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Release date: 25 May 2012
Style: Power metal

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Disc I [Swedish version]
01. Dominium Maris Baltici
02. Lejonet Från Norden
03. Gott Mit Uns
04. En Livstid I Krig
05. 1648
06. Karolinens Bön
07. Carolus Rex
08. Ett Slag Färgat Rött
09. Poltava
10. Konungens Likfärd
11. Ruina Imperii


Disc II [English version]
01. Dominium Maris Baltici
02. The Lion From The North
03. Gott Mit Uns
04. A Lifetime Of War
05. 1648
06. The Carolean's Prayer
07. Carolus Rex
08. Killing Ground
09. Poltava
10. Long Live The King
11. Ruina Imperii
12. Twilight Of The Thunder God [Amon Amarth cover] [Mailorder edition bonus]
13. In The Army Now [Status Quo cover] [Mailorder edition bonus]
14. Feuer Frei [Rammstein cover] [Mailorder edition bonus]

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (25)


Line-up
Joakim Brodén - vocals
Rikard Sundén - guitar
Oskar Montelius - guitar
Pär Sundström - bass
Daniel Mÿhr - keyboards
Daniel Mullback - drums


Additional info
Carolus Rex will be available for purchase on single Swedish CD (Sweden only) and single English CD plus a limited edition which features a double CD with both language versions. The double CD will also feature a different cover artwork.

The album is produced by Peter Tägtgren who is also doing guest vocals on "Gott Mit Uns" and "Twilight Of The Thundergod".

During the recording of Carolus Rex Sabaton also recorded a song where Joakim sings in German, a cover of "Feuer Frei" by Rammstein.

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
6.0
Thundering double bass drums, demented bumblebee keyboards, Joakim's bold cries of war - it couldn't be anything other than Sabaton. Carolus Rex is the Swede's sixth album with an added twist that it is available in both Swedish and English versions. It is also the band's last album with the original line-up, having shed four members a couple of months ago.

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published 09.06.2012 | Comments (30)

Guest review by
ScreamingSteelUS

Rating:
9.5
I must admit that I was disappointed when I first listened to Carolus Rex. By the time this album was released, Sabaton had been firmly established as one of my favorite bands, and from the moment I held Coat Of Arms in my hands I was eagerly awaiting the next masterpiece. Upon first listen, I was a little confused and let down. Carolus Rex sounds more like Sabaton than any previous Sabaton release. I could take literally any song from this album and tell you which older songs had been mashed up to produce it (for example, "The Lion From The North" is "Coat Of Arms" plus "40:1," "Gott Mit Uns" is basically "Union"). Fortunately, I refused to accept that Sabaton could produce anything less than pure, weapons-grade excellence, so I listened again and again until I understood it.

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published 28.12.2012 | Comments (6)

Guest review by
ManiacBlasphemer

Rating:
8.6
Since The Art Of War, Sabaton has been releasing a new studio album in a 2 year cycle. Can we expect something different from Carolus Rex? I am a fan of their works ever since The Art Of War was unleashed with a brilliant adaptation of Sun Tzu's writings. While Coat of Arms lacked spirit and seemed overly recycled, Carolus Rex is a product that seems very similar to their 4th studio effort; with much more force and vitality behind it, one can use an adjective such as catchy for this kind of effort. Same like The Art Of War, Carolus Rex is a concept album revolving around King Carolus (Gustav II Adolf) of Sweden who reigned around the 30 year war period. He is credited to be the king that helped Sweden become an important part of the international community back in the 17th century.

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published 09.01.2013 | Comments (1)

