Rating:
9.0
Sabaton - The Art Of War
30 May 2008


01. Sun Tzu Says
02. Ghost Division
03. The Art Of War
04. 40:1
05. Unbreakable
06. The Nature Of Warfare
07. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
08. Talvisota
09. Panzerkampf
10. Union (Slopes Of St. Benedict)
11. The Price Of A Mile
12. Firestorm
13. A Secret
14. Swedish Pagans [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]
15. Glorious Land [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]
16. The Art of War [Pre-Production Demos] [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]
17. Swedish National Anthem [Live at Sweden Rock Festival] [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]


So, here is another album from the Swedish Sabaton, this one named "Art of War" after the war manual written by Chinese leader and genius strategist, Sun Tzu.

Sun Tzu says, "There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must be not attacked, towns which must not be besieged, bands that you must know and albums that must be heard..." Well, maybe old Sun Tzu didn't utter those last two sentences, but he didn´t know Sabaton.

This release does not differ greatly from their previous albums. Sabaton didn´t push too hard in coming up with something new, they got a little bit better at doing what they do best. They gives us what we want, and what they give to us is another damn good portion of great Heavy Metal. If you already liked previous albums, you will also like this one as well. "Art of War" is more epic, but otherwise you´ll get everything you want from Sabaton: fantastic melodies and catchy songs.

Sun Tzu also said, "The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin." That is opener of an album, after this, Sabaton unleash unto us with a full force with "Ghost Division" and continues with the title track, "Art of War" and the fantastic "40:1".
In "Unbreakable" I feel influence by Black Sabbath´s "National Acrobat", I think, it has a similar guitar riff, it however no reproach. I must highlight in my opinion best song of album "Cliffs of Gallipoli", great rhythmically and very catchy. I don´t want write here, too much about every song, listening of an album is better than hundred words. Every one of the songs are really great shows of talents, enthusiasm and splendid lyrics of the band.

I don´t know why, but when I hear Sabaton, have a uncontrollable urge to jump, scream, and bang my head with hands up, and I haven´t that feeling from other bands. Sabaton's music is something different and I can´t say what is it. How one of my friend said, is it combination of classic Heavy Metal and influence by bands like Rammstein. Maybe, he had truth, I really can´t say. However, there´s something that compels me to listen to Sabaton again and again. I hold them in the same respect as Judas Priest and Blind Guardian, my personal metal favorites. "Art of War" is great piece of metal and with this album is Sabaton a bit closer to the Heavy Metal throne.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 7
Production: 10


Band profile: Sabaton
Album: The Art Of War


 


written by Heart_of_METAL | 27.04.2009


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Ellrohir - 28.04.2009 at 01:02  
A bit weaker album compared to Primo Victoria and Attero Dominatus imo, but still great piece of "powered" power metal Sabaton guys rule!
Power_Storm - 01.05.2009 at 18:57  
Written by Ellrohir on 28.04.2009 at 01:02

A bit weaker album compared to Primo Victoria and Attero Dominatus imo, but still great piece of "powered" power metal Sabaton guys rule!


I dont think so, in my opinion this is their best. Finally, every their albums are great. Sabaton rules
Baz Anderson - 01.05.2009 at 19:52  
This is their best album in my opinion too.
Fantastic, really great. More powerful, more bombastic.. just more of everything that made Sabaton, Sabaton. Great stuff.
Heart_of_METAL - 01.05.2009 at 19:58  
Written by Baz Anderson on 01.05.2009 at 19:52

This is their best album in my opinion too.
Fantastic, really great. More powerful, more bombastic.. just more of everything that made Sabaton, Sabaton. Great stuff.


I am also convinced with it, that´s why I wrote this review
Mountain King - 08.10.2009 at 02:29  
Cliffs Of Gallipoli sounds like Gutter Ballet ...
Ellrohir - 17.12.2009 at 23:34  
Written by Mountain King on 08.10.2009 at 02:29

Cliffs Of Gallipoli sounds like Gutter Ballet ...

wow...you are right...well, at least particularly
Overlord_PT - 18.12.2009 at 00:02  
When the new album will be released?
Ellrohir - 18.12.2009 at 17:35  
In 2010
Cuca Beludo - 21.06.2011 at 19:13  
Sabaton the best Power Metal band in my opinion, their songs don't leave the listener to get bored, and it's all an history lesson!
Valentin B - 30.09.2012 at 03:09  
Written by Mountain King on 08.10.2009 at 02:29

Cliffs Of Gallipoli sounds like Gutter Ballet ...

That's my only problem with this whole album, the only song I kinda dislike on this whole album. I've grown to be a big Sabaton fan, and this appears to me the most consistently good album of all, with Carolus Rex being second.

The title track is one of the very few instances of Sabaton actually writing really good lyrics, something which I never thought possible.

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