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

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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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Motorhead Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Rock legends Motorhead are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's most famous heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air.

The lineup is now as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
MOTORHEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Bullet For My Valentine Added To Wacken Open Air

Bullet For My Valentine has been announced as the latest addition to the infamous Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. The event takes place from July 30th- August 1st next year.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
VOLBEAT
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Volbeat Added To Wacken Open Air

Danish rock band Volbeat has been confirmed to perform at Germany's infamous, Wacken Open Air festival. The event takes place from July 30th- August 1st next year.

The lineup for Wacken Open Air is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
WALLS OF JERICHO

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Napalm Death Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2009

Godfathers of grindcore, Napalm Death are the latest act to be confirmed for the infamous Wacken Open Air festival in Germany next year. The lineup for the festival so far is as follows:

AMON AMARTH
CALLEJON
CATHEDRAL
EINHERJER
EPICA
GWAR
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
IN FLAMES
KAMPFAR
KORPIKLAANI
MACHINE HEAD
NAPALM DEATH
NEVERMORE
AXEL RUDI PELL
TRISTANIA
WALLS OF JERICHO

Tickets include:

- free parking (for any vehicle like car, motorbike, camper van or caravan)
- free camping - right next to the vehicle for the W:O:A feeling (if the weather conditions are good enough).
- like always there are no limits as to how many drinks or how much food you may take to the parking and camping grounds
- only lawn, direct paths to the festival grounds (if the weather conditions are good enough)
- shuttle to the Wacken and Schenefeld swimming pools.
- rubbish will be collected and disposed of free of charge by us - no fee for you
- festival stickers
- free CD
- diverse top quality surprises = Full Metal Bag
- and much more......

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Opeth Added To The UK's Hammerfest

Opeth has been announced as the headlining act for the first day of Hammerfest which takes place in Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, Wales on April 24th and 25th. The headliner on the second day will be Bullet For My Valentine. The festival promises a treat for fans of every genre of metal with the following bands confirmed:

Alestorm
Annotations Of An Autopsy
Bullet For My Valentine
Cathedral
Dream Evil
Evile
Exit Ten
Grand Magus
Hammerfall
Opeth
Sabbat
Saxon
Skindred
Trigger The Bloodshed
Tyr

Plus 35 more bands to be announced.

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Hammerfall Reveals New Album Title

Hammerfall has announced that their forthcoming new studio album will be entitled, "No Sacrifice, No Victory" and will be released on February 20th. The band will begin shooting the first video for the album next month for the song, "Any Means Necessary."

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Any Means Necessary"
"Life Is Now"
"Punish And Enslave"
"Legion"
"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"

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First Bands Announced For U.K.'s Hammerfest

Hammerfest, which is to be held in Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales on April 24th - 25th has announced their first batch of acts. The first bands confirmed for the festival are Saxon, Skindred, Cathedral, Bullet For My Valentine, Hammerfall, Sabbat, Dream Evil, Trigger The Bloodshed, Alestorm, Tyr, Exit Ten, Annotations Of An Autopsy and Grand Magus. More bands and details will be announced shortly.

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Nevermore Added To Wacken Open Air 2009

Seattle metallers Nevermore are the latest confirmed for the legendary German metal festival Wacken Open Air which takes place from July 30th - August 1st. Other bands confirmed are AMON AMARTH, CATHEDRAL, EINHERJER, HAMMERFALL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KORPIKLAANI, MACHINE HEAD, TRISTANIA, WALLS OF JERICHO.

Tickets include:

- free parking (for any vehicle like car, motorbike, camper van or caravan)
- free camping - right next to the vehicle for the W:O:A feeling (if the weather conditions are good enough).
- like always there are no limits as to how many drinks or how much food you may take to the parking and camping grounds
- only lawn, direct paths to the festival grounds (if the weather conditions are good enough)
- shuttle to the Wacken and Schenefeld swimming pools.
- rubbish will be collected and disposed of free of charge by us - no fee for you
- festival stickers
- free CD
- diverse top quality surprises = Full Metal Bag
- and much more......

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Hammerfall Begins Recording New Album

Swedish power metallers, Hammerfall, have issued the following update:

"HammerFall has now begun recording their seventh studio album. Starting next Monday, you will be able to follow the 8-10 week process in the form of a video blog, right here on Myspace."

