Sabaton - Heroes (2014)

Arthur says:

(tail wagging furiously)

 

(trying hard to be a good boy but failing miserably)

OHBOYOHBOYOHBOYOHBOY!
Guinny says:
Great.  He’s going completely fanboy.  You’d probably hump Joakim’s camouflage-clad  leg if he were here right now, wouldn’t you, Arthur?

We both love Sabaton – one of us much more so.  This is in part because of our British heritage – the mighty nation that held the Nazi menace at bay during World War II until the Americans arrived to give an assist.   

Hey – ever notice that Sabaton doesn’t have any songs about all of those awesome French military victories?

Great.  He’s gone completely fandog.  You’d probably hump Joakim’s camouflage-clad  leg if he were here right now, wouldn’t you, Arthur?

 

We both love Sabaton – one of us much more so.  This is in part because of our British heritage – the mighty nation that held the Nazi menace at bay during World War II until the Americans arrived to give an assist.  

 

Hey – ever notice that Sabaton doesn’t have any songs about all of those awesome French military victories?
Frank says:
Hey!  Watch it, dog!  I would remind you that I have many French friends and coworkers, whom we respect and value very much.
Guinny says:

Sure.  Right.  Sorry about that.  Wait - you have friends?


Anyway – I have a theory about why the Germans were so unstoppable  - just look at that cover.   Look at the way that soldier’s neck is stretching with one punch from the valiant Allied soldier.  It’s pretty obvious to me that the Nazi war machine was powered by – wait for it – genetic clones of Reed Richards, Mister Fantastic himself.  The tide of WWII didn’t turn until the British intelligence service figured out that if you tie them in a knot, they’re helpless.

 

Yet another mystery solved by CMR’s resident genius.
Arthur says:

You misused “genius”.  I believe you meant to say “chowderhead”.

 

Okay.  I’ve regained control of myself.  This album is great.  Sabaton’s catalog speaks for itself – catchy songs, mostly about either wars or Swedish kings, easily accessible to anyone who loves power metal.  Heroes, however, kicks it up a notch, with some great playing by the new guitarists, Thobbe Englund and Chris Rörland.  They add something very special to the mix.

 

Joakim’s lyrics are, as always, interesting and they serve not only to entertain, but to educate – I love looking up the stories behind the songs, and Heroes is no exception - I found the full story of Audie Murphy's life very interesting.
Guinny says:

Hey!  Look at me!  I’m Joakim! 

 

“Jump with me, Corgi Metal Reviews!”
Arthur says:

Thanks for pulling the emergency brake yet again.  Don’t you have a cat box to check for snacks or a breeze to bark at?

 

There’s isn’t much filler on here – songs like Night Witches, To Hell And Back (flute metal!), No Bullets Fly, and Resist and Bite are instant classics, and The Ballad of Bull makes me want to spark up a lighter – unfortunately, due to Guinny’s accident with the gas grill in the  living room last year, none of those are at dog height any more.

Guinny says:

I swear – you burn down ONE couch, and they label you an arsonist.

 

I love this album.  It makes me want to frap all over the place (and yes, I spelled that correctly.  Look it up.)   It is very consistent and does not disappoint from start to finish. 

The Consensus:
Obviously, Arthur and Guinny are in the tank (HAHA!) for Sabaton, as am I.  Even setting aside my fanboy status, I can honestly say that this is one of our favorite releases of 2014, and I don’t see it getting knocked out of our top 3 this year, unless someone starts recording power metal in canine language.

A very nice addition to the album on the earbook edition are the bonus tracks – a re-recording of 7734 (originally on the Metalizer album), Man Of War (an original song that is a better Manowar song than Manowar has recorded in MANY years) and 3 covers – Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls, Raubtier’s "En Hjältes Väg", and Battle Beast’s “Out Of Control”.  All 5 songs are top notch in sound and production, and make the extra purchase very worthwhile (you can also get the first 3 bonus tracks as part of the iTunes purchase option, if digital is your thing).

If you haven’t already, pick it up today, and support a great band that’s rapidly expanding their fanbase in North America (their live show is not to be missed).

Obviously, Arthur and Guinny are in the tank (HAHA!) for Sabaton, as am I.  Even setting aside my fanboy status, I can honestly say that this is one of our favorite releases of 2014. I don’t see it getting knocked out of our top 3 this year, unless someone starts recording power metal in canine language.

 

A very nice addition to the album on the earbook edition are the bonus tracks – a re-recording of 7734 (originally on the Metalizer album), Man Of War (an original song that is a better Manowar song than Manowar has recorded in MANY years) and 3 covers – Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls, Raubtier’s "En Hjältes Väg", and Battle Beast’s “Out Of Control”.  All 5 songs are top notch in sound and production, and make the extra purchase very worthwhile (you can also get the first 3 bonus tracks as part of the iTunes purchase option, if digital is your thing).

 

If you haven’t already, pick it up today, and support a great band that’s rapidly expanding their fanbase in North America (their live show is not to be missed).
Arthur and Guinny give Sabaton's
Heroes 9 Derps out of 10.
(Plus a squeaky toy that they lost interest in)