SABATON RELEASE NEW LYRIC VIDEO

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“STEEL COMMANDERS” THE LATEST FROM SWEDISH TITANS

Swedish metal titans SABATON recently announced their new collaboration with World of Tanks and premiered a striking music video for “Steel Commanders.” Pioneering hyperrealistic visuals of the band and their GRAMMY Award-nominated special guest Tina Guo in epic war scenes, the video clip was viewed more than 3.6 million times within the first three weeks of its release.

After offering fans and gamers the chance to see them as crew members on the new Strv K tank, the first-ever Tier IX premium vehicle in World of Tanks, SABATON has now answered the calls from fans asking for the song to be made available via all music streaming platforms. Hop into your tank and download or stream “Steel Commanders” here:

In addition, SABATON also releases a brand new lyric video for “Steel Commanders,” inspired by the sketches used for the production of the official music video for the song.

ABOUT SABATON

In the more than two decades since their launch, Swedish metallers SABATON have headlined major festivals and sold-out arena concerts worldwide, gaining a legion of loyal fans across the globe by carving out a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the business. Since the band’s debut album in 2005, SABATON has combined standout stage design and production with epic concept albums, linking real-life historical war events with classic kick-ass metal. SABATON has released nine studio albums, amassed six GOLD, one PLATINUM, and one four-times-PLATINUM awards, seen eight of its albums score Top 10 international chart status, and six claim the Top 5.  The band has earned eight Metal Hammer/Golden Gods Awards nominations, taking home the award for “Breakthrough Artist” in 2011 and “Best Live Band” in three different years, and a Grammis nomination (Swedish equivalent to the U.S. GRAMMY) as Best Heavy Metal band.   SABATON has also accumulated more than two billion streams across all streaming platforms and 1.5 billion YouTube views.​

In 2008, SABATON hosted the first now annual, three-day concert festival, the “Sabaton Open Air,” at the Lugnet ski stadium in Sweden.  The following year, the band launched its annual – and always sold out – Sabaton Cruise that sails out of Stockholm for epic sea adventures, rocking the ship with fellow metalheads, and lots of SABATON.  Twenty-nineteen saw the debut of the band’s own YouTube channel, “Sabaton History Channel.”  The channel combines the power of YouTube, music, and storytelling to dive into the true-life stories behind every Sabaton song, bringing history to life in an informative and entertaining way.  Sabaton’s Pär Sundstöm and Joakim Brodén are joined by the renowned historian Indy Neidell, of “The Great War” and “WW Two in Real-Time” fame.

Combining soaring power riffs with vocalist Brodén‘s instantly-recognizable gruff baritone, the band refuses to be simply slotted into a genre. Fans need only know them as SABATON, the heavy metal band that sings of real-life wars and the people who played a part in them; of grueling campaigns and dazzling acts of bravery, magnificent victories, and touching personal struggles, true stories more fantastic than any fiction. ​

SABATON is:  Joakim Brodén/Vocals; Pär Sundström/Bass; Chris Rörland/Guitar; Tommy Johansson/Guitar; Hannes Van Dahl/Drums

ON TOUR

SABATON is currently on tour with JUDAS PRIEST as Special Guest on its North American “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour. As one reviewer put it, “Sabaton is a thrill to see live. Monster riffs and sweeping melodies accompanied by Brodén’s soaring vocals captivated the crowd.” Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

SABATON TOUR DATES WITH JUDAS PRIEST

22 Miller High Life Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

23 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN

25 Saint Louis Music Park, St. Louis, MO

26 Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY (Sabaton festival date)

29 The Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO

30 Maverik Center, West Valley City, UT

OCTOBER

 2 Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, WA

 3 Moda Center, Portland, OR

 5 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA

 6 Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA

 8 Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV

 9 Arizona Federal Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

12  Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, TX

13 HEB Center, Austin, TX

15 Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Dallas, TX

16 The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK

19 Cable Dahmer Arena, Independence, MO

21 Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

22 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, GA

24 Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, Charleston, SC

25 The Met, Philadelphia, PA

27 Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

28 MGM Casino, Washington, DC

30 Foxwoods Casino Arena, Mashantucket, CT

31 Tsongas Center at UMass, Lowell, MA

NOVEMBER

 2   Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NS  CANADA

 4   Place Bell, Montreal, QC  CANADA

 5   FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON  CANADA

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RECORD OVERVIEW: SPIRITBOX / “ETERNAL BLUE”

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“ETERNAL BLUE” DROPPED 09/17/2021 VIA RISE RECORDS

You’ve heard of SPIRITBOX. I know you have and if you haven’t the only excuse you have is that you get confused with proper nouns of musical groups. I get it, kind of. Getting tripped up on new band names will be the only pass I will allow; as lame as it is. SPIRITBOX is THE only one of a handful of new bands that has been on the lips of ev-ar-ey-one in rock since mid-2020; so no biggie that you got “confused”.

