In the nearly two decades since their launch, Swedish metallers Sabaton have carved out a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the business – gaining a legion of loyal fans across the globe, delivering eight highly-rated studio albums (including two certified platinum-sellers), and scoring multiple industry award wins and nominations… not to mention launching their own annual festival and cruise.
Combining soaring power riffs with vocalist Joakim Brodén’s instantly-recognisable gruff baritone, the band refuses to be simply slotted into a genre. Fans need only know them as Sabaton: the heavy metal band that sings of real life wars and the people who played a part in them – of gruelling campaigns and dazzling acts of bravery, of magnificent victories and touching personal struggles – true stories more fantastic than any fiction.
Sabaton are perhaps best known for their electrifying live concerts, combining accomplished musical performances and a finely-crafted stage show – including their full-sized tank drum-riser – with energy and laughter. The band has headlined as far afield as North America, Australia and Japan, and regularly fills arenas and takes top-billed slots at festivals across Europe.
Fresh from a long bout of touring, the band is looking forward to a number of festival appearances this summer before returning to the studio to work on their next project.
Last year has been a challenging, if not threatening, time for bands and musicians around the world: it was a time of uncertainty, doubt and the underlying fear of never being able to return to the status quo of touring.
But metal bands have never been those who can easily be brought down by difficult circumstances: and so the Finnish hard rockers Lordi are going to visit the big stages in the world again.
Next spring the Swedish band Sabaton will take you to 26 different cities in 17 countries and bring their modern metal to the people. Among other things, they are accompanied by the heavy metal veterans Lordi and the pride of Mongolia The Hu.
The Tour To End All Tours:
March 4 – Oslo, Spektrum (On sale July 7)
March 5 – Stockholm, Avicii Arena (On sale July 7)
March 6 – Copenhagen, Royal Arena (On sale July 7)
March 8 – Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena (On sale July 7)
March 9 – Esch zur Alzette, Rockhal (On sale July 7)
March 11 – Berlin, Mercedes Benz Arena (On sale July 7)
March 12 – Prague, O2 Arena (On sale July 9)
March 13 – Budapest, Arena (On sale July 7)
March 15 – Milan, Lorenzini District (On sale July 7)
March 16 – Geneva, Arena (On sale July 7)
March 18 – London, Wembley Arena (On sale July 9)
March 19 – Leeds, First Direct Arena (On sale July 9)
March 20 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (On sale July 9)
March 22 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro (On sale July 9)
March 24 – Antwerp, Sportpaleis (On sale July 5)
March 25 – Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome (On sale July 7)
March 26 – Leipzig, Quarterback Immobilien Arena (On sale July 7)
March 28 – Paris, La Seine Musicale (On sale July 5)
March 30 – Vienna, Stadthalle (On sale July 5)
March 31 – Munich, Olympiahalle (On sale July 7)
April 1 – Cologne, Lanxess Arena (On sale July 7)
April 2 – Hannover, ZAG Arena (On sale July 7)
April 4 – Krakow, Tauron Arena (On sale July 7)
April 6 – Tallinn, Saku Arena (On sale July 7)
April 8 – Kuopio, Kuopio Hall (On sale July 7)
April 9 – Helsinki, Hartwall Arena (On sale July 7)
The Hu stands for the Mongolian root word for human being, inspiring the band’s original style of music that it calls “Hunnu Rock.” The group pulls inspiration from the Hunnu, an ancient Mongolian empire better known as The Huns in western culture. Their music is deeply embedded with their ancient culture, even integrating old Mongolian war cries and poetry into their lyrics.
The group was founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by their producer Dashka, along with band members Gala, Jaya, Temka and Enkush. Together they create rock music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation such as the morin khuur (horsehead fiddle), tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), tumur khuur (jaw harp), guttural throat singing built around the pillars of heavy rock: distorted guitars, bombastic drums, and aggressive rhythms. All four members have earned Bachelor’s or higher degrees in classical music and have gained several years of touring experience throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.
- Galbadrakh “Gala” Tsendbaatar – morin khuur, throat singing
- Nyamjantsan “Jaya” Galsanjamts – tumur hhuur, tsuur, throat singing
- Enkhsaikhan “Enkush” Batjargal – morin khuur, throat singing
- Temuulen “Temka” Naranbaatar – tovshuur, backing vocals
Nobody knows exactly how old the Finish monsters really are or how long they’ve been striking terror into people’s hearts. Officially the Rock/Heavy Metal monsters LORDI were founded in 1992 by lead singer, songwriter, visual art designer and costume designer Mr. Lordi. The band has deep Finnish roots, originating from the city of Rovaniemi, in Lapland. In 2006 they celebrated their international breakthrough by winning the Eurovision Song Contest (“Hard Rock Hallelujah”) They are Finland’s only winners to date and they earned more points than any other artists in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest up to that time.
- Mr Lordi – lead vocals
- Amen – guitar
- Hella – keyboards
- Mana – drums
- Hiisi – bass