The first video can be seen here.

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Dark Tranquillity Joins Sweden's Official Website

Dark Tranquillity has signed on to Sweden’s “Official Gateway” in order to help promote Swedish music on an international scale. Close-up Magazine has chosen “Focus Shift” from the band’s 2007 release “Fiction” to help represent the rock/metal/punk category.
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Hammerfall Vocalist Wins Swedish TV Competition

Joacim Cans, vocalist of power metal band Hammerfall, recently won the Swedish TV show Körslaget (Clash Of The Choirs). Joacim staged and conducted the songs "Living On A Prayer", "O Fortuna", and "You Shook Me All Night Long".

Hammerfall also recently replaced their guitarist Stefan Elmgren, who left the in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot, with Pontus Norgren of the band Talisman.

Hammerfall will be playing June 21st at Montreal's metal festival, Heavy MTL.

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Voivod And Disturbed Added To Heavy MTL Festival

Voivod, Disturbed and Rev Theory are the latest additions to Montreal's two day festival, Heavy MTL. The full lineup is as follows:

June 21: IRON MAIDEN, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MASTODON, HAMMERFALL, HATEBREED, OVERKILL, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, SYMPHONY X, UNEXPECT, LAUREN HARRIS, DETHKLOK and more.

June 22: MÖTLEY CRÜE, VOIVOD, ANTHRAX, DISTURBED, REV THEORY, 3 DAYS GRACE, SHADOWS FALL, PRIESTESS, DROWNING POOL and more.

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Hammerfall Announce New Guitarist

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have recruited guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE POODLES, TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT) to replace Stefan Elmgren, who left the in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot.

"Pontus is a fantastic guitar player with musical roots in ACCEPT and neo-classical metal," commented HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson. "I have known him for many years. I know how he works as a musician and as a person."

Pontus said in a statement: "I like HAMMERFALL. I think they have amazing stage shows and I like their songs, so when I heard they were looking for a guitar player I thought I'd give it a try. Playing in THE POODLES has been a wonderful experience in many ways, but I have always liked a little heavier music and have felt at times that this wasn't the right kind of forum for the music I'd most like to play. It's simply time to move on."

Singer Joacim Cans commented: "Replacing Stefan is not easy; he has a very characteristic way of playing and is a great guitarist. But Pontus will add a different style than Stefan since they are two quite different persons. I'm looking forward to see how we will mesh as a band during the coming months!"

HAMMERFALL will perform at the Heavy MTL festival in Montréal, Quebec, Canada on June 21 before entering the studio in July to begin recording a new album.

On June 27, two new HAMMERFALL releases will see the light of day: a DVD continuing chronicling the band's career, and a covers CD — a collection of all the covers recorded by HAMMERFALL to date plus three new, unreleased ones. Incidentally, this will be guitarist Stefan Elmgren's last release with HAMMERFALL.

* "Rebels With A Cause - Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited" DVD:

The DVD will be a continuation of the previous two ("The First Crusade" and "The Templar/Renegade Crusades") and will contain newly recorded interviews with the band interspersed with footage from their own cameras. The time span is six years, from the beginning of 2002 until the end of 2007, and it's edited together as a documentary of sorts, i.e. one continuous film, but of course with chapters. Also included will be all six promo videos made during the time in question plus some behind the scenes, four professionally filmed live songs from Filderstadt 2005, five TV clips they have purchased the rights to from SVT (the Swedish national television network) and some more homemade stuff as bonus. The complete running time is estimated to be almost three hours.

* "Masterpieces" covers CD:

01. Child of the Damned (WARLORD)
02. Ravenlord (STORMWITCH)
03. Eternal Dark (PICTURE)
04. Back to Back (PRETTY MAIDS)
05. I Want Out (HELLOWEEN)
06. Man on the Silver Mountain (RAINBOW)
07. Head Over Heels (ACCEPT)
08. Run With the Devil (HEAVY LOAD)
09. We're Gonna Make It (TWISTED SISTER)
10. Breaking the Law (JUDAS PRIEST)
11. Angel of Mercy (CHASTAIN)
12. Rising Force (YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE)
13. Detroit Rock City (KISS)
14. Crazy Nights (LOUDNESS)
15. När Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn (ROGER PONTARE)
16. Flight of the Warrior (RIOT)
17. Youth Gone Wild (SKID ROW)
18. Aphasia (EUROPE)

