Formed in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1993 by guitarist Oscar Dronjak. Early line-ups included members from In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, most notably Jesper Strömblad, who continued to write songs together with Oscar and singer Joacim Cans despite leaving before the first album was released. Glory To The Brave (1997) and Legacy Of Kings (1998) cemented the band as the pioneers of modern Eighties heavy metal. Often credited with bringing back the melodies and honesty in music, the world-wide crusade continued with Renegade (2000), an album that generated a breakthrough for HammerFall and metal music in general in the mainstream media in Sweden. The line-up was now complete with drummer Anders Johansson, formerly of Rising Force fame, Stefan Elmgren on guitar and Magnus Rosén on bass guitar. The latter two joined HF before the release of the inaugural record, with Stefan even being a session player on Glory To The Brave.
Crimson Thunder (2002) was next, followed by a live album and DVD – One Crimson Night (2003) – recorded in their home town in front of a capacity crowd. The fifth album, aptly titled Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken (2005) further planted the name HammerFall in the minds of households in Sweden, as well as metal fans all over the world. The band’s fourth world tour on as many albums was an even bigger success than before, headlining the U.S. for the first time (after supporting Death and Dio in 1998 and 2002 respectively). Threshold (2007) continued that tradition, but the aftermath saw Stefan and Magnus leave the band. Replacements Pontus Norgren (ex-the Poodles) and Fredrik Larsson (ex-Evergrey) brought stability to the instrumental section and No Sacrifice, No Victory (2009) was the first album recorded with this line-up. Another tour of the world followed, this time including India as well as the usual European and North American tours and festivals.
The fall of 2010 was spent writing songs and recording them in the band’s own studio, ⌘-s, located in Göteborg. The raw drum, guitar and bass tracks were brought to Nashville, TN, where, under the supervision of producer James Michael, the vocals were recorded. James also handled the mix brilliantly, creating a heavy, traditional yet very contemporary sounding album. Infected (2011) was released in May, and showed a new side of the band, while at the same time leaving no old fans unsatisfied. The single “One More Time” was complemented with a zombie video, showing a modern and mature side of the band, though still keeping the tongue-in-cheek atmosphere that has made HammerFall videos famous.
After releasing the unique Gates Of Dalhalla DVD, the band decided to take a creative break to recharge the batteries, having spent the last 15 years in the studio or on the road. The plan all along was to return in 2014 with renewed energy, and the Templars kept their promise. For (r)Evolution, HammerFall has once again reunited with producer Fredrik Nordström, merging his experience with the band members’ own for a hard-hitting, in-your-face album. Recorded in Oscar’s own Castle Black Studios, the drums, guitar and bass has gotten back that raw energy that hasn’t been duplicated since the first album. The vocals were recorded by James Michael, who somehow got Joacim to perform even better than last time. For the mix, Fredrik Nordström spent 3 weeks in his own Studio Fredman to give (r)Evolution the crisp and powerful polish the album has. HammerFall is back, and hungrier than ever!
Dominion / 2019
Built to Last / 2016
- Bring It!
- Hammer High
- The Sacred Vow
- Dethrone And Defy
- Twilight Princess
- Built To Last
- The Star Of Home
- New Breed
- Second To None
Built to Last is the tenth studio album by power metal band HammerFall and was released on 4 November 2016. It is the first album to feature David Wallin on drums.
The title on the fifth song comes from the Zelda game with the same name.
(r)Evolution / 2014
Live Life Loud
We Won’t Back Down
Winter Is Coming
(r)Evolution is the ninth studio album by the band HammerFall. It was released on August 27, 2014 in Sweden, August 29 in mainland Europe, September 1 in the UK and September 2 in North America.
For the first time since 1998, HammerFall collaborated with Fredrik Nordström on a studio album, and Fredrik is sharing production credits with guitarists Oscar Dronjak and Pontus Norgren. It is also the band’s final album to feature drummer Anders Johansson before his departure in September 2014.
On 4 September 2014 (r)Evolution went all the way to No. 1 on Sverigetopplistan (Swedish Charts).
Infected / 2011
- Patient Zero
- Bang Your Head
- One More Time
- The Outlaw
- Send Me A Sign
- Dia De Los Muertos
- I Refuse
- 666 – The Enemy Within
- Let’s Get It On
Infected is the eighth studio album by the band HammerFall and was released on May 20, 2011, in Europe and June 7 of that same year in North America. It was their first album produced by James Michael and the HammerFall guitarists Oscar Dronjak and Pontus Norgren. To promote the record, the song “One More Time” was released as the first official single on April 6, 2011. On April 8, 2011, Nuclear Blast Records released a limited edition picture 7″ version of the single “One More Time”; the vinyl was limited to 500 copies. The album entered the Swedish charts at number two.
The album’s second single Send Me a Sign was released on May 6, 2011 with two tracks: “Send Me a Sign” and “Send Me A Sign (Instrumental)”.
The album’s third single B.Y.H was released on August 23, 2011 and it has two tracks: “B.Y.H.” and “Hol van a szó (Send Me A Sign – Hungarian Version)”.
No Sacrifice, No Victory / 2009
- Any Means Necessary
- Life Is Now
- Punish And Enslave
- Between Two Worlds
- Hallowed Be My Name
- Something For The Ages
- No Sacrifice, No Victory
- Bring The Hammer Down
- One Of A Kind
- My Sharona
No Sacrifice, No Victory is the seventh studio album by HammerFall and was released February 20, 2009. It was partly recorded in PAMA Studios in Torsås and partly at King Diamond guitarist, Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg.