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Cuca Beludo - 01.01.2012 at 22:59  
  Great! I can't wait to listen this.
Wraith000 - 02.01.2012 at 01:12  
Rating: 10 The wait ...begins .... O_0
DragonSavior X10 - 23.01.2012 at 09:14  
  The fact that they visited the Alamo makes me hope they write a song about it. Whether they do or not, this is still going to be an awesome album.
Cuca Beludo - 05.03.2012 at 03:58  
  Yeah, the most awaited album since my metal journey begin.
DragonSavior X10 - 20.03.2012 at 19:57  
  Those covers sound really interesting. I've always enjoyed hearing covers that require the band to change up their style a bit. I wonder what Sabaton sounds like as an extreme power metal band.
FeskarN - 21.03.2012 at 12:54  
Rating: 9 Amon Amarth cover?! This will be intressting!
Valentin B - 21.03.2012 at 12:57  
  Wow, I'm almost looking forward to hearing those covers more than the actual album.
DragonSavior X10 - 23.03.2012 at 05:39  
  Sabaton really should do a cover album.
cyheadbanger - 10.04.2012 at 17:35  
  Can't wait!
rasto - 15.05.2012 at 12:42  
Rating: 10 Album carolus rex - top, top, top. Vote:9!!!!!!!!!!
Deefer46 - 18.05.2012 at 18:56  
  Just got hold of a copy. Sabaton rule the metal world - fucking EPIC stuff. God I just love this band........
10
10
10
10
Stryfe14 - 19.05.2012 at 06:49  
  I've had a copy of this album for the past couple days...and let me just tell you guys, this is by FAR Sabaton's best album yet. They REALLY pulled their shit together with this one and knocked it out of the park. It seems that when they don't have such a vvide content variety, and focus just on a concept album they can really lock down the sound they are going for. I seriously hope they do more concept albums after they knocked the ball out of the park with this one.

The heaviest songs are without a doubt the hard hitting intro track "The Lion From the North", "1648" - which had the subs in my car pounding harder than even the Primo Victoria song "Panzer Battalion; "Killing Ground" and "Poltova" are right up there, too. "Poltova" is probably my favorite track. It has a lot of that same "40:1" feel from The Art of War album - you'll find yourself soon singing along with the booming choir when they shout, "Russian Army's blocked the way! 20,000 lost that day!" It's just so powerful.

"A Lifetime of War", "The Carolean's Prayer", and "Long Live the King" are some refreshing melodic ballads which Sabaton masterfully crafts. The intro to "The Carloean's Prayer" opened with a very nice, dark sounding section of keyboard which really helped set the mood for the whole "medieval" feel of the album.

Of course the single, and title-track, "Carolus Rex", delivers a very powerful anthem right in the middle of the album, which is a very nice transition from "The Carolean's Prayer".

"Runia Imperii" was a very interesting track. It's dark. It's Swedish. It has that mystic feel where unless you speak Swedish you obviously don't understand them, but at the same time you perfectly understand the song.

I found the drumming to be outstanding on this album, it really stands out a lot more than it has in previous releases. The increased hi-hat use gives a more "live" feeling to the album as a whole.

Joakim did a fantastic job with the new crew and whipping them into shape for their re-recording of this album, it's evident where there are some subtle changes in the Sabaton "sound", but I think we'll have to wait until the next release to really see how the new guys do when they actually write the music together.

The only thing that I didn't really like was that the lyrics seemed a little too repetitive on a couple songs, it would've been great to get some more variety in between the choruses. Another thing was that it felt like the songs were way too rushed, almost as if Sabaton was afraid of going over the 5-6 minute mark. Songs like Poltova, 1648, or Killing Ground definitely had another solid minute, to minute and a half, left in them when they ended. Maybe it's just because I'm a huge Sabaton fan and have all of their songs practically memorized, but I could definitely hear some recycled riffs and melodies from earlier songs - most likely not intentional, but it sure doesn't detract any from the awesome new songs.

All in all, I would give this album a 8.9/10. "Carolus Rex" definitely sets the bar high for the next Sabaton album to come!
arwestromen - 22.05.2012 at 18:25  
Rating: 9 Got it today
tdeg - 24.05.2012 at 18:56  
Rating: 10 Honestly, this is probably the best thing Sabaton has ever done. In a genre that has so many cliches, this manages to sound really fresh and also drives home what makes power metal great. I'll be bold and say this is one of the best power metal albums ever released. The only flaw I can find with it is that some of their English lyrics can be somewhat flat and factual (to paraphrase Angry Metal Guy) and that's a problem that's always been there for Sabaton and it's not a major negative. Apparently, the Swedish lyrics are more thoughtful but either way it's full of bombastic, fist-pumping anthems, face-melting solos, and clever composition. Combined with Joakim Broden's roaring baritone, what more can you ask for?
Warman - 25.05.2012 at 19:59  
Rating: 9 I have a couple of retarded (best) friends, they hate metal and believes that Sabaton is a nazi band because they do many songs about WWII and now also a theme album about our warrior kings Karl XII and Gustav II Adolf, whom some nazi groups in Sweden use a symbol for some far-fetched reason. I've talked some sense into them (my friends, haven't met those nazis yet). But when I listened to this album I nearly shit my pants, thinking about how the hell I would defend Sabaton this time. In the chorus to the song "Ett slag färgat rött" they sing "gjuter blod", which to me sounded like "judeblod", meaning "jew blood" in swedish. I was like "WTF, seriously?". After reading the lyrics I stopped sweating.
tdeg - 25.05.2012 at 20:13  
Rating: 10 Nazi bands tend not to get signed to lucrative Nuclear Blast deals or open for Priest and Maiden.
Warman - 25.05.2012 at 20:16  
Rating: 9
Written by tdeg on 25.05.2012 at 20:13

