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Formed: 1993
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Hammerfall News

Below is our complete Hammerfall news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Hammerfall Teams Up With NHL Team

The players of the NHL team Minnesota Wild began the 2014-15 season with two shut-outs against the Colorado Avalanche. Now the team is pleased to announce that for all upcoming home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the Minnesota Wild will be receiving a special welcome from Swedish heavy metal group HammerFall.

"When we first discovered the song 'Fury Of The Wild’ by HammerFall, it was like a gift because everything about it fits so well to what we try to do for Game Presentation,” states Minnesota Wild team representative Paul Loomis. “The energy, the drive, and of course just having ‘Wild’ in the title makes it a perfect fit. And for the band to go out of their way to make an instrumental version rocks the State of Hockey!”

HammerFall lead singer Joacim Cans comments on the alliance with Minnesota Wild: “It's a tremendous honor to have a team in the NHL use one of our songs as their intro, and Minnesota is a great fit due to the Scandinavian heritage of many of the state's inhabitants. We always felt heavy metal and hockey was a great mix, and this is the ultimate proof. The State of Hockey has got new fans in the Templars of Steel!”

The next Minnesota Wild home game is against the Arizona Coyotes on October 23rd. Watch Swedish defensemen Jonas Brodin & Christian Folin, forward Mikael Granlund of Finland, Minneapolis’ own Zach Parise, and the other stars of Minnesota Wild as they take to the ice with HammerFall’s “Fury Of The Wild” blasting in the arena!

This past September, HammerFall’s ninth studio album "(r)Evolution" (reviewed here) debuted at #1 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and clinched the band’s highest-ever first-week sales record in the United States.

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Hammerfall Announces Lineup Changes

The Swedish heavy metal pioneers in Hammerfall are still enjoying the success of latest full-length record "(r)Evolution," but today the band also has to make the following major announcement:

“Life in a heavy metal band is indeed filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. On Monday, we rolled out our own whiskey, Legacy Of Kings. Today is a shocking and monumental day for all, Hammerfall members and fans alike: Anders Johansson has decided to leave the band, after 15 years as the drummer. Brought on by increasing musical differences, as well as a career in the music industry that spans almost four decades, he has come to the conclusion that enough is enough.

"But fear not, we have already formulated a plan to get us through this even stronger. As a replacement we have found a most excellent drummer in David Wallin, who most notably has been beating the skins in the Swedish industrial force Pain. David will fill the void left by 'The Swedish Tank' with his youthful intensity and fantastic musicianship during the upcoming tour. We wish Anders all the best in his future endeavors and hope that 15 years can’t be erased that easily.

"Also, bassist Fredrik Larsson will have his second child in December, and is therefore on parental leave through March. But we think you will like the choice to fill his shoes. For anyone who is the least bit familiar with Hammerfall, this one needs no introduction: handling the 4-string duty in Fredrik’s absence, none other than former guitar player Stefan Elmgren has agreed to make a triumphant return to the band! Yet another reason not to miss catching us live on the upcoming tours, this will be a very unique constellation.

"So it is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to an old friend and welcome an even older one back into the fold. The Swedish Templars of Steel cannot and will not be subdued, we will carry on heeding the call as long as the crimson thunder still is flowing in our veins. It is not the end of anything, it’s the dawn of a new era. And we welcome it with our hammers high!” More...

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Hammerfall Posts Making-Of Video

The Swedish metal pioneers in Hammerfall recently released the "(r)Evolution" album (reviewed here), featuring 11 glorious hymns.

Today the band unveils the making-of trailer for the "Hector's Hymn" video. Check it out below, and you can see the full "Hector's Hymn" video clip at this location.

The clip gives you an insight on the work of Hammerfall and 11Frames Productions, using green screen technique, mattresses, and definitely more than eleven frames.

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HammerFall Releases "Hector's Hymn" Music Video

Swedish power metal act HammerFall premiered the new music video for the track "Hector's Hymn" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also in the player below). The song is the opening song from the new album "(r)Evolution," which drops on August 27th (SWE), August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review for the album can be found over here.

The track list for the album is:

1. Hector's Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

Check out "Hector's Hymn" here: More...

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Hammerfall Posts New Album Trailer

After taking a creative break last year, Sweden's Hammerfall is fully recharged and back with a vengeance.

Entering a new chapter of the band's story, "(r)Evolution" will be out on September 2nd (North America) via Nuclear Blast (reviewed here).

A new teaser trailer can be found below, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Hector's Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

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HammerFall Posts "Chapters of (r)Evolution" Pt III

Swedish power metal act HammerFall released the third part in the ongoing series of preview clips entitled "Chapters of (r)Evolution," showcasing the upcoming new release "(r)Evolution." The album is set for release on August 27th (SWE), August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

The track list for the album is:

1. Hector's Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

Check out "Chapters of (r)Evolution, Pt. III" here: More...

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Wacken To Stream Live Performances

This week the long wait is finally over, as the annual Wacken Open Air celebrates its 25th Anniversary on the unholy soil in the North of Germany.

