SABATON bassist Pär Sundström is featured in a new interview with Mark Holmes at Metal Discovery. An excerpt is available below:
MD: I interviewed Joakim on the DRAGONFORCE tour back in 2009 and I think you’d just left your old label, Black Lodge, and it was announced during that tour you’d signed to Nuclear Blast. During those last three years your popularity seems to have soared so do you think the label had a big part in that or do you think Sabaton would have naturally become bigger anyway?
Pär: “Well, actually, Nuclear Blast has done a lot for us, especially in territories where we couldn’t do so much else ourselves. When we were with Black Lodge, we could do Sweden very well and we could do a little bit in Germany because we had good connections and good people working with us. But the rest were basically nothing. Of course, changing to Nuclear Blast with their international working promotional machine changed a lot, definitely, directly. For the UK, we have done step by step over time and we’re still growing. We still have a long way to go but we’re doing well.”
MD: Definitely. The latest album went gold in Sweden recently so is there a sense you’ve yet to peak with your popularity and you’re still growing the whole time?
Pär: “Oh yeah, yeah. We see that it’s growing all the time and the tour’s a very good example of that because everywhere, wherever we go, it’s better results than on the last tour. We see so many bands, and we’re told by promoters in everywhere we come that this band goes down, this band goes down and times are so hard now, times are shit but, for us, it’s growing.”
Go to this location for the complete interview.
Sabaton recently posted a series of clips from one of the cameras filming for their upcoming Blu-ray / DVD:
“Big sorry for the terrible sound and a huge thanks to the fantastic crowd! This was an amazing night that we never will forget!”
The show was filmed on November 16th in Gothenburg, Sweden at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band hopes to release the DVD in 2013. Stay tuned for updates.