Review of new, eighth album, of the Swedes SABATON I would like to start from the end, after all the main idea as "The Last Stand" for fans of this band in the output. The conclusion is that SABATON has captured the market with their heavy metal, based on the old keys-oriented hard rock with the use of neo-classical and power metal. Their new album only confirms what everybody knows, we have new stars of heavy music.
But there are a few questions that came to me by themselves, and I can't go anywhere. The first concerns the music of the band. SABATON has long been nothing new to invent. After a short period of expensive experiment with the symphonic sound, the Swedes have returned to the classic simple recipe Ч a dance rhythm, too much keyboards and subtle guitar with the occasional solo bursts. The mystery remains, such a love of the public and the still small number of followers, because, it seems, can play every dude. But while the SABATON collect sold-outs, and joined them in the music only by POWERWOLF. Now these groups are twins.
Also unchanged from SABATON and on the lyrical front. The Swedes continue to exploit the military theme. At this time, the group talks about the legendary bloody battles of different eras of humanity. I can not mention that the list includes the battle at height 3234 on 7 January 1988, which fought the Soviet war with the Afghan Mujahideen. And here I want to ask the question of how the musicians and loyal fans of the band. Is it normal to talk about the great military massacres in such a frivolous manner? I'm not talking about the simplicity in the texts "Sent into battle, came from the sky/ Trapped on a mountain, and into the fire", I'm not a poet, but the music... This dance enthusiasm running through the entire album, the vocals, as artists depicting the Russian mafia on vacation in American film. And in each minute of the album sounds, darkness, cold, blood, death, all under the metal quadrille, interspersed with the hopak.
I admit, I don't really understand this musical trend of "partying". I think this music is not so much frivolous, how rustic. But to keep track of any trends in the works of SABATON possible. "The Last Stand" came out greyish from the point of view of music. If you are a fan of this sound, as, for example, are fans of the Swedish sound in the death metal or American thrash metal, you will like this album necessarily, but to start with SABATON with this album, I would not recommend, it has an insufficient number of hits.