A video recap of SABATON's first-ever headlining concert in Turkey, which was held on December 16 at Uniq in Istanbul, can be seen below.
SABATON will kick off a North American co-headlining tour with German thrash veterans KREATOR on February 8, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Opening the trek will be CYHRA, the new band featuring vocalist Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE), guitarist Jesper Strömblad (ex-IN FLAMES), guitarist Euge Valovirta (ex-SHINING), bassist Peter Iwers (ex-IN FLAMES) and drummer Alex Landenburg (LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY).
SABATON's eighth album, "The Last Stand", was released in August 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Heroes" was once again produced by Peter Tägtgren (PAIN, LINDEMANN, HYPOCRISY).
The artwork for "The Last Stand" was created by Peter Sallaí, who has worked with SABATON since "Carolus Rex".
SABATON bassist Pär Sundström told Sticks For Stones in a recent interview that the band will not "do that much touring" in 2018. "We have been touring extensively the last years, and we did a lot in 2017 and 2016," he said. "In 2018, we need to focus on a new album. We have to take a little bit of time off from touring and focus on a new album. It's difficult to keep up the songwriting cycle that you used to have when you're touring more than ever, so we will have to take a little bit of a break in touring to make a new album."
SABATON last year parted ways with guitarist Thobbe Englund and replaced him with Tommy Johansson (GOLDEN RESURRECTION, REINXEED).