This is the first album featuring the band’s new lead guitarist Pontus Norgren and the return of bassist Fredrik Larsson who played bass from 1994 to 1997, as well as the first to have the band tuning all of their guitars in all songs to D tuning as opposed to the E-flat tuning seen on all previous albums (they also used D tuning in title track for the album Glory to the Brave). The album was certified gold in Sweden.
The song “My Sharona” was also released as a single, the second single released from this album, and only has one track which has the same name as the song.
Threshold / 2006
- The Fire Burns Forever
- Rebel Inside
- Natural High
- Dark Wings, Dark Words
- Howlin’ With The ‘pac
- Shadow Empire
- Carved In Stone
- Reign Of The Hammer
Threshold is the sixth studio album by the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall. It was released in 2006 but on different dates for different countries. On October 18 2006 in Sweden then on October 20 in Europe followed by France and the UK on October 23 and finally in the United States on October 31. The album entered the Swedish charts at number one, staying on the chart for eight weeks. This was the band’s first No. 1 since Renegade in 2000.
It is currently the last HammerFall studio album with the guitarist Stefan Elmgren and the bass guitarist Magnus Rosén, as Rosén left the band in 2007 and Elmgren left in 2008.
The cover artwork was created by Samwise Didier.
The guitar solo of “Howlin’ with the ‘Pac” is essentially a reworked version of the one from “Hearts on Fire”.
As with several songs on the previous album, the song “Dark Wings, Dark Words” is inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire.
The song “Titan” seems to be inspired by the 2000 animated film, Titan A.E..
Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken / 2005
- Blood Bound
- Fury Of The Wild
- Hammer Of Justice
- Never, Ever
- Born To Rule
- The Templar Flame
- Take The Black
- Knights Of The 21st Century
Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken is the fifth studio album by the Swedish metal band HammerFall and was released in 2005 through Nuclear Blast. It features the track “Knights of the 21st Century”; the band’s longest studio recording to date at 12 minutes and 20 seconds.
The album’s title was inspired by the family motto of the fictional House Martell of Dorne from the fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, as were the names of the songs “Hammer of Justice”, “Take the Black” and “Fury of the Wild”. The lyric “Nothing burns like the cold” from “Never, Ever” is taken from the first chapter of A Game of Thrones, the first book in the series.
The cover artwork was created by Samwise Didier.
Crimson Thunder / 2002
- Riders Of The Storm
- Hearts On Fire
- On The Edge Of Honour
- Crimson Thunder
- Lore Of The Arcane
- Dreams Come True
- Angel Of Mercy
- The Unforgiving Blade
- In Memoriam
- Hero’s Return
- Rising Force
Crimson Thunder is the fourth studio album released by the Swedish metal band HammerFall. It was the first album the band worked on with the producer Charlie Bauerfeind.
The cover art was created by Samwise Didier, who is also known for his Warcraft concept art pieces.
Renegade / 2000
- Templars Of Steel
- Keep The Flame Burning
- Living In Victory
- Always Will Be
- The Way Of The Warrior
- Destined For Glory
- The Champion
- Raise The Hammer
- A Legend Reborn
Renegade is the third studio album by Swedish power metal band HammerFall. It was released on October 9, 2000 on the Nuclear Blast Records label and is the first album to feature drummer Anders Johansson. Former drummer of HammerFall and founder of heavy metal band In Flames Jesper Strömblad still wrote some of the album’s songs, even after parting ways with the band in 1997. The album debuted on the Swedish charts at number one and was eventually awarded a gold certification.
Legacy of Kings / 1998
- Heeding The Call
- Legacy Of Kings
- Let The Hammer Fall
- Remember Yesterday
- At The End Of The Rainbow
- Back To Back
- Stronger Than All
- Warriors Of Faith
- The Fallen One
Legacy of Kings is the second album created by the Swedish metal band HammerFall. It was released on September 28, 1998, by Nuclear Blast Records.
The enhanced CD release includes the music video for the track “Let the Hammer Fall”, a photo gallery, lyrics for the songs, PC wallpapers, a screensaver, and a Winamp skin only on the Bonus Deluxe Edition. The cover art for this album was painted by Andreas Marschall.
Glory to the Brave / 1997
- The Dragon Lies Bleeding
- The Metal Age
- I Believe
- Child Of The Damned
- Steel Meets Steel
- Stone Cold
- Glory To The Brave
Glory to the Brave is the debut album by the Swedish power metal band HammerFall, released in 1997.
Despite the fact that the band was formed in 1993, HammerFall performed mostly live music and covers before this album was released. “Steel Meets Steel” was composed by Oscar Dronjak just before the band was formed and is included on this album. The band signed a deal with the Dutch label Vic Records. Nuclear Blast approached Vic Records and obtained a license deal for the album. Later, Nuclear Blast bought the entire rights from Vic Records. Although the In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad was listed as the drummer, all the drums were actually played by session musician Patrik Räfling, who joined the band as a full-time member shortly after the album’s release.
The cover art was painted by Andreas Marschall.
“I Believe” was co-written with Peter Stålfors of Pure X and, later, the more famous Dream Evil.
Glory to the Brave was re-released in 2002 as a Deluxe Edition with the Stormwitch cover “Ravenlord” as a bonus track as well as a multimedia section including a music video.
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