Swedish epic metallers SABATON will release their sixth studio album Carolus Rex in North America on May 22nd and in Europe on May 25th. The theme of the album is the Swedish Empire; lyrical references are to the Kingdom of Sweden between 1561 and 1721 and are sung entirely in Swedish. SABATON members share: “For the first time ever, we have had an expert to help us out with the theme, the well-known Swedish historian Bengt Liljegren. We have also added some extra time in the studio to find the absolute right sound on Carolus Rex, and our producer, Peter Tägtgren, says that this album will mark a brand new standard for how a heavy metal album should sound like!” Liljegren's previously published works include acclaimed biographies of Karl XII, King of Sweden among others. He has also appeared on the popular Swedish television series "Boston Tea Party." The Carolus Rex track listing is: 01. Dominium Maris Baltici [“The Dominion Of The Baltic Sea”] 02. Lejonet Från Norden [“The Lion From The Nordic Countries”] 03. Gott Mit Uns [“God With Us”] 04. En Livstid I Krig [“A Lifetime of War”] 05. 1 6 4 8 06. Karolinens Bön [“Carolin's Prayer”] 07. Carolus Rex [“Charles King”] 08. Ett Slag Färgat Rött [“An Impact Dyed Red”] 09. Poltava 10. Konungens Likfärd [“The King's Funeral”] 11. Ruina Imperii [“The Fall Of The Empire”] Check out the Carolus Rex studio webisodes here: Episode #1 http://youtu.be/5cN2EVUtg6o Episode #2 http://youtu.be/Ug30cIqhwKE Episode #3 http://youtu.be/eIKVLymWxRA Episode #4 http://youtu.be/p3LQdb5dR3I The album's release will be followed by a two-year world tour. Dates for SABATON’s upcoming North American “Swedish Empire” tour are: 04/10/12 Brass Mug - Tampa, FL 04/12/12 Scout Bar - Houston, TX 04/13/12 Trees - Dallas, TX 04/15/12 Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX 04/17/12 Wreckers - Lubbock, TX 04/18/12 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO 04/19/12 The Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO 04/20/12 Spicoli´s Grill and the Reverb Rock Garden - Waterloo, IA 04/22/12 The Firebird - St Louis , MO 04/23/12 The Rave - Milwaukee, WI 04/25/12 The Casbah - Charlotte, NC 04/27/12 Bogie´s - Albany, NY 04/28/12 Broadway Joe´s - Buffalo, NY 04/29/12 Peabody´s - Cleveland, OH 04/30/12 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA 05/02/12 The Loft - Poughkeepsie, NY 05/03/12 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA 05/04/12 The Gramercy Theatre – New York City, NY 05/05/12 The Palladium - Worcester, MA 05/07/12 Petit Campus - Montreal, QC – CANADA 05/08/12 Imperial de Quebec - Quebec City, QC - CANADA 05/10/12 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON - CANADA 05/11/12 Music Hall - London, ON - CANADA 05/12/12 Alrosa’s Villa - Columbus, OH 05/13/12 Blondie´s - Detroit, MI 05/15/12 Station 4 - St Paul, MN 05/16/12 Reggie Rock Club - Chicago, IL 05/18/12 Vernon Club - Louisville, KY 05/19/12 Kingdom - Richmond, VA 05/20/12 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD 05/21/12 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA 05/23/12 Key Club – Hollywood, CA *OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY* 05/25/12 Circo Volador - Mexico City, D.F. - MÉXICO