Sabaton Look Back On Nazi Controversy


(Metal Hammer) Sabaton have recalled their early struggle to get their music released because it was mistaken for "Nazi propaganda." The Swedish metal heroes often tackle controversial material in their music, such as on the track The Final Solution from 2010 album Coat Of Arms.

The song deals with the Holocaust, while their 2005 debut album Primo Victoria includes the word 'Nazi' in the lyrics, leading to a ban for the record in Germany.

Frontman Joakim Broden tells Metal Hammer: "Nobody would ask Stephen Spielberg if he was a Nazi because he made a movie about the Holocaust. It's storytelling. If someone has a problem with what we sing about, they should talk to the leaders who made this sh*t happen many years ago."

And on the furore surrounding Primo Victoria, Par Sundstrom adds: "It's totally understandable that you can misunderstand Sabaton if you hear a bit of a song and don't know where it comes from.

"It was harder in the beginning. Our first album was denied release in Germany because it contained the word 'Nazi'. They thought it was neo-Nazi propaganda." Read more here.

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