Iconic Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton released their new single track, Defence of Moscow. They released the single to commemorate the Soviet Union forces in World War II, which lines up with the Russian Victory Day. (May 9) Sabaton actually covered Russian musician Radio Tapok to create their new single. Radio Tapok is a huge name when it comes to Russian music, as he covers many popular rock and heavy metal songs from bands like Sabaton and Rammstein into Russian. He actually collaborated with Sabaton last year to live perform The Attack of the Dead Man, and it was a success as well. After that collaboration. Sabaton went ahead and covered one of Radio Tapok’s songs. Sabaton changed the music with their own style and wrote English lyrics for it. We have a masterpiece as a result of that. You can listen to Sabaton’s Defence of Moscow cover below. Sabaton also created a limited 7” vinyl for the single, which you can pre-order in a limited time. Hurry up to get your vinyl in red with etching on side B, which also includes a four-page insert.
Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström on the new single
Sabaton mastermind and bassist Pär Sundström had a few words to utter on their new single. Sabaton thought that the song was a very strong one by Radio Tapok. Therefore, they decided to make an honourable cover of the song. He first stated the historical importance of when they released the single.
“May 9 is celebrated as V-Day in Russia, the day to commemorate the victory over the Nazis in WW2.”
Then he went on to explain to whom they dedicated the song.
“This year we participate in the memory of this event by releasing a song dedicated to the brave men who fought in the battle of Moscow.”
Pär Sundström did not forget to mention the Russian star Radio Tapok, who originally wrote the song. Sabaton liked the original version very much that they decided to cover it.
“This track was originally written in Russian by our friend Radio Tapok. It’s a very strong song and we thought it made sense that Sabaton should give it a try to make a honourable cover of this song.”
“We love to surprise everyone, and this is a great surprise.”
Sabaton are also going to release one more single like this in the near future. It is going to be an “epic masterpiece” that is about another turning point in European war history. It is not surprising that they’re going to make a historical song about war given the band’s theme, but we wonder what event they’re going to sing about this time.
About Radio Tapok
If you were uninitiated with Radio Tapok up until now, you can check out some great covers from him. The Russian musician has a great range from Sabaton and Rammstein to Linkin Park and Twenty One Pilots. He covered many popular songs such as Primo Victoria and Bismarck by Sabaton, Chop Suey from SOAD, Sonne and Du Hast by Rammstein, and much more. Here is Sabaton’s live performance with Radio Tapok, and you can check out his YouTube channel for more covers.