Power of Metal.dk Review

Carolus Rex
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 25 May, 2012
Playing time: 45:09

The king of Sweden between 1611 and 1632 and the creator of the Swedish empire is the theme in the new Sabaton album named Carlous Rex (Karl XII). Together with the historian Bengt Liljegren they have put so many true facts in the lyrics as possible. The big war king is the inspiration to the extreme right wings in Sweden, so the taste is a little stale and the ambiguities of the choice of their album theme. The bombastic Falun-based metal warriors have previously proved that they have taken their inspiration from the battle fields of WWII and other major historical martial law. Through the years I have loved their boot echoing party power metal with their fierce, big choruses that get stuck on the very first listening.

"Attero Dominatus" and "Primon Vittoria" are the discs that made these dala men a worldwide matter with their powerful battle wagon heavy bass artillery and galloping guitars in combat harness. What is unique about this album is that it is available both as a release of pure Swedish song and and also in English. A tribute to the ruthless warrior king is also a tribute to the Swedish greatness that we do not have today. Powerful leaders, who were proud of their country and were willing to sacrifice everything for it. I think more than fluff bearded teenagers like this. Joakim Broden with his companions have made a piece of art that is a bit mature in pace, which some loyal supporters might think that they has softened in their style. The history lessons can't be more inspiring than this! I believe they have made one of their best discs since "Attero...".

"Carolus Rex" has fewer fast-tempo metal songs than on previous albums, but here they've used the precious time to give us several heavy power ballads with strong emphasis on lyrics and authenticity. I like that they still sound like 'Sabaton' with big powerful choruses, fast drums and fast guitar riffs. After touring with another metal band that sings in Swedish 'Raubtier' they found inspiration for this (for me as a Swede) fun disc. I raise our flag and sing-along with Sabaton on "Carolus Rex". A brave theme and 100% commitment, powerful energy with big choruses must be a good overall rating from me.

Peter Tägtgren (Pain) has produced the album and contributed to the epic and massive sound. Here are both the typical fast-tempo songs and the thoughtful ballads. "Carolus Rex" will echo out of the tent openings on the festivals Sabaton will be visiting this summer, at least in Scandinavia!

Best tracks: 'The Carolean's Prayer', 'The Lion from the North', 'Gott Mit Uns', 'Ruina Imperii' and 'Poltava'.

01. Dominium Maris Baltici
The Lion From the North
Gott Mit Uns
A Lifetime Of War
1 6 4 8
The Carolean's Prayer
Carolus Rex
Long Live The King
Ruina Imperii
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 95/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 19 May, 2012
Website: www.sabaton.net