OK, that last sentence is total sarcasm and it is a huge deal if you have managed to escape hearing about SPIRITBOX over the past year. Eternal Blue is the band’s debut record, but over the last year with the release of several singles from Eternal Blue including “Holy Roller“, “Constance”, “Circle With Me”, Secret Garden” and “Hurt You” seemingly make the record feel like a greatest hits, not a debut. The metal press and YouTube Reactors can NOT get enough of SPIRITBOX. Honestly, when “Constance” hit the deck, I was so surprised that YouTube did not come to a screeching hault with how many times it was played and how many Reaction Channels jumped to chime in with their two cents on the track. I’ve never seen so many grown guys literally break down into tears on their shows listening and watching “Constance”!

The first time I heard SPIRITBOX, it was their first release“Holy Roller“. I think my exact words at start of the first chorus was, “HOLY CRAP!!”. I replayed it and before I had even looked up the band, the fleeting thought that this song was either a mix or an one of those songs that stands out, gains attention for the band and when the EP or LP drops, it’s the only track worth the price of beans in China on the whole record. But I added it to my Dailies and carried on about my day.

Of course I jammed “Holy Roller” over and over, but didn’t really give the band more thought because, well, they had not released anything else and honestly, I didn’t think their next release could hold up to the raucous rant of “Holy Roller“. Boy, I have never been that wrong about the next track released by a band in my life! “Constance” changed me molecularly; literally down to the cellular level. This song fused with every fiber of my being; the melodic timing, the key it was written, lyrically, everything about it imprinted within my spirit. Empathetically, I had experienced what I interpreted the song to be about. Its composition and SPIRITBOX’s performance brought me, and a gazillion of others, to tears.

It was with the release of that song, “Constance”, that I knew this band was not going to be a fly by night, shot in the dark, or one hit wonder. “Constance” lended me to realize that what I heard in the measures of “Holy Roller” was not just electronic clangs or pseudo-sampling, and bellowing emotional screams. “Holy Roller” was created from the same place in the gut that “Constance” came from.

ETERNAL BLUE / TRACK LIST:

  1. Sun Killer
  2. Hurt You
  3. Yellowjacket feat. Sam Carter
  4. The Summit
  5. Secret Garden
  6. Silk In The Strings
  7. Holy Roller
  8. Eternal Blue
  9. We Live In A Strange World
  10. Halcyon
  11. Circle With Me
  12. Constance

What I love about Eternal Blue and SPIRITBOX. COURTNEY LAPLANTE, vocalist, verbally, speaks from her chest. Her methodic choice in lyrical delivery is brilliant. COURTNEY has a range that can melt your face and rock your heart. MIKE STRINGER takes the guitar parts and dissects them to become choral in some ways. He shows that he is not a stranger to heavy music and the world of rock. MIKE translates into chords and progressions what moves and gravitates music fans to music; their music. BILL CROOK plays the bass like a percussive pirate; looting chords and notes that the listener can feel adding to the dynamite dynamic of SPIRITBOX.

To say that SPIRITBOX is a bold, refreshing, and brilliant addition to Rock is an understatement. It is true that their music is fresh AF, I will say that. Hands down, this group is one of the best parts of the last year, if not the only best part. The members as SPIRITBOX show no mercy in all 12 tracks and bring a sense of normalcy back to music that personally, I have missed. The record is precisely produced and the mix is balanced, blatantly brutal at points, and beautifully rendered down to show their grasp on conveying music that fans crave. Eternal Blue is modern, and COURTNEY’s muse-like mantras are wedged into that confusing part of us between the head and the heart.

Eternal Blue gives listeners everything they could possibly want from a band and a record. SPIRITBOX possibly has done the impossible or improbable with their debut release by combining 12 bangers that fans will not grow tired of for decades to come.

SPIRITBOX

Courtney LaPlante – Vocals
Mike Stringer – Guitar
Bill Crook – Bassist

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