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Swedish heavy metal band Hammerfall has posted a new song, "One More Time," online for streaming on the band’s Facebook page. The song comes off of Hammerfall’s eighth studio album, "Infected," which will be released in Europe on May 20th and in North America on June 7th. The album was produced by James Michael (MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF), who also handled mixing duties.
The track listing for "Infected" is as follows:
1. Patient Zero
2. Bang Your Head
3. One More Time
4. The Outlaw
5. Send Me A Sign
6. Dia De Los Muertos
7. I Refuse
8. 666 - The Enemy Within
10. Let's Get It On
A video will be shot with Patrick Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, ENSLAVED, ARCH ENEMY) of Revolver Film, who also created the album artwork for "Infected."
More bands have now been confirmed to appear at the upcoming Summer Breeze Open Air 2011, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th in Germany. The newest additions to the festival are Benighted, Blitzkid, Deadlock, God Dethroned, Hackneyed, Mad Sin, Postmortem, and Powerwolf.
Swedish metal act Hammerfall has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming full length album. The new album, titled "Infected," will see its release on May 20th, 2011. You can view the album's tracklisting below.
1. Patient Zero
3. One More Time
4. The Outlaw
5. Send Me A Sign
6. Dia De Los Muertos
7. I Refuse
8. 666 - The Enemy Within
10. Let's Get It On
Swedish heavy metal outfit Hammerfall has announced that the band will be releasing the brand new studio album, "Infected" on May 20th. The album consists eleven songs, and the limited first edition will also include a bonus DVD with unreleased video material of five of the "Infected" tracks. The record was produced by James Michael, who has previously worked with the likes of Motley Crue and the Scorpions.
"James helped us create something that was new and exciting while still in the line of our heritage," Oscar Dronjak, guitar player and founder of the band, explains.
“Never before have we sounded this fresh and up to date without losing the essence of what HammerFall is all about: Pure 'Infected' Heavy Metal!” comments vocalist and frontman Joacim Cans.
"You will experience us like you've never done before! We've got a lot of fresh influences shining through in the music, but everything you love about HammerFall will still be there," says Oscar. "This is HammerFall in 2011, the legend has been reborn!"
The organisers of Great Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that, in addition to black metal icons Immortal headlining the second day of the event, heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. will be headlining the main stage on the friday, with rock gods Motorhead closing the festivities on the final day of the event. Speaking about the festival, Motorhead frontman Lemmy stated:
"Bloodstock is celebrating 11 years, Motorhead 36 years - Boys and girls, come and see, we will rock your fu**in’ ass’. See you at Bloodstock!"
The event will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 12th-14th and will feature the following lineup: More...
Powerwolf has issued the following announcement about appearing at this year's edition of the Rock Harz Open Air festival:
"The next festival appearance for this year's open air season is confirmed: The wolves will preach at Rock Harz festival, taking place from Juli 9th-11th in Ballensted/Harz. Be there for blessings and benedictions."
Additional details on the festival are available here. Other confirmed bands include In Extremo, Hammerfall, Hypocrisy, Sepultura, Caliban, and more.
Aborted, As I Lay Dying, and Crowbar have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
As I Lay Dying
Hail of bullets
Devil sold his soul More...
Vocalist Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak of the Swedish heavy metal band Hammerfall will be available for a live, in-studio chat with their fans on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 beginning at 9 a.m. PACIFIC / 12 noon EASTERN / 6 p.m. CET. The online event will take place at the Nuclear Blast Streaming Room at this location.
Having teamed up with producer James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf), Hammerfall members are now in Nashville, Tennessee recording the follow-up album to 2009’s "No Sacrifice, No Victory," which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The as-yet-untitled new release will be available in Europe on May 20th. A summer release date in North America is expected.
You can also view Hammerfall's latest video blog featuring Joacim Cans and James Michael at this location.
Hatebreed has been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze Open Air. The festival is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, and additional details can be found here. The organizers of the festival commented:
"Summer Breeze has already survived a few tremors over the last few years, but the most severe eruption of them all is yet to come. Hatebreed are gearing up to utterly destroy Dinkelsbühl in 2011 with their killer songs. No other band out there combines the attitude and aggression of hardcore and the uncompromising heaviness of metal in such a perfect way. Scene icon Jamey Jasta and his wrecking crew are the epitome of unleashed energy, the embodiment of credibility, the essence of groove, the purest form of brutality, the rulers of all pits and the blueprint for a whole generation, all rolled into one. Please welcome one of the most important and influential bands of the last decade for the first time at Summer Breeze! Hard, harder, Hatebreed!"
