If that headline confuses you then you must have missed the story the other day where Sabaton asked Apocalyptica to cover one of the songs off their new album… and released it before we got to hear Sabaton’s own recording!
Bassist and band founder Pär Sundström comments:
We choose “Fields of Verdun” to be the first single since we felt it represented the album perfectly, a classic Sabaton metal song which we cannot wait to include in future setlists.
The story of the battle of Verdun is also very representative of 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!
The release of Sabaton’s ninth full-length record perfectly coincides with the band’s 20th anniversary and the concept album is based on events during the First World War. For more details about The Great War, please check out our previous post.
The Great War is out on July 19th