|» Sabaton 2005 10 22||
Sabaton's gig was part of an concert evening held by a organizer called
tinnitus2 at Fabriken in the small town of Alingsås that is located
a couple of miles outside Gothenburg on the Swedish west-coast. Fabriken
is an organization that has as a goal to gather the music, musicians and
music consumers in the city of Alingsås in order to nurture the
thriving music life that the town holds. Among the bands this evening
apart from Sabaton were Artocreatis, Majestic Vanguard and one surprise
band, and since I arrived late only to see Sabaton I have no idea what
lied behind the surprise.
After some technical difficulties, the band was ready to strike to attack with the track Stalingrad as opener. On a very small stage they gave a good and intense performance and the temperature rose quickly in this small venue. The guys had barely room to move around but still made the best out of the evening.
Never having seen them earlier, I can now say that what others have said before: Sabaton is a band that deliver. Practically all songs where picked from their Primo Victoria album apart from Hellrider that came from their Fist For Fight album. Their speedy melodic metal works perfectly live and was well received by the crowd. Despite that the sound was not that good, the melodies could be heard although many of the harmonic parts got lost in the noise. The vocals from Joakim Brodén seemed to sound better live than what they do on the album but also those got drowned in the poor sound at times. To see their drummer having his way behind the drum-kit was almost like watching Mikkey Dee of Motörhead, they got the same furious approach to their drums and a head that is constantly being thrown around.
After a short but enjoyable set it was time for the encore with Panzer Battalion, that seems to be their anthem or whatever you like to call it. At least it struck a high nerve with the audience before their traditional ending with Svenne Rubins song Långa Bollar På Bengt. A classic Swedish party song that Sabaton has turned in to metal and it is good to see a band that has humor and can keep a distance to what they are doing. But this was supposedly to have been one of the last performances of that song before they put it on the shelf, and I am glad I got to hear before then.
In other notes it was said that Sabaton is heading into the studio to
record a new album as soon as they complete their tour dates. The aim
is set for a release early next year and further to have it out within
the year of the release of Primo Victoria.
6,5 chalices of 10
SET LIST (might be slightly inaccurate)