For those who missed the chance to grab a ticket for the three-day event, there will be live streams available online for the following bands:

Hammerfall on Thursday July 31 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Accept on Thursday July 31 from 22:30 to 24:00 CET
Children Of Bodom on Friday August 01 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET
Carcass on Friday August 01 from 21:15 to 22:15 CET
Kreator on Saturday August 02 from 00:15 to 01:30 CET

To watch the live streams, head over to this location. An additional stream of the Avantasia show will be available on Saturday right here.

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HammerFall Announces European Tour

HammerFall announced a string of European tour dates in early 2015 in support of the band's upcoming new album "(r)Evolution" (see review here). In support will be German power metal act Orden Ogan (currently working on a new release) and new super group Serious Black (feat. Roland Grapow, Thomen Stauch, Urban Breed and more).

Dubbed the "World Wide (r)Evolution" tour, the confirmed dates are as follows:

Fri 16.01.15 Bremen - Aladin
Sat 17.01.15 Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
Sun 18.01.15 Köln - Essigfabrik
Mon 19.01.15 Tilburg - O13
Tue 20.01.15 Antwerpen - TRIX
Thu 22.01.15 Stuttgart - Longhorn
Fri 23.01.15 Kaufbeuren - All KartHalle
Sat 24.01.15 Pratteln - Z7
Sun 25.01.15 Pratteln - Z7
Mon 26.01.15 München - Backstage
Wed 28.01.15 Mailand - Live Club
Thu 29.01.15 Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
Fri 30.01.15 Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
Sat 31.01.15 Madrid - Shoko
Sun 01.02.15 Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia
Tue 03.02.15 Paris - Trabendo
Wed 04.02.15 Langen/Frankfurt - Stadthalle
Thu 05.02.15 Saarbrücken - Garage
Fri 06.02.15 Prag - Meet Factory Prague
Sat 07.02.15 Bamberg - brose Arena
Mon 09.02.15 Graz - PPC
Tue 10.02.15 Wien - Arena
Thu 12.02.15 Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt
Fri 13.02.15 Hamburg - Markthalle
Sat 14.02.15 Fulda - Wartenberg Oval More...

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HammerFall Posts "Chapters of (r)Evolution" Clip

Swedish power metal act HammerFall released the second part in the ongoing series of preview clips entitled "Chapters of (r)Evolution," showcasing the upcoming new release "(r)Evolution." The album is set for release on August 27th (SWE), August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. A review for the release can be found at this location.

The first single "Bushido" is set to come out tomorrow - July 18th - as a limited vinyl edition. The track listing for the album is:

1. Hector's Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

Check out "Chapters of (r)Evolution, Pt. II" here: More...

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HammerFall Releases "(r)Evolution" Trailer Clip

Swedish power metal act HammerFall released a preview clip for the upcoming new release
"(r)Evolution," which is set for release on August 27th (SWE), August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. The clip features snippets of the new single "Bushido," which will be released on July 18th on a limited vinyl edition.

The track list for the album is:

1. Hector's Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

Check out the preview here: More...

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Hammerfall Announces New Single Release

Hammerfall today announces the release of the "Bushido" single, taken from upcoming new record "(r)Evolution." The single will be released on July 18th on a limited vinyl edition, as well as digitally. The tracklist will be:

A: Bushido
B: The Way Of The Warrior (remixed by Fredrik Nordström)

Pre-orders are available here and Guitar player Oscar Dronjak comments:

“This album has more single quality songs than anyone we've ever done before, as evidenced by the fact that pretty much the only single choice we all could agree on was 'Bushido'. It captures the essence HammerFall as much as any other song we have ever written, and it is one of the absolute strongest efforts from our camp, ever. It's filled with energy, hunger and pure adrenaline, and if you don't like this one, you have no love for HammerFall heavy metal!”

The artwork for the "Bushido" single was done by Samwise Didier. The full "(r)Evolution" album will be out August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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HammerFall Announces New Album "(r)Evolution"

Swedish power metal act HammerFall announced that the band's new studio release will be entitled "(r)Evolution." The album is set to drop on August 27th (SWE), August 29th (EU), Sept. 1st (UK) and Sept. 2nd (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album's artwork, once again created by famed artist Andreas Marschall, can be seen below. The band will release the first single "Bushido" on July 18th. HammerFall will play three live shows in 2014 before embarking on a European tour in 2015: Wacken Open Air in Germany on July 31st, Lleyendas del Rock in Spain on August 9th and Stora Scenen Liseberg in Sweden on August 29th.

The track list for "(r)Evolution" is:

1. Hector's Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won't Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire More...

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Hammerfall Entering The Studio

Sweden's Hammerfall has checked in with the following announcement about entering the recording studio:

"Hammerfall will record a new studio album starting on Monday, and we will once again use Fredrik Nordström as a producer.

"For the cover art, we have enlisted Andreas Marschall for the first time since 'Renegade,' so the artwork should be something very special. The yet-untitled album will be released on August 29th, 2014, and on that same day we will do a show at the amusement park Liseberg in Göteborg.

"It will serve as a huge release party and the kick-off of the next HammerFall era. There you have it, in a nut shell."

