‘Smoking Snakes’ from SABATON’s current release, Heroes, deals with three Brazilian soldiers who were separated from their group in Italy in WW2. Refusing to surrender, the three soldiers fought against the German forces, which had more of soldiers than the Brazilians, until the bitter end.
On Brazil’s National Military Day, the Swedish heavy metal band was thanked by the military with a performance of their track “Smoking Snakes” by the orchestra of the 14th infantry brigade who are based in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina.
Watch the orchestra of the 14th infantry brigade’s performance of “Smoking Snakes” here :
SABATON’s bass player Pär Sundström commented about the performance: “This is one of those moments we are happy that we sing about history and not fiction. It’s absolutely fantastic to see that our music being performed like this!“
Most people have heard of the expression “when pigs fly.” In Brazil they had a similar quote that stated, “It’s more likely for a snake to smoke a pipe than for the Brazilian expeditionary force to go to the front and fight.” However, one day in 1944 the snake did smoke and over 25,000 Brazilians left to join WW2. This is the story about three of those soldiers who fought so bravely against a much larger opposing force. On April 14, 1945, located in the mountains which were heavily defended by the Germans as a last bastion to block the advance of allied troops in the direction of the Po Valley, Montese became the stage for the most arduous and bloody battle of Brazilian troops in Italy.
Three Brazilian soldiers on patrol were attacked by German forces. Outnumbered, the patrol was ordered to surrender. The three men took cover and opened fire on the enemy until running out of ammunition. Not satisfied, they proceeded to pitch their bayonets and advanced against the Germans and consequently were fired upon and shot dead. (Source: http://sabatonhistorychannel.com/heroes/smoking-snakes/)
Watch all the trailers for Heroes as well as videos for “To Hell And Back,” “Resist And Bite,” and “Night Witches” on the Nuclear Blast Youtube channel: https://goo.gl/jGmN8e