a lot of respect for the veterans of war and the heroic and non-selfish acts that were performed in a time of need.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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