Sabaton surprised fans last month with the release of the "Bismarck" music video. There's a new album on the way, but the song was actually released as a standalone single and now the first track off The Great War is here with the video for "Fields of Verdun."

When writing about famous battles and war in general, there has to be an arc to the storytelling, establishing tension, drama and the feeling of victory. Sabaton never fail to hit on all these elements and "Fields of Verdun" is another power metal triumph.

"We choose 'Fields of Verdun' to be the first single since we felt it represent the album perfect, a classic Sabaton metal song which we cannot wait to include in the future set lists," said bassist Pär Sundström.

Detailing the inspiration behind the track, he continued, "The story of the battle of Verdun is also very representative for the album since it has all elements that identifies with The Great War. Verdun is so much WWI that we decided to hold the first album presentation in this city, inviting journalists from around the world to not just hear the album, but also understand the story behind it."

"It is the first single from the upcoming album even if we just released 'Bismarck', but that song is not from the upcoming album," the bassist adding, going on to explain, "We decided to write 'Bismarck' outside the album since the story does not connect to WWI and also that it was recorded at a different time. The meaning of this song was a tribute to all fans who have contributed over the years by sending us ideas for future songs, please continue with that!"

Watch the video for "Fields of Verdun" below. Pre-order your copy of The Great War, which will be released through Nuclear Blast on July 19, here. Catch Sabaton on tour with HammerFall at the dates listed beneath the video.

Sabaton + HammerFall 2019 North American Tour Dates

Oct. 04 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution
Oct. 05 - Tampa, Fla. @ Janus Landing
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage
Oct. 08 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
Oct. 10 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Van Buren
Oct. 11 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Wiltern
Oct. 12 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Regency
Oct. 14 - Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Ballroom
Oct. 15 - Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SODO
Oct. 16 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theater
Oct. 18 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Union Hall
Oct. 19 - Calgary, Alberta @ The Palace Theater
Oct. 21 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
Oct. 23 - Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theater
Oct. 25 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Skyway Theater
Oct. 26 - Chicago, Ill. @ The Vic Theatre
Oct. 27 - Cleveland, Ohio @ The Agora Ballroom
Oct. 29 - Toronto, Ontario @ The Danforth Music Hall
Oct. 30 - Montreal, Quebec @ M Telus
Nov. 01 - Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium
Nov. 02 - New York, N.Y. @ PlayStation Theater
Nov. 03 - Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore

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