Sabaton – Live at Sabaton Open Air 2022-08-06

7/10

22:25 on the Saturday evening. This is the culmination of 4 days of waiting for the main act of their own festival. You can actually feel the expectation or tension in the air. People are flocking towards the stage to get a good view of the phenomenon that is Sabaton.

Someone said prophets in their own town, I can probably agree to that. I have seen so many Sabaton t-shirts all day. I see guys trying desperately to mimic the hair, beard, glasses and breastplate of the singer Joakim Brodén.

The intro is belting out from the speakers, a signal to the last few that this is final call for the start of the show. And boy doo people heed the call. Explosions, fire and bombs start the show off. The stage is by far the most elaborate of the day. Sandbags galore, drum kit is built on the tower of a tank.

“Ghost Division” explodes more or less all the way through and ends with the tank being attacked by an RPG as a grand finale.

You can not complain about the tempo or the tight delivery of the songs. The fire and explosions wars now that the sun is not out. That also helps the effect of all the pyro being lit and blown left, right and center.

The crowd loves it and are on the ball of every syllable, every tone and every beat.

And you can not blame them. The local metal heroes are doing what they do best: delivering a great show. We can discuss what we think about the music, good or bad some other time. But there is no doubt that this is a show, and a grand one at that.

A few song in, Brodén proclaims that this will be one of their longest shows ever. He also wants to talk some English out of courtesy to the foreign guests at the festival. He shouldn´t. His English works well in the songs, but English with a strong Dala accent is not universally accepted.

If there is one thing Sabaton likes to do it is incorperating the audience. In “Soldier of Heaven” we get a lot of clapping and contact. That part they ace.

“Attero Dominatus” is an made to be an epic song. And it works, more fire, more sing along. I see a guy a bit over refeshed standing on a bench holding on to the huge tent, but we does not miss a single word in the lyrics. Cudos!

If you want to be critical, Brodén does not hold a big voice today to carry the weight of the more epic creations that could be a lot bigger with him commanding the lyrics a bit more. I seem to remember that when seeing them before his command was better.

During the course of the concert we navigate between 2 world wars and battles, the Swedish history of the Karoliner and more. Backdrops and digital screens helps us to know where we are in history which is helpful at times.

I am going to try and summarize this beast of a show. It is a show, and it is a playful one. Sabatons greatest asset is their connection with the audience. That they have developed and honed with experience. There is no taking away from that. And as a show this is a good one. What I do wish for is a bit more power in the delivery of the songs at times. I feel that is somewhat lacking.

Photo: Jocke Lindberg

Who: Sabaton
Where: Sabaton Open Air, Falun
When: 2022-08-06
Rate: 7/10

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Sabaton – Live at Sabaton Open Air 2022-08-06

August 9, 2022

The local metal heroes are doing what they do best: delivering a great show. We can discuss what we think about the music, good or bad some other time. But there is no doubt that this is a show, and a grand one at that.

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