“Heroes” by Sabaton

Във своя седми студиен албум heavy metal групата SABATON се представя с трима нови членове в състава – китаристите CHRIS RÖRLAND и THOBBE ENGLUND, и барабаниста HANNES VAN DAHL. „HEROES” („ГЕРОИ“) е базиран на различни битки и събития по време на Втората световна война като разказва увлекателни истории за подвизите на мъже и жени по време на техните опасни мисии на бойните полета и други места, като например концлагера Auschwitz.

Певецът JOAKIM BRODÉN заявява:

„Идеята за албума „ГЕРОИ“ се появи още по времето, когато подготвях текстовете за „Coats of Arms” („Гербове“, 2010). Оттогава все си мислехме, че един ден ще трябва да направим албум, в който фокусът да бъде далеч от големите битки, а да се насочи към хората, които правят нещо отвъд своите задължения, нещо необичайно, което ги определя като герои. Ние започнахме да събираме такива истории още по това време, но така се случи, че повечето песни бяха вдъхновени от идеи на нашите привърженици. Същевременно бяхме подложени на голям натиск да продължим успешната линия от албума “Carolus Rex”( „Карл Кралят“), който се превърна в крайъгълен за нашата кариера“ – завършва JOAKIM BRODÉN.

Бас китаристът и съавторът на текстовете към песните PÄR SUNDSTRÖM допълва:

„В песните ще откриете рускини, които са пилоти на нощни бомбардировачи, летят с изгасени двигатели и затова са наричани „нощни вещици“, германски летец пък съпровожда повреден американски самолет до летището му, вместо да го свали. Трима бразилци се сражават в Италия, не се предават, когато им свършват патроните, и на щик се втурват срещу немците. Убити са, но немците са толкова впечатлени от храбростта им, че им издигат паметник. Полякът Witold Pilecki под фалшива самоличност попада в Auschwitz за да вдигне бунт, а когато не успява, устройва бягство и представя на света доказателства за зверствата на фашистите там. Американецът Audie Murphy е сред най-награждаваните във Втората световна война заради храбростта си, но когато се завръща в родината си, трябва да се бори с наркозависимостта си. Успява. В следващите песни пък ще ви разкажем за безстрашния австралийския санитар Leslie “Bull” Allen, за 40 смели белгийски войници, които издържат 18 дни немската обсада, за финландеца Lauri Törni, войник в армиите на три държави, за чеха Karel Janoušek, който се бие с немските изтребители в небето на Франция и Великобритания, а после обучава млади летци, за генерал Walther Wenck, помогнал на 250 000 души да се спасят въпреки заповедите на Hitler“.    

Албума „HEROES” („ГЕРОИ“) ще чуем в предаването “Картини от една изложба®” на програма “Хоризонт” на БНР в събота, 21 март, след новините от 21.00 ч..

 

В предаването на 21.03.2020 г.: Sabaton и албумът “Герои“

SABATON
HEROES
Date of Release: May 16th, 2014


SONGS/TRACKS:

1.Night Witches - 3:01
2.No Bullets Fly - 3:38
3.Smoking Snakes - 3:15
4.Inmate 4859 - 4:26
5.To Hell and Back - 3:27
6.The Ballad of Bull - 3:53
7.Resist and Bite - 3:27
8.Soldier of 3 Armies - 3:38
9.Far from The Fame - 3:47
10.Hearts Of Iron - 4:28

©2014 Nuclear Blast GmbH


CREDITS:

Chris Rörland – guitars, backing vocals
Thobbe Englund – guitars, backing vocals
Pär Sundström – bass, backing vocals
Hannes van Dahl – drums, backing vocals
Joakim Brodén – lead vocals, keyboards

Engineer, Mixed and Producer by Peter Tägtgren in Studio Abyss
Mastered by Jonas Kjellgren

