SABATON: New Audio Interview With RICKARD SUNDN, OSKAR MONTELIUS

The Age Of Metal recently conducted an interview with guitarist Rickard Sundn and Oskar Montelius of the Swedish metal band SABATON. You can now listen to the chat below.

SABATON drummer Daniel Mullback was forced to sit out dates on the band's recent European tour "due to problems with his knees." He was temporarily replaced by Robert Bck. Also performing with SABATON during the trek was DRAGONFORCE bassist Frdric Leclercq. He filled in for regular SABATON guitarist Rikard Sundn, who "has decided to multiply himself and will have his first kid at this time," according to a statement released by the band.

SABATON's fifth album, "Coat Of Arms", sold around 450 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 124 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"Coat Of Arms" was released in Europe on May 21, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Q: How has the tour been so far?

Q: Can you tell us about the concept of "Coat Of Arms", your latest album?

Q: What inspires you to write about World War I and World War II?

Q: At the beginning of the year, you guys visited Auschwitz. How was that experience and will it be included on a future album?

Q: Have you guys ever been in the military? And if so, is that experience reflected in SABATON's lyrics?

Q: How did you come up with the concept for the "Uprising" video? How was the experience of working with actor Peter Stormare?

Q: What is next for SABATON?

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