Sabaton
Heroes


4.0
excellent

Review

by marbledking USER (17 Reviews)
May 11th, 2014 | 10 replies


Release Date: 05/16/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "The Boar against the Eagle!"

Sabaton are a great asset for modern heavy metal music. Let's start with that. Sabaton are huge in Europe, opening up to new markets, traditionally aligned with the european sound, like Brazil and Japan. Every new release by Sabaton is a big deal for the european metal crowd. Since we straightened this out, we have to pinpoint that it's not breaking news to any Sabaton fan that their albums have great similarities as far as songwriting is concerned.

Given these facts, we can begin this analysis with some general remarks. There is not more repetitiveness in this release than in any previous Sabaton album. On the contrary, there are a few new elements here, both to intros and organs involved and also in the vocal melodies (see among others "Resist and Bite"). The entire album is well executed, featuring heavy and powerful production and the new drummer picks up where his predecessors set the tone. This is nor as melodic and majestic, nor as folk -influenced as the landmark "Carolus Rex" (probably their best release, neck on neck with "The Art of War"). It is fresh though and above all, it's Sabaton and heavy to the point of speakers and ground shaking. The famous epic choir singing interludes are present once again and the guitar work is excellent. Though the solos are better overall, in some points ("No bullets Fly", "To Hell and Back"), they seem to be a bit mismatching, like having being conceived before the rest of the song.

The lyrical themes turn around from Swedish history to meet (again) their famous WW2 thematology. This is known territory for Sabaton and i don't find something wrong with that. Fortunately (or unfortunately) WW2 is full of stories, deserved to be told. Parts in latin are again included, this story goes back to "Primo Victoria" and they do that with great succes. Probably in their next release, they will explore some other war history territory.

So, what is this about? "Night Witches" kick off the frenzy, in the same way as "Ghost Division" did ("The Art of War"). Heavy riffing, speedy tempo, uplifting crowd- friendly chorus, well placed interlude and solo. Great introduction. "No bullets fly", mid tempo anthem, crashing riffs, heavy as a panzer. Both the double guitar and keys' parts, after the solo, are astonishing. "Smoking Snakes" pick up the pace as "Aces in Exile" did (in the "Coat of Arms") and add up to the ongoing mayhem. The ending of the chorus is a bit mellow, but the interlude restores us back to order. "Inmate 4859" is introduced by a ticking sound reminiscent of "Time" (Mercufyl Fate). What follows up is amazing, crashing riffs pounding and earmeltening. This is the type of songs where Brodén really shines out. Gradually building up strength and power. The solo is amazing. "To Hell and Back" is a tribute to Ennio Morricone (as far as the main musical theme of the song). Just fantastic, uplifting, melodic, a tune to whistle along. "The ballad of Bull" is a tribute to the songwriting procedure used for ballads by Manowar (of the later period). Eric Adams could have joined in any moment of this majestically played composition. "Resist and Bite" borrows Maiden's lead guitaring and concludes in a typical Sabaton thundering chorus. Interlude again, magnificent... "Soldier of 3 Armies" rides on fast pace and features a distinguishable slow intersection. "Far from the Fame" is no novelty either. Probably the track resembling mostly to their previous work "Carolus Rex", more melodic than the rest of the album. "Hearts of Iron" is galloping and well executed, a fine ending to the end of the war (as the lyrics).

In conclusion, this is not their most effective machine-gun, nevertheless it is (once) again very solid. It maybe a bit short in length, but capable enough to attract big crowds to their european tours. Absolute must - have for their fans and one of the best releases for 2014 for the true/heavy/traditional metal audience. This is how heavy metal should be played in 2014. Not recommended to any other audiences.

P.S. accurate rating 3.9/5



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Salvidian
May 11th 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Basically if you've heard Art of War and Carolus Rex by these guys you've heard the whole discog, including this. Probably
not worth checking out unless you *love* Sabaton.

The content in the review was okay but the delivery was deplorable. Weird sentence structures and errors everywhere.

Edit: FYI, got this early.

marbledking
May 12th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Couple of sentences were a bit rushed. Show me the errors, so that i can fix them. Thanx

Salvidian
May 12th 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's basically the whole review. It looks like it was translated from another language, sadly. =(

DoctorVelvet
May 13th 2014


115 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Album is a horrible letdown and easily the worst in their catalogue. I can count four or five memorable moments on the entire disk.

marbledking
May 13th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm still waiting for you, to show me the errors, so that i can proceed to the proper corrections. You said it's full of errors, so i would be glad if you help me out. Thanx again.

marbledking
May 13th 2014


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This site is well-made and pleasant to visit. Unfortunately, there isn't a real heavy metal audience in here. Mostly, people who lack basic knowledge, probably listening to albums on youtube or on mp3s and who find pleasure in trying to find "errors", when they can't take the time to write a text on their own -sadly :-(
Slipknot's releases get 30.000 views (!!!) and heavy metal releases get 500. And for the greater part of the heavy metal discography (both older and recent) there is no interest at all. Greetings and cheers to the 5-6 persons who actually listen to heavy metal, keep the flame! I will stick to the European sites.

Salvidian
May 13th 2014


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Um, what?

Stryfe14
May 14th 2014


59 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album was a huge letdown and its hard to rate it any higher than average in my opinion. The influences from Carolus Rex felt uninvited, and the majority of the songs were carbon copies from The Art of War or Coat of Arms. The opening of Smoking Snakes screams Aces in Exile in the most obviously blatant way.

At this point, I wish they would drop the WW2/War theme for a little and just make a straight metal album. Joakim should also feel free to let the new members explore their capabilities some more, their guitarists are way better than the chugging that's present throughout most of the album, with some highlights in 2 or 3 songs.

Asmodeuss1990
May 14th 2014


189 Comments


I'm pretty sure this is Sabaton doing what they do best lol

Stryfe14
May 14th 2014


59 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They're doing what they do, but this isn't their best.



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