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Sabaton - Primo Victoria review

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Band: Sabaton
Album: Primo Victoria
Release date: 2005

01. Primo Victoria
02. Reign Of Terror
03. Panzer Battalion
04. Wolfpack
05. Counterstrike
06. Stalingrad
07. Into The Fire
08. Purple Heart
09. Metal Machine
10. The March To War [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]
11. Shotgun [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]
12. Into The Fire [live] [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]
13. Rise Of Evil [live] [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]
14. The Beast [Twisted Sister cover] [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]
15. Dead Soldier's Waltz [2010 Re-Armed Edition bonus]

"Okay, let's see what kind of music this band plays" was the first thing I thought when I was going to listen to Sabaton's album Primo Victoria. I had been recommended this album by one of my friends, and thought about giving it a try.

The first 4 seconds of the first track Primo Victoria just made me think of a copy of the Swedish Metal band Hammerfall.
But then it all broke out in choir and a raw metalsound, more Heavy than Power metal sounding. I started to realize that they really had a great sound, great rythm, great lyrics and really catchy chorus lines; maybe the best that have ever been written in over 15 years. Primo Victoria is about D-Day, and the song really is one that you get stuck in your head and you sing along to, EVERYWHERE! The singer Joackim Brodén's voice is perfect for the job - it's a proud, deep and dark voice that really gives the song a higher quality.

The Second song, Reign of Terror (about The Gulf War), starts of with a real bombardment of double bassdrums
At this time you have realized that the songs are about war, and all songs on the album, except one, are about war.

The rest fo the album is full of really great songs, like Panzer Battallion (about Operation Iraqi Freedom) that smash through the lines with its great chorus and really great rythm, or Wolfpack, with its long intro with submarine sounds that later turns into a more epic-like song. (the song is about the submarine war in the atlantic in WWII). There are also fast and catchy songs like the short Into the Fire and Counterstrike, and there are Epic ones like Stalingrad and Purple Heart.

But the last song is the ony one that stands out from the war theme, and may be the best song on the album. Metal Machine is really its name, a metal machine! Take some of the greatest songs in the rock and metal world, mix them with maybe the most catchy song ever, and there is Metal Machine. Just the start of the song really gives you an idea of what is coming, with a great intro, and a verse going "I have a phobia, A fear of the dark, Afraid to shoot strangers, The animal talks."
And the chorus is just great, going:

(I'm a Metal Machine)
It's close to midnight and
He's barking at the moon (I'm a Metal Machine)
the Rainbow in the dark is shining (I'm a Metal Machine)

It's close to midnight and
He's barking at the moon (I'm a Metal Machine)
The kings of metal ride the sky

Sabaton is really a mix of great rhythm, double bassdrums, catchy songs and great lyrics. They also have keyboards; they're in the background but really fit in there. And they are also a great liveband, that have the future before them.

Sabaton made a really great entry into the metal world, and I'm really glad they did. I'm really looking forward to the next album, Attero Dominatus, that will be released soon after this review.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Production: 10

Written by DarkRootsOfEarth | 28.07.2006

Guest review disclaimer:
This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

Staff review by
"Oh no, not another Power Metal band to make my life miserable" if that sentence pops up in your mind, you should make if go away. Sabaton is far more talented than any of those Power Metal bands you're thinking about, Sabaton might be the next glooming star on the Metal sky; at least that's what I think after hearing their latest effort "Primo Victoria"

published 16.03.2005 | Comments (7)


Comments: 8   Visited by: 132 users
28.07.2006 - 23:47
Baz Anderson

yes its about time this bad got a bit more notice
Sabaton are one of my favorites too and are certainly one of the bands i would add onto this site if i had the power

this is a really good album - i dont know if you can give it a ten for originality though - haha. i guess it is a bit different but it isnt highly groundbreaking stuff

very much looking forward to the new album too!
30.07.2006 - 16:08
Rating: 8
Rosetta Stoned
Hmm, this was way to much. It's a good band and a good album, but not THAT good... actually not very good live either, almost no show at all except from the singer, I've seen them twice. And they are substitutes for Savage Circus on Gates of Metal festival! Argh :p
My ratings:
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 8
Production: 9
Overall: 7
30.07.2006 - 16:42
Mr. Noise
The songs I heard, were really good. Nice stuff.
SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

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01.08.2006 - 18:55
Account deleted
Yes, Metal Machine is absolutely great. And both Wolfpack and the title track are highly impressive songs, too. IMO, however, most of the others aren't quite on par. I'd give it an 8.
31.08.2008 - 22:01
Heaven Knight
the album is the best by them imo...10 points to it
My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep

10.03.2009 - 18:51
Rating: 9
Just got the album today. Can't wait 'til the GF is out tonight and then put in the player and turn up the volume

Dreams are made so we don't get bored when we sleep
05.12.2009 - 23:24
LeChron James
Written by GT on 10.03.2009 at 18:51

Just got the album today. Can't wait 'til the GF is out tonight and then put in the player and turn up the volume

blare that shit. ITS A MAN'S WORLD.
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13.12.2018 - 20:03
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Tage Westerlund
I like that you mentioned last song there... its well its metal, if you are metal you will know what I and Jocke mean.
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