EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Heavy metal meets hardcore history

Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton have released their latest studio album, The Great War, featuring the single ‘Fields of Verdun‘, which is inspired by the bloody WWI battle that raged between February and December 1916.

The battle, which was the longest of the war, resulted in over 700,000 casualties as the French and German armies struggled for control of the fortress city. German Chief of General Staff, Erich von Falkenhayn, originally planned the offensive in order to “bleed France white”, by goading the enemy into a hopeless and costly defence.

Here bassist Pär Sundström and frontman Joakim Brodén discuss the making of the music video for the single. They reveal the extensive historical research that went into the production, which includes re-enactments of the fighting in the trenches.

The band headline Bloodstock Festival next month and play Wembley Arena on 8th February 2020. ‘The Great War’ is out now.

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