SABATON – Brazilian Military Orchestra performs ‘Smoking Snakes’!


‘Smoking Snakes’ from SABATONs current release, »Heroes«, deals with three Brazilian soldiers who got separated from their group in Italy in WW2. But they didn’t surrender and fought against the German forces, which had lots more of soldiers than the Brazilians, until the bitter end.


Most of us have heard the expression “when pigs fly” but in a different part of the world another popular saying was that “It’s more likely for a snake to smoke a pipe than for the Brazilian expeditionary force to go to the front and fight” in the same context. However, one day in 1944 the snake did smoke and over 25.000 Brazilians left to join WW2. This is the story about three of them who fought so bravely against a much larger opposing force. Located in the mountains and heavily defended by the Germans as a last bastion to block the advance of allied troops in the direction of the Po Valley, on 14 April 1945, Montese became the stage for the most arduous and bloody battle of Brazilian troops in Italy.

Three Brazilian soldiers on patrol were attacked by German forces. Outnumbered, the patrol was ordered to surrender. The three men took cover and opened fire on the enemy until running out of ammunition. Not satisfied, they proceeded to pitch their bayonets and advanced against the Germans and consequently were fired upon and shot dead.

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Now, Brazilian Military thanks the Swedish Heavy Metal band by playing the track with the military orchestra of the 14th infantry brigade, based in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, on the National Military Day of Brazil.


SABATONs bass player Pär Sundström states:

“This is one of those moments we are happy that we sing about history and not fiction.

It’s absolutely fantastic to see that our music being performed like this!“


Watch the clip here:


Catch SABATON on their »Heroes« in following cities:

31.05. RO       Timisoara                                            Revolutionfest

06.06. A          Wien                                                    Rock In Vienna

14.06. SK        Banska Bystrica                                   Amphitheatre

20.06. I           Natz                                                     Alpen Flair Festival

26.06. FI         Helsinki                                               Tuska

27.06. S          Norrköping                                          Bravalla Festival

16.07. D          Balingen                                              Bang Your Head Festival

18.07. GR       Chania                                                 Chania Castle

21.07. FI         Mariehamn                                         Rockoff Festival

23.07. E          Barcelona                                            Barcelona Rockfest

24.07. CH       Pratteln                                               Z7 Open Air

25.07. D          Gelsenkirchen                                     Amphitheater

26.07. LUX      Beaufort                                              Castle Beaufort

30.07. H          Székesfehérvár                                    Fezen Festival

01.08. D          Wacken                                               Wacken Open Air

06.08. E          Villena                                                 Leyendas Del Rock

07.08. UK        Derbyshire                                          Bloodstock Open Air

08.08.             NL Leeuwarden                                    Into The Grave Festival

09.08. B          Kortrijk                                                Alcatraz Metal Festival

10.08. F          Colmar                                                Foire Aux Vins

15.08. S          Falun                                                   Sabaton Open Air

11.10. J           Saitama                                               Loud Park

12.10. J           Saitama                                               Loud Park


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More on »Heroes«:

‘Resist And Bite’ (Lyric-Video):

‘To Hell And Back’ (Music-Video):

‘Night Witches’ (Lyric-Video):

Trailer #1:

Trailer #2:

Trailer #3:

Track-By-Track #1:

Track-By-Track #2:

Track-By-Track #3:


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