Two years ago Swedish Heavy Metal Templars HAMMERFALL announced a creative break after celebrating their 15th anniversary of their legendary debut ‘Glory To The Brave’. At the time Oscar Dronjak commented: “We are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us” Singer Joacim Cans added: “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014″ HAMMERFALL’s anniversary show in Dalhalla was recorded and released afterwards on DVD, followed by the final show at the Wacken Open Air. The German festival was the first show HAMMERFALL ever did outside of Sweden, and marked the beginning of the long and passionate relationship the band has enjoyed with the German metal fans. After the story started and the first chapter ended, there will also be the return: HAMMERFALL are proud to announce their performance at the 25th anniversary of the 2014 Wacken Open Air. This show won’t be a standard one! Oscar Dronjak explains: “It’s very fitting that, when Wacken celebrates its 25th anniversary, they will get a proper “Glory To The Brave” anniversary show. This will be a throwback show to the European gig that launched it all for us: Wacken Open Air 1997. The set list will consist of all the songs from the first album and we’ll of course add some newer songs at the end. We will do this very unique show at Wacken and nowhere else, so if you miss it, you missed it.”
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Hammerfall vocalist, Joacim Cans, is confirmed for the part of “Dennis Dupree” in the Swedish stage production of the award winning smash hit musical “Rock of Ages”. In the story, Dennis Dupree is the owner of the Hollywood club called The Bourbon Room. The character was played by Alex Baldwin in the film adaptation of the musical.
Set in LA’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in LA to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This five-time Tony Award nominated musical, a movie starring Tom Cruise.
The show premieres at “Chinateatern” in Stockholm on February 21.
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Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will release a concert DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD, “Gates Of Dalhalla”, on November 30 via Nuclear Blast. The set will feature the band’s extraordinary 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28 on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik. The footage was captured by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE and LACUNA COIL, among many others.
Commented HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak: “The set contained 26 tracks and lasted two hours and 15 minutes, by far the longest and most comprehensive gig of our entire career! We played songs from every album and then some. There were lots of guests and pyros, and we had 80 Marshall cabinets and the big shield with the HF logo carved out in the middle hanging brought out of storage, all set in an extremely unique venue. You really have to see it to understand. This concert really captured the essence of HAMMERFALL live in 2012 very well!”
Special guests during the concert included original HAMMERFALL members Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES) and Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY), as well as ex-HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren.
Added Oscar: “Everything concerning this release is special: the venue, the occasion, the setlist, the guests. If you are going to celebrate something, do it properly, and this is exactly what we have done. HAMMERFALL with extra everything, 100% live, 0% bullshit.”
The setlist for the concert was as follows:
01. Patient Zero
02. Heeding The Call
03. Any Means Necessary
05. Riders Of The Storm
06. Let’s Get It On
07. Crimson Thunder
09. Blood Bound (special guest: Stefan Elmgren)
10. Last Man Standing (special guest: Stefan Elmgren)
11. Fury Of The Wild (special guest: Stefan Elmgren)
12. Drum Solo: Anders Johansson
13. Always Will Be
14. Dia De Los Muertos
15. Steel Meets Steel (special guest: Mikael Stanne)
17. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (special guest: Jesper Strömblad)
18. Let The Hammer Fall
19. När Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn (special guest: Roger Pontare)
20. Something For The Ages
21. The Templar Flame
22. Oh Fortuna (special guest: Team Cans)
23. Glory To The Brave (special guest: Team Cans)
24. One More Time (special guest: Team Cans)
26. Hearts On Fire (featuring all special guests)
A “Gates Of Dalhalla” “preview teaser” can be seen below.
The members of HAMMERFALL announced in March that they were take an extended break immediately following their festival appearances this summer.
“It has been an unbelievable first 15 years, to say the least,” said guitarist Oscar Dronjak, “and now we are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us.”
There will be no HAMMERFALL activities in 2013, but the band promises to return strong the following year. “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014,” explained singer Joacim Cans.
HAMMERFALL’s new album, “Infected”, sold around 1,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD debuted at No. 16 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
HAMMERFALL’s previous CD, “No Sacrifice, No Victory”, opened with 1,400 units to land at No. 38 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.
“Infected” entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 2 (right behind LADY GAGA!). The CD was released in Europe in May 2011 and was made available in North America in June via Nuclear Blast Records. Laying down the foundation themselves in their own studio in Sweden, the members of HAMMERFALL then traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to finish it up with acclaimed producer James Michael (MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF). He also mixed the album, giving it a decisive updated edge without losing any of the essence of the band’s sound.
HAMMERFALL was among the five final nominees that competed for the “Best Hard Rock/Metal” honor at the Swedish Grammis awards (Swedish Grammy equivalent), which was held February 14, 2012 at Kungliga Operan in Stockholm.
Check out Metal-Rules.com review of the concert at Dalhalla here.
CEREMONIAL OATH, the late ’80s/early ’90s Swedish extreme metal band whose members went on to create or join such acclaimed acts as IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL and TIAMAT, has inked a deal with Century Media Records for the re-release of the majority of its catalog, up to and including the 1993 CD “The Book Of Truth”. A tentative late December release date is expected.
As previously reported, CEREMONIAL OATH will reunite for an appearance at the inaugural edition of The Gothenburg Sound festival, set to take place January 5-6, 2013 at Trädgår’n in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Formed in 1988 under the name DESECRATOR, CEREMONIAL OATH released three demos, one EP and two full-length albums before calling it quits in 1995. The band’s former members include such internationally recognized names as Anders Fridén (IN FLAMES), Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL), Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES) and Anders Iwers (TIAMAT).
