Sunday, March 13, 2022

Sabaton - Heroes (2014)


Sabaton - Heroes (2014)


Tracklist front / back album covers


1. "Night Witches"   The all-female Soviet 588th Night Bomber Regiment called "Night Witches"   3:01


2. "No Bullets Fly"   The Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident, in which German pilot Stigler accompanied a disabled American bomber back to the English Channel   3:36


3. "Smoking Snakes"   Arlindo Lúcio da Silva, Geraldo Baeta da Cruz and Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza – three Brazilian Expeditionary Force soldiers who became separated from their unit and fought a large contingent of Germans in Italy on 14 April 1945. Refusing surrender, they fought to their deaths and were buried by the Germans, who placed a cross over their graves with the inscription 'Drei brasilianische Helden' (Three Brazilian Heroes)   3:13


4. "Inmate 4859"   Witold Pilecki, soldier of Polish Armia Krajowa and leader of resistance movement in the Birkenau Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was interned voluntarily as inmate number 4859. He also produced the Witold's Report   4:25


5. "To Hell and Back"   Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated American veterans of World War II, specifically his post-war battle with PTSD. Based on his own poem, 'The Crosses Grow on Anzio', from his book 'To Hell and Back'   3:25


6. "The Ballad of Bull"   Corporal Leslie "Bull" Allen, an Australian Army soldier awarded the US Silver Star for rescuing 12 wounded American soldiers during the Papua New Guinea campaign of World War II   3:53


7. "Resist and Bite"   Chasseurs Ardennais, an infantry formation of the Belgian Armed Forces that fought in the Battle of Belgium in World War II   3:27


8. "Soldier of 3 Armies"   Lauri Törni, known also as Larry Thorne, a soldier of the Finnish Army, the German Waffen-SS, and the United States Army Green Berets in Vietnam   3:38


9. "Far from the Fame"   Hero of Czechoslovakia, Air Marshal Karel Janoušek, founder of Czechoslovakian forces in Royal Air Force, and later imprisoned by communist regime in Czechoslovakia   3:46


10. "Hearts of Iron"   The German forces of the 12th and 9th Armies who, facing defeat at the hands of the Soviets, created a corridor across the Elbe to protect fleeing refugees and soldiers to escape and surrender to the West   4:28


Total length:   36:57


11. "7734"   A re-recording of a song originally released on the band's 2007 album Metalizer. The title is a calculator spelling of "Hell", and the song's lyrics reference both soldiers in general and religion   3:33


12. "Man of War"   A homage to and featuring references of various songs by the classic metal band Manowar   3:48


Total length:   44:18


These last two tracks are listed on every other released version of this album


13. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"   (Metallica cover)   5:22

14. "En hjältes väg"   (Raubtier cover)   4:26

15. "Out of Control"   (Battle Beast cover)   3:36


Total length: 57:42



Sabaton Band Members / Musicians

Joakim Brodén – lead vocals, keyboards

Pär Sundström – bass, backing vocals

Chris Rörland – guitars, backing vocals

Thobbe Englund – guitars, backing vocals

Hannes van Dahl – drums, backing vocals


The special limited earbook edition (28x28cm) is housed in a faux leather sleeve including a metal emblem, a signing card and a 5-track bonus CD (only through mailorder)

Limited 500 blue yellow splatter vinyls edition

Black vinyl edition with six songs on the A-side and six on the B-side of which the last two are bonus tracks: "7734" and "Man Of War

Limited Digi book edition

Limited 300 green vinyls edition.[21] The green vinyl edition also comes in a DLP (double LP) format

Limited edition Clear Numbered Vinyl, LP, Album 100 hand numbered copies with gatefold cover




Heroes is the 7th studio album by Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton. It was released on 6 May 2014. It is the first album to feature the new Sabaton line-up with guitarists Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund, as well as new drummer Hannes van Dahl. It was produced by Peter Tägtgren in Abyss Studios. The artwork was made by Péter Sallai and the photos were created by Ryan Garrison. The first single To Hell and Back from their album was released digitally on 14 March 2014 and available on iTunes, Nuclear Blast, Amazon and Google Play.[4] The second single Resist And Bite was also released digitally on 2 May 2014, available on iTunes, Nuclear Blast and Amazon.

Pär Sundström said about the album's concept: "Well, I think this is a perfect concept for Sabaton. We decided to go for the idea to write about individuals instead of bigger battles. Individuals who we think basically went beyond their call of duty, put themselves into harm's way for the good of others".

In an interview to the Brazilian Army's official blog, Sundström explained that the idea for the track "Smoking Snakes" came when he was doing some research for the album: "I tried searching for the word 'Helden', which means heroes in German. I then came across the story of the Drei Brasilianischen Helden (Three Brazilian Heroes) and, from that point on, we deepened our research and decided to write the track." On 17 April 2015, the Brazilian 14th Motorized Infantry Brigade Orchestra covered the song as a thanksgiving

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