Before I get started on the majesty that is a SABATON performance, I’d like to say a massive thanks to Clint Barlow. With Trees and now with the very excellent Bomb Factory venue, he has really helped to revitalize the Deep Ellum music scene by providing great venues that will attract bigger acts across all genres. The Bomb Factory is a top notch place with an excellent sound system, great lighting, no obscured sight lines, and insanely awesome bathrooms (trust me on this one – not waiting in line is an amazing thing mid-show).
So, anyway… I never miss a chance to see the always great SABATON perform, no matter what day or time. Tonight, I had a business dinner that ran long and got me to the venue half an hour late. And since I had no desire to see NIGHTWISH, this means that we paid $103 for two tickets to see SABATON perform for an hour, and it was totally worth every penny.
I have personal philosophy about SABATON – you may not care for their albums at first, but after you see them open for the band that you came to see, you’re either a fan of theirs or you have no heartbeat. Besides the catchy songs, the constant energy and crowd involvement, and the always interesting banter from the stage, they connect with the audience and they always make the fans feel like they’re the ones who are honored to be playing for you rather than the other way around.
The band only had about an hour to work with, but they maximized their time on stage, playing classics like “Ghost Division”, “The Art of War”, and the epic salute to American D-Day troops of “Primo Victoria”. Half of the set focused on material from the most recent albums – “Soldier Of 3 Armies”, “To Hell And Back”, “Carolus Rex”, and “Resist And Bite” (which featured Joakim Brodén on guitar) and cult favorite “Swedish Pagans”. As always, they closed with their tribute to the many bands that came before and influenced them with their traditional closer, “Metal Crüe”, which had the whole crowd singing along.
Based on the five minute ovation after they played the last note and the enthusiastic response that grew more frenetic with each song, I’m going to have to say that SABATON won another battle in their ongoing conquest of North America, and I can’t wait to see them come back soon, hopefully as a headliner.
So, yeah. $103 for 9 songs? A bargain at the price. If you have the opportunity to see them, don’t miss out.
Tanks for reading!
LIVE WORDS: FRANK ZABER