Album Review: Sabaton’s The War to End All Wars

Album Review: Sabaton‘s The War to End All Wars

Sabaton‘s The War to End All Wars

Sabaton, the super Swedish heavy metal quintet recently released their 20th album, The War to End All Wars. A kind of companion to their 2019 album, The Great War, the new work draws on similar bloodshed. While WWI was termed the war to end war, Sabaton takes a bigger historical chomp by calling this The War to End All Wars. Beginning with some historical background on what got it all started, Sabaton draws you in with the voice of Bethan Dixon Bate (not the singer, Joakim Brodén, mind you, who sounds way tough) giving you the details: Archduke Franz Ferdinand gets assassinated in 1914. The album continues to tell the stories of other historical figures, with symphonic hugeness and the metal tempo changes Sabaton really excels at. Sabaton does a great job with perspective as well in the badass “Soldier of Heaven.” There’s also a strong track called “Lady of the Dark” about the Serbian war heroine Milunka Savić, someone you just might not know about. My favorites? The blazing “Dreadnought,” “Soldier of Heaven,” and a song that sounds like a christmassy metal track, “Christmas Truce.” Now Christmas has arrived and the snow/turns the ground white/Hear carols from the trenches, we sing O holy night/Our guns laid to rest among snowflakes/A Christmas in the trenches, a Christmas on the front far from home. Rather heartbreaking.

WWI changed the face of war with all the gases introduced to warfare. And there was lots of mud. Lots of horrific injuries. As a side note if you’re into this time period, I recommend the excellent book The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War by Lindsey Fitzharris.

Photos: Dirty Honey w/ Dorothy & Mac Saturn @ the Neptune

Dirty Honey w/ Dorothy & Mac Saturn @ the Neptune – 9/8/22
Photos by Alex Crick

Marc LaBelle of Dirty Honey – photo by Alex Crick

Rock band Dirty Honey came to Seattle’s University District earlier in September. Headlining the Neptune, the quartet made up some lost time from the pandemic, and brought fellow Los Angelenos Dorothy – plus Detroit’s Mac Saturn as openers. The tour, titled California Dreamin‘, got its name from the Dirty Honey track “California Dreamin’,” (that song’s a definite fan favorite). Look for the excellent rockers to play several more dates before they can get closer to home with an October 9th date in Sacramento, CA. And PS: that is one smashing poncho singer Marc LaBelle has on in these photos.

Dirty Honey – photos by Alex Crick

Dorothy – photos by Alex Crick

Mac Saturn – photos by Alex Crick

Photos: Mimi Webb @ Neumos

British singer-songwriter Mimi Webb headlined at Neumos, on the second night of her North American tour.  Backed by drums and keys, Webb performed songs from her Seven Shades of Heartbreak EP plus an Adele cover on par with the original.  Pop singer Dylan Conrique opened.

Mimi Webb – photos by Kirk Stauffer

Dylan Conrique – photos by Kirk Stauffer

Show Preview: As Many Weirdos As Possible w/ Carrie Akre & Kid Sensation @ Slim’s Last Chance – Sat. 9/17

As Many Weirdos As Possible w/ Carrie Akre & Kid Sensation @ Slim’s Last Chance – Sat. 9/17

All right! As Many Weirdos As Possible is a project I can get behind. Its purpose, which is to focus on Seattle culture from the years 1985-1995, features photography of “as many weirdos as possible.” Who wouldn’t love that? Team Weirdo includes two Back Beat Seattle photographers, Rachel Crick and Alex Crick, and I love that too. On Saturday night, September 17th Slim’s Last Chance (which has food – lots of delicious looking food) hosts a show with Carrie Akre (Hammerbox, Goodness) and rapper Kid Sensation. Plus Robert Roth and DJ Funk Daddy. Proceeds go to the As Many Weirdos As Possible, with tickets available right here.

Video: White Lies’ “Trouble In America”

Video: White Lies‘ “Trouble In America”
Why You Want to Watch: Bassist and songwriter of White Lies directed the video for the band’s latest single, “Trouble in America.” Along with collections of videos from, I believe American ’50s and maybe ’60s, Cave puts singer/guitarist Harry McVeigh in what’s maybe a coffin? a bed? for a rather mind-bending film.