In some ways it’s a place you never want to find yourself, between Huntress and Trivium (get your head out of the gutter), but Sabaton is succulent meat in this hearty metal sandwich. The boys from Sweden eagerly seized the stage from Huntress, and via solid metal and genuine crowd interaction, set it perfectly for Trivium. With their songs of war and victory, and their infection fun style, they marched right into this photographer’s heart. When new guitar player Tommy Johansson (ReinXeed), was given the opportunity to call the fourth song in their set, he turned his ear to the throng of fans humming a tune I’d been hearing since the doors opened.
Joakim Brodén: You bastard. You know I hate that song.
Tommy Johansson: Yep.
Joakim: And you chose it anyway? I guess this is your last American tour.
Brodén then fired a wink into the audience, and launched into “Swedish Pagans.”
They ended with “Primo Victoria, ” which Brodén dedicated “to your fathers and grandfathers who shipped over here to make sure we aren’t speaking German right now.”
Sabaton delivers a solid good time without gimmicks, playing as a cohesive machine in spite of their member reset. If you’ve never seen a band truly in love with playing and singing metal, make this your next show. It will raise the bar for other bands, and leave you completely satiated.