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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B00ISYLBHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I recommend it immensely.
Scott Farley
Bringing more vocal melody and excellent, catchy riffs.
Matt
Very good album with great tracks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MOTU Review on September 18, 2014
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"Heroes" (2014) is the seventh studio album from Swedish power metal band Sabaton. There was initial apprehension given that the band turned over four members after "Carolus Rex," but fear not--Sabaton's songwriters remain and are at the top of their game here. "Heroes" is easily my favorite Sabaton album, it's my favorite album of 2014, and it's become my go-to album whenever I do cardio.

With the exception of one track (see below), Sabaton is all heavy metal business here. This is a short, brisk album--there's no padding on any of these songs, there's no symphonic or guitar wankery, and no song overstays its welcome unduly (only two songs are over four minutes). Sabaton gets in, they blow it up with catchy choruses, and they get out and move on to the next one.

Style-wise, Sabaton hasn't really changed at all, but in addition to some of the best songwriting they've ever done (if "Night Witches" doesn't replace "Ghost Division" as their show-opener, I'll eat my hat), they freshen things up a bit with an interesting variety of arrangements (see, e.g., "To Hell and Back," "Inmate 4859"). There's been a shift in the lyrical focus--to individuals and small groups in war--which makes the songs more personal and accessible.

If there's a knock on this album, it's that "The Ballad of Bull" (which isn't terrible) is something of a tempo killer, and Broden's voice on a piano ballad isn't the best idea. And the bonus tracks--"7734," a remake from "Metalizer," and "Men of War," a cheeseball tribute to Manowar--are comparatively weak.

There are a lot of highlights here--my favorites are "Night Witches," "No Bullets Fly," "To Hell and Back," "Resist and Bite," and "Hearts of Iron."

In short, Sabaton is essentially doing the same thing they've always done, only better than they've ever done it. If you love Sabaton, you'll love "Heroes," and if you're new to them, this is a great place to start.

12 tracks, 44 minutes
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Patterson on May 28, 2014
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This album is on point and brings together everything you love and expect from Sabaton. It is driving and will take the listener through the spectrum. It has some very interesting (and brave - you will know it when you hear it) choices that really pay off. Its production is epic in feel and scope. Makes one look forward to the inevitable Sabaton and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra album and dvd. How incredible would that be? You guys should really get on that. The opening track (Night Witches) was the perfect tone setting opening for the album. Considering our failed education system, I have to pause and give thanks for their themes, as unless one were to seek out these topics on ones own they would never be exposed to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on October 10, 2014
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Emerging as a very talented and auspicious young power metal group, Germany’s Sabaton are, if nothing else, then at least high in the running of being crowned the very respectable title of “the Accept of the new millennium.” They bare all of the workings of a prototypical power metal classic, and while it might come up a bit short of attaining such a prestigious attribute, there is plenty to like on this album, their seventh full-length. Among the attributes on this 2014 release include crunchy, industrial-strength riffing, pronounced, bubbling bass, solid, natural-sounding drum beats, fantastical lyrics, and epic-sounding arrangements/songs.

Sabaton’s frontman, Joakim Broden, meanwhile, splits his time alternating equally between Bruce Dickinson-meets-Rob Halford impressions. So while he may not be the most original vocalist on the market, he does certainly prove to the world that he is nothing if not an accomplished singer. The end result produced of all these things is a good throwback traditional/power metal record, and a more than sufficient homage to the band’s influences. With that said, however, it should be known that “Heroes” is not exactly an earth-shattering affair, nor one that can be deemed to be frequently amazing. (The guitar solos, in particular could use some work -- they could stand to be a bit longer, as could the songs, in general.) But man, is it rock solid!

Cuts like “Night Witches,” a triumphant-sounding opener with unforgettable, chanted vocals and blazing melodic soloing that both evoke classic Judas Priest; and “No Bullets Fly,” a propulsive chugger with tons of really tasty guitar crunch to go along with its delicious, Iron Maiden-inspired guitar harmonies and solos, practically scream “pure power metal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael p on September 2, 2014
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one of 2014 "must have" albums. enjoyable start to finish. if you love metal music in the vein of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest then Sabaton is the answer. well researched musically stimulating. so many battle anthems and history lessons in one package. WOW!! its going to take one helluva an album to get this one out of my player
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carmarthen on August 23, 2014
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Do you know that old cliche when an artist always says his last release is his best yet? Well, in the case of Sabaton this is true!

Heroes is incredibly good. With a new lineup, the band recorded a breathtaking album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Cole on May 31, 2014
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I don't know how they keep doing it, but this is yet another great album. Every song is incredible with the exception of the ballad. (see Blind Guardian for epic ballad mastery). But don't let that stop you from getting this album. Full of grooves, and also a nice selection of historical tributes and tales. Don't miss reading the stories behind each song. I think it makes them ten times more powerful.
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