Nazi bands tend not to get signed to lucrative Nuclear Blast deals or open for Priest and Maiden.

Of course not, but they're into hip hop so they really wouldn't know even though I explain.
Panik✠Pitbull - 25.05.2012 at 20:25  
Rating: 10 Best Sabaton album of all times!
Snbn - 25.05.2012 at 20:55  
Rating: 8
Written by Panik✠Pitbull on 25.05.2012 at 20:25

Best Sabaton album of all times!


True!
Risto - 25.05.2012 at 21:02  
  I've heard the title track and it was kind of meh. Good things have been said about it though, so might give it a spin
malaikat - 25.05.2012 at 23:38  
  "Gott Mit Uns" - wasn't that weaved into Wermacht soldier's belts in WWII?
Lit. - 26.05.2012 at 01:23  
 
Written by malaikat on 25.05.2012 at 23:38

"Gott Mit Uns" - wasn't that weaved into Wermacht soldier's belts in WWII?


Yes, but it's origins go farther back to the Teutonic Order of Germany and appearing on Frederick I of Prussia's coat of arms. It means God With Us. Wonder why a Swedish band would be so fascinated with Germany.
Risto - 26.05.2012 at 01:48  
 
Written by Lit. on 26.05.2012 at 01:23

Wonder why a Swedish band would be so fascinated with Germany.

"Gott mit uns" was also the motto of Gustaf II Adolf, former king of Sweden - nicknamed The Lion from the North
malaikat - 26.05.2012 at 11:18  
 
Written by Lit. on 26.05.2012 at 01:23

Yes, but it's origins go farther back to the Teutonic Order of Germany and appearing on Frederick I of Prussia's coat of arms. It means God With Us. Wonder why a Swedish band would be so fascinated with Germany.


I love metal, you learn something every day Thanks!
Frodd - 26.05.2012 at 16:41  
Rating: 8 Excellent stuff. This new lineup is boss.
DelightfulJim - 27.05.2012 at 19:52  
Rating: 8 This might just be their best record to date.
FeskarN - 27.05.2012 at 23:35  
Rating: 9
Written by Frodd on 26.05.2012 at 16:41

Excellent stuff. This new lineup is boss.

The album was recorded with the old members not the new ones.
Frodd - 28.05.2012 at 00:17  
Rating: 8
Written by FeskarN on 27.05.2012 at 23:35

Written by Frodd on 26.05.2012 at 16:41

Excellent stuff. This new lineup is boss.

The album was recorded with the old members not the new ones.

Hmmm. My bad.
Cuca Beludo - 28.05.2012 at 17:09  
  Just look at the band, folks. I knew this was going to be a badass album since the very beginning when I was watching the studio footage videos. By the way, do your guys know how they recorded the soldiers march??
arwestromen - 28.05.2012 at 17:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Warman on 25.05.2012 at 19:59

I have a couple of retarded (best) friends, they hate metal and believes that Sabaton is a nazi band because they do many songs about WWII and now also a theme album about our warrior kings Karl XII and Gustav II Adolf, whom some nazi groups in Sweden use a symbol for some far-fetched reason. I've talked some sense into them (my friends, haven't met those nazis yet). But when I listened to this album I nearly shit my pants, thinking about how the hell I would defend Sabaton this time. In the chorus to the song "Ett slag färgat rött" they sing "gjuter blod", which to me sounded like "judeblod", meaning "jew blood" in swedish. I was like "WTF, seriously?". After reading the lyrics I stopped sweating.

