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Coat of Arms is the first song on the Coat of Arms album by Sabaton.


Information

  • A snippet of a pre-production demo was uploaded on YouTube on 23rd December, 2009, when the band announced Coat of Arms album. It featured different lyrics: "Step one, into the night, listen forever what you have (...)"
  • Sabaton released full song for free on their MySpace page on 24th March, 2010.[1]
  • The song was released as a single.
  • The video for the song was included on World War Live Bonus DVD.
  • Animated scenes in the video were made by a Swedish artist, Harry Huhtanen.
  • Harry Huhtanen released full animated version of the video. See below.
  • Greek EBM band, PreEmptive Strike 0.1 has made a cover of Coat of Arms .

Background

Pär: "Like on the "Art of War", ideas for specific songs were sent to us by fans. Many of them referred precisely to this conflict and the day when the Greeks declared to fascist Italy that they would not give them their country without a fight. When we started writing the lyrics, we could not associate this event with the older history of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans."[2]

Pär: "We have some great friends and fans in Greece and they were really pushing us hard to make a song about this. And we loved the idea of this, it’s a perfect topic for a Sabaton song. We try to spread out the topics of the songs."[3]

Historic fact

The Greco-Italian war opposed Italy and Greece from the 28th of October 1940 until the 23rd of April 1941. The campaign’s objective was to establish a Greek puppet state which would allow the Italian annexation of the Ionian, Sporades and the Cyclades islands. On the 28th of October, the Italian forces invaded Greece in several columns coming from Albania. On the 3rd November, the Italian spearhead was surrounded from all sides and reinforcements were unable to reach the cut-off Italian forces. The Italian defeat was followed by the Greek counter offensive which ended on the 6th of April 1941 was called the first “first axis setback of the entire war” by Mark Mazower. After reinforcing the front to 28 divisions, the Italians conducted a spring offensive in 1941 which also failed. During the Battle of Greece, Greek and British forces in northern Greece were overwhelmed by the Germans, which advanced rapidly into Greece. The Italian army suffered more than 154’000 casualties and the Greek army suffered about 90’000 losses. (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)[4]

Lyrics

At dawn envoy arrives
Morning of October 28th
"No Day" proven by deeds
Descendants of Sparta, Athens and Crete

Look now, ready to fight
Enemies charge from the hills
To arms, facing defeat,
There's no surrender, there's no retreat

Time after time, force the enemies back to the line

Call to arms, banners fly in the wind
For the glory of Hellas
Coat of arms reading "Freedom or Death"
Blood of king Leonidas

Air raid pounding the land
Bombers are flying both day and night
Endure six days of rain
Dropped by invaders, bomb raid in vain

Strike hard, the tables have turned
Drive them back over the hills
At arms, just like before
Soldiers, civilians, Hellas at war

By their own hand, forced the enemy out of their land

Call to arms, banners fly in the wind
For the glory of Hellas
Coat of arms reading "Freedom or Death"
Blood of king Leonidas

Just like their ancestors ages ago
Fought in the face of defeat
Those three hundred men left a pride to uphold
Freedom or death in the fight

Then - now again - blood of heroes saving their land!

Call to arms, banners fly in the wind
For the glory of Hellas
Coat of arms reading "Freedom or Death"
Blood of king Leonidas

Call to arms, banners fly in the wind
For the glory of Hellas
Coat of arms reading "Freedom or Death"
Blood of king Leonidas

Video

SABATON - Coat of Arms (Official Music Video)

SABATON - Coat of Arms (Official Music Video)

Sabaton - Coat of Arms (Animated)

Sabaton - Coat of Arms (Animated)

References

  1. Sabaton.net
  2. panoptykon.blogspot.com
  3. rockoverdose.gr
  4. Sabaton.net
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