Sabaton - Swedish Empire Live DVD/CD Review

Sabaton - Swedish Empire Live DVD/CD
Sabaton - Swedish Empire Live DVD/CD. Nuclear Blast Records

On the heels of last year’s Carolus Rex comes a new live DVD/CD from Swedish metallers Sabaton. Swedish Empire Live is their performance at 2012‘s Woodstock Festival in Poland. It’s the band’s second live album, but only two members remain that also appeared on 2011‘s World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea.

Usually documentaries are used as separate bonus material on a DVD, but Sabaton incorporate documentary footage into the main feature.

The first 15 minutes or so chronicle the recent lineup changes and run-up to the festival before the band’s set begins.

There's also some documentary footage at the end, after the concert ends. Make sure to turn the subtitles on, because the documentary sections are in Swedish.

Many festival sets are kept fairly short, but Sabaton play for about an hour and 40 minutes, knocking out 16 songs (plus the intro). The attendance at the festival that day was a few hundred thousand people, and the director takes advantage of that, using a lot of crowd shots showing the mass of humanity enjoying Sabaton's set.

It’s a great venue to record a DVD, and the crowd provides plenty of energy and volume. The set list includes a few songs from Carolus Rex, but also tracks from throughout their career, going back to their 2005 debut Primo Victoria.

In addition to the Woodstock set, the DVD also includes several other live songs, taken from various shows during the Swedish Empire Tour.

Songs from concerts in Gothenburg, Oberhausen and London are included. The Blu-ray version has 2 discs and the entire Gothenburg and Oberhausen gigs.

There’s also an audio CD of the Woodstock show. The only down side is that the show closer “Panzer Battalion” isn’t included, I’m assuming because of space constraints.

Swedish Empire Live is an impressive DVD. Sabaton put on an excellent performance, the crowd is great, and the sound and video quality are both top notch.

Sabaton - Swedish Empire Live Tracklisting

Live At Woodstock Festival (Poland) DVD
01. The March To War
02. Ghost Division
03. Uprising
04. Gott Mit Uns [God With Us]
05. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
06. The Lion From The North
07. The Price Of A Mile
08. Into The Fire
09. Carolus Rex
10. Midway
11. White Death
12. Attero Dominatus
13. The Art Of War
14. Primo Victoria
15. 40:1
16. Metal Crüe
17. Panzer Batallion

Swedish Empire Tour Compilation
01. The March To War
02. Ghost Division
03. Gott Mit Uns [God With Us]
04. Poltava
05. Talvisota [The Winter War]
06. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
07. 40:1
08. Swedish Pagans
09. The Carolean’s Prayer
10. The Lion From The North
11. The Hammer Has Fallen
12. Attero Dominatus
13. The Art Of War
14. En Livstid I Krig [A Lifetime In War]
15. Primo Victoria
16. Metal Crüe
+ The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation (short movie)

Live At Woodstock Festival (Poland) CD
01. The March To War
02. Ghost Division
03. Uprising
04. Gott Mit Uns [God With Us]
05. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
06. The Lion From The North
07. The Price Of A Mile
08. Into The Fire
09. Carolus Rex
10.

Midway
11. White Death
12. Attero Dominatus
13. The Art Of War
14. Primo Victoria
15. 40:1
16. Metal Crüe

(released October 29, 2013 on Nuclear Blast Records)