The currently announced lineup is as follows: Arch Enemy, Tyr, Kvelertak, Suicidal Tendencies, Bolt Thrower, J.B.O., Witchery, Farmer Boys, Kalmah, Hail of Bullets, Corvus Corax, Hammerfall, Skeletonwitch, Excrementory Grindfuckers, Kampfar, Hayseed Dixie, Turisas, Marduk, Sonic Syndicate, Decapitated, Moonsorrow, Sodom, and Hatebreed.
The organizers of the Summer Breeze fest have issued the following announcement about Hammerfall headlining the 2011 edition of the festival:
"Merry Christmas! Now that we're halfway through our Advent Calendar, which has had plenty of killer bands so far, we want to present you the first headliner for Summer Breeze 2011: Hammerfall.
"They are one of the most relevant and successful heavy metal bands of the last 15 years, yet they have never played at Summer Breeze. It's about time to change that! We are extremely happy to present Hammerfall as one of this year's headliners! The undisputed leaders of true metal have loads of metal anthems and catchy melodies under their belt, after they almost single-handedly put traditional power metal back on the map with their glorious 1997 debut 'Glory To The Brave.'
"And what started as a fairytale became a metal dream come true, including high chart entries all over Europe for every one of their seven studio albums. If each of you goes back in time for a minute, you will certainly remember at least one metal party where you were banging your fists singing along to hymns such as 'Steel Meets Steel', 'Hearts on Fire' or 'Heeding The Call'. To put it in their own words: 'Brothers unite! Let's stand up and fight!'" More...
Swedish power metal band Hammerfall has posted four studio video blogs online. Watch them below:
Hammerfall has posted a video clip online with vocalist Joacim Cans and producer James Michael discussing the band's upcoming album. The footage can be viewed below.
Sweden's Hammerfall is set to enter the recording studio in two weeks to record the follow-up to "No Sacrifice, No Victory." Guitarist Oscar Dronjak reveals: "The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at the musical ideas, we're trying to preserve the essence of what HammerFall is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about."
The quintet also decided to work with producer James Michael, who has worked with Motley Crue, Scorpions, Meat Loaf, and others. Oscar explains: "Working with James Michael is going to be very, very exciting. The two Mötley Crüe album James has been involved in (songwriter on 'New Tattoo' and songwriter/producer on 'Saints Of Los Angeles') are great, and easily stack up against the classic albums of the 80's. That, and the fact that HammerFall have used the same producer (Charlie Bauerfeind) since 2002 has me very psyched about this collaboration, it will automatically bring a freshness to the proceedings! A lot of what HF was got refined when we started working with Charlie, and I'm sure we'll get a similar kind of reaction here. Sort of like a kick in the ass, to get going in the right direction.” More...
Crystal Viper has issued the following update about appearing on the upcoming "Metallic Dawning" compilation album:
"AFM Records will release a double CD compilation titled 'Metallic Dawning,' which will include some of the hottest True, Power and Heavy Metal tracks recorded during last few years. The album will be available for a special price, and except exclusive front cover artwork, painted by Dimitar Nikolov (father of the Keep It True Festival mascot!), it will also include 3 previously unreleased songs. This impressive double release will surely satisfy both old Metal fans, and the new guys that are just starting their adventure with Metal music, and need some guidance.
The "Metallic Dawning" track listing is as follows: More...
Some of Sweden's finest heavy metal musicians will gather to pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio during this fall's edition of the Sweden Rock Cruise, set to sail on October 7, 2010 from Stockholm, Sweden for Åbo, Finland and return the following day. There will be a long tribute concert with a number of guest musicians performing classic songs from Dio's career with a main band consisting of members of LION'S SHARE.
