Grammy-nominated power metallers from Sweden, Sabaton base their lyrics on war and historical battles. Their ideas are drawn from World War I, World War II and other conflicts, with songs written about battles and leaders. Lead singer Joakim Brodén formed a new line-up of Sabaton, following the departure of most original members in 2012, and 2014 saw the fruits of the first new material under the line-up change. Long term fans need not worry though, 7th album 'Heroes' remains faithful to their original sound, with perhaps a slightly darker atmosphere and some amped-up heaviness.
Apocalyptica is a Finnish cello metal band from Helsinki, Finland, formed in 1993. Originally a Metallica classical tribute band, the band eventually adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of conventional guitars. They have sold over four million albums to date.
Amaranthe is a Swedish/Danish power/melodic death metal band that originates from Sweden and Denmark. Formed by Jake E. and Olof Morck, the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd and Andy Solvestrom signed on, as did drummer Morten Lowe.