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Hammerfall will be touring North America in August with Edguy as the opening act. Dates are now as follows:
Aug. 10 in Toronto, ONT at Opera House
Aug. 11 in Montreal, QC at Medley
Aug. 12 in Quebec City, QC at Imperial
Aug. 15 in West Springfield, VA at Jaxx
Aug. 16 in New York, NY at B.B. King's
Aug. 17 in Philadelphia, PA at Trocadero
Aug. 19 in Cleveland, OH at House of BLues
Aug. 21 in Chicago, IL at House of Blues
Aug. 25 in Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom
Aug. 29 in Santa Ana, CA at Galaxy Theatre
Aug. 30 in Hollywood, CA at Avalon Hollywood
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following update at the band's official website:
In preparation for Saturday’s big metalfest in Göteborg, we will do a signing session at CD-Specialisten on Kungsgatan on Friday, April 29th, at 6:00pm.
Speaking of metalfests, the gigs last week went absolutely fantastic! More people than ever before, and what I think was the best crowd we have ever had in Switzerland and Germany made this a great, great tour opening. Thanks to everyone who was there – especially Aneete, Leopard, Nemesis and Lord Helmchen from the HF forum – for the great response and terrific times!
The Icebreaker Festivals will be concluded with the Scandinavium gig in a few days, and then the “normal” touring will commence. That means we have two weeks to catch our breath before the flight to Japan leaves. By the way, two of the Mexican shows have switched dates. The venues are the same, but we’ll be in Mexico City on May 26th and in Monterrey on May 29th. Sadly, Twisted Sister has decided to cancel their Brazilian tour. I was so looking forward to this, as they are one of the most influential bands of all time for me personally.
If you took pictures of our set during the Icebreaker Festivals, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put them up in a gallery here on the site.
Canada's Into Eternity has been confirmed as the latest band added to the line-up of the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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Hammerfall and Edguy will join forces with a yet-to-be-named U.S. act for a trek across America this summer.
Dates confirmed at this time include:
Aug. 10 Toronto, ONT @ TBA
Aug. 11 Montreal, QUE @ Medley
Aug. 12 Quebec City, QUE @ Imperial
Aug. 15 Jaxx in West Springfield, VA
Aug. 16 B.B. King’s in New York City, NY
More dates will be announced soon.
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
Sorry for not updating for a while, we have been busy preparing for the start of the tour. But more on that later, first things first. Chart entries: Our new album have been extremely well-recieved all over Europe, as we are still in the charts for the fourth week in both Austria and Germany, as well as the first week in Italy and the second in Switzerland. But the most surprising news comes from Sweden. "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" managed to stay in the top 10 for four weeks, a record for us. Three straight 4's and a 9, unbelievable! Thank you everyone all over the world who has bought our albums, you are the greatest fans anywhere! You never disappoint us, and I sincerely hope we never will you.
As our webmaster wrote in the news yesterday, the show in Pratteln on April 21st is now sold out, and an extra show will take place on the 20th. So, if you missed getting tickets to the previously announced gig, don't worry; You'll get another chance to catch the band live the day before. Thus, the following show has been added to the tour: April 20th at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland.
The rehearsals have been going very well, I think you'll find somewhat of a different band on stage this year. Not any less energetic — probably even more! :-) — but more focused and tighter than ever. Incidentally, the Helsinki show tomorrow marks the first Hammerfall gig in twenty (20!) months, incredible as that sounds. It's safe to say that we are psyched and excited like never before.
Before signing off, I would like to take the opportunity to thank some people for the single greatest weekend of my entire life. A friend of mine and I flew over to Los Angeles to go to WrestleMania 21. We were invited by Mikkey Dee, who would perform live at the event with his band Motorhead and who knows I am a huge wrestling fan. We were in heaven, shaking hands and taking pictures with a lot of wrestlers we have only seen on TV before. Just hanging backstage at the biggest PPV of the year, taking everything in, is an inerasable memory!
