The War to End All Wars
The album opens with a song about the shots in Sarajevo and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand which escalated the situation and is counted as a major cause for the outbreak of World War 1.
Music: Joakim Brodén & Chris Rörland
Lyrics: Pär Sundström & Joakim Brodén
For decades, the Austro-Hungarian empire had been a
powerful influence in the heart of Europe.
Resting on a legacy, their house kept stability, order, and peace.
But not everyone bowed to this power.
In the Summer of 1914, the archduke Franz Ferdinand of the empire is visiting Sarajevo,
unaware of the assassins awaiting him, and what will come.
Two shots are fired, and the archduke is dead.
The empire cannot let this go unpunished, and the first declaration of war is made.
From a shot that would change the world
Tensions rise and a war is unfurled
Nothing like what had come before
It’s the war that will end all war!
Chaos and shockwaves spread from the Balkans across the globe.
Alliances are put to the test, threats exchanged, and armies are put on high alert.
In the east, the Russian Tsar is trying to calm the situation with his cousin, the Kaiser of Germany.
But it is all in vain, the situation is out of control.
War is unavoidable.
The Battle of the Frontiers starts in August as soldiers cross borders and bullets are fired in rage.