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The Attack of the Dead Men is the fourth song on the The Great War album by Sabaton.


Information

  • The band had the idea to make this song for a long time.
  • The idea for this song was sent by fans.
  • The song was the longest one to write on The Great War.
  • The band had the song since 2014, but couldn't finish it neither for Heroes, nor for The Last Stand. Also the topic didn't fit the Heroes album theme.

Background

Joakim: "(...) the song ‘Attack of the Dead Men’ was started by me and Chris back in 2013 for the Heroes album. We just couldn't get that prechorus right at all so we halted it. We revisited it again for The Last Stand, and we couldn’t finish it, so we revisited it again now, and, oh!, we finally managed to finish it."[1]

Pär: "(...) It was originally intended for the album Heroes in 2014, but did not fit in."[2]

Pär: "(...)The Attack of the Dead Men is one that we really wanted to do for many years now. (...)"[3]

Pär: "'Attack of the Dead Men', that is purely created by a story sent in by our fans."[4]

Joakim: "We chose to use throughout the choruses and the intro, almost what people would consider electronic music, synth, and it’s such a nice addition – it’s soemthing new that doesn't below, like poison gas itself, it doesn’t belong so it gives the song a sort of uneasy feeling."[5]

Pär: "The Attack of the Dead Men" which is a song about the attacks with poison and gas and how the soldiers looked like after these horrible attacks, like zombies actually, so therefore this title. This song was originally written for the ‘Heroes’ album but now it ended up on ‘The Great War’, musically speaking a very interesting track."[6]

Joakim: "(...) we are aware that our music is relatively visual. Then we also try to arouse curiosity through our project, whether it is music or lyrics. Why did you put there such a bass line, such a riff... For example, the song 'The Attack Of The Dead Men' is a title that talks about the use of gas during battles and there are some electronic passages that some will say they have nothing to do on a rock album, and it gives something that means something is going wrong there, so we transpose this story into music. "[7]

Historic fact

During the Battle of Osowiec Fortress in 1915, German Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg ordered the bombardment of the fortress with an artillery barrage of chlorine gas to eradicate the 900 Russian defenders. After the bombardment 7,000 German soldiers advanced upon the fortress expecting little to no resistance when 100 disfigured Russians, coughing up blood and pieces of their own lungs, surprised the Germans with a counter-charge. The zombie-like Russians opened fire and attacked the Germans with affixed bayonets causing mass panic and forced the Germans to flee back into their own traps inflicting more casualties. The remaining Russian defenders who survived the gas attacks seized the opportunity to raze the fortress and withdraw while the Germans hesitated. "The Attack of the Dead Men" spawned German legends about unkillable Russian soldiers rising from the dead to fight. (by Joe Arino)[8]

Lyrics

Turmoil at the front
Wilhelms forces on the hunt
There's a thunder in the east
It's an attack of the deceased
They've been facing poison gas
7, 000 charge en masse
Turn the tide of the attack
And force the enemy to turn back

And that's when the dead men are marching again

Osowiec then and again
Attack of the dead, hundred men
Facing the led once again
Hundred men
Charge again
Die again

Osowiec then and again
Attack of the dead, hundred men
Facing the led once again
Hundred men
Charge again
Die again

Two combatants spar
Hindenburg against the Tsar
Move in 12 battalions large
Into a Russian counter-charge
They'll be fighting for their lives
As their enemy revives
Russians won't surrender, no
Striking fear into their foe

And that's when the dead men are marching again

Osowiec then and again
Attack of the dead, hundred men
Facing the led once again
Hundred men
Charge again
Die again

Osowiec then and again
Attack of the dead, hundred men
Facing the led once again
Hundred men
Charge again
Die again

And that's when the dead men are marching again

Osowiec then and again
Attack of the dead, hundred men
Facing the led once again
Hundred men
Charge again
Die again

Osowiec then and again
Attack of the dead, hundred men
Facing the led once again
Hundred men
Charge again
Die again

That's when the dead men are marching again and again
That's when the dead march again

References

  1. metal-observer.com
  2. hmv.com
  3. grimmgent.com
  4. blabbermouth.net
  5. planetmosh.com
  6. headbangerslifestyle.com
  7. musicwaves.fr
  8. Sabaton.net
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