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The Killer Angels
Release date: June 11 2013

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Genre: Power Metal
Metal Traveller Rating: (4/5 - Raise Your Fist!)

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It was a surprise to everyone when Sabaton’s split was announced, after more than a decade together and many successful tours and records.
While Joakim Brodén and Pär Sundström have kept the name Sabaton, Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Myhr and Daniel Mullback decided to go on with a new band.

Having two bands instead of one is not always a bad thing. From the split of Metallica came Megadeth, from the split of Helloween came Gamma Ray. Now, ladies and gentlemen, from the split of Sabaton, here comes Civil War.


Over the last year, Rikard, Oskar, Myhr and Mullback have been busy composing the songs and finding the right members to complete the band’s line-up. They recruited Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson on bass and Nils Patrik Johansson from Astral Doors and Lion's Share on vocals.

After an EP released in late 2012, it was time to break the silence with a full length album, and here we got The Killer Angels!

Civil War have created 11 Metal songs ready for 50 minutes of non-stop headbanging. No ballads, no soft songs, just Metal songs.

With four former members of Sabaton, it’s obvious that there are some similarities. A good example is I Will Rule The Universe, which has one of the catchiest choruses. The magnificent fast song My Own Worst Enemy also reminds of their former band.
But Civil War is not a band that intends to live from any past glory. The Killer Angels doesn’t sound like a lost Sabaton album. Civil War has a wide range of influences and have mastered the art of composing melodies that are easy to remember.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a song that will turn your living room into a dance floor. I definitely recommend listening to it at high volume!
Lucifers’ Court has the kind of chorus that can stick in your mind for weeks. It's one of my favourite songs on the album.
Iron Maiden influences can also be heard on the harmonic solo of Brother Judas. There’s also something reminding Dio in some songs, especially on King Of The Sun.

While Swedish, Teutonic and European history has inspired Sabaton lyrics, Civil War’s first record is a hint to North American history. The title of the album comes from Michael Shaara’s novel The Killer Angels, about the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War in the States. As expected, there is a song called Gettysburg. It starts with a military snare drum but soon the guitar enters and the song becomes a mid tempo March. An awe-inspiring chorus and harmony solos follow, making this tune one of the highlights of the record!
I can easily imagine this song becoming a favourite during live shows, and that’s exactly the next step for Civil War. Some festival shows in Sweden and Belgium are already scheduled for the summer 2013.

Melody and strength are the most important qualities to be found on Civil War’s debut album The Killer Angels.
This record is not only for Sabaton fans. Any Heavy and Power Metal fan will surely appreciate these songs.
One thing is certain: this band is here to stay!

Civil War the band
Picture: Promo Despotz Records

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Civil War Line-up:

Nils Patrik Johansson – Vocals
Rikard Sundén – Guitar
Oskar Montelius – Guitar
Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson – Bass
Daniel Myhr – Keyboards
Daniel Mullback – Drums

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Tracklist Civil War

01. King Of The Sun
02. First To Fight
03. Saint Patrick's Day
04. Rome Is Falling
05. Sons Of Avalon
06. I Will Rule The Universe
07. Lucifer's Court
08. Brother Judas
09. My Own Worst Enemy
10. Gettysburg
11. March Across The Belts (bonus track)

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