“Gods and Generals” the second album from Sweden’s Civil War is incredibly fun, fist pumping war themed power metal. This is the group’s debut on Napalm Records and I must admit my introduction to the band.
Civil War was formed when in 2012 when most of what was Sabaton left that group. After Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback, and Daniel Mÿhr exited Sabaton they were joined by vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson and Civil War was born. It is impossible to talk about Civil War without mentioning Sabaton, after all stylistically the band are incredibly similar. That’s not a bad thing. A huge part of what made Sabaton so special is now in Civil War. So why wouldn’t they continue doing what they do best, and what they do best is delivering killer power metal.
“Gods and Generals” is a musical history lesson, I know that doesn’t sound like much but believe me it is. Civil War takes us to Cuba in 1961 with the track “Bay of Pigs” and then we jump to 13th Century Scotland with the song “Braveheart”and even take a trip to the US civil war with “USS Monitor”. If this band had been around when I was in school I might have had better grades in history. Songs about both world wars and even Viking battles are also featured throughout the album.
Civil War has a propensity for writing deeply infectious choruses. These are aided by the powerful vocal delivery of Nils Patrik Johansson. Johansson has a soulfulness to his voice that is unfortunately not present in a lot of metal. The rest of the bands performances are top notch which is to be expect of players of this caliber.
Civil War’s “Gods and Generals” is a kick ass power metal record with shredding guitars, great vocals, and fun memorable songs. Do yourself a favor and get your grubby little hands on this album.