How are you enjoying your quarantine time?
Working as I usually do, with my laptop and phone. I am used to changing my office always. At the moment I am in quaraantine in Moscow after our tour here. The band is all home at the moment, spending some time with their families and awaiting the shows to start again.
As the years go by, Sabaton’s name becomes bigger and bigger in most places of the world. How does that make you feel?
Proud, happy, excited and hungry for more. Its now 20 years since we started this band and we did so much, our own festival, cruise, radio station, educational TV series and thousands of shows. Hard work, but it was all worth it!
When Sabaton kicked off being successful in 2005, did you expect all of that? Remember the very first time you actually thought “Shit, this is getting bigger and real!”.
In 2005 we already existed for 6 years and already had nationwide success, but with Primo Victoria it started in the rest of the world. And it was around there I quite my job and decided to focus 100% on Sabaton since I saw the potential in the band.
Tell me a few things about the Great War, and the instrumental “Soundtrack” version of it.
Our most recent album The Great War is a concept album about World War One, not the first time we write songs about this topic but we wanted to make a full album about it. We are always very creative in the process of an album and this time we wanted to make the album available in the style each fan wanted it in. The normal edition is just straight forward metal, the History edition binds the album together and tells the individual stories behind each song and finally the soundtrack which is basically an instrumental version of the album, we thought of it as a soundtrack to the actual album!
For which Sabaton album are you mostly proud of?
I am very proud o all the albums but definitively the Carolus Rex in Swedish. There I think we really nailed the full concept.
Would you ever consider making an album that its’ main themes are not attached to military history?
At the moment we have no such plans. We know what is history, but we don’t know what the future will bring.
Keyboards are an important part of Sabaton’s sound identity. How come you don’t have a live member to do those? I think it would take the show to another level!
A single keyboard player could never play everything anyway. There are layers of compositions that requires more. By not binding us to having strict one keyboard only we are able to make the songs sound better, on album and live. So at the moment we have no plan of altering the lineup of the band.
Since the last time we did this interview, you have a new, bright member Tommy, who has taken on a big part of Sabaton, doing both guitars and vocals at some times. How did you get to know each other?
We first met Tommy in 2005 when he came to a Sabaton show. He was already a fan by then. After that we stayed in contact over the years and finally in 2015 when Thobbe quit, it was an easy choice to ask Tommy to join.
Are you maybe sometimes afraid that considering your lyrical themes attached to war and stuff like that, people will mistakenly involve you in some right wing ideologies? Have you ever thought of anything like that?
No, we are not involved in politics. We do heavy metal with lyrics based on history. We are basicly the same thing as a history book or a museum. Just a different packaging.
You’re coming back to Greece this summer for Release Athens Festival. God, you’re huge here. Every time you come over there’s pure madness around. Do you feel the vibes of the hellenic audiences calling to you?
Do we feel Hellas calling for us? Of course we do. Every show has always been special, we cannot wait to return.
Since 2020 is an anniversary year for Sabaton, I think. Are you planning anything special?
2019 was our 20 years anniversary year and we did the mega show at Wacken for that. I think that was something we can feel good about for a long time in the future.