Sabaton - World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea
Nuclear Blast
Anthemic Power Metal
15 songs (77:00)
Release year: 2011
Sabaton, Nuclear Blast
Reviewed by Aleksie
Sabaton – Sweden’s and probably the world’s leading bunch of metallic war historians – has commonly been referred to as a heck of an on-stage dynamo, at least in my neck of the woods. The two festival shows that I’ve witnessed in front of them have certainly been rousing experiences. Thus I was very interested when word came out that 12 years and 5 official studio albums into their career, the band was coming out with their first official live album.

As the title of the album suggests, the recording location for this record was fairly intriguing. Instead of going into some hometown club, intimate theatre or massive European festival, Sabaton held a day-long cruise on the Baltic Sea a year ago on which they were the headlining act. Recording the full show on this floating tub of metal proved to be a very pleasing choice as the random bellowing and frontlinesque horde-shouting of the crowd oozes the feel of a battleship on its way to a targeted island. The setlist of this main concert represents a fair cross section of the band’s history, like so:

01. The March To War (intro)
02. Ghost Division
03. Uprising
04. Aces In Exile
05. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
06. White Death
07. Swedish Pagans
08. Wolfpack
09. 40:1
10. The Art Of War
11. Attero Dominatus
12. The Price Of A Mile
13. Primo Victoria
14. Metal Medley (Metal Machine/Metal Crüe)
15. Dead Soliders Waltz (outro)

The performance of the band is very tight and I must especially commend their vocal powerhousing with several band members giving support fire on the mics for vocalist Joakim Brodén, whose decidedly masculine croon is still wonderfully unique and fitting for music this anthemic. The band’s back-up voices may not be the most technical and note-prefect around, but dammit there is energy and fire in there! Their playing from one instrument to another is solid and they bring the power when backed by a mixing job this good. The certain rawness of the live act remains while still keeping everything balanced and punchy.

A more peculiar tidbit, one that could actually even annoy some listeners, is that Brodén recites almost all of his ample between-songs-banter in Swedish. Most likely most of the travellers on the boat were Swedos as well, so there you go. For a fellow Scando like me, it’s not that distracting but anyone not familiar with any Scandinavian languages may be left feeling a tad on the sidelines. Then again, the dynamics of the banter make up for a lot of it. Several times, Brodén has a shouting crowd vote on the setlist, naming two Sabaton songs in a row and measuring the requesting shout-volume of the audience to decide which song to play. A very cool little detail to do at live shows if you’ve got enough songs handled, methinks. Fortunately the shouts for both The Art Of War and Attero Dominatus were so loud that they played them in succession anyway.

And the overall setlist rules, of course! Especially pleasing to me as a Finn is the inclusion of White Death, the tale of one of our country's most famous war heroes, the legendary sniper Simo Häyhä.

We only got the single disc-version as a reviewable promo, but there is also a limited edition release containing both a bonus-CD with additional recordings from various venues of Sabaton’s 2010 tour:

01. Screaming Eagles (From Norrköping, Sweden)
02. Coat Of Arms (From Dortmund, Germany)
03. Into The Fire (From Minsk, Belarus)
04. Talvisota (From Turku, Finland)
05. Final Solution (From Krakow, Poland)
06. Back In Control (From Glasgow, Scotland)
07. Panzerkampf (From Nijmegen, Netherlands)
08. 7734 (From Antwerp, Belgium)
09. Hellrider (From Pratteln, Switzerland)
10. Panzer Battalion (Zlín, Czech Republic)
11. Rise Of Evil (From Göteborg, Sweden)
12. 40:1 (From Lódz, Poland)

and also a bonus-DVD containing the band’s official music videos and a full recorded concert from the 2008 Rockstad:Falun Festival:

01. Ghost Division
02. The Art Of War
03. Into the Fire
04. Nuclear Attack
05. Rise Of Evil
06. 40:1
07. Wolfpack
08. Panzer Battalion
09. Price Of A Mile
10. In The Name Of God
11. Union
12. A Light In The Black
13. Primo Victoria
14. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
15. Attero Dominatus
16. Metal Medley (Metal Machine/Metal Crüe)

Utterly needless to say that you should hunt down this whopping limited edition, as will I. For Sabaton-fans, I would deem this package a Must-Have. Hell, for anyone wanting to experience a kickass live metal show on their home couch, World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea is a damn fine choice.

Killing Songs :
Well, all of 'em pretty much.
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Other albums by Sabaton that we have reviewed:
Sabaton - The Last Stand (Limited Edition) reviewed by Chris and quoted 87 / 100
Sabaton - Heroes reviewed by Chris and quoted 100 / 100
Sabaton - Carolus Rex reviewed by Aleksie and quoted 89 / 100
Sabaton - Coat of Arms reviewed by Chris and quoted 92 / 100
Sabaton - The Art Of War reviewed by Ross and quoted 80 / 100
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