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The Art of War

Album: The Art of War
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sun Tzu
2)    Ghost Division
3)    Art of War, The
4)    Tactical Dispositions
5)    Unbreakable
6)    Nature of Warfare, The
7)    Cliffs of Gallipoli
8)    Talvisota
9)    Panzerkampf
10)    Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)
11)    Price of a Mile, The
12)    Firestorm
13)    Secret, A
14)    Swedish Pagans
15)    Glorius Land
16)    Art of War [Pre Production Demo]
17)    Swedish National Anthem [Live at Sweden Rock Festival] - (live)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Joakim Broden, Hjalle ?stman, Christian Ericsson, Bj?rn Lundqvist, Thomas Nystr?m (vocals); Rikard Sund?n, Oskar Montelius (guitar); Calle Sandlund (piano); Daniel Myhr (keyboards); Daniel Mullback (drums); Hannele Junkala, ?sa ?sterlund, Mia Mullback, Marie-Louise Str?mqvist (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Peter T?gtgren.
  • Photographers: Krister Lindholm; Micke Asplund.
  • Swedish power metallers Sabaton take their inspiration from military history, using depictions of key historical battles and campaigns to color their epic, keyboard-driven heavy metal. Their fifth album, The Art of War, is inspired in part by Sun Tzu's definitive strategic handbook, and the album's 13 tracks feature intermittent quotations from the manual. If that sounds like a flimsy concept for an album, it most assuredly is. Thankfully, though, The Art of War differs little from its predecessors in that it focuses not on the art of war but on concrete events. "Panzerkampf" is the album's clear highlight: a passionate account of the Soviet Army's defeat of Wehrmacht forces on Russian soil in 1943 that perfectly showcases singer Joakim Brod?n's throaty Germanic brogue with the chorus "Into the motherland, the German army marched/Comrades stand side by side to stop the Nazi charge!" Despite the quasi-nationalistic fervor whipped up by "Panzerkampf," delayed opener "Ghost Division" looks at events from the German side, celebrating the seeming invincibility of the Seventh Panzer Division. It's not just thematically that the album feels a little disjointed, however; if "Panzerkampf" and "Ghost Division" represent power metal at its most epic, the likes of "Union" and "Cliffs of Gallipoli" are relatively banal by comparison, and for that reason The Art of War is less than a fully satisfying listen. ~ Dave Donnelly
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