Sabaton Unveil Cover of Manowar’s “Kingdom Come”


Sabaton covering Manowar is the most fitting tribute imaginable in every conceivable way.

For starters, Manowar are obviously a huge influence on the Swedish-based war-themed power metallers; shit, Manowar are a huge influence on pretty much every power metal band to emerge in the past 25 years.

But it was also Sabaton who filled in when Manowar bailed on their Hellfest headline performance at the very last minute two years ago. Sabaton, the true heroes that they are, performed a massive headline set of their own… and then volunteered to do it again the very next day on less than 24 hours notice. What’s more, vocalist Joakim Brodén had lost his voice, so Sabaton not only had to fill in for Manowar, but for themselves: the other band members took over vocals with lyric sheets taped to their mic stands. Like I said, truly heroic!

The cover, of “Kingdom Come,” first came out in 2016 on a Metal Hammer compilation CD. But this is the first time it’s been officially available on all streaming platforms for easy mass consumption. It arrives with “Metal Trilogy,” a medley of the band’s “Metal Ripper,” “Metal Crue,” and “Metal Machine.”

Sabaton co-founder, leader and bassist Pär Sundtröm says:

“Our fans have spoken.  YOU requested the release of this song everywhere, so this is for all of you. This recording was meant to be a tribute to Manowar and a collaboration with a video game bearing the same name when we recorded it a few years ago.  We are happy to see that you appreciate the song so much, and we have paid attention to your wishes and requests. You asked for it, you got it.”

Give both tracks a stream below. Sabaton released two other new songs, “Defence of Moscow” and “Livgardet” earlier this year.

Catch them on tour in North America with Judas Priest:

9/8/2021 Reading  PA                            Santander Arena* [Tickets]
9/9/2021 Virginia Beach VA                   Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*+ [Tickets]
9/11/2021 Orlando FL                            Central Florida Fairgrounds# [Tickets]
9/13/2021 Charlotte NC                         PNC Music Pavilion [Tickets]
9/14/2021 Raleigh NC                           Red Hat Amphitheater* [Tickets]
9/16/2021 Grand Rapids MI                   Van Andel Arena* [Tickets]
9/17/2021 Youngstown OH                    Covelli Centre [Tickets]
9/19/2021 Detroit MI                              Fox Theatre* [Tickets]
9/20/2021 Rosemont IL                          Rosemont Theatre* [Tickets]
9/22/2021 Milwaukee WI                        Miller High Life Theatre [Tickets]
9/23/2021 Minneapolis MN                     The Armory* [Tickets]
9/25/2021 Maryland Heights MO            Saint Louis Music Park [Tickets]
9/26/2021 Louisville KY                         Louder Than Life Festival# [Tickets]
9/29/2021 Denver CO                            The Mission Ballroom [Tickets]
9/30/2021 West Valley City UT               Maverik Center* [Tickets]
10/2/2021 Everett WA                            Angel Of The Winds Arena* [Tickets]
10/3/2021 Portland OR                          Moda Center* [Tickets]
10/5/2021 Oakland CA                          Fox Theater [Tickets]
10/6/2021 Los Angeles CA                     Microsoft Theater [Tickets]
10/8/2021 Las Vegas NV                       Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood [Tickets]
10/9/2021 Phoenix AZ                           Arizona Federal Theatre [Tickets]
10/12/2021 San Antonio TX                   Freeman Coliseum [Tickets]
10/13/2021 Cedar Park TX                     HEB Center Cedar Park [Tickets]
10/15/2021 Irving TX                             The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory [Tickets]
10/16/2021 Oklahoma City OK               The Zoo Amphitheatre [Tickets]
10/19/2021 Independence MO               Cable Dahmer Arena* [Tickets]
10/21/2021 Nashville TN                        Nashville Municipal Auditorium* [Tickets]
10/22/2021 Alpharetta GA                      Ameris Bank Amphitheatre* [Tickets]
10/24/2021 Charleston WV                    Charleston Civic Center Coliseum* [Tickets]
10/25/2021 Philadelphia PA                   The Met* [Tickets]
10/27/2021 Newark NJ                          Prudential Center* [Tickets]
10/28/2021 Oxon Hill MD                       The Theater at MGM National Harbor [Tickets]
10/30/2021 Mashantucket CT                Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater [Tickets]
10/31/2021 Lowell MA                           Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell* [Tickets]
11/2/2021 Halifax NS                             Scotiabank Centre* [Tickets]
11/4/2021 Laval QC                               Place Bell* [Tickets]
11/5/2021 Hamilton ON                         FirstOntario Centre* [Tickets]

* new show
# festival date
+ no Sabaton; support is TBD

And here are Sabaton’s European headline dates:

Mar. 04 – Norway – Oslo – Spektrum
Mar. 05 – Sweden – Stockholm – Avicii Arena
Mar. 06 – Denmark – Copenhagen – Royal Arena
Mar. 08 – Germany – Hamburg – Barclays Arena
Mar. 09 – Luxembourg – Esch zur Alzette Rockhal
Mar. 11 – Germany – Berlin – Mercedes Benz Arena
Mar. 12 – Czech Republic – Prague – O2 Arena
Mar. 13 – Hungary – Budapest – Arena
Mar. 15 – Italy – Milan – Lorenzini District
Mar. 16 – Switzerland – Geneva – Arena
Mar. 18 – UK – London – Wembley Arena
Mar. 19 – UK – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Mar. 20 – UK – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Mar. 22 – UK – Glasgow – Hydro
Mar. 24 – Belgium – Antwerp – Sportpaleis
Mar. 25 – Netherlands – Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome
Mar. 26 – Germany – Leipzig – Quarterback Immo.Arena
Mar. 28 – France – Paris – La Seine Musicale
Mar. 30 – Austria – Vienna – Stadthalle
Mar. 31 – Germany – Munich – Olympiahalle
Apr. 01 – Germany – Cologne – Lanxess Arena
Apr. 02 – Germany – Hannover – ZAG Arena
Apr. 04 – Poland – Krakow – Tauron Arena
Apr. 06 – Estonia – Tallinn – Saku Arena
Apr. 08 – Finland – Kuopio – Kuopio Hall
Apr. 09 – Finland – Helsinki – Hartwall Arena

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