Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice spoke to Sabaton's bassist Pär Sundström and guitarist Tommy Johansson in Montreal, Canada. The two spoke about the bands new album The Great War and the hard work behind the success of Sabaton over the years.
When asked about the difference between their new album The Great War and their last albums
"I do think that Sabaton has evolved over the past 15 years however the core of Sabaton is still there. We make small progressions from album to album but we sound like Sabaton. Anybody who expects Sabaton to have a big change in musical styles maybe they are looking at the wrong band. Fans of Sabaton know what to expect when there is a new album."
When asked what they learned about World War One that they didn't know about before doing the album
"I learned about the details of the war that are frightening that I was not so aware of, for example the details surrounding The Battle of Verdun. I knew it was one of the longest conflicts in the war but I did not know the magnitude of it, so digging deeper into that conflict was an eye opener."
When asked about their thoughts on the song about the controversial Red Baron
"The thing about World War One there's not really any good or evil, it is more of a gray zone. Nobody really knows what is right or wrong there it's just a war where everybody is suffering heavily. The Red Baron he was one of those characters that we felt for a long time that we wanted to cover. He's one of the most famous because he wanted to be one of the most famous, he would be what you would call a rock star of World War One, taking the credit on his skills and that make him stick out a bit and that's why we did a song about him."
When asked what is the secret to Sabaton's continous success
"I don't think there is a secret, first of all bands need a good quality songs. Does Sabaton play good songs? A lot of fans say we do and then it's hard work and there are no shortcuts. Sabaton is not a band that will be played on the radio so we have to do it the hard way, tour, tour, tour. We just don't give up."
SABATON's ninth album, "The Great War" was released on July 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band started recording the disc exactly 100 years after the end of the first World War (November 11, 1918) and took three months of intensive work to complete the album with longtime producer and collaborator Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge studios. The effort was mastered by Maor Appelbaum and the artwork was once again created by Peter Sallaí.
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