SABATON’s Swedish History Lesson On The Death Of Carolus Rex

“Carolus Rex”, the new album from Swedish metallers SABATON, will be released in Europe on May 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyrics for the CD, which will be made available in both English and Swedish, deal with the Swedish Empire (referring to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721).

A one-minute videl clip in which SABATON singer Joakim Brodén takes fans on a short history lesson by visiting the site where Charles XII (Carl of Sweden – Latinized to Carolus Rex) was killed in 1718 near Fredrikshald can be seen below.

“Carolus Rex” – English version track listing:

01. Dominium Maris Baltici
02. The Lion From the North
03. Gott Mit Uns
04. A Lifetime of War
05. 1 6 4 8
06. The Carolean’s Prayer
07. Carolus Rex
08. Killing Ground
09. Poltava
10. Long Live the King
11. Ruina Imperii

“Carolus Rex” – Swedish version track listing:

01. Dominium Maris Baltici
02. Lejonet från Norden
03. Gott Mit Uns
04. En Livstid i Krig
05. 1 6 4 8
06. Karolinens bön
07. Carolus Rex
08. Ett Slag Färgat Rött
09. Poltava
10. Konungens Likfärd
11. Ruina Imperii

Commented the band: “The topics of the songs will remain quite the same and deals with the Swedish Empire, from its rise to its fall.

‘Carolus Rex’ will be available for purchase on single Swedish CD (Sweden only) and single English CD plus a limited edition which features a double CD with both language versions. The double CD will also feature a different cover artwork.

“The release is set for Europe and in North America the last week in May, but already now you can pre-order the album.

“The album is produced by Peter Tägtgren who is also doing guest vocals on one song.

“During the recording of ‘Carolus Rex’, we also recorded a song where Joakim [Brodén] sings in German, a cover of ‘Feuer Frei’ by RAMMSTEIN.”

The band previously stated about “Carolus Rex”: “For the first time ever we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren. We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on ‘Carolus Rex’, and our producer, Peter Tägtgren, says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!”

Liljegren‘s previously published works include acclaimed biographies of Adolf Hitler and Karl XII. He also appeared in the popular Swedish TV series “Boston Tea Party”.
SABATON will embark on a North American headlining tour in the spring. The “Swedish Empire Tour 2012″ will kick off on April 10 in Tampa, Florida.

SABATON bassist Pär Sundström was forced to sit out several shows on the Canadian leg of the band’s most recent North American tour due to a knee injury.

“World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea”, the first-ever live album from SABATON, was released on August 5, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.

 

 

SABATONs Swedish History Lesson On The Death Of Carolus Rex