Recently someone told me that going to a Sabaton show was like going to a party, you have the music, you have the stage entertainment, you have the drinks (if the venue has a bar), and you have a full room of people singing and jumping up and down to the rhythm of 5 Swedish guys playing heavy metal on stage while enjoying every second of it.
Well, last week Sabaton stopped by the Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ to party while playing some songs out of their new album The Last Stand. This new Sabaton album is a full-fledged collection of warfare stories that dated from the legendary tales of the 300 Spartans that fought the Persian army during the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC to the Soviet-Afgan conflict during the 80’s, to the Anglo-Zulu conflict in Africa during the 1800’s and a bunch of other warfare stories that make this album one of Sabaton‘s more diverse albums in terms of warfare history.
The show itself was incredible entertaining from beginning to end. This time around Sabaton not only played new songs, but they also introduced their newest band member to the audience. Lead guitarist Tommy Johansson who replaces Thobbe Englund who left the band after the release of their new album. With a new album and a patched up lineup, Sabaton delivered a killer show that eclipsed a bit the headlining band.
Before the show, we had the chance to sit down with Joakim Brodén vocalist of Sabaton to talk about The Last Stand, their current North American tour, the Sabaton brand, and his work with other bands like Pain and Twilight Force.