Haha I thought the same about the "jew blood" well the Gott Mit Uns quote isn't really that good for your defence either....heard somwhere Hitler used it...even tho it is an OLD phrase used by the german army
RhaegarTargaryen - 29.05.2012 at 12:36  
Rating: 9 I must admit I was very very worried about how this album will sound, plus given the Swedish lyrics. Although "The Art of War" remains a top notch for me from Sabaton, this is definitely a fantastic album. Yes it does sound almost identical as "tAoW" and "CoA" but, given the fate of few bands I like, I prefer for Sabaton to not change the style that is obviously working, than to force a change just to sound different and "make a step forward" and fuck it up like a lot of bands did in the last few years ... 8.75 / 10.

P.S. I think I prefer the Swedish over English version Oh and Peter sounds pure fuckin awesome
Warman - 30.05.2012 at 14:40  
Rating: 9 When it comes to the design, this might be the sexiest album of all time. Looks like a little book, with interviews with the members, beautiful artwork inside and historical facts to every song there. I could put this thing beside my litterature about the swedish golden years in my bookshelf.
Frodd - 31.05.2012 at 21:59  
Rating: 8 I need to listen to the Swedish version.

EDIT: WHEEEEE! I have, and it's as awesome as the English version. And I've never imagined that a power metal album would make my favourite of a year
Heart_of_METAL - 01.06.2012 at 23:06  
Rating: 10 In my opinion is 'Carolus Rex' the 2nd best album of them after 'Art of War'. The best piece on album is 'Gott Mitt Uns' where Joakim has done a great job with his voice and with Peter Tägtgren. They sounds great, together.
The last Sabaton's song which I was listening again and again, was 'Cliffs Of Gallipoli'. For this time, it is 'Gott Mitt Uns' my No.1 of Sabaton. I like whole album from start to end, even very good cover, of Amon Amarth's 'Twillight of the Thunder Gods'.

10/10
Cuca Beludo - 04.06.2012 at 20:40  
  After listening to it a lot: Best album of 2012
Shadowcross - 25.06.2012 at 15:59  
Rating: 9 Definitely best power album i've heard so far this year
Cill O' Connor - 04.07.2012 at 00:26  
Rating: 5 Highly overrated.
Andreas - 08.08.2012 at 15:05  
  As much as I'm a fan of Sabaton, I'm a bit disappointed about this one.
Drummer149 - 11.08.2012 at 18:32  
Rating: 8 First Power Metal band I actually enjoy...wow.
Cuca Beludo - 19.08.2012 at 05:08  
 
Written by Drummer149 on 11.08.2012 at 18:32

First Power Metal band I actually enjoy...wow.


Maybe because they are not cheesy??
Mr. Doctor - 19.08.2012 at 11:36  
 
Written by Guest on 19.08.2012 at 05:08
Maybe because they are not cheesy??


Hhahahahahahahaha. Thse guys are cheesy as hell just like your regular power metal band... Maybe just a bit less cheesy but still cheesy nonetheless.
Ellrohir - 19.08.2012 at 11:49  
Rating: 9 I love this album because it is so cheesy

and i got the double-cd edition as a birthday gift and it is the single most beautiful piece in my collection so far...they simply got the job done
R'Vannith - 19.08.2012 at 14:52  
Rating: 8 Everyone likes a bit of cheese from time to time. Unless you're lactose intolerant.. in which case this thing is lethal.
Cuca Beludo - 19.08.2012 at 22:24  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.08.2012 at 11:36

Written by Guest on 19.08.2012 at 05:08
Maybe because they are not cheesy??


Hhahahahahahahaha. Thse guys are cheesy as hell just like your regular power metal band... Maybe just a bit less cheesy but still cheesy nonetheless.


I was thinking in Heloween when I wrote that
Spellsword95 - 07.09.2012 at 21:07  
Rating: 10 Unbelievably awesome album!

I spent hours reading stuff about Charles XII and Swedish-Russian wars in 1700s.
Sabaton should be played in schools at history classes.
Metall Jesus - 10.10.2012 at 21:30  
Rating: 9 Saw staff review and was conflicted by the lineup changes so I skipped the release and missed them when they came to town. The friends that went said it was their best performance in the area yet and after being impressed by the Amon Amarth cover I finally gave the album a spin.

Seriously regret dismissing them so readily.

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