Band : Sabaton
Album title : Carolus Rex
Label : Nuclear Blast Records
Distributor : PIAS
Release Date : 25/05/2012
Release : CD

Yet again Sabaton has managed to create a mighty good epic metal album.  Never change a winning team is the motto, and that’s just what they did.  Like their previous albums this album also is about historical facts, in this case the rise and fall of Charles XII, king of Sweden.

The album treats most of the career of this king, from his rise, and attempt to gain dominance in the region around Sweden, with many successful battles, and his defeat when trying to submit Russia, where his army was decimated by the harsh winter, and suffered a big defeat at the battle of Poltava, and subsequently surrendered in Perevolochna. And ends with the death of the king during the siege of Fredriksten in Norway.

As I mentioned before, Sabatonhas not added any new elements to their music.  They do just what they’re good at. The music itself may be simple, but it contains elements to please everyone.  Epic pieces, nice guitar solos, hars, hacking vocals.

If you buy the special edition, you get two CD’s, one sung in English, the other one completely in Swedish.  Sadly enough just before this album came out, the band announced that they would go separate ways.  In one way I hope this will not change the sound of the band, after all Joakim Broden, the vocalist, goes on, but on the other hand, with new blood in the band, they might broad their style and reach more people.  Wait and see.


Erik Morren.