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White Death is the ninth song on the Coat of Arms album by Sabaton.

Information

  • It's the first song where the band focused on a single person.[1]
  • The story of the song inspired Sabaton to make an album dedicated to single individuals, Heroes.[2]
  • The riff for the song was borrowed from Ankie Bagger's "Where Were You Last Night". The melody is also similar to Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is A Place On Earth".

Background

Joakim: "(...) with the overall content of the album, we petitioned our fans to give us material to write about. This is what inspired "The White Death". A fan educated me all about this. 50-60% of our fans sent in worthy ideas."[3]

Joakim: "That was on of the stories that really, you know, just only by reading, kind of, the name, wanna makes you want to find out."[4]

Joakim: "The story of Simo is one of the most inspiring in military history, at least for me."[5]

Joakim: "Zooming in so much was really inspiring to write the lyrics."[6]

Joakim: "That song and that story is important for Sabaton's history, because without that song, maybe we wouldn't even have the Heroes album that came later."[7]

Joakim: "It's a good metal title."[8]

Joakim: "For the Finnish people well, I mean most of the Finnish people in Finland would know about Häyhä. However, us coming from Sweden, we didn't. Every nation has its own histories."[9]

Live

Historic fact

Simo Häyhä, nicknamed “White Death” by the Red Army, was an extremely skilled Finnish marksman. He’s reported as having killed 505 men, the highest record number of confirmed sniper kills in any major war. On the 6th of March 1940, Häyhä was shot in the jaw with an exploding bullet, he woke up on the 13th of March, the day peace was declared. He had to go through 26 surgeries and a new jaw was crafted from a piece of bone taken from his hip. Here are some quotes : “I didn’t feel anything towards the enemy. I just fired and loaded and continued as long as there were enemies” “I just shot every time I saw an enemy. I didn’t care if he was a commander or not.” “I’m a lucky man, I never had dreams about the war. I’ve always slept well, during the war too.” “I did what I was told to as well as I could.” When asked how he became such a good shooter, he answered: “Practice.” (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)[10]

Lyrics

Almost night,
A crimson horizon painting thousand lakes red
As your army approach from the east,
A hunter is switching his prey
All alone, a man with his gun
Wanders into the wild
Tracks you down,
You cannot hide
Once he is on to your trail

Enter the night,
A flash in the darkness,
White Death is heading your way
The fear of his foes,
A hero at home,
Hundreds will fall by his gun

You're in the sniper's sight,
The first kill tonight,
Ttime to die
You're in the bullet's way,
The White Death's prey,
Say goodbye

After the dawn when morning has broken,
Snow once white turned to red
Blood red snow tells what happened last night,
A tale of a sniper is born
Snow in mouth, hiding his breath, he is steady at hand
Eye to eye, target in sight, the moment to fire has come

Hundreds of kills,
A man and his rifle,
Embody the sisu of Finns
Stay out of sight and cover your head,
When he pulls the trigger you're dead

You're in the sniper's sight,
The first kill tonight,
Ttime to die
You're in the bullet's way,
The White Death's prey,
Say goodbye

You're in the sniper's sight,
The first kill tonight,
Ttime to die
You're in the bullet's way,
The White Death's prey,
Say goodbye

You're in the sniper's sight (sniper's sight!)
You're his first kill tonight (first kill tonight!)
Say goodbye,
Say goodbye (say goodbye!)
Hundreds will fall by his gun

You're in the sniper's sight (sniper's sight!)
You're his first kill tonight (first kill tonight!)
Say goodbye,
Say goodbye (say goodbye!)
White Death is coming for you!

Sabaton History

White Death – Finnish Sniper Simo Häyhä – Sabaton History 028 -Official-

White Death – Finnish Sniper Simo Häyhä – Sabaton History 028 -Official-

References

  1. 100percentrock.com
  2. planetmosh.com
  3. metalcovenant.com
  4. Sabaton History
  5. Sabaton History
  6. Sabaton History
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  8. Sabaton History
  9. Sabaton History
  10. Sabaton.net
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