Sabaton have been awarded Englighter of the Year Award 2022 (Årets Folkbildare 2022) by The Swedish Skeptics Association (Vetenskap och Folkbildning), making them the first rock band to receive this prestigious accolade.
“By making it clear that they are not historians themselves but rely on experts,” the statement reads, “they demonstrate an insight that even academics sometimes lack, namely that of being aware of where the limits of their own knowledge lie. Interviews and extracts also show that history is a subject where our knowledge changes with new discoveries, and we must be prepared to change our perceptions as new data emerges. This, too, is fundamental to all science.”
Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström said the band was pleased with the recognition. “We’ve started the year in the best way possible,” he said. “We love making music, and we’ve received a significant amount of recognition for our releases, but to be recognised for the hard work and effort that goes into the topics of our songs with an award such as this is a whole different thing.
“It’s a whole new level of validation that means the world to us and makes us quite emotional. We put hours and hours of work into every song we write and work hand-in-hand with historians and academics to ensure that what we are putting out into the world is accurate and factual. This is something we stand by, and we will make sure we continue in the same vein.
“What we create is not just Metal. We build vivid pictures around the narratives from conflicts spanning the globe, and we do this from a neutral standpoint. We feel it’s fundamental not to let these stories collect dust.
“We need to bring them to the light for people to learn from past incidents. We want to awaken a passion for history and curiosity among our listeners. I really want to thank The Swedish Skeptics Association for this incredible accolade. It truly is an honour.”
Since 1987, the award is traditionally presented to academics, authors, journalists and media outlets that go above and beyond what is expected in order to educate people.
“Sabaton combines their artistic work with public education in a unique way,” Pontus Böckman, president of the Swedish Skeptics Association, said. “In a world where we are inundated with fake news and conspiracy theories, fact-checked information is delivered from the last place many would expect – a Heavy Metal band.”
The Swedish Skeptics Association hand-picked Sabaton specifically for their ability to deliver factual content, expressing that they stand out from their contemporaries and peers in the music scene for their dedication to giving truthful, historical accounts with the assistance of qualified historians and experts.
Sabaton will begin their European Tour To End All Tours on 14 April 2023 in Leeds. Special guests are Babymetal, with support from Lordi.