Sabaton – “Carolus Rex (Platinum Edition)” 3CD / 2LP / 3CD+2Blu-Ray-Earbook (Nuclear Blast Records)
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Amazingly coinciding with the death 300 years earlier of King Charles XII (aka Carolus Rex!), symphonic power metallers Sabaton serve up a platinum edition of the 2012 album that has since gone quadruple platinum in their native Sweden, as well as being certified gold in Poland, where the band enjoy a cult following! Deeply steeped in the pomp and majesty of their revered King, who took the throne at 15 years old and spent his entire life at war, thwarting invasions by several countries, Charles XII is remembered brilliantly through this concept album, and not in the least by Joakim Brodén’s stirring vocals and the spirited music of songs like the glorious ‘The Lion Of The North’, the rousing crowd singalong of ‘Gott Mit Uns’ and the sombre tear jerking ‘Long Live The King’. With CD1 featuring the original album sung in English plus 4 bonus tracks including some ripping covers of Rammstein’s ‘Feuer frei!’, Amon Amarth’s ‘Twilight Of The Thundergod’ and Bolland & Bolland’s ‘In The Army Now’, CD2 is the Swedish version of the album, while CD3 is a 16 track live album from the Woodstock Festival in Poland including hits like ‘Primo Victoria’! From their humble beginnings in Falun to releasing one the most popular rock albums ever in their homeland, Sabaton have forged a legacy through their military themed music and once again, in this special commemorative edition you too can march onward into glory with them!