Thank you, Mikkey, for taking great care of us and making sure everything went well, thank you Lemmy and Phil for not having a problem with us tagging along, and thank you Chris Jericho, Triple H, William Regal and the entire WWE for letting us come to the aftershow party and providing us with an experience I shall cherish for as long as I live. If anyone ever ruled, it's all of you.
After the release of their brilliant album "Forged By Fire" in January 2005 and a great show with their labelmates Nevermore in London / UK in March 2005, Firewind going on tour in Germany, Swiss and Sweden.
Firewind are support of the Swedish powermetal heroes Hammerfall on their Icebreaker Festivals and play next to Thunderstorm and Lordi:
Apr. 21 (CH) Pratteln Z7
Apr. 22 (D) Filderstadt Filharmonie
Apr. 23 (D) Lichtenfels Stadthalle Lichtenfels
Apr. 24 (D) Oberhausen Turbinenhalle
Apr. 30 (S) Göteborg Scandinavium Arena (with Hammerfall, Pretty Maids & Lordi)
Greek fans are lucky to watch the band Firewind around the wellknown guitar wizard Gus G. on their headliner shows before the festivals take place:
Apr. 15 (GR) Athen An Club
Apr. 16 (GR) Thessaloniki Mylos
Apr. 17 (GR) Larissa B-Live
Another festival with Firewind in Germany:
Jul. 23 (D) Trier Fabric Rock festival (with Rage and Freedom Call)
Gus G. will be on the Musikmesse Frankfurt, Germany, (from April 7th to 9th 2005) and visit the ESP booth on Saturday, April 9th at 13.00 CET to show people his new signature model. He would be happy about some chit chat, will do interviews and give the fans of guitar music tips and autographs.
Gods Of Metal 2005 is scheduled for June 11th - 12th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.
According to all-about-chaos.net, the latest acts confirmed for the festival are EVERGREY and MASTODON. Acts confirmed for the festival now include:
Hammerfall's latest output, "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken," entered the German at #12. With this achievement, the album surpassed it's predecessor ("Crimson Thunder"), which reached #13.
Sales in other European countries are equally impressive: "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" went to #4 in Sweden, #46 in the UK, #36 in Austria ("Crimson" did #65) and #39 in Switzerland ("Crimson" did #83).
Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
BLOODSTOCK 2005 will comprise 2 separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR ( B-O-A ) will take place on June 24th-25th 2005 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual BLOODSTOCK05 – UK Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 2nd-3rd September 2005.
With the indoor festival now having reached capacity within the current location, the next logical step was to find an additional location, and the decision to go outdoors was an easy choice to make as the UK does not have an outdoor Euro-style Metal festival along the lines of Wacken, Bang Your Head and Summer Breeze (DE), Gods of Metal (ITA), Sweden Rock (SWE), Graspop (B), Dynamo (N) and so many more. The current choice of venue, Catton Hall, offers a fantastic location within a rural setting, centrally located within the UK for all areas to reach easily, and yes, camping will be provided. Our initial capacity is for up to 8,000 with further growth at the site to accommodate 20,000 within a few more years. More...
Oscar Dronjak of Hammerfall has posted the following update on the band's official website:
A couple of items today. First off, we will be undertaking a signing tour in Sweden for the release of "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", and it looks as follows:
March 4th Göteborg Åhléns, Nordstan 17:00
March 7th Uppsala Åhléns, Centrum 17:00
March 8th Stockholm Åhléns, Drottninggatan 17:30
March 9th Örebro Rocks Marieberg/Go-Carthallen 18:00
Please note that the Örebro event will NOT take place at the record store, but at Go-Carthallen, where we also will race a number of (un-?)lucky fans. See you there! :-)
Secondly, we made the radio show Trackslistan for the second time, on place 19 out of 20. This is a pretty cool thing considering not many people who listen to heavy metal listens to this programme, and the fact that Britney Spears' new single was also new for the week and ended up as #20.
