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

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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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Armored Saint Schedules California Concert

Legendary California metallers ARMORED SAINT will play at Viper Room in Hollywood on May 19. This will be a warm-up gig for the band's appearance at this year's edition of the Rock Hard Festival, which will be held May 25-27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the Rock Hard Festival include AMON AMARTH, DARK FUNERAL, DEATH ANGEL, GRAVE DIGGER, HAMMERFALL, PAUL DI'ANNO, ROSS THE BOSS and THIN LIZZY.

ARMORED SAINT played a number a European and U.S. dates last summer, some of which were taped for the band's upcoming live DVD. It is not presently clear if plans exist for the group to begin work on a new studio album. ARMORED SAINT's last CD, "Revelation", came out in 2000 on the Metal Blade label.

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Hammerfall Singer Breaks Elbow

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have posted the following message on their official web site:

"Joacim [Cans, vocals] broke a bone in his elbow during a taekwon-do training session on Monday. Says he: 'It was during the warm-up, we were doing rushes across the room when I somehow slipped and went full-speed into the concrete wall. I managed to get the right arm up to try to stop the momentum, so that arm took all of my weight and got sandwiched between me and the wall. The thing with a broken elbow is, you don't get a cast or even a bandage. The doctor just said to take pills to combat the pain — which is pretty bad, sometimes — and try to move it a lot to prevent it from getting stiff. I will be OK in a month or so.' Joacim also sends the message that this will not affect anything planned for the band, and that they will have some news about the new bass player soon."

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Hammerfall Announce European Festival Appearances

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have lined up the following festival appearances:

May 25 - Rock Hard Festival - Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 26 - Springbreak Festival - Kalmar, Sweden
May 27 - Rock Sound Festival - Huttwil, Swizerland
May 30 - Liseberg - Göteborg, Sweden
June 23 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany
June 24 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
June 25 - Peace & Love Festival - Borlängen, Sweden
July 15 - Masters of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 28 - Sjuhäradsrocken - Ulricehamn, Sweden

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Hammerfall Comments On Bassist's Departure

Hammerfall have commented on the recent departure of Bassist Magnus Rosén. The band released this statement:

"Bass player Magnus Rosén has elected to step down from HAMMERFALL to be able to focus on his own projects. While it is surprising, it's not a total shock to us since he has seemed to be unhappy with the situation in the band and on tour for quite a while. We wish him all the best with his future endeavors and turn our attention to the future, immediate and distant."

"This will change nothing for us as far as booked gigs and other planned activities are concerned. Rest assured, HAMMERFALL will continue blazing its trail just like before. The process of selecting the right replacement both musically and personally is already set in motion, and we will announce it as soon as a decision is made."

And a word from Magnus Rosén:

"Thanks to all the fans around the world who supported the band for 10 years. You all gave me very nice memories after all the concerts we did. It was a pleasure to get a big public [following] like you people! Without you, we would not [have been] able to [record] all the CDs and tour [like] we did [these past] 10 years! So thank you all."

"It´s important for me to tell you that I loved every second I had on the stage when we played our concerts! To hear your happiness really made my day!!!! It was also very nice for me to use my fame to do the solo bass charity [work] for poor people, the clinics in the schools for the kids, and the music against violence. I believe it´s a nice way to give and take."

"So it´s time for me to be more creative in my music life! So I will, from now [on], give myself a chance to write songs and be creative in [other] bands. This is possible. The year [is] passing by fast and for a musician, it´s important to grow in the situation you are in!"

"I hope HAMMERFALL find a nice and good bass player for you all, and I hope our fans will respect my choice. Anyway, be sure that I will still [be] doing Heavy Metal, so have your eyes open!!!"

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Full CD Streams From Deftones, Hammerfall On AOL

As usual, AOL Music has full CD Streams of some of this week's releases, including the latest from Deftones, Hammerfall and God Dethroned. Here are links to the streams:

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Hammerfall Reveal 'Threshold' Artwork

The cover artwork for HAMMERFALL's new album, "Threshold", has been posted online at this location. 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 CD will contain the following track listing:

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

A single, "Natural High", is scheduled for release on September 22. Check out the single artwork at this location.

HAMMERFALL's video for "The Fire Burns Forever" has been posted online at YouTube.com.

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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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