MPA Presents: SABATON on 2/7/13 at 910 Live in Tempe, AZ! Support provided by Kings Field, Adavant, Phoenix & Dragon, Dethroned, & more!
Sabaton is a Grammis-nominated power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are those of historical wars. This is heard in albums Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus and Coat of Arms where all of the songs, except final tracks, take inspiration from historical battles or war. Lyrical content drawn from World War I, World War II and other conflicts is prevalent and includes songs about battles and leaders on all sides of said conflicts.
On March 31, 2012 vocalist Joakim Broden confirmed rumors that the band would be going separate ways. Guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr would be departing Sabaton for unspecified reasons. Sabaton would be joined by touring members Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund on guitar, and Robban Bäck on drums. Until a new keyboardist is found Sabaton will use digital recordings of their keyboard while touring.
Following the announcement of a new lineup taking the stage the first single for the album "Carolus Rex" titled "Carolus Rex" was released on April 4, 2012. The single was immediately released in both Swedish and English lyrical formats for download off of Swedish iTunes, and was available for world wide download on April 8, 2012. Coinciding the release of the new single, Sabaton also announced their world wide tour in support of "Carolus Rex" headlined as "The Swedish Empire Tour". This will also be the first time Sabaton has performed live with the new lineup.
"Carolus Rex" was released on May 22, 2012 in the United States and Sweden, and May 25, 2012 in the rest of Europe. The album is available in both Swedish and English versions. Sabaton will also release a deluxe edition of "Carolus Rex" containing 2 discs of both lyrical versions of the album.