Artwork by Peter Sallai
Photography by Ryan Garrison

Additional Choir by: Christer Gärds, Anders Sandström, Bosse Gärds, Pontus Lekaregard, Pelle Hindén from ETERNAL (of SWEDEN) & Marie Mullback, Åsa Österlund, Hannele Junkala, Marie-Louise Strömqvist, Sofia Lundström,

Additional Guitar by Ken Kängström

Orchestral Arrangements and Programming by Daniel Beckman and Philip Lindh
Grand Piano on “The Ballad of Bull” by Philip Lindh
Additional Job on “The Ballad of Bull” by Daniel Beckman, Philip Lindh

A Little Bit of Everything: Jonas Kjellgren


LYRICS:

Night Witches
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström
  
From the depths of hell in silence
Cast their spells, explosive violence
Russian night time flight perfected
Flawless vision, undetected

Pushing on and on their planes are going strong
Air force’s number one
Somewhere down below they’re looking for the foe
Bombers on a run
You can’t hide, you can’t move, just abide,
Their attack’s been proved
Raiders in the dark
Silent through the night the Witches join the fight
Never miss their mark

Canvas wings of death
Prepare to meet your fate
Night bomber regiment
588

Undetected
Unexpected
Wings of glory
Tell their story
Aviation
Deviation
Undetected
Stealth perfected

Foes are losing ground, retreating to the sound
Death is in the air
Suddenly appears, confirming all your fears
Strike from Witches lair
Target found, come around, barrels sound
From the battleground
Axis aiming high
Rodina awaits defeat them at the gates
Live to fight and fly

Beneath the starlight of the heavens
Unlikely heroes in the skies
Witches to attack, witches coming back
As they appear on the horizon
The wind will whisper when the Night Witches come


No Bullets Fly  
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström

From down below an enemy spotted
So hurry up, rearm and refuel
But through the bomber’s damaged airframe
See wounded men, scared to their bone

Look to the right and then look again
And see the enemy in the eye
No bullets fly, spared by his mercy
Escorted out, out of harms way

Fly, fighting fair, it’s the code of the air
Brothers, heroes, foes

Killing machine
Honour in the skies
B17
Flying home
Killing machine
Said goodbye to the cross he deserved

He risked his life two times that day
To save an unknown enemy
Escort to safety, out of the killzone
A short salute, then departed


Smoking Snakes
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström

We remember, no surrender
Heroes of our century

Three men stood strong and they held out for long
Going into the fight, to their death that awaits
Crazy or brave, will it end in the grave?
As they’re giving their lives as their honour dictates

Far, far from home, to a war
Fought on foreign soil and
Far, far from known, tell their tale,
Their forgotten story
Cobras Fumantes, eterna é sua vitória

Rise, from the blood of your heroes
You were the ones who refused to surrender
The three, rather die than to flee, know that your memory
will be sung for a century

Three took the blow, while impressing their foe
Throwing dice with their lives as they’re paying the price
Sent to raise hell, hear the toll of the bell
It is calling for you as the Wehrmacht devised

Sent over seas to be cast into fire
Fought for a purpose with pride and desire
Blood of the brave they would give to inspire
Cobras Fumantes, your memory lives


Inmate 4859      
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström

The dawn of century, a boy born by a lake
Resettled from Karelia’s plains
Grown to a man in exile as the great war came
Unleashed it’s shadow on his world

Oh, no
Oh, no
Who knows his name?

Inmate in hell or a hero imprisoned?
Soldier in Auschwitz, who knows his name?
Locked in a cell, waging war from the prison
Hiding in Auschwitz, who hides behind 4859?

Outside help never came, decided to break free
The end of april -43,
Join the uprising, fight on the streets while hiding his rank
Takes command all while serving his country in need.

Sent to a prison, where the heroes are judged as traitors
Accused of treason by his own
Sentenced by countrymen under pressure of foreign influence
Men he once fought to free

Oh, no
Oh, no
We know his name!

Inmate in hell or a hero imprisoned?
Soldier in Auschwitz, we know his name!
Locked in a cell, waging war from the prison
Hiding in Auschwitz, he hides behind 4859!

