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Stalingrad is the sixth song on Primo Victoria album by Sabaton.


Mratnimiat is a word by Joakim made-up to sound Russian, if you spell it backwards (Ta i min tarm) and read it in Swedish, it roughly translates to "Take my intestine".


Joakim: "I clearly remember certain moments like when I after reading Antony Beevor's massive book about Stalingrad still stood there without inspiration and just thought, "fuck this!" - and took a few pages from a Russian soldier's diary written druing the battle and locked myself into the studio on my own in the night and improvised lyrics and some of the melodies right there on the spot."[1]

Joakim: I started out reading this big Anthony Beevor book which is everything happening all from letters to truth movements and it was like, well, it’s a good read, but I didn’t use anything that far for the song. For the lyrics I found a three and a half page diary, some Russian soldier writing a diary about Stalingrad so I used what he was writing instead because it made for a more interesting story and a more personal approach on it.[2]


  • Played sporadically during Primo Victoria Tour.
  • In 2011 the song was played regularly during the band's festival run of World War Tour.
  • In 2015 it returned to the setlist for the Russian leg of Heroes on Tour.
  • It was last played in 2016 on the Russian leg of The Last Tour.

Historic fact

The Russian's last stand in the city now known as Volgograd. For months, the German 6th Army had been trying to defeat the Red Army, but to no avail. Stalingrad never fell.[3]

The Battle of Stalingrad (July 17, 1942-Feb. 2, 1943), was the successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in the U.S.S.R. during World War II. Situated on the western bank of the Volga River, Stalingrad was a center of heavy industry and transshipment by rail and river but, being the namesake of the leader of the Red Army, its great propaganda value was the true value of the city. The battle for the city turned into one of the bloodiest in World War II with combined casualty numbers near two-million. The Germans were ordered to take the city at any cost, ìsurrender is forbiddenî, while the Red Army was ordered to take “Not one step back”. Individual streets were fought over using hand-to-hand combat. Even the sewers were the sites of firefights. Buildings had to be cleared room by room through the bombed-out debris of residential neighborhoods, office blocks, basements and apartment high-rises. Some of the taller buildings, blasted into roofless shells by earlier German aerial bombardment, saw floor-by-floor, close quarters combat, with the Germans and Soviets on alternate levels, firing at each other through holes in the floors. The Germans, calling this unseen urban warfare Rattenkrieg (“Rat War”), bitterly joked about capturing the kitchen but still fighting for the living room and the bedroom. The Germans captured up to 90% of the city by early November but they failed to fully assert their authority. Areas taken by the Germans during the day, were re-taken by the Russians at night. The central railway station of the city changed hands thirteen times and the Mamayev Kurgan (the highest ground elevation in the city) was captured and recaptured eight times. [Fan generated content by: Joe Arino][4]


Fresh from Moscow
Over Volga came to comrades aid
City in despair
Almost crushed by the führer's army

Oh it’s colder than hell
Hitler’s forces advancing

The sound of the mortars
The music of death
A grand symphony

See your friends fall
Hear them pray to the god your country denies
Every man dies alone
And when your time comes you will know that it’s time

Stalin’s fortress on fire
Is this madness or hell

The sound of the mortars
The music of death
We’re playing the devil's symphony
Our violins are guns conducted from hell

Oh Stalingrad!

Are you playing?
Do you follow the conductor’s lead?
No one knows you
No one cares about a single violin

Play the score of the damned
Know the devil within

The sound of the mortars
The music of death
We’re playing the devil's symphony
Our violins are guns conducted from hell


  1. Primo Victoria (Re-Armed) booklet
  3. Primo Victoria booklet