7734 is the tenth song on Metalizer and a twelfth track on some editions of Heroes by Sabaton.

Information

  • The song was recorded in 2002 for the band's debut album, but the song wasn't released until 2007's Metalizer.
  • The song was reworked, re-recorded with the new lineup and included as a bonus track on Heroes in 2014.
  • It was Thobbe's idea to re-arrange the guitar parts on the song to make it sound fresher.
  • Lyrically, the song toys with various "subliminal messages" in rock and metal music, also stereotypical associations with the genre.
  • 7734 written in calculator and turned upside down gives "hell".
  • "do glatem live" isn't in Latin, it's actually "evil metal god" spelled backwards and prononuced to make it sound like Latin.
  • "The last 2 united and 2 became 1", 3+4=7. If you take 77 from the first number, 7734, and the previous equasion, it gives 777.
  • "111 they perished in flames", 777-111=666.

Background

Pär: (...) "it’s about Heavy Metal and it was before we had started writing about historical events."[1]

Pär: "When we recorded Metalizer, we had some songs that were written in the studio. ‘7734’ was one of them. The song is basically a hymn about the battle of metalheads which are – in the beginning – few in number and they finally become 7,734. We saw the number written on a calculator upside down which spelled ‘HELL,’ so we named it that way."[2]

Pär: "If you take it on a calculator and turn the calculator upside down you get something. It’s just the song doesn’t really have a big meaning. It was before we started this topic of war and, honestly, we didn’t like to write lyrics at this time. We just needed something to sing and [we’re] trying to do whatever, traditional topics, something like that, but it didn’t mean anything to us. After we started to write historical things, we were so happy we went down that road because, looking back to what we did on Fist for Fight album, the songs give us nothing."[3]

Pär: "There were a lot of people over the years asking for it and a lot fans were saying “why don’t you play that? It’s an old song but it’s a good song!” and we thought while we were listening to it: “okay it could have been done in a little bit of way like we would have done it today.” When it was done for the Metalizer, it was done the best way we could have ever done but if we would have done it today we could have done it a little bit different. It was actually Thobbe who got the feeling when he heard it like: “ho, I have some ideas for this one!” And he evolved this song. He did some different things on the guitars and made it sound fresher."[4]

Lyrics

The dawn of time breaks
See the sun rise to the sky
The wheel of time begins to turn

But then we heard it
A divine voice out of nowhere
Spoke to our hearts and showed the way

Almighty lord we have come to your hall
Do glatem live, creator of all
Open your heart and you will find a way
Paradise calling and enter you may

Falling down
Now your soul returns to paradise
Falling down
7734

The wheel kept turning, ages came
Time passed us by
We lived in perfect harmony
But then it happened
Our ranks decreased rapidly
But now its time for our return

Once we were numerous
But that’s long ago
We are no longer 7734
The last 2 united and 2 became 1
111 they perished in flames

Falling down
Now your soul returns to paradise
Falling down
7734

Almighty lord we have come to your hall
Do glatem live, creator of all
Open your heart and you will find a way
Paradise calling and enter you may

Falling down
Now your soul returns to paradise
Falling down
7734
Falling down
Now your soul returns to paradise
Falling down
7734

References

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