White eagle
Blood of Heroes
In Heaven

Forever
Rest in Heaven
True Hero


To Hell and Back
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström

A short man from Texas
A man of the wild
Thrown into combat
Where bodies lie piled

Hides his emotions
His blood’s running cold
Just like his victories,
His story unfolds

Bright
A white light
If there’d be
Any glory in war

Let it rest
On men like him

Dead men will never come back

Crosses grow on Anzio
Where no soldiers sleep
And where hell’s six feet deep
That death does wait
There’s no debate
So charge and attack
Going to Hell and Back

A man of the 15th
A man of Can Do
Friends fall around him
And yet he came through

Let them fall face down
If they must die
Making it easier
To say goodbye

Bright
A white light
If there’d be,
Any glory in war

Let it rest
On men like him

Who went to Hell and came back

Crosses grow on Anzio
Where no soldiers sleep
And where hell is six feet deep
That death does wait
There’s no debate
So charge and attack
Going to Hell and Back

Oh gather round me
And listen while I speak
Of a war
Where Hell is six feet deep

And all along the shore
Where cannons still roar
They’re haunting my dreams
They’re still there when I sleep

Crosses grow on Anzio
Where no soldiers sleep
and where hell is six feet deep
That death does wait
There’s no debate
So charge and attack
Going to Hell and Back


The Ballad of Bull
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström

Sometimes war is killing, sometimes it’s saving lives
It’s the judgement of fate, it’s nothing that man can dictate
Corporal Leslie Allen carried them from Tambu
Saved his brothers in arms, went out and followed through

There and back again, Bull just carried on
Under fire he carried them out one by one
There and back again, bullets all around
All of the men that he carried away
12 men would now live to see one more day
His fear held at bay, as he carried them away

Sometimes war is killing, sometimes it’s saving lives
From Australias shore, Bull Allen went to war
Sometimes war is saving, sometimes it’s taking lives
Thanks to one single man, a dozen more survives

Some men return from a war in a bag, and yet the world knows their story
Others return, unwilling to brag, alive and humble at heart


Resist and Bite
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström

War is coming swiftly
The border is closing in
We’re a company of soldiers
We’re 40 rifles strong

All alone
Stand alone

Ardenner ground is burning
And Rommel is at hand
As the Blitzkrieg’s pushing harder
The war is all around!

All around
Hold your ground!

Fight for 18 days of battles
No odds are on our side
Few will fight for all
Until the bullets are gone

We! We will resist and bite!
Bite hard, cause we are all in sight
We! We take up arms and fight!
Fight hard, resist and do what’s right!

No matter our fighting
Their numbers will still count
We’re outgunned and few in numbers
We’re doomed to flag or fail

We fought hard
Held our guard

But when captured by the Axis
And forced to tell the truth
We will tell them with a smile
We will surprise them with the laugh

We are all
We were all

We were told to hold the border
And that is what we did
Honoured by our orders
In despite of our foe

Gloria fortis miles
The Wehrmacht’s closing in
Adversor et admorsus
The Boar against the Eagle
Gloria fortis miles
The Wehrmacht’s closing in
Adversor et admorsus
The Boar against the Eagle


Soldier of 3 Armies
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström 

Started out as a reserve,
Soon promoted well deserved
And the legend has begun
With a bounty on his head,
The Red Army wants him dead
Soviet enemy number one

Cross of Mannerheim!
Addicted to the war game
Never ending flame
Victory reclaimed
Oh, we remember,
We remember, we remember!

