Sabaton – The Great War
It’s time for a new teabag to dip in the Sabaton cup. I’ve heard it all before, and even though none of the songs on “The Great War” are bad, Sabaton is really starting to wear their sound out. It’s all about war, hit refrains and a big sound. Sure, I dig the individual songs quite all right, but after a while I just get fed up. It’s all too much! Too much choir, too much big keyboards, too much the same build-up… Whatever happened to their ability to make something just down to earth? I miss that on this album, especially when you hear the guitars, which sounds great but are buried beneath all the keyboards and choir layovers.
I think the whole production rather than the individual songs is what keeps my rating down. I’d love to see something strange or different like “Metal Crüe” from “Attero Dominatus” thrown in to shake things up a little, no matter how it wouldn’t fit in the concept about the first world war. If I’d break it down; I really like the guitar sound in “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, the title track is really massive and the piano part in the beginning of “The End of the War to End all Wars” is great. But I still get quite tired by listening to the whole album and in the end it gives me nothing I haven’t heard from Sabaton ten times before.
I was there when Sabaton first released the song “Primo Victoria” and remember thinking to myself ten seconds in that it was a genuine hit song. I was there when the song broke big and follow-up album “Attero Dominatus” broke even bigger. I was there when “The Art of War” made them one of Swedens leading metal bands, and when “Carolus Rex” made them one of Swedens leading bands overall. And now… I’m fed up. I’m not saying their next album has to be an unplugged one, but it sure would be nice if they threw in some new ideas, because now it all feels like a rerun of stuff they have made better in the past.
Title: The Great War
Label: Nuclear Blast
Date of release: 19/7-19
Stand out tracks: Seven Pillars of Wisdom