Sabaton have officially launched a new music video for “Fields of Verdun.” The track is the first single taken from their new album The Great War, which is scheduled to arrive on July 19th via Nuclear Blast. The group originally premiered Apocalyptica’s emotive cover of the song, and now we finally get to hear the original version from these theatric Swedish natives.
Bassist Pär Sundström commented on releasing “Fields of Verdun” as the first single and it’s connection to World War 1:
“We chose ‘Fields Of Verdun’ to be the first single since we felt it represent the album perfect, a classic SABATON metal song which we cannot wait to include in the future setlists.
The story of the battle of Verdun is also very representative for the album since it has all elements that identifies with ‘The Great War’. Verdun is so much WW1 that we decided to hold the first album presentation in this city, inviting journalists from around the world to not just hear the album, but also understand the story behind it.
It is the first single from the upcoming album even if we just released ‘Bismarck’, but that song is not from the upcoming album. We decided to write ‘Bismarck’ outside the album since the story does not connect to WW1 and also that it was recorded at a different time. The meaning of this song was a tribute to all fans who have contributed over the years by sending us ideas for future songs, please continue with that!”
01) “The Future Of Warfare”
02) “Seven Pillars Of Wisdom”
03) “82nd All The Way”
04) “The Attack Of The Dead Men”
05) “Devil Dogs”
06) “The Red Baron”
07) “Great War”
08) “A Ghost In The Trenches”
09) “Fields Of Verdun”
10) “The End Of The War To End All Wars”
11) “In Flanders Fields”
Sabaton got creative with their 9th studio album and started recording exactly 100 years after the First World War (November 11, 1918). It took 3 months to complete the album at Black Lounge Studios with producer Jonas Kjellgren. Mastering was done by Maor Appelbaum and artwork was created yet again by Peter Sallai.
The band also launched a Sabaton History Channel in honor of their 20th Anniversary. The group teamed up multimedia historians Indy Neidell and Timeghost to deliver captivating stories about the wars behind Sabaton’s songs.
Check out “Fields of Verdun” below and pre-order the album here:
Sabaton will be teaming up with HammerFall this fall for a North American tour. Check out the tour dates at this location.