Shout! Lauri Törni’s name,
A soldier of 3 armies knows the game
Deeds that echo from the past
Rise! from beyond your grave,
Son of Finland and a green beret
May you rest in peace at last
Lauri Allan Törni

Crossed the water a new start,
War still beating in his heart
A new legend has been born
Started out as a reserve
Soon promoted well deserved
Changed his name to Larry Thorne

From the Finnish lakes
Into Germany and USA
All the wars he came across
Cross of Mannerheim, an Iron Cross,
A Bronze Star, Purple Heart
One Distinguished Flying Cross

 

Far from the Fame
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström

As the great war is over and lost
He’s been wounded in war, he returns with awards
Into battle again far from home
From a far distant land, our Marshal command

Home
Siblings sent to their death
His wife paid the ultimate price
Still
As the war rages on
You are our guide

Far, far from the fame
Far, far away from the fame
But we still remember your name
Karel Janoušek!
We mourn the day that you died
So be our guide, Czechoslovakia’s pride

When the war has been fought and been won
Our Marshal returns, to be thrown into jail
Facing torture and years behind bars
When he’s finally back, life in ivory black

Home
Siblings sent to their death
His wife paid the ultimate price
Still
As the war rages on
You are our guide

Far, far from the fame
Far, far away from the fame
But we still remember your name
Karel Janoušek!
We mourn the day that you died
So be our guide, Czechoslovakia’s pride

Far, far from the fame
Far, far away from the fame
But we still remember your name
Karel Janoušek!
We mourn the day that you died
So be our guide, Czechoslovakia’s pride

Far, far from the fame
Far, far away from the fame
But we still remember your name
Karel Janoušek!
We mourn the day that you died
So be our guide, Czechoslovakia’s pride


Hearts of Iron
Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström

See the Reich in flames
Try to save Berlin in vain
It’s a road through death and pain
On the other shore, there’s the end of the war

Who could ever have believed,
Seems like nothing’s been achieved
Just to walk a day, go all the way, the fronts are closing in
As the end is drawing near, the 12:th army interfere
Open up a route, get people out, it’s forces spread out thin

It’s the end of the war
Hold the corridor!
Reach for Elbe’s shore

It’s the end, the war has been lost
Keeping them safe ’til the river’s been crossed
Nicht ein schlacht, ein rettungsaktion
Holding their ground ’til the final platoon
“Hurry up, we’re waiting for you”
Men of the 9:th, and civilians too
Dispossessed, surrendering to the west

Who’ll survive and who will die?
Up to kriegsglück to decide
Those who made it cross, without a loss, have reason to reflect
It is not about Berlin, it is not about the Reich,
It’s about the men, who fought for them, what peace can they expect?

See the city burn on the other side
Going down in flames as two worlds collide
Who can now look back with a sense of pride?
On the other shore, there’s the end of the war

HISTORIC FACTS:

Night Witches
Historic fact
The story of the Russian female pilots of the 588:th bomber regiment. Their nickname “Night Witches” comes from the characteristic sound of their bomb planes that was all that could be heard during their nightly raids since they set their engines to idle and would glide through the night to their target. This sound brought the enemies thoughts to the broomsticks of witches, and they called them “Nachthexen”.


No Bullets Fly
Historic fact
The story of Franz Stigler, a German pilot who risked his life in three different ways when he was ordered to chase and shoot down an American B17 bomber, piloted by 2nd Lt. Charlie Brown, returning from a successful air raid. When he came close enough he realised that the bomber had been severely damaged by anti aircraft fire during the raid and then he decided to escort it out of harms way instead of shooting it down. In doing this he risked both being court martialed, which most likely would have led to execution, and being shot down by the gunners of the B17 as well as being targeted by friendly anti aircraft fire.


Smoking Snakes
Historic fact
Most of us have heard the expression “when pigs fly” but in a different part of the world another popular saying was that “It’s more likely for a snake to smoke a pipe than for the Brazilian expeditionary force to go to the front and fight” in the same context. However, one day in 1944 the snake did smoke and over 25.000 Brazilians left to join WW2. This is the story about three of them who fought so bravely against a much larger opposing force. Located in the mountains and heavily defended by the Germans as a last bastion to block the advance of allied troops in the direction of the Po Valley, on 14 April 1945, Montese became the stage for the most arduous and bloody battle of Brazilian troops in Italy. Three Brazilian soldiers on patrol were attacked by German forces. Outnumbered, the patrol was ordered to surrender. The three men took cover and opened fire on the enemy until running out of ammunition. Not satisfied, they proceeded to pitch their bayonets and advanced against the Germans and consequently were fired upon and shot dead. In recognition of the bravery of those soldiers and in tribute to their memory, the Germans buried them and placed a cross with the inscription “Drei Brasilianischen Helden” (Three Brazilian Heroes) In honour of the three heroes: Arlindo Lúcio da Silva Geraldo Baeta da Cruz Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza


