Released in 2016, The Last Stand stands as some of Sabaton’s best work. Scratch that; it is their best album, in my opinion. Exemplifying modern power metal, Sabaton is known for the inclusion of historical tales in their music. Only a handful of their discography is devoted to non-historical content. As the album title would suggest, The Last Stand covers many of history’s greatest last stands. You won’t find them taking sides in this album or any of their albums, for that matter. For them, it would seem, it is just about the heroism of soldiers of the past. This position has, as to be expected, gotten them undue flak.
When listening to The Last Stand, a listener is liable to have flashbacks to the 80s. This is because, along with the usual accompaniment of drums, bass, and guitars, you also have the presence of a keyboard, which is not common for the metal scene these days. The vocals of Joakim Brodén depart from the 80s trope by being quite baritone and have a pleasant amount of range. To a great extent, it is Joakim’s voice that makes this album. Songs of note will be those of The Last Stand, Sparta, Blood of Bannockburn, and Winged Hussars; however, the rest of the album is filled with hits.
This is a great album. While it sings of stories of heroism and sacrifice, it makes it incredibly fun to listen to. It’s not so intense as to preclude anyone who is not necessarily into metal, with none of the songs actually containing foul language, which is not common. I would definitely recommend this album.