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 didnt 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 Its 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.
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.
Its 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):