The Great War is the ninth studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton. It was released on 19 July 2019. It is the first studio album to feature guitarist Tommy Johansson. The album was released in four separate editions: the standard release, a history edition with contextual narration preceding each track, a soundtrack edition featuring instrumental versions of the songs, and a Sabaton History Patreon exclusive release containing narration by Indy Neidell. The Great War garnered mostly positive reviews. Metal Hammer's Holly Wright gave it 4/5 stars, praising it as "a rip-roaring, riff-addled march towards victory, coaxing influences from folk and power metal that sounds remarkably upbeat for an account of bloodthirsty mass destruction." The Guardian's Dave Simpson rated the album 3/5 stars and said he preferred the History version, which precedes the songs with voiceovers describing the events the songs are about.
Our 9th studio album tells the story of The Great War, also known as the First World War. Four years of conflict that shook the world and took 4 empires with it to the grave, the consequences of which still echo to this day. The contrast between the brutality of a merciless war, and the heroic sacrifices made by its soldiers is reflected in the songs on this album. The idea for writing this album was born a long time ago, and the different stories we sing about were collected over several years of research, countless tours and with the help of our fantastic fans from around the world. “The Great War” takes us back one hundred years, to what was going to be the War to End all Wars. Today we know better.
In the beginning of its career, Swedish power metal sextet Sabaton was considered the next big thing in the metal scene. Nowadays, the band has become a synonym for predictable repetition appealing only to occasional metal fans during the festival season. One has to wonder at what point the band reached its turning point. In hindsight, this climax is obviously the moment when the two guitarists, the keyboarder and the drummer simultaneously left the band that was then painfully reconstructed by the remaining bassist and singer. The last record released by the classic line-up was Carolus Rex, marking both the band's greatest hour and its last peak so far…
About two years ago, Sabaton released their incredible album Heroes and now they’re back with album number eight, "The Last Stand" – and once again it’s another fantastic offering from them. Sabaton is a very consistent band and it’s always a pleasure to see what they’ve cooked up with each new album.