So far the following artists have been confirmed to perform with LION'S SHARE at the event:
* Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH)
* Joacim Cans (HAMMERFALL)
* Björn Gelotte (IN FLAMES)
* Ian Haugland (EUROPE)
* Messiah Marcolin (ex-CANDLEMASS)
* Johan Edlund (TIAMAT)
* Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, BIBLEBLACK)
The show will end with all artists performing HEAR 'N AID's "Stars" (Dio was behind the HEAR N' AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track "Stars" in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.)
On the cruise, Sweden Rock Magazine will donate SEK 25,000 to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, set up by Ronnie James Dio's wife Wendy Dio. Everyone attending the cruise can donate money, which will be sent to this cancer fund.
The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA has been finalized for this September's festivities. The event, which is held in Atlanta, Georgia, will include a plethora of both stateside and European acts, including headlining acts Kamelot, Accept, and Hammerfall, along with Turisas, Nocturnal Rites, and more. This year's festival will also mark the first American appearances from Paradox, Leprous, Delain, Tarot (featuring Marcto Hietala of Nightwish), Seventh Wonder, and many more international acts.
In addition to the main two days of the event, there will be two days of pre-fest shows and activities based around ProgPower, including a Mid-Week Mayhem show on Wednesday, September 8th, and a Fest Kick-Off Show on Thursday, September 9th. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
The festival's itinerary is as follows: More...
Anders Johansson and Oscar Dronjak of the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall visited Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA on a day off during their latest U.S. tour. Having trained in Tae Kwon Do, the Swedes knew just enough about martial arts to get themselves in trouble. Check out the video, shot and edited by Rick Lee, below:
The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update:
"As for us, we will be playing a couple of more local shows including a hometown show to benefit the homeless at My Honey Fitz in Malden MA on March 20th. It will be the first time we have played inside the actual Malden city limits in many years. I think it will be our first Malden show since the infamous shows at TJ's Roadhouse back in 2000. We are also playing special April Fools Metal Thursdays show at Ralph's Diner in Worcester MA on April 1st."
"We also hope to make up some of the southwest shows we missed during last fall's US tour. We'll be appearing at Thrashmagedon 2 in Albuquerue NM on May 1st and details on any other shows will be announced soon."
"We are working on new material and hope to begin recording some time in the summer."
"In other news..."
"Check out the forthcoming album from STEEL MAID - featuring members of RAVAGE, RITUAL STEEL, and IVORY TOWER. It was recorded over the last 2 years and will finally be released on CD and Vinyl by Karthago Records in April. You can now hear clips from all the tracks at www.steel-maid.de in the soundcheck section."
"Ravage bassist Rich Berte is recording a demo with his thrash band Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN - which should be available soon."
"Former Ravage bassist Mike Gignac's band RIPFENCE recently finished recording and should have an album coming out soon."
"Ravage drummer Pete Webber has joined Colorado thrashers HAVOK and will be playing on tour with them this spring. We wish him the best of luck as he heads out on an extensive stint opening for Primal Fear and Hammerfall."
"Drummer Dan Kowal (of Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN) has been named as a fill-in at the drum position. Check out his other band SKULLHAMMER who also have an album coming soon."
Boston-based video game metal band Powerglove has checked in with the following update:
"Well it's 5 in the morning, we're leaving for a double tour in a little more than a day, I haven't packed, and i'm not going to sleep anytime soon. Thanks, Starcraft 2 Beta.
"Seriously, thanks to Andrew at Blizzard for hooking us up with Beta keys out of the blue. I never imagined my life could be ruined and made complete by a game.
"And as much as I want to play it until I starve to death, it's time to take a long break from the Motherships and Colossi to not shower or shave for two months and play metal to you guys every single day (almost) for our mutual benefit and enjoyment. We'll be playing new songs at every show for the people who have too much tetris for one lifetime (but we're still playing it!) and we'll be doing a different new track on the Sonata Arctica tour than the Hammerfall one (for the true Powerglove zealots going to both shows, thanks guys), and three new songs at our headlining shows (simply because we can). Most bands have a hard time playing new tracks at shows because the audience doesn't know them, but Powerglove does have the shamelessly imbalanced ability to play the awesome and nostalgic themes from Xmen and Transformers which will have all the excitement of new tracks but also that warm, gooey nostalgia feeling that takes you back to those Saturday mornings in front of the tv...
"Truly those were halcyon days... More...