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Swedish epic metallers (and Brainfart favorites) Sabaton have announced that the the first three shows of their 2012 North American tour have been cancelled. Because of the Easter holiday, new Sabaton members Chris Rörland (guitar), Thobbe Englund (guitar), and Robban Bäck (drums) were delayed in obtaining their visas which has forced them to cancel these first three shows. The tour will officially kick off on April 15th in San Antonio, TX at Backstage Live. A two-minute video message from SABATON announcing the changes in the band’s tour schedule can be seen below.

Sabaton lead singer Joakim Broden announced that he and bassist Par Sundstrom had parted ways with guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr. Luckily Broden and Sundstrom decided to hoist the flag high and continue to move forward with with of my favorite metal bands. Sabaton is about to release their new album “Carolus Rex” in Europe on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which will be made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).

Sabaton had this to say about “Carolus Rex”: “For the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren. We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on ‘Carolus Rex’, and our producer, Peter Tägtgren, says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!”

Check out the title track “Carolus Rex” below.

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Toni says:

I caught their show last month at Blondie´s in Detroit and it was well worth the drive from Kalamzoo. Normally I do not go to Detroit because it is a crime ridden waste of space but after hearing of Sabaton last year from friends who saw them I knew I had to go.
The show rocked and rolled. I will see them again and again with no second thoughts.

thegreatsouthernbrainfart says:

Toni, Sabaton really does bring it live and this new line up is killing it. I wish they would’ve come to Atlanta. Thanks for checking in!

Janet says:

I first saw Sabaton in 2008 at Wacken Open Air. Never heard of them before, went to see Iron Maiden and a few other bands but on the Party Stage was Sabaton and I liked them.
My tour ended later in the year and I returned home to Texas and had to wait like over 2 years before seeing them again when they came to San Antonio with Accept. I went again to San Antonio this tour and again a great show, the new members were great but honestly I like the former ones better, is not really Sabaton without them. Two of the newer members played with the band before over the years as fill ins on drums and guitars so they already knew alot of the music. They performed very well, they are accomplished musicians to be sure.
I recently read that the former members have formed a band called Civil War, ironic. They plan on having something out in the fall so I am sure it will be great.

Tom says:

I too saw them in Austin, Tx last year and the show was great. Emo’s is kinda small but it was pretty full up. The stage was really small so they did a good job not falling or knocking each other off. Saw them for first time at Red 7 some years earlier as the opener for the night at SXSW.
The band is refreshing for metal and I like them. It is not easy for me to like a new/relatively new metal band since I grew up in the 70s and 80s listening to and seeing live bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Triumph, Slayer, the original Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio, Deep Purple, The Scorpions, Accept, Krokus, OFO, and so on. Many of those bands are like me, older but still rocking and kicking.

Hathor says:

I saw these guys in Austin last year and they were great. The regular bass player hurt his leg earier or something so they had a stand in, no pun intended.
I heard about them from a friend earlier that year so I checked out some of their music and really liked it.
I am getting my passport renewed so I can go to their home town festival Rockstad Falun. They have an annual cruise too but I will not go to that as I hate being on the water.
I was unable to see thier recent show in San Antonio but my friends said they were great.
If they reschedule their cancelled shows for Houston and Dallas I will go to one of them.

Rod says:

These guys rock, the new lineup was great. The real test will be when the band releases a new album with their line up as currently a musician can play what another has written so of course the music was Sabaton of old.
I do miss the old line up alot though but what can one do about it anyways.
They rocked their first show of the tour, San Antonio. A few minor techincal glitches with guitar pedals but no negative impact on the show. As usual I was up front, but to the left this time. They said they would reschedule the cancelled shows. Several of the audience members even came to the show from Houston since that show had been cancelled.
I have seen these guys perform 5 times already and never a bad show.
If anybody has a chance to go see them they need to go, there will be no disappointment.
They are just getting to be known this past year or so here in America so do not expect 2,000 people packed club venue.

Art says:

Just from reading the headline, I suggest these guys try Master Card or Discover. HA HA HA HA! Pretty original, eh?

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