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Line Up Announced For Heavy Mtl Festival

For the first time ever in Montreal, a 2 day metal festival dubbed Heavy Mtl will be held on June 21-22. The lineup is as follows:

Saturday, June 21, 2008:

Iron Maiden
3 Inches of Blood
Symphony X
Overkill
Unexpect
Hammerfall
Mastodon
Hatebreed
Type O Negative
Dethklok / Metalocolypse
Lauren Harris

Sunday, June 22, 2008:

Motley Crue
Shadows Fall
Priestess
Three Days Grace
Drowning Pool
Anthrax
Warrant

Tickets for this event go on sale this Saturday, April 18th at noon.

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Guitarist Stefan Elmgren Quits Hammerfall

HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren has issued the following statement:

"I have decided to leave HAMMERFALL. The reason is that I have been offered a job as a pilot within an airline."

"My interest in aviation has been growing very strong, and now I feel its time for me to take a step and be a pilot on a professional level."

"We have been discussing the possibility of combining the work with HAMMERFALL and both me and the rest of the band realized that it would be very hard indeed."

"It has been a great journey with lots of great memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life." More...

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Nuclear Blast Conquers German Charts

Nuclear Blast posted the following update on their European page:

For the first time in twenty years, the history of the label, NUCLEAR BLAST has four releases in the German Top 100 at the same time – two of them even in the Top 10!

Here´s the ranking of Week 44:
SUBWAY TO SALLY – Bastard # 7 (1st week)
NIGHTWISH – Dark Passion Play # 9 (4th week in the Top 10! Peak #1)
SOILWORK – Sworn To A Great Divide # 37 (1st week)
HAMMERFALL – Steel Meets Steel # 89 (2nd week, Peak # 53)

In addition, "Amaranth" (NIGHTWISH) is still in the german single charts! This time (Week 8) on # 45!

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Kreator Announce South American Trek

The following message has been posted by Kreator's official Myspace account:

"UPCOMING SOUTH AMERICAN TREK WITH HAMMERFALL [CO-HEADLINING] AND KOTIPELTO AT SELECTED SHOWS:

SEPTEMBER 22 - CAFE IGUANA - MONTEREY, MEXICO

SEPTEMBER 23 - CORCO VOLADOR - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

SEPTEMBER 27 - ESTADIO VICTOR JARA - SANTIAGO, CHILE

SEPTEMBER 29 - OBRAS - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

SEPTEMBER 30 - DISCOTECA VOCE - LIMA, PERU

.... MORE SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!!"

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Kreator Announce South American Tour Dates

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have scheduled the following South American tour dates:

Sep. 22 - Monterrey, Mexico - Cafe Iguana
Sep. 23 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corco Volador
Sep. 27 - Santiago, Chile - Estadio Victor Jara
Sep. 29 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras
Sep. 30 - Lima, Peru - Discoteca Voce

Also appearing at select shows are Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL (as co-headliners) and KOTIPELTO.

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Hammerfall Announce New Bassist

HAMMERFALL founding member & guitarist Oscar Dronjak sends in this update about the band's new bassist:

"The waiting and speculation is over. Magnus [Rosén] has been replaced. The new guy should be no stranger to any HAMMERFALL fan: re-enter Fredrik Larsson, original member of the band and fugutive for the past decade. Fredrik brings structure to the rhythm section and I think you will definitely hear and feel the difference when we play live."

"He plays with a pick, for one, and has a great groove and timing, all of which will make HAMMERFALL sound better than we ever have before," drummer Anders Johansson remarked, and guitarist Stefan Elgrem chimed in: "We are all very psyched about this and can't wait to get on the road again." Lead singer Joacim Cans adds, "Fredrik recorded Glory To The Brave with us, so he's definitely a part of the family. It's great to have him back!"

States Larsson about re-joining the band:

"I am very happy and excited to be back! I have known the guys for more than ten years and we have kept in touch all the time, so it is not as if I come in a complete stranger. We played a few songs together last weekend, and it felt like 1997 was just a couple of weeks ago."

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