"Blood Bound" is also scheduled for MTV Up North this week, and you can put your vote in at http://www.mtve.com/article.php?ArticleId=4753. We appreciate the support, and since this will mean more metal on TV, we all win! :-)
Incidentally, the song stayed in the Swedish charts a third week, now at pos. 15, making it the 5th, 12th and 15th most sold single in Sweden these weeks. Great news! Also, it ended up in the German charts, on our best position so far: #54. Swiss chart entry: 85. Not sure what to make of this, but the Hungarian chart also listed "Blood Bound", as #4. Other items on the chart included the Metallica and Iron Maiden documentary DVD's...
That's it for now, we will start rehearsing for the live shows next week, and Evergrey has been kind enough to lend us their positively gigantic rehearsal space. Thanks, guys!
Hammerfall, Therion and Kataklysm are among the bands confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Metal Camp festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Tolmin, Slovenia.
The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Hammerfall, the templars of pure Heavy Metal, return with "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken".
Listen to the songs and watch the video with this E-card.
Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...
The Swedish heavy metal band Hammerfall will appear on Swedish national television and radio this week. On February 10 the band will appear on "Nyhetsmorgon" (TV 4), 05:59 - 09:45 (CET). The band will also be at the Swedish radio show "Lantz i P3" (P3) on February 11, 11:00 - 13:00 (CET).
Fans of Sweden's heavy metal band Hammerfall will be able to chat with Oscar Dronjak (guitars) and Joacim Cans (vocals) at Aftonbladet.se on Thursday February 3, 2005 at 14.00 (CET). Just visit www.aftonbladet.se, login and chat !
After the very successful release of the brandnew piece of iron called "Forged By Fire" in January 2005 Firewind come up with some more good news:
The band of the Greek guitar wizard Gus G. finally have another chance to perform their intense Power Metal live on stage. It starts off with a special showcase March 18th 2005 in London and continues with several support shows for HammerFall within the scope of the Icebreaker Festivals.
Here are the complete dates: More...
When Hammerfall will playing their hometown Göteborg on April 30th, there will be support be a special guest: Pretty Maids. This is a one-off arrangement, other "Icebreaker Festival" dates will feature Lordi plus two other acts.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 Z7 – Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 22 Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER
Apr. 23 Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER
Apr. 24 Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, GER
Apr. 30 Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE
Dronjak is currently travelling through Europe on a promotion tour together with singer Joacim Cans. As Oscar posted on the official website:
I write this in the plane from Milan. We woke up in Madrid this morning, and now we're heading to Athens. Things are going extremely well - everyone seem to share our sentiments regarding "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" — and it feels great to travel around Europe, talking to enthusiastic journalists about something you have worked so damn hard for for such damn long time!
In other news, Hammerfall are slated for an appearance at the Gods Of Metal Festival in Italy, taking place on June 11-12th. Other confirmed acts are Motley Crue, Accept, Iron Maiden and Slayer – as Oscar commented: "What was that you said? 1986 all over again?"
The new album "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" will be in stores March 7th. The clip for the first single "Blood Bound" has been posted on the website of the major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. You can see pictures from the video here.
Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:
Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing
Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)
According to a post at Hammerfall's official website, Finnish band Lordi have been chosen as one of the bands to accompany them on their Icebreaker Festival tour. The two remaining slots are expected to be filled within the next week. The dates for the short jaunt are as follows:
Apr. 21 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Apr. 22 Filderstadt, Germany - Filharmonie
Apr. 23 Lichtenfels, Germany - Stadthalle
Apr. 24 Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
Apr. 30 Göteborg, Sweden - Scandinavium
Tickets for the German Icebreaker Festival dates can be purchased at www.all-access.de. In other news, Sweden's biggest daily newspapers, Aftonbladet, have put the video for "Blood Bound" available for viewing here.