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Interview with Sabaton


When I was told I could interview the mighty Sabaton I jumped for joy knowing that I would be speaking to my favourite band. Pär the bass player from Sabaton took the time to speak to 'the bands biggest fan' about their newest album Coat of Arms and their upcoming live 3CD Boxset entitled Battle of the Baltic Sea. As well as chatting about these releases we also have a little chat about: Bass guitars, Sabaton's live show and Sabaton's latest award for Breakthrough Artist!


Metalship : Before we start, I would like to just say that you guys are my favourite band and I love all of your work!

Thanks a lot, feels good to talk to a true fan.


Metalship : Let’s say who you are and what you do in Sabaton?

I am Pär, the bassplayer. But since the start I have also been the manager of the band and I still handle lots of management work for the band. I also design tshirts, write announcements and also write songs.


Metalship : Apart from playing Bass in Sabaton what other hobbies do you have?

Sabaton is my life, it takes 100% of all my time and I do not do anything else. If I have a spare moment I go to the pub.


Metalship : What was your first experience of metal?

My freind took me down to his basement which was full with heavy metal posters and guitaramps. He played some Iron Maiden riffs on his electric guitar and I was sold.


Metalship : When did you start to learn the bass, and what was the first bass guitar you owned?

I had a bassguitar when I was 14, it was a red, very ugly, kid size, shitty bass which my parents gave me. I never used it as I borrowed a bassguitar from school instead. Later I traded that bass and gave some money in between and got myself my first REAL bassguitar which was a Aria Pro II 5 string that I still have.


Metalship : When and how did you and the current line-up of Sabaton first meet up?

I was already playing with Daniel Mullback in a old band. I knew a guy called Johan since I was a child and we always wanted to play together. He introduced me to Rikard and together we started Aeon, which would later be Sabaton.


Metalship : Your lyrics talk about great battles and events of WWI and WWII. What was with the fascination of this time period, and who was the person in the band to choose writing about this topic?

I always wanted to write songs about things that really matters. I think reality beats fiction always and since we have such dark times in our past there are lots of inspiration. Both me and Joakim are great fans of history and we decided back in 2004 during the recording of Primo Victoria that this was a good idea.


Metalship : Sabaton have recently been given the Golden God award for Breakthrough Artist. How did you feel about winning this award and did you think you would win it considering the other contenders?

First it felt strange to win a breakthrough award after 11 years as a band. But since it was from UK it felt absolutely amazing. Everyone said we would fail in UK and that UK was not for our music. But with the award all such doubts were gone.
I thought the award would go to Volbeat as they are a much more cred band in the world then Sabaton.


Metalship : Coat of Arms came out last year and since then you have been doing lots of tours to promote the album. What are your plans for once this tour cycle has finished?

We repeat it again, haha. Once we are done touring we will start right off to make a new album and when its released we will tour even more.


Metalship : Have you guys made a start on the new album yet, and if so can you share with us any details about it?

We have started with some ideas, but not much is completed yet. We still dont have a theme either.


Metalship : You have supported none other than the MIGHTY Iron Maiden and Judas Priest this year. How did you get the killer opportunity to play these shows?

The year was crazy for us, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Judas Priest and Accept. They are basicly all legendary heroes for us and to play with them is amazing. Over the years we have built up a reputation around the band that we are never a problem and we are really nice guys. I think this helps. At least Scorpions explained that they normally dont have supports since most bands in the world cannot handle being support for Scorpions but we got along perfect.


Metalship : What is your favourite Sabaton song to play live?

Depends on mood, but Cliffs of Gallipoli is always a hit.


Metalship : You have recently released your first live album entitled ‘World War Live – Battle of the Baltic Sea’. Where did you record this live album at and why did you choose to record it there?

The live album was recorded on the Sabaton cruise, a ship between Sweden and Finland in december 2010 as part of the World War Tour.

It was never meant to be recorded there, we recorded the whole tour without any purpose since we anyway carried equipment for it with us on tour. Then, a couple of months after the tour we sat down and started to think about what we should do with over 60 live recordings. Our label wanted to release a live-CD and many fans had requested a live-CD.


Metalship : Thanks for your time; could you give our readers a brief summary of the latest album Coat of Arms and your new 3CD live box set?

The upcoming live CD box set is a real killer. There are two CD´s where the first one was recorded on the Sabaton cruise and the second CD was recorded at various locations during th World War Tour. Then there is a DVD which is the full concert from the first issue of the Sabaton festival Rockstad:Falun which was in 2008 and also all the music videos from Coat of Arms including the previously unseen Coat of Arms video. As if this was not enough its packed in a really great booklet.

Thanks for this interview Matt. Stay Metal!


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