Billboard-charting Swedish heavy metallers & avid war historians SABATON – who devastated U.S. and Canadian stages with their boundless energy this past year opening for Iced Earth and most recently Amon Amarth – are returning to North America in 2015 as direct support to Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH. Taking a moment prior to their headlining show at The Whisky in Hollywood, California tonight, SABATON members share their thoughts on their quick return to the western hemisphere: “After the amazing North American tour we’ve just done, it’s time to follow-up! And what is better than another tour? This time, it’s with our friends in NIGHTWISH.” SABATON will continue to support their seventh studio album, Heroes, which debuted at #99 on the American Billboard Top 200 album chart and at #105 on the Canadian Billboard Top 200 album chart this past June with triple the first-week album sales of their 2012 release Carolus Rex. Heroes also held the #7 position on the American Hard Rock/Metal chart and #11 on the Canadian Hard Rock/Metal chart. Come out and experience first-hand why SABATON are one of the most popular breakthrough bands in heavy metal. Confirmed dates for the upcoming NIGHTWISH 2015 tour with SABATON and Delain are: 04/09/15 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY 04/10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA 04/11/15 Palladium – Worcester, MA 04/13/15 Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA 04/14/15 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA 04/16/15 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY 04/17/15 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH 04/18/15 Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL 04/19/15 7 Flags Events Center - Clive, IA 04/21/15 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO 04/22/15 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT 04/24/15 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA 04/25/15 Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA 04/26/15 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR 04/28/15 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA 04/30/15 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV 05/01/15 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA 05/02/15 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ 05/03/15 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX 05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX 05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX 05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL 05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL 05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN 05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY 05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC 05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD Heroes was recorded at Abyss Studios with Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL); album art was created by Péter Sallai. The new album can be ordered in various formats from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop: Watch the official video for “To Hell And Back” plus other SABATON videos on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: Fans can download the FREE SABATON Smartphone App from Google Play and the AppStore. ABOUT SABATON: Formed in Falun, Sweden in 1999, the band is best known for singing almost exclusively about historical wars & battles, a direction SABATON members decided to take on after watching the 1999 Academy Award-winning film Saving Private Ryan. “For us it means a lot more to write about historical events than to make up stories,” says bassist Pär Sundström, one of the main songwriters. The band thoroughly researches their topics to ensure the songs paint accurate & objective portraits of the historical event they’re singing about, which are narrated from an omniscient point-of-view or in first-person as a soldier caught in the line of fire. Made honorary citizens of Poland, SABATON aims to remain politically neutral in their role as musical war historians. Heroes marks the band’s first appearance on the American Billboard Top 100 chart. SABATON is: Joakim Brodén – Lead Vocals Thobbe Englund – Lead Guitar Chris Rörland – Lead Guitar Pär Sundström - Bass Hannes Van Dahl - Dru