The latest album, Carolus Rex, was released on 23 May 2012, and was the first Sabaton album to have the Swedish Empire as their main theme. It was also the first album to contain a Swedish and an English version, although the lyrics are somewhat different from a direct translation.
Dominium Maris BalticiEdit
The Latin saying Dominium Maris Baltici literally means "Dominance of the Baltic Sea", and was the key words for the imperial ambitions of Sweden to conquer all nations surrounding the Baltic Sea to gain a monopoly on the trade there.
The song is only 29 seconds and contains no lyrics.
The Lion From The NorthEdit
The greatest king in Swedish history is considered to be Gustav II Adolf, also entitled "the father of modern warfare". He developed mobile field artillery, quick-shooting guns, revolutionary infantry and cavalry tactics, and the concept of mobility on the battlefield. Gustav II Adolf was also nicknamed "The Lion from the North", which gave the name to this song which is tributed to him.
Gott Mit UnsEdit
Gustav II Adolf's royal motto was Gott Mit Uns ("God with us"), which is not Latin but German. This motto gave the name to this song, about Gustav II Adolf's many battles.
A Lifetime Of WarEdit
This song is about the life of a Swedish soldier throughout the Thirty Years' War, describing the terrors of warfare in which millions of people were killed in a meningless religious struggle.
The Battle of Prague in 1648 was the greatest operation of violence against civilians ever conducted in Swedish history. Failing to bypass the castle defenses, the Swedish soldiers begin to loot the unprotected city of Prague and steal everything of value. The number of civilians killed in this battle has never been made clear by the Swedish government.
The Carolean's PrayerEdit
This song describes the strong religious beliefs of the Carolean Army soldiers, making them a fearless, unstoppable killing machine.
About Karl XII, nicknamed "Carolus Rex" ("King Karl" in Latin), describing his life, way to rule, and the belief that he was chosen by Heaven to destroy the pagans of the east.
About Sweden's greatest defeat in the Battle of Poltava.
Long Live the KingEdit
A song that describes the death of Karl XII, including the theory that he was in fact murdered by his own men.
About the fall of the Swedish Empire.