Arena Metal - We know that Sabaton has a great name
along the world for the compositions which has historical letters, about
stories related to war or military stories. How
the idea grew up to write about this theme? We can say, all right, it was a
brilliant idea. There was some influence from other band?
Sabaton (Thobbe): It
started with the song Primo Victoria. Joakim had just written this bombastic
song that needed some really cool and mighty lyrics, so we sat down and came to
think of a great theme. D-day was such an event, and from there on we went into
the war history with our music you could say.
Arena Metal - The first work
produced at studio was the promo CD for Fist for Fight, which
nowadays is a compilation of the band. This work helped greatly in the
recognition of the band in Sweden, it gave to the Sabaton an opportunity to
make shows in different places? This stuff was well accepted in the country for
media and public?
Sabaton (Thobbe): Metal
heads really liked it, but unfortunately it didn´t get the media attention we
Arena Metal - One thing,
that caught my attention, was the group took six years to release the first
album "Primo Victoria". What caused this delay? ‘cos there was a lot
of people waiting for this release.
did a lot of stuff before that, as a matter of fact Metalizer and Fist for
fight were there before... and we were working hard to get a great album going,
so knowing that it took six years, now in the rear view mirror, it actually
wasn´t that long since it´s tough in the music business.
Arena Metal - You may notice
that the Sabaton has always kept a solid cast, without many changes in the
line-up. And in recent years joined to the band two guitarists and
more recently a drummer. What had to this "radical" change
to replace the three members?
wanted different things in life. The old members had family and such, and we
were not sharing the same ambitions as far as the bands future concerned. Nothing
bad about the old guys, but everybody is happier this way, and they now have
their own band while Sabaton are touring our asses off, which we love.
Arena Metal - And the new
album, "Heroes" is marked by the first release recorded by the new
members. We have only good words to say something about it, because it is a
great record, all the arts and songs also. Well, how was the recording process
to this album? Is it even totally conceptual about histories of
Second World War. How long it took to compose?
Sabaton (Thobbe): Joakim
had been composing for the album under a long period of us being on the road.
So he had very much material to choose from and build great songs. It
eventually came to the point that he dismissed so many good ideas that many of
us were like "What????? This was pure magic man!! Why not use it?",
but he always said it was not good enough.
So that´s why the album feels so
darn solid today!! The album was recorded pretty quick as everybody in the band
has a very professional approach to recording and have been working a lot in
studios, so that was pretty efficient. The guitars were done for four days I
believe. As a matter of fact Joakim actually worked together writing with me for
two songs, and that has rarely, if ever, happened together with a band member.
Arena Metal - About the
tour, this is the first time that Sabaton will tour in various cities in
Brazil, including the Brazilian Northeast is a region that each year is
becoming a route to big bands in the metal and Sabaton is already
part of all this. How is it happening? Do you have idea how will be
the relationship with the Brazilian fans?
Sabaton (Thobbe): We
really love to come to Brazil. We have heard so much about you and your
country, and the passion for music you guys have! It will be a great time I am
Arena Metal - One question
that all of us wanna know: "Smoking Snakes" will play in concerts in
Sabaton (Thobbe): We´ll
see ;-) Yes, of course!!!!
Arena Metal - Besides the
story of three Brazilian soldiers who fought in World War II. What do you know
about Brazil? And also if is there any band you listen to and could say
Sabaton (Thobbe): We
know that Brazil is a huge beautiful country with passionate people that
love music and especially metal! One great band that comes to mind must be
Sepultura, which debut album I remember was like a smash in the face when it
hit the shelves back in the early nineties.
Arena Metal - Finally, I
would like to say thanks and leave this place open to you speak some future
plans of the band. And you could also send a message to the fans who are
waiting for the shows in Brazil.
Sabaton (Thobbe): We
are waiting eagerly to come to Brazil and have a wonderful time there! We´ve
heard so much about you and what a crazy crowd you have for metal music, so we
can´t wait to see you!!! To all our fans: See you soon!!! Take care!
(Questions by Ismael Guidson)
(translation by Hugo Veikon - Léo Quipapá)