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The Last Stand (Sabaton album)

The Last Stand is the eighth studio album by Swedish power metal band Sabaton. It was released on 19 August 2016. It was produced by Peter Tägtgren in Abyss Studios.[1] Like Sabaton's previous album Heroes, The Last Stand is a concept album and takes inspiration from "last stand" military battles. On 10 June 2016 the first single "The Lost Battalion" was released, followed by "Blood of Bannockburn" on 15 July and "Shiroyama" on 12 August.

The Last Stand
Sabaton - The Last Stand cover.jpg
Studio album by Sabaton
Released 19 August 2016
Recorded April - May 2016, Abyss Studios, Sweden
Genre Power metal
Length 44:31
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Peter Tägtgren
Sabaton chronology
Heroes
(2014)Heroes2014
The Last Stand
(2016)
Singles from The Last Stand
  1. "The Lost Battalion"
    Released: 10 June 2016
  2. "Blood of Bannockburn"
    Released: 15 July 2016
  3. "Shiroyama"
    Released: 12 August 2016

Contents

Track listingEdit

No. Title Theme [2] Length
1. "Sparta" Battle of Thermopylae 4:24
2. "Last Dying Breath" Dragutin Gavrilović 3:22
3. "Blood of Bannockburn" Battle of Bannockburn 2:54
4. "Diary of an Unknown Soldier" Meuse-Argonne Offensive 0:51
5. "The Lost Battalion" Lost Battalion (World War I) 3:35
6. "Rorke's Drift" Battle of Rorke's Drift 3:26
7. "The Last Stand" Stand of the Swiss Guard 3:55
8. "Hill 3234" Battle for Hill 3234 3:29
9. "Shiroyama" Battle of Shiroyama 3:31
10. "Winged Hussars" Polish hussars/Battle of Vienna 3:51
11. "The Last Battle" Battle for Castle Itter 3:12
12. "Camouflage (Stan Ridgway Cover)" (Bonus Track) Vietnam War 3:56
13. "All Guns Blazing (Judas Priest Cover)" (Bonus Track)   3:58
14. "Afraid To Shoot Strangers (Iron Maiden Cover)" (Bonus Track - EARBOOK edition only) Gulf War 7:28
15. "Burn In Hell (Twisted Sister Cover)" (Bonus Track - JAPAN only)   4:25
Total length: 44:31

PersonnelEdit

Additional Credits:

  • Spoken words on "Diary of an Unknown Soldier" by Jon Schaffer
  • Bagpipes on "Blood of Bannockburn" by Jonas Kjellgren
  • Hammond Organ on "Blood of Bannockburn" by Tomas Sunmo

Choir Credits:

  • Christer Gärds, Anders Sandström, Bosse Gärds, Pontus Lekaregärd and Peter Hindén from Eternal (of Sweden),
  • Thomas Nyström & Marie Mullback, Äsa Österlund, Hannele Junkala, Sofia Lundberg, Marie-Louise Strömqvist and Floor Jansen

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[3] 29
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[5] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 11
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[7] 43
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 11
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 43
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 2
Irish Albums (IRMA)[12] 92
Italian Albums (FIMI)[13] 67
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[14] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 11
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[16] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[17] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 17
US Billboard 200[21] 63

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "SABATON - "The Last Stand" Listening Session". www.stormbringer.at. Stormbringer.at – The Austrian heavyzine. 20 June 2016. 
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  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Sabaton – The Last Stand" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sabaton – The Last Stand" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sabaton – The Last Stand" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Sabaton Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sabaton – The Last Stand" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Sabaton: The Last Stand" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Sabaton – The Last Stand". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Sabaton – The Last Stand" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  12. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 34, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 35 (dal 2016-08-26 al 2016-09-01)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Sabaton – The Last Stand". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Sabaton – The Last Stand". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – {{{artist}}} – The Last Stand". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Sabaton Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 30 August 2016.