Swedish heavy metallers SABATON have unveiled the artwork to their upcoming eighth studio album, Heroes, due out in North America in Spring 2014. The album cover was created by Péter Sallai. “We had the title in mind since before we even recorded [2012’s] Carolus Rex and we already had ideas for artwork years ago,” states SABATON bassist Pär Sundström. “We had a few different ones to choose from, but when we saw this one, we knew it was the right one for this album.” “We will record the album in Abyss Studios together with Peter Tägtgren [CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS, IMMORTAL] who also did Carolus Rex for us,” Sundström continues. “He still has some aces in his sleeves that we are sure will lift the new album.” Check out the drum installment of the SABATON Studio Diaries 2014 on YouTube: http://youtu.be/THSspXD-dv8 SABATON are returning to the U.S. and Canada in 2014 as direct support to American metallers ICED EARTH on their “Worldwide Plagues” North American tour. Opening each show of the six-week trek will be Dutch heavy metallers & label mates REVAMP. Tour dates are: 04/04/14 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI 04/05/14 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI 04/06/14 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL 04/07/14 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN 04/09/14 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA 04/10/14 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH 04/11/14 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH 04/12/14 St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI 04/14/14 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA 04/15/14 Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC – CANADA 04/16/14 Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC – CANADA 04/17/14 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA 04/18/14 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY 04/19/14 The Palladium – Worcester, MA 04/21/14 Empire – West Springfield, VA 04/23/14 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA 04/24/14 House Of Blues – Orlando, FL 04/25/14 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 04/26/14 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL 04/28/14 Scout Bar – Houston, TX 04/29/14 Trees – Dallas, TX 05/01/14 Club Red – Tempe, AZ 05/02/14 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA 05/03/14 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA 05/05/14 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA 05/06/14 El Corazon – Seattle, WA 05/07/14 The Venue – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA 05/09/14 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA 05/10/14 Republik – Calgary, AB – CANADA 05/11/14 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK – CANADA 05/12/14 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA 05/14/14 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO 05/15/14 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM 05/16/14 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK Come out and experience first-hand why SABATON are one of the most popular up-and-coming bands in heavy metal. 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. Like their home country, SABATON aims to remain politically neutral in their role as musical war historians. Visit SABATON online at www.SABATON.net. Like: www.facebook.com/SABATON Follow: twitter.com/SABATON Watch: www.YouTube.com/SABATON