Sabaton have re-signed with their longtime label, Nuclear Blast. In celebration of the continuation with their partnership, these Swedish power metal giants will release the new single, “Livgardet,” on February 26th. The track marks the group’s first piece of new music since 2019’s The Great War, and will be in the Swedish language honoring the Swedish Royal Guards first established in the year 1521.
The group comments on the upcoming song:
“Since 2012 and Carolus Rex we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland. Over the past years we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the Sabaton home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa. For the past 500 years they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one single song and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, an powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy. This is “Livgardet!”
Frontman Joakim Brodén adds:
“Damn, it feels good to be singing in Swedish again!”
Bassist Pär Sundström comments on re-signing with Nuclear blast:
“It feels good to continue our collaboration with the world’s biggest heavy metal label, Nuclear Blast. We have been working with Nuclear Blast for more than a decade, and at the end of last year, we signed the contract for the upcoming releases, and we will continue to write metal history together.”
Check out the single artwork below and pre-save the song here: