ArmyOfOneTV conducted an interview with bassist Pär Sundström of Swedish metallers SABATON on April 21 at Playstation Theater in New York City. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about the evolution of the SABATON sound since the band's inception nearly twenty years ago, Pär said: "The idea of songwriting hasn't really changed since the beginning, but since we've had new members coming in, they are adding a lot into it. Of course, it's still me and Joakim [Brodén, vocals] writing most of the stuff, and Joakim is the main music composer of the band, but as we get more and more experienced people into the band, and we have gotten over the years from the original lineup, I think now you can clearly hear the evolvement of, for example, guitar playing on the latest releases where more and more people are involved in how the instruments are being performed on the actual album. So that is what I see the evolvement of the band, mostly, from one album to another; I can hear those details. But when it comes to songwriting, I think we are kind of… we haven't evolved that much — which I'm happy with. I think SABATON should be consistent and something that fans can pick up a new album and understand, 'Okay, I'm getting a SABATON album. I won't be surprised, but hopefully satisfied.'"
SABATON began the North American leg of their "The Last Tour" headlining trek on April 20 at The Trocadero in Philadelphia. The tour will hit seven Canadian cities plus Chicago, Anaheim, Dallas, and conclude at the The Fillmore in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 22.
SABATON's eighth album, "The Last Stand", was released last August via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Heroes" was once again produced by Peter Tägtgren (PAIN, LINDEMANN, HYPOCRISY) and it "marks a brand new chapter in SABATON history," according to a press release.
The artwork for "The Last Stand" was created by Peter Sallaí, who has worked with SABATON since "Carolus Rex".
SABATON last year parted ways with guitarist Thobbe Englund and replaced him with Tommy Johansson (GOLDEN RESURRECTION, REINXEED).