It seems like Heroes was only out a couple of months ago and already we have something else to look forward to in the shape of The Last Stand. Pär Sundström has this to say about the recording and the artwork (by long-term collaborator Peter Sallaí):
We once work again with Peter Tägtgren in his newly upgraded and top class Abyss studio in Sweden to record, produce and mix the album. The mastering will be done by Jonas Kjellgren who also works in the same building in nice Pärlby on the countryside of Sweden. Both Carolus Rex and Heroes were done in the same way and we feel very comfortable to return to the same place and people again. Fans will recognize the sound of the album as Sabaton, but we really feel we took it a step forward this time.
We had the idea to make an image reflecting soldiers of different times representing the different historical battles we sing about on the new album. This only reveals a small part of the album topics though.
Regarding the subject matter and title of the album, frontman Joakim Broden steps in:
The concept of a last stand has always fascinated me, and both me and Pär were “all in excited” about the subject so it was an easy choice to make. We always have several ideas for albums to work with. Since there are countless different views and angles of war, we will unfortunately never run out of ideas. We kinda felt that the last stand was something perfect for Sabaton. Something we really wanted to do. Heroes was a perfect theme and The Last Stand is right down our alley too. It was exciting to do the research.