This new release will follow 2011's "Infected" (reviewed here) and further details on the coming album will be announced as they are made available.

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Hammerfall To Release Album, Play Wacken 2014

Two years ago, the Swedish heavy metal templars from Hammerfall announced a creative break after celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut "Glory To The Brave."

“We are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us," previously said Oscar Dronjak. 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 is now proud to announce a performance at the 25th anniversary of the 2014 Wacken Open Air. And the 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.”

In August 2014 the new and yet-untitled studio album of Hammerfall will be released. There will also be a single – released on vinyl and digitally – upfront in June. More...

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Hammerfall Vocalist To Perform In "Rock Of Ages"

Joacim Cans, vocalist of the Swedish metal band Hammerfall, is confirmed to play the part of Dennis Dupree in the Swedish stage version of the award winning musical “Rock of Ages.” Cans gave following statement about the show:

"I am very psyched and honored to be part of this fantastic hard rock musical. Not only will I explore a brand new genre, but I will also get to try my acting skills and perform with the Swedish elite when it comes to both comedy, acting and singing."

Nuclear Blast Records also commented: "Rock of Ages is a rock/jukebox musical, with a book by Chris D'Arienzo, built around classic rock hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. The musical features songs from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister and Europe, among other well-known rock bands. 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. This five-time Tony Award nominated musical takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! The show premieres at 'Chinateatern' in Stockholm on February 21st 2013.

"On the upcoming Friday, the new Hammerfall DVD 'Gates Of Dalhalla' will be released. The DVD was recorded and dircted by Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Children Of Bodom, In Flames a.o.). It will be released as a DVD/2CD and Blu-Ray/2CD. Watch the two trailers below." More...

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HammerFall Streaming New Live Track

Sweden's HammerFall is streaming the new live track "Threshold," which was the title track for the band's 2006 release. The song appears on the upcoming 15th Anniversary DVD/2CD release "Gates of Dalhalla," which is scheduled for release on November 30, 2012. The DVD/2CD features the entire 15th Anniversary show held in Rättvik, Sweden on July 28, 2012 at the Dalhalla open-air venue. The show featured many guests from HammerFall's past and clocks in at 2 hours 15 minutes. A teaser for the release can be viewed at this location.

Check out "Threshold" here:

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Hammerfall Posts "Gates Of Dalhalla" Teaser

The second Hammerfall trailer for the band's upcoming Live DVD/2CD, Blu-Ray/2CD "Gates Of Dalhalla" – due out on November 30th – can now be watched now through the player below. Nuclear Blast Records also comments:

"For this, the extraordinary 135 minutes long 15-year anniversary show that took place on the 28th of July on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik, was captured on camera.

"Prominent guests included original Hammerfall line-up members Jesper Strömblad and Mikael Stanne, as well as ex-guitarist Stefan Elmgren, among others, which made the show unforgettable - also for the musicians themselves.

"The DVD was recorded and directed by Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Children Of Bodom, In Flames a.o.). It will be released as a DVD/2CD and Blu-Ray/2CD." More...

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HammerFall Posts "Gates Of Dalhalla" Preview Clip

After releasing the details of the upcoming DVD/2CD release "Gates of Dalhalla," power metal act HammerFall has issued the first preview clip. The DVD/2CD features the band's 15th Anniversary show held in Rättvik, Sweden on July 28, 2012 at the Dalhalla open-air venue. The show featured many guests from HammerFall's past and clocks in at 2 hours 15 minutes. The package is scheduled for release on November 30, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the preview here:

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Hammerfall Reveals "Gates Of Dalhalla" Details

On the occasion of a well-deserved time-out in 2012/13, a testimonial of Hammerfall’s on-stage power in a DVD+2CD format will be released on November 30th. For this, the 135 minute long 15-year anniversary show that took place on the 28th of July on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik, was captured on camera.

Oscar Dronjak comments: "The set contained 26 tracks and lasted 2 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!"

Prominent guests included original Hammerfall line-up members Jesper Strömblad and Mikael Stanne, as well as ex-guitarist Stefan Elmgren, among others, which made the show unforgettable - also for the musicians themselves.

"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," says Oscar. The show's set list is: More...

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HammerFall To Take Extended Break

Swedish power metal band HammerFall announced that the band will take an extended break after celebrating the 15th anniversary of the first LP "Glory to the Brave" in 2012. Guitarist Oscar Dronjak commented: "It has been an unbelievable first 15 years, to say the least 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 singer Joacim Cans 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."

The band will perform its two biggest shows of the year at Dalhalla in Sweden, on July 28th, and Wacken Open Air in Germany one week, where a proper 15th anniversary is planned. Cans commented on the shows: “Obviously, the gig to attend is the one in Dalhalla, that will be the biggest and most special show we have ever done! Two hours of music, special effects and guest artists! But we will not forget that it all started at Wacken for us once upon a time."

Dronjak also commented: "This is why we have decided to pull out all the stops for these two shows, and really make them special. It will be a fitting end to the first 15 years of our career."

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