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

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Hammerfall Debuts New Song At Gates of Metal

HAMMERFALL debuted its new single "The Fire Burns Forever" — the track the band recorded with some of the Swedish participants in the European Athletics Championships — on Saturday (August 5) at their exclusive headlining show at the Gates Of Metal festival in Hultsfred, Sweden. They will perform the song at the official opening of the 19th European Athlethics Championship in Gothenburg tonight. Swedish viewers can watch the performance live on Eurosport at 9:07 p.m. CET.

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Hammerfall Announce New Album Title And Tracklist

Sweden's HAMMERFALL has set "Threshold" as the title of its new album, due in the U.S. on October 31 via Nuclear Blast Records (October 23 in Europe, except in Germany, where it will arrive on October 20). The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. Threshold
02. The Fire Burns Forever
03. Rebel Inside
04. Natural High
05. Dark Wings, Dark Words
06. Howlin' With The 'Pac
07. Shadow Empire
08. Carved In Stone
09. Reign Of The Hammer
10. Genocide
11. Titan

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Evergrey Part Ways With Bassist

Swedish metallers EVERGREY have parted ways with bassist Michael Håkansson. Replacing him in the group's lineup is former HAMMERFALL bassist Fredrik Larsson. Michael's official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"After a long time of consideration and many, many hours of thinking I now, with sadness, announce my departure from the band.

"I have been a part of the band for seven years and during that time I have experienced so much and I have seen more than I ever thought I would. But now it is time for me to say goodbye.

"My reason for doing this is that I feel a strong urge to do something different in music. This is the one and only reason and it's 100% my own decision.

"I want to thank the boys for all the good times we have had together thoughout the years. I wish them the best of all success, something they truly deserve and without doubt will achieve." More...

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

APO REITER
ARCH ENEMY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
CALIBAN
COMMUNIC
DEATHSTARS
EDGUY
EKTOMORF
ENSIFERUM
EQUILIBRIUM
EVERGREY
GOREFEST
HAMMERFALL
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
JUSTICE
KATAKLYSM
KNORKATOR
LORDI
MENDEED
NEVERMORE
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
OPETH
RAGE
SATYRICON
SAXON
SCAR SYMMETRY
SODOM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
THREAT SIGNAL
VENOM
WINTERSUN

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Hammerfall Begin Recording New Album

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak offers a quick news flash from across the Atlantic:

"We just began the process of recording our sixth full length album this week, and while it's still very early - two months - until we get the final mix, I have a great feeling about this. The drum sound is very heavy and powerful, fitting for the songs we have written."

Working titles for several of the new songs include: "Dark Wings, Dark Words," "Carved In Stone," "Titan," "Shadow Empire," "Threshold," and "Rebel Inside."

HAMMERFALL are expected to enter Lundgård Studios in Denmark ("a remote, beautiful countryside location that allows us to concentrate on metal goods and not get distracted by surrounding things or people," according to Dronjak) with producer Charlie Bauerfeind this summer. A studio journal will be kept on their MySpace page.

HAMMERFALL will be delivering a special performance at this year's Earthshaker Fest scheduled for July 21-22 in Kreuth, Germany.

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Hammerfall Complete Nine Songs For New Album

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on his official blog:

"We have once again spent three days in the rehearsal room, playing through the now nine songs finished for the album. I can't remember feeling this good about the material before a recording, ever. Especially not for the last album, then I was very unsure about how things would turn out. This time, the feeling is the complete opposite. Go figure. Very weird, but good!

"Joacim [Cans, vocals] threw a great barbecue party for us all on Saturday evening, and then we went to watch DRAGONLAND and BLOODBOUND, among others, perform at the second annual Gothenburg Metal Festival. Right now, I'm sitting in front of the TV trying to watch Jim Carrey lose it in 'Bruce Almighty' and Sweden vs. Russia in the finals of the LG Hockey Games simultaneously on a split screen. Tired but content after a really good weekend."

HAMMERFALL are expected to enter the studio this summer to begin recording their new album for an October 2006 release. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Dark Wings, Dark Words", "Carved In Stone", "Titan", "Shadow Empire", "Threshold" and "Rebel Inside". The band's latest album, "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", was released in March 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HELLOWEEN).

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Hammerfall Reveal New Songtitles

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on his official blog:

"We're looking at another weekend of rehearsals, and I am excited! I completed the eighth song for the album a few days ago, and am hard at work finishing one more before the rehearsal starts. I'll keep the remaining songtitles under wraps for now as they are a bit uncertain still, but here are some titles for you: 'Dark Wings, Dark Words', 'Carved In Stone', 'Titan', 'Shadow Empire', 'Threshold' and 'Rebel Inside'."

HAMMERFALL are expected to enter the studio this summer to begin recording their new album for an October 2006 release.

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Mayhem Confirmed For Gates of Metal Festival

Norwegian legends MAYHEM have been confirmed for the Gates of Metal festival, set to take place August 4-5 at at Folkets Park in Hultsfred, Sweden. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

AMORPHIS
DISMEMBER
HAMMERFALL
HELLOWEEN
LUMSK
MACHINE MEN
MAYHEM
MINISTRY
NAGLFAR
NARNIA
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
RED HARVEST
SAVAGE CIRCUS
THRYFING

Around 16 bands will perform over the course of the two days, with a total of 5,000 tickets available, priced at 666 SEK.