Inmate 4859
Historic fact
In September 1940 the Polish soldier Witold Pilecki used faked identity documents to be arrested and sent to Auschwitz, which he planned to infiltrate and destroy from within. Boldly, Pilecki organized the opposition from within, hoping that one day friends from outside would liberate the camp. When no help from outside came he decided to flee and inform the world of the atrocities inside. He managed not only to flee but also to bring secret documents which he planned to use as proof, and even then he was not believed, as the stories seemed exaggerated. After the war he was arrested for treason and executed.


To Hell and Back
Historic fact
This is the story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated US soldier in WW2. There are simply too many stories about his deeds to even try to cover them in such a short text, but among his fellow soldiers he was truly a hero and a great inspiration. When he returned from the war he suffered heavily from post-traumatic stress (back then called shell shock) and after a long time on medicines he finally locked himself into a motel for 1 week to cure his addiction of the drugs. After this he became a very famous movie star and even acted in the movie about himself.


The Ballad of Bull 
Historic fact
Leslie “Bull” Allen was an Australian stretcher bearer who served in the pacific, and his actions on mount Tambu in New Guinea is something quite extraordinary. During one day at the front he ran straight into enemy fire alone, time after time to pick up wounded American soldiers. 12 times he went up the hill, and 12 times he came down with a wounded allied soldier on his shoulder. For this selfless act he was awarded with the US Silver star.


Resist and Bite
Historic fact
The story of the Chasseurs Ardennais, whose emblem is the wild boar. A small Belgian unit of soldiers who were supposed to defend the borders and hold their ground along the K-W Line in May 1940. When the German armies, which included Rommel’s Ghost Division, approached the unit, they were supposed to retreat but due to communication failure the order never reached them. Instead they honoured their original orders, which were to defend the border at all cost. They fought so bravely and on such a large front, that they tricked the axis into believing that they were facing a force much larger than 40 rifles strong. When finally they were captured and their captors asked them -”where are the others?” they simply laughed and answered. -”There are no others, we are all!”. The song gets its title from their motto Resiste Et Mords, in English, Resist and Bite.


Soldier of 3 Armies
Historic fact
The story of Lauri Törni is quite captivating. During his career as a soldier he served in 3 different armies, reached the rank of officer and was awarded with medals in all of them. Sometimes described as inhuman while superior in battle, this man started out in his homeland Finland, fought his way through WW2 on both the Finnish and German side, and then ended up dead in Vietnam, but then as a special operations soldier among the Green Berets bearing the name of Larry Thorne.

Far from the Fame
Historic fact
Karel Janoušek was a Czechoslovakian soldier who after serving in WW1 learned how to fly. When the outbreak of WW2 came and Czechoslovakia was occupied he was fighting in the resistance until he realized that he would do more good if he made it to France and continued the fight from there. He commanded the Czechoslovak Air Force in France until their surrender and then made his way to England where he organized the first Czechoslovak Air Force units in the Royal Air Force.


Hearts of Iron
Historic fact
During the final battle of Berlin in 1945 the general of the 12th army, Walther Wenck realized that the end of the war was coming, and instead of trying to defeat the advancing Soviet forces as his orders were, he used his army to create an escape corridor out of Berlin. For such an act he would surely have been sentenced to death, but instead he ended up being responsible for up to 250 000 people safely escaping the burning city of Berlin. For some this was a battle, for him this was a rescue operation.


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