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Review: Sabaton - Primo Victoria
Primo Victoria

Label: Black Lodge Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 41:10
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: May 27, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Primo Victoria

Rated 3.85/5 (76.96%) (46 Votes)

Move over, Frodo. Sabaton isn't your typical elf-centric power metal band (yeah, yeah, I know, not all PM bands are into elves) but rather focuses on war themes, as immediately noticeable by taking a look at the track listing. The title track itself revolves around D-Day, a very poignant song that carries a lot of emotion and you can practically imagine the battlefield action as you listen to it. I'd say this album is a bit like a more power metal-ish Majesty but with a serious thematic. The songs are very catchy and often anthemic and even though they tend to use quite a bit of keyboards, they are used with taste and the guitars are given due respect - and then some. A major highlight is the vocal work. The singer has a very powerful and gruffy voice that adds a lot of punch to the songs - this material just wouldn't stand out as much with a more "standard" power metal vocalist. Here you just feel like headbanging fist in the air almost from beginning to end; even the more quiet moments pack a lot of punch. The guitar work is powerful and heavy and a somewhat raw sound gives it an added edge.

It's been a while since a power metal band caught my attention. There's nothing revolutionary here, but Sabaton did a great job with the material on this album and there's not one boring moment to be found here. Recommended if you like your power metal to actually have power.

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