Joakim Brodén

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Joakim Brodén
Brodén performing with Sabaton at Elbriot 2016
Brodén performing with Sabaton at Elbriot 2016
Background information
Born (1980-10-05) 5 October 1980 (age 41)
Falun, Sweden
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active1999–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Associated acts

Joakim "Jocke" Brodén (born 5 October 1980) is a Swedish-Czech musician and songwriter who is the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and occasional third guitarist of the Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton. He and bassist Pär Sundström formed the band in 1999.[1]

Early life[]

Brodén's father, Ulf Olof Brodén, is from Sweden and his mother, Anna, is from former Czechoslovakia. He holds dual citizenship in Sweden and the Czech Republic.[2] He has said that he became a metalhead when he was three or four years old because of the music video for Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It".[3] He was a competitive swimmer in his youth.[4]

Musical career[]

Brodén once joined Stormwind for a tour as a keyboard player.[5] Brodén founded Sabaton in 1999 with bassist Pär Sundström;[6] he is the lead vocalist and keyboardist[7] and an occasional third guitarist.[8] He is also the one who came up with the name "Sabaton" for the band.[9]

Brodén is known for wearing an unusual vest with metal plates when performing with Sabaton;[8][10][11] it has been described as resembling a bulletproof vest.[8] He is also known for his distinctive mohawk hairstyle and "squared" facial hair. He is a baritone.

In 2015, Brodén made a bet with his bandmates that committed him to traveling to Sabaton's next gig on foot; he had not realized their next engagement was in Trondheim, Norway, some 350 miles (560 km) away. Brodén stayed in the homes of several fans along the way.[12][13][14][15]

On 26 November 2016, Brodén entered the Český slavík singing competition in the Czech Republic and was voted into fifth place with 9,286 points.[16] The next year he entered again, but was removed from the competition due to a new rule that competitors had to primarily perform in the Czech Republic.[17]


In 2016 and 2017, Brodén took part in the Swedish national pinball championships, placing 167th the first time and 255th the second time.[18][19]


Brodén performing at Wacken Open Air in 2013
Guest appearances
Title Band
"Lament for Soldier's Glory"[20]
"Gates of Glory"[21] Twilight Force
"Rise of the Wise"[22] Wisdom
"Primo Victoria" (Sabaton cover)[23] Van Canto
"Call Me"[24] Pain
"Ibor & Aio"[25] Hulkoff
"Pumping Iron Power"[26] Grailknights
"Heroes of Mighty Magic"[21] Twilight Force
"Oh! Majinai"[27] Babymetal
"I Am a Viking"[28] Thobbe Englund
"The Tired Hero"[29] The Metal Alliance
"Live or Die"[30] Apocalyptica


  1. ^ Joelsson, Filip (26 August 2016). "'Känns konstigt att ha idolerna som förband': Joakim Brodén om Sabatons framgångssaga". Aftonbladet (in Swedish).
  2. ^ Hnátek, Václav (26 November 2016). "Jaký bude letošní Slavík? Vyšoupne Ortela švédský metalový zpěvák?". (in Czech). Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  3. ^ Hill, Stephen (1 September 2016). "The 10 albums that changed my life, by Sabaton's Joakim Brodén". TeamRock.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Joakim Brodén - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives".
  6. ^ "'Känns konstigt att ha idolerna som förband': Joakim Brodén om Sabatons framgångssaga". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 26 August 2016.
  7. ^ "sv power metal band Sabaton puts historical spin on albums". Chicago Sun-Times. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Gross, Alex Lloyd (22 April 2017). "Sabaton storms Trocadero in Philly". Delaware Valley News. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Joakim Brodén on 20 Years of Sabaton & The Great War". Metal Injection. 6 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Review: Trivium, Sabaton, Huntress, Irving Plaza, 10/11/16". Metal Insider. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  11. ^ Gustafsson, Anders (4 December 2010). "Till sjöss med Sabaton" (in Swedish). Dalarnas Tidningar.
  12. ^ Hartmann, Graham (22 September 2015). "Sabaton's Joakim Broden Walking 342 Miles to Next Gig". Loudwire. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Metal singer walks 350 miles to next concert after losing bet with bandmates". BBC. 22 September 2015.
  14. ^ Jansson, Mikael K. (23 September 2015). "Svensk rockstjärna tvingas gå till Norge efter fyllevad". Göteborgs-Posten (in Swedish).
  15. ^ Dahlberg-Knudsen, Amanda (12 September 2015). "Metallrocker tapte veddemål - må gå fra Sverige til Norge" (in Norwegian). NRK.
  16. ^ "Sabaton - Joakim in singing contest!". Nuclear Nuclear Blast. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  17. ^ Reeder (1 December 2017). "Sabaton's Joakim Brodén Withdrawn From 'Český slavík' Voting Options". Metal Addicts. Metal Addicts. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  18. ^ Stentäpp, Jonas (16 November 2015). "Sabaton-Jocke med i flipper-SM; 'Jag hör inte hemma där'" (in Swedish). Dalarnas Tidningar.
  19. ^ Stentäpp, Jonas (15 November 2016). "Joakim i Sabaton redo för flipper-SM igen - 'Har faktiskt inte blivit bättre'". Dala-Demokraten (in Swedish).
  20. ^ "Joakim Broden (Sabaton) testimony - Desert band - Crowdfunding Campaign". Metal Devastation Radio.
  21. ^ a b "Joakim Brodén and Fabio Lione Feature On New Twilight Force Album". 10 July 2016.
  22. ^ "WISDOM Streaming "Rise Of The Wise" Track Featuring Sabaton's Joakim Brodén".
  23. ^ "Sabaton Frontman Featured In New Van Canto Video". Blabbermouth. 30 September 2011.
  24. ^ "Pain's "Call Me" Video Proves That Peter Tägtgren Has Lost His Fucking Mind". MetalSucks. 10 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Our blood brother Hulkoff have unleashed "Kven", featuring Joakim Brodén on one song. Listen now! …". 17 November 2017.
  26. ^ "SINGLE REVIEW: Grailknights – Pumping Iron Power (feat. Joakim Brodén from Sabaton)". 1 May 2018.
  27. ^ Munro2019-08-09T08:00:00Z, Scott (9 August 2019). "Babymetal reveal Metal Galaxy tracklist and announce guest artists". Metal Hammer Magazine.
  28. ^ "Former Sabaton Guitarist Thobbe Englund Releases 'The Draining Of Vergelmer' Album". Blabbermouth. 20 February 2018.
  29. ^ "The Metal Alliance - The Tired Hero (feat. Joakim Brodén) Official Video". 17 June 2020.
  30. ^ "Apocalyptica Teams Up With Sabaton's Joakim Brodén For 'Live Or Die' Single/Video". Blabbermouth. 20 March 2018.

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