The Five Stormtroopers reviewing Sabaton – The War to End All Wars: Jens Wärme

10/10

Sabaton continues the First World War on the new album ”The war to end all wars”. They just put in an extra gear. They deliver music of a much higher and more even quality than on the previous album ”The great war”. The band really shows their strength in writing music and writing historically correct lyrics.

We get to accompany the band on a journey through the entire First World War. In the first song, the shot in Sarajevo that starts the war sounds to the last song that contains the peace of Versailles. Eleven new songs where we have admittedly already heard some of them in the form of singles released since November. But when you hear them in their proper context, I think they do more justice. They get a different dimension somehow.

In order to make a good album, in my opinion, three important points are needed for success. The first point is a good intro / first song. On the new Sabaton, you are drawn into the story directly with a good intro with a chorus that sits like a chewing gum on the brain. I could not get that chorus out  of my mind for days. The second song “Stormtroopers” is exactly what an album needs to arouse curiosity and you raise your eyebrows. “Stormtroopers” are like a slap in the face, straight rock hard heavy metal that only Sabaton can do at a high pace. The second important point is the middle of the album. Here it is important to have at least one song that is strong so that the listener does not lose interest. “The War to End All Wars” has three songs, namely “The Unkillable Soldier” (that chorus goes into history, the best I ever heard). “Soldier of heaven” and “Hellfighters”. On these three songs, Sabaton really shows what they are capable of. As close to perfection as you can get.

The third important point is of course the conclusion. “Christmas truce”, which was actually released last year, is in my eyes one if not the best song Sabaton wrote and produced. Everything works in a perfect symbiosis here, music, lyrics, production and even the videos are world class. The last song on the album is “Versailles”. Here we get to follow history when the peace agreement is signed.

“Carolus Rex” was up to this point my favourite album by Sabaton. After the release of “The War to End All Wars” I got a new favourite.

Sabaton, you did it!

Band: Sabaton
Title: The war to end all wars
Label: Nuclear Blast
Date of release: 2022-03-04
Rate: 10/10
Stand Out Track: The unkillable soldier
Country of Origin: Sweden

The Five Stormtroopers reviewing Sabaton – The War to End All Wars: Jens Wärme

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