Vocalist Joakim Brodén of Swedish metallers SABATON was asked by The Great Southern Brainfart for his thoughts on the 2016 U.S. presidential race. He said: “At this time, it looks a bit like a circus. Everybody is shouting everywhere. It seems like the most media attention is always given to the ones with the most extreme opinions. This is not new in history. What fascinates me more is that people think this is something new. If there’s one thing we can learn from history, it’s that people can’t learn from history. [Laughs] We should [be able to learn from it], but it’s also a matter of survival.”
He continued: “I don’t care for politics that much, because I feel that politicians are driven by the ambition to be in office. They are not driven by the ambition to make the country better or to make their own dream come true. They will change their opinions based on what the polls say. No matter which political party, left or right, up or down, I would actually respect somebody who just came in and fought for what they believed in and didn’t have to answer to twenty different lobby groups. Somebody who has been driving their own politics for their whole career because they believe in it. Not because this is what the public opinion is right now.”
SABATON is preparing to enter the studio to record the follow-up to 2014’s “Heroes” album for a late 2016 release.
The band recorded its concerts at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and at their hometown festival Sabaton Open Air in Falun for a live DVD/CD package called “Heroes On Tour”. Released in March via Nuclear Blast, the set contains two DVDs and a CD. The second DVD features two switchable viewing angles: live and studio.