Sabaton – “Heroes On Tour” 2 DVD/CD (Nuclear Blast Records)
Heroes. In 17 years this modern power metal band have made an army of fans the world over and become festival headlining heroes with their legendary battlefield anthems. If you’ve ever been in a Sabaton crowd, you (and a 100,000 others) are carried off in a wave of marching pride, your heart beating with passion as you sing out the words to Joakim Brodén’s vocals and air punch to Sabaton’s stirring riffs and power melodies before euphorically chanting for more – highly recommended for the uninitiated! Following their 2014 “Heroes” album, these Swedes embarked on a colossal tour the culmination of which is vividly captured here audio visually, from ultra tight performances to heroic poses on this definitive double DVD and CD package. Recorded at the gargantuan Wacken Open Air in Germany and their own intimate hometown festival in Sweden “Heroes On Tour” brings you a best of collection of 17 riveting songs with DVD 2 featuring two switchable viewing angles – live and studio – along with bonus material recorded with the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague. Undoubtedly militaristic in theme (if not politically) the sheer singalong strength of ‘Gott Mit Uns’, the grand royal tribute to ‘Carolus Rex’ and the symphonic majesty of ‘Primo Victoria’ cannot be understated from what must be one of the top touring metal bands out there. Sabaton’s “Heroes On Tour” is about a band that love to play live, is loved for playing live, and can only be beaten by unrelenting roar of the heroic crowds themselves.