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hmv's Albums Of The Year - Sabaton
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv's Albums Of The Year - Sabaton

We've reached the final throes of 2019, an appropriate time to look back at the many excellent LPs that have been released this year. 

To celebrate the year and the albums it has produced, hmv have rounded up 50 of the best of them for our guide to the best albums of 2019. It's available to pick-up in store now and, to coincide, we're going to be running interviews with some of the artists who've made the cut.

We continue today with Swedish military metallers Sabaton and a chat with bassist Pär Sundström...


Congratulations, you’re in hmv’s albums of the year, how does it feel?

"Awesome, we feel very proud of our album The Great War. It was greatly received by fans worldwide and we are so looking forward to continuing the tour with the new songs!"


How do you look back on the making of The Great War? Was it a difficult record to make?

"No album will ever be easy, but thanks to our cooperation with the people who also work on the Sabaton History Channel we had a full team of historians who are experts on WW1 on our side. This definitely helps when we do the historical research."


What are your plans for 2020?

"We start the year with the biggest tour we have ever done in Europe where we are stopping in London for a show at Wembley. After this, the tour continues around the world and we will have a busy year."


How has 2019 been for you? Has it been a good year?

"It was a very busy year, launching Sabaton History Channel, a new album and all the work around Bismarck. But busy is good!"


Aside from your own LP, what has been your favourite album of 2019?

"I'd say Myrath's Shehili."


What about your favourite song?

"From that LP, 'Lili Twil'."


Favourite film?

"I did not see a single new film in 2019. Believe it or not. I saw Pulp Fiction on my last flight home from our USA tour and I think that was the best movie I saw in 2019..."


Finally, what’s been your moment of 2019?

"The highlight of 2019 was our massive show at Wacken Open Air where we headlined both the main stages at the same time as part of the Sabaton 20th anniversary. We brought back past Sabaton band members to create two full lineups and perform together for two hours. It was definitively something I will remember a very long time."

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