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Hammerfall is In Writing Mode

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on his official blog:

"We have now spent the past three days locked in a small room, going over the seven finished songs for the new album. Compared to the first rehearsal in preparation of 'Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken', this was a fucking breeze! Back then, after the first day, everybody thought, 'This sounds absolutely terrible, what the hell is going to happen when we enter the studio? Chaos?' And I'm not talking about the music, more the performance, but because of that, also the songs themselves. Personally, it had a lot to do with the fact that I was very unsure of my playing ability due to the motorcycle accident I had had the previous year. Anyway, we sounded absolutely horrible then, and we all expected a repeat of that this time around. And I believe that to be a reason for everyone being more prepared than perhaps ever before. Whatever the cause, by the end of yesterday's session, the seven songs all sounded remarkably well-played, and I got a pretty good overlook of the material.

"My initial feelings regarding the songs proved to be correct, as these three days left me with a very positive attitude towards the material! Granted, Joacim [Cans, vocals] didn't join us for more than a quick peek, he never does for the first rehearsal before a recording. There isn't much point for him to be there, as we spend a lot of time going over the details of the music, which usually leads to long passages where he just sits on his chair doing nothing. But my philosophy is that the songs have to be strong even without the vocals, because when they come into play a good track usually becomes great."

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Hammerfall Write A World Soccer Championship Song

HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans has teamed up with former Helloween and current Masterplan drummer Uli Kusch to write a song for the upcoming soccer world championship. Entitled "Glorious," the song will feature Swedish singer Mikeyla as the main vocalist, with special guest appearances by Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY), Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN) and Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL). The production is taking place in Sweden April 24-25. More...

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Hammerfall Guitarist Reflects On Olympic Hockey

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"The Winter Olympics 2006 are over, and it ended on a high note for us: Sweden beat Finland 3-2 in the ice-hockey final, in a very exciting and nerve-racking game. Actually, the Finns were the most impressive team in this tournament, winning every match decisively until the final round and easily beating the second best playing team this year, Russia, in the semi-finals. But the Swedes played a beautiful game on the ice, cutting the Finns short on almost every occasion. I know our neighbors in the east (or west, for that matter…) won't agree with me, but it was a most fitting end to the XXth games, with Sweden winning their seventh (!) gold medal. Congratulations to everyone who made this the by far most succcessful Winter Olympics for our nation. And thanks for the great memories! I have only one question: what am I supposed to fill my days with now? :-)
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Candlemass Secures Swedish Grammy Award

This year's Swedish Grammy awards took place on Tuesday, February 7th. In the category "Best hard rock" the following were nominated:

Candlemass, Candlemass
Hammerfall, Chapter V: Unbent, unbowed, unbroken
Hardcore Superstar, Hardcore Superstar
Meshuggah, Catch thirtythree
Opeth, Ghost reveries

Candlemass were the lucky ones to secure the 2006 award with the following motivation from the jury:

"The pioneers of modern doom metal finally succeeded in reuniting their most classic line-up. The result was an eponymous album of epic proportions."

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Snowy Shaw Quits Dream Evil

Snowy Shaw has posted this message on his official website:

"SNOWY and DREAM EVIL = NO MORE. Less than a month before the scheduled recording of their fourth album, Snowy decides to pull the plug and quit, taking all his songs with him which he intends to use on his own...

plus:

"CAN(S)ELLED. The planned spring recording of Joacim Cans' [HAMMERFALL singer] second solo album which would see Snowy's participation both as the drummer and second lead singer as well as songwriter, has been postponed until further notice, due to the massive workload of HAMMERFALL.

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Meshuggah Nominated For Swedish Grammy

Sweden's math metal alchemists, Meshuggah has been nominated for a Grammy in their home country. Nuclear Blast Records issued the following statement:

Among the comforts of label mates Candlemass and Hammerfall, Meshuggah are nominated for the Swedish Grammy for Best Rock album. "Catch Thirty-Three," which hit streets on May 31st, 2005 here in the United States has been praised continually for pushing the envelope yet againand only as Meshuggah does best!

No matter how intense, complex and obscure, Swedish experimentalists Meshuggah (translates in Yiddish to crazy) continue to receive increasing worldwide respect with every distinctive release. Since their formation in 1987, this outlandish unit have been declared as one of the ten most important hard and heavy bands by Rolling Stone, the most important band in metal by Alternative Press, one of the top 100 metal bands by Hit Parader and co-headlined the second stage at the world famous Ozzfest.

With all the mania Meshuggah have driven upon their minions, the relentless and hypnotic "Catch Thirty Three," drove the world to recognize the true musical talent these Swedes contain.

