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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, they're really dropping the ball), 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--aren't as strong.Read more ›
Sabaton is back on familiar territory with Heroes. Not only are the lyrics once again in English, but the subject matter is, as always, focused on war. It’s not a full-on concept album like Carolus Rex, but each song on Heroes focuses on an individual or regiment in various conflicts (though World War II is the primary theme) who have shown courage on and off the battlefield. Musically, well, it’s a Sabaton album, so you know not to expect any changes. This is the same kind of galloping, martial, melodic power metal with marching rhythms and rousing choruses that they’ve delivered from the very start. They continue to play this kind of music very well, so that predictability is not likely to upset many Sabaton fans.
Predictability aside, Heroes is a dynamite power metal album. The best Sabaton songs are rousing enough to make you want to go marching to battle with the band, and there are songs on Heroes that definitely accomplish that. Album opener “Night Witches” and “Smoking Snakes” have that perfect combination of melody and heaviness. The slower (but still heavy) “Inmate 4859” and slower (though not heavy at all) “The Ballad of Bull” change the pace at just the right times. The album’s brightest moments come from the stirring, Audie Murphy-inspired “To Hell and Back” and the fierce “Resist and Bite.”
This one is pretty easy to recommend. If you’re already a Sabaton fan, you’re going to enjoy this album.Read more ›
Excellent Songs: Hearts of Iron, Inmate 4859, Night Witches, Resist and Bite, Soldier of 3 Armies, To Hell And Back. Night Witches and To Hell and Back will cause the short-hairs on necks to stand up and salute the first time they are heard.
Good Songs: 7734, Far From The Fame, No Bullets Fly, Smoking Snakes.
Average Songs: The Ballad of Bull. A bit slower and softer than their average, but otherwise a good history reminder.
Bad Songs: this is Sabaton we're talking about. No such thing as a bad song in their arsenal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Power metal lives on! Great record with powerful lyrics and guitars. Very excited for the future of this band.Published 3 months ago by Ian
I can't get enough of this album. I was never really a "power metal" fan, but I heard Sabaton and fell in love with both the music and the lyrics. Read morePublished 5 months ago by VickitaWho
Great cd! I'd never heard of this group before until I found out someone loved them and I went looking for them. I'm so glad I get an autorip copy for myself as I'm a new fan now. Read morePublished 7 months ago by savsmom
Another great album from Sabaton the band known for metal ballads about historical conflicts. Heroes is about men who rose to become something greater in brutal war. Read morePublished 9 months ago by LoneWolfSones