The Art Of War – Sabaton

In lack of better thing to write about, I’m going to talk a bit about something that in my eyes, or ears perhaps, is just pure gold. In 2008, Sabaton released “The Art of War“, based off the Chinese military treaties written by Sun Tzu. It contains 13 chapters on warefare – and each of the chapters has a song on the album representing them.

If you were, like me, lucky enough to score the limited edition back in the days that contained a paperback of “The Art of War” understands what I talk about. This is probably one of the core things I love about Sabaton – not only is it good music, or let me say, brilliant music, it’s also very educative. And even if I don’t always fancy the large design on their albums at times, I really like the fact they’ve started to actually include the stories behind everything, and LITERALLY teaching you history.

Anyway – The Art of War is one of my favorite albums of Sabaton. The material on this album is mindblowing – there isn’t a song I’m not enjoying. But what I’m the most impressed with when it comes to this album, are the arrangements. The way the songs have been built up, and most of all, I want to mention the titletrack. Even to this day, six years later, it’s still one of my absolute all-time favorite Sabaton song, purely based on how it’s built up. The vocals, the keys, the guitars, the beat. EVERYTHING. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s almost as if you can feel the battlefield, you know? This song, seriously. The way Joakim just kills the lyrics is… ahh.

But of course – the album is more than that song. How can we forget songs like “Ghost Division”, “40:1”, “Cliffs of Gallipoli”, “The Price of a Mile”, “Union”, “Firestorm” and last but not least – “Panzerkampf”.

This album is one of my favorite albums over all to date – mostly because, as I’ve argued before, the strong material, the composition, the arrangements and also the concept. The whole idea of taking an ancient warfare and representing it so perfectly and flawlessly as they have done, it gets me weak. Nothing gets me weaker than concepts, albums with thoughts behind them. This is why Sabaton is always high at rank with me.

And I truly, with all my heart, recommend “The Art of War” to all of you. If you for some reason haven’t picked it up yet, I suggest you do so.



// Sara

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