Best Rock:
Candlemass - Candlemass
Hammerfall - Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
Hardcore Superstar - Hardcore Superstar
Meshuggah - Catch Thirty-Three
Opeth - Ghost Reveries

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Hammerfall To Start Writing New Album

Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message at the band's official website:

"I can’t believe it’s New Year’s already, and the touring is over! We have been on the road on and off since April, so it has been the usual hectic year. And now, the next chapter is about to be penned; The songs for the new album. Actually, I can’t wait to dive head first into the composing, some of the material written so far is very promising. More on this as the song writing progresses. We wish you a Happy New Year, may 2006 bring you all fortune and glory. Cheers!"

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Narnia To Release New Album In Japan In March

Attic Arcade/Gencross has set a March 23, 2006 Japanese release date for the new NARNIA album, entitled "Enter the Gate". The Swedish metallers are currently negotiating a European release for the CD, which is being described by the band as "the most well-sounding and well-performed NARNIA album to date." The follow-up to 2003's "The Great Fall" features backing vocals by Mats Leven (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AT VANCE) and contains "the most melodic and catchy songs since 'Long Live the King' from the late '90s but in a brand new sound and approach," according to the band.

In other news, MCM Music will be releasing a CD version of the band's 2003 concert performance ay Owener Rocknacht in Germany. The show, which was previously released on DVD under the title "At Short Notice....Live in Germany", has now been edited and remastered for the CD version. The title remains the same and the release is set for January 23, 2006.

NARNIA's fourth full-length album, "The Great Fall", was released in April 2003 through Nuclear Blast. The CD, which was produced at The Dream Factory in Jönköping, Sweden by Carl-Johan Grimmark, featured guest appearances from former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson and SAVIOUR MACHINE singer Eric Clayton.

NARNIA recently parted ways with keyboardist Linus Kåse. Replacing him on some the band's recent dates was Andreas Lindahl.

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Scandanavian Rock & Metal Book Released In 2006

RockDetector.com is publishing a two-volume book set, "Scandinavian Rock & Metal", in the first quarter of 2006. The books cover all styles of rock and metal from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In the now-expected Rockdetector style, executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young covers each band's history in meticulous detail, including lineups, URLs and a complete discography, along with track listings, labels, catalogue numbers and chart positions. The two books will each be approximately 500 pages each, listing well over 1,200 bands covering heavy metal, death metal, black metal, melodic rock, progressive rock and beyond. Fjords, Vikings, the midnight sun and a thousand lakes — the perfect breeding ground for the most epic of heavy metal! Scandinavia has exported its rock and metal to all corners of the globe, ranging from the shred exploits of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, the operatic pioneers NIGHTWISH, the pomptastic EUROPE, the heavyweight HAMMERFALL to the extremist forms of black and death metal in EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, MARDUK, DARKTHRONE and BURZUM. "Scandinavia has really been the hotbed for emerging rock talent for over a decade now," says Garry Sharpe-Young. "Once EUROPE, TNT and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN had made their mark on the international scene, Norway's floodgates opened and poured a black metal plague upon the world with BURZUM, EMPEROR, MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR, and DARKTHRONE. Since then, Sweden made a huge impact with acts such as HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and KATATONIA and subsequently Finland has really raised its head and is now without question the most metal place on planet earth! All these bands, from all genre spectrums are included. Some of the band histories are positively labyrinthine when you get into the detail of who played for who under what pseudonym. This really is a true monster of a book."

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Hammerfall Guitarist Checks In From France

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"We're currently in Lyon, France, after having spent the better part of a week in Spain. This tour has been one of the very best ever for us! I really think we have a tremendous package that attracts people and leaves them satisfied. The audience numbers and reactions is a testament to this, literally everywhere we go. It feels grrrrrreat!

"As some of you long-time web-followers might have noticed, there is a lack of the regular tour diary I usually do. This is because I have been asked by the biggest magazine in Sweden, Sweden Rock magazine, to do a comprehensive diary of the entire tour. In addition to this, Anders is writing something for Metal Hammer in Germany, so I thought it would be a bit of overkill to have one on the web as well. I think you understand.

"Lastly, the Swedish award Rockbjörnen is coming up in January, and as usual it’s up to you, the people to decide. Please be sure cast your votes quickly, because the finalists move on to the next round in a matter of days. We thank you for your support! Cheers!"

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Aftonbladet Chats With Hammerfall (In Swedish)

Aftonbladet caught up with Hammerfall singer Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Droniak. You can watch the segment, in Swedish, here.

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Into Eternity: Tour Was 'A Success'

INTO ETERNITY guitarist/vocalist Tim Roth has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"We made it home after a 40-hour trip from our last show in the USA. The HAMMERFALL/ EDGUY/ INTO ETERNITY tour was a success for us. I think we converted a few new fans onto our bans and that's really what touring is all about. It is important for us to try and grow our fan base. It was amazing to meet each and everyone of you on the road over this past year. We have made a lot of life long fans/friends I'm sure.

"Next up is our USA/Canada tour with STRATOVARIUS. I think this will be a cool package for all fans of heavy metal. There will be plenty of clean vocals, guitar solos and death metal to be heard on these shows. The whole band is excited to be a part of these events. See you all soon!!"

Check out the band's web site for pictures of the guys with Neil Turbin (ex-ANTHRAX), Oscar Dronjak of HAMMERFALL, Tobias Sammet of EDGUY and porn star Ron Jeremy.

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