CEREMONIAL OATH is:
Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL): Guitar, vocals
Anders Iwers (TIAMAT): Guitar
Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES): Bass
Markus Nordberg: Drums
SommarRock Festival 2012
12-14/7 – 2012
With Bonafide, Hammerfall and Thin Lizzy
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
HammerFall – 15 years of Glory
28 July, 2012
Review by: Andy Pipkin
Photos by: Johan Carlen
HammerFall pioneered the resurgence of Power Metal in the 1990’s with the release of ‘Glory to the Brave’ and what better way to celebrate its release than with a special 15 th anniversary show. The show was announced at the historic Dalhalla venue which is located at the bottom of an old quarry and surrounded by a moat. The special guests announcement had created a great sense of anticipation for the show and promised to make it something special.
with special quest HAMMERFALL
The 22nd of April 2012
Ice Hall Helsinki
REVIEW AND PICS ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
There are still a few basic elements left in life, which are invariable and stand up to the test of time. The same thing can be referred to the classic heavy metal bands like Judas Priest. The band is still as strong and vital as ever although original guitarist and founding member K.K Downing pulled out of Priest before the massive farewell Epitaph tour kicked off in last June. However, he was then replaced by a young bloke Richie Faulkner who does have live experiences working in other bands though. Faulkner’s contribution to Judas Priest was now introduced to the massive fan base of Judas Priest around the globe with a great response. Before the defenders of the metal faith unleashed the metal meltdown, the Swedish Hammerfall let the hammer fall in the ancient godforsaken Ice Hall in Helsinki.
Swedish Outbreak Tour 2012
Imminence – support act
11/3 – 2012
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Saxon & Hammerfall @ Koko, London
20th December 2011
Review by Anthony May
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Tonight was the last night of Saxon’s Call to arms tour which had kicked off at Shepherds Bush back in April, and the band had announced in advance that they would be playing the entire "Denim and leather" album to celebrate the albums 30th anniversary. As a result the venue was sold out and a queue had formed outside the venue long before the doors opened.
Interview with Pontus Norgren of Hammerfall
Interview by Anthony May
Photography by Michelle Murphy
We managed to meet up with Pontus Norgren of Hammerfall, just before they go on stage at KoKo, Camden shortly…
Mike Andersson singer – Fullforce
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Olly Hahn at SPV/Steamhammer for the help
Thanks to SPV/Steamhammer for the promo pictures of the band
Additional photos of the band provided by Greger Lindblad and Rainer Kalwitz
Mike Andersson is maybe most known for being the voice in Cloudscape. Now he has teamed up with Anders Johansson (Hammerfall) and Stefan Elmgren (ex-Hammerfall) and formed the all-star act Fullforce. The bands debut album was released at the beginning of summer 2011 and the guys have already began to work on the follow up. Here is what Andersson had to say about the new album and the birth of the band that recently opened shows for Edguy and Kottak in Sweden and Germany, enjoy….
Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2011
Catton Hall, Derbyshire
11th-14th August 2011
Review & Photos by Jo Blackened
Tags: 1349, AT THE GATES, BLOODSTOCK, DEVIN TOWNSEND, Dripback, FORBIDDEN, Furious Horde, HAMMERFALL, IHSAHN, IMMORTAL, Kreator, MORBID ANGEL, Mortad, Motorhead, Napalm Death, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, TALANAS, THERION, WASP, WINTERSUN, Wolf
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Getaway Rock Festival 2011
Review & live pics by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
Tags: Accept, Agnostic Front, ALICE COOPER, Alien, BULLET, Bullet for My Valentine, C.O.C., Danzig, Dia Psalma, Doctor Midnight And The Mercy Cult, Entombed, Evergray, Getaway Rock Festival, HAMMERFALL, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, Kreator, Monster Magnet, SONATA ARCTICA, THE POODLES
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It’s Time To Let The HAMMERFALL!
70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival has arrived at the biggest port in Scandinavia and Sweden’s gateway to the West: Göteborg. Time to let the HAMMERFALL! Will they stay in this city of long maritime tradition or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon!
Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with regular cruise guests. This is an all Heavy Metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? You can enjoy tons of onboard live shows on several in and outdoor stages from early in the morning until late at night, open-mic nights, Heavy Metal karaoke with members of the bands, bars that never close, again: bars that never close…, a fun-and-sun-filled day on the beautiful island of Grand Cayman and since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
So far 15 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:
MY DYING BRIDE
70000 TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival that will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL have reached another important milestone in their career! Clinching the highest first-week sales of their career in excess of 1,700 units, their new album, Infected, has debuted on the following three American Billboard charts: #16 Heatseekers chart; #33 Current Hard Music albums; #51 Top Hard Music albums.
HAMMERFALL guitarist and founding member Oscar Dronjak checks in from Sweden about the news:
“Awesome news, and perhaps the sign of a new dawn for HAMMERFALL in North America? Working with [producer] James Michael this time was a fantastic experience, and a huge reason the album did as well as it apparently has! We are looking to tour extensively in the U.S. this time around, so keep an eye out for a HAMMERFALL show near you!”
Infected was produced & mixed by James Michael (MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF) and debuted at #2 on the Swedish album chart in late May (second only to Lady Gaga).
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