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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.
Oscra Dronjak and Joacim Cans of Hammerfall will do a signing session at the Nuclear Blast Shop in Donzdorf on Friday, Januar 21 from 6 - 7pm CET. Everyone who will be there, will also get the chance to listen to their new single "Blood Bound" in advance.
Hammerfall's "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" comes out March 7.
The brand new single "Blood Bound" with the Swedish heavy metal band Hammerfall will be played on the radio program "Musikjornalen" on Swedish national radio P3, January 12 at 20.03. There will also be a interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak.
The single, "Blood Bound" will be released on January 28.
The cover of Hammerfall's "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" is now online and can be viewed here.
On Wednesday, January 12th, sometime between eight and nine p.m, the world premiere radio broadcast of "Blood Bound" will take place. A short interview is also scheduled to air, and it all happens in the P3 program Musikjournalen.
Two more shows have been confirmed. The Czech dates will be a mini tour of sorts with Edguy.
June 10 Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
July 16 Open Air, Plzen, Czech Republic
July 17 Masters Of Rock, Vizovice, Czech Republic
HammerFall have anounced the title for their forthcoming album, which will be: “Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken.” The album will be released on March, 7th, being produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (Blind Guardian, Helloween and others), who already worked with the band on their Crimson Thunder” album. The records will feature following tracks:
02. Blood Bound
03. Fury Of The Wild
04. Hammer Of Justice
05. Never, Ever
06. Born To Rule
07. The Templar Flame
09. Take The Black
10. Knights Of The 21st Century
"Blood Bound“ will be released as a single first, coming out on January, 31st. The band has recently shoot a video for the track as well, which was done in their hometown of Gothenburg.
Accept, Blackfoot, Dio, Kansas, Magnum and Styx are among the first batch of names confirmed for next year's Sweden Rock, which happens in Solvesborg from June 9-11. Also announced are Saxon, Helix, Hammerfall, Robin Trower, Vixen and Nazareth.
It's done! Hammerfall have finished the recordings for their yet untitled new album. This is what guitar player Oscar Dronjak posted on the official Hammerfall website:
"When I have a bit more distance to the recordings, I will try to describe the contents so you will know what to expect in March. However, I can safely say that if you are a fan of Hammerfall, you will not be disappointed this time around, either. We poured our hearts and souls – as well as blood, sweat and tears, mind you – into the production of this record, and I definitely think it shines through: the music is more alive than it ever has been before."
Read the full statement here.
On January 31st 2005, Hammerfall are going to release a single in advance, titled "Blood Bound."
Oscar from Hammerfall has issued an update on the band's official website www.hammerfall.net:
The last weekend of October saw us host a listening session for the journalists in Studio Lundgård. Close to 40 people from all over the world were present to listen to the material we have spent the past two months recording. It’s hard to tell what they really felt after hearing the ten songs, but everyone seemed to be satisfied with the production and the direction we have taken this time. It is the heaviest HammerFall album so far, and I got the impression people definitely concurred. At the time of writing, however, I am lodged up in Mi Sueno Studios on Tenerife once again, and the mixing process is in full swing. We have another week to go, laying the finishing touches to our new album.
Also, Week VII of the studio diary is now up, and in the coming weeks I will complete the recording experience with a report on the aforementioned listening session and a conclusion from Tenerife. Until we meet again!
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"As I write this, we have only half a day of recording left, doing the backing vocals. For the past seven weeks, we have been hard at work on this, our fifth studio effort, and it's wonderful to be finished! When I have a bit more distance to the recordings, I will try to describe the contents so you will know what to expect in March. However, I can safely say that if you are a fan of Hammerfall, you will not be disappointed this time around, either. We poured our hearts and souls — as well as blood, sweat and tears, mind you — into the production of this record, and I definitely think it shines through: the music is more alive than it ever has been before.
"We shall see what the professional music lovers will think about it next Saturday, when we will have a big listening session here at Lundgård for journalists from all over the world. It should be interesting and fun, but it's also a little nervous presenting your new material to other people. Especially to those who will put their first impression in print for thousands and thousands to read. :) But I'm not really worried, as I know we have done our best and created another landmark in the upwards-moving evolution of our music. Praise is great, but neither good reviews nor bad ones would ever influence us in one direction or another. We are artists creating musical pieces for the world to love hate or disregard. Now, it is up to you do pass judgment. Our work is done, and I have to tell you: it feels fuckin' great! Up the Hammers!"
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's web site:
"It is with great pride and pleasure I can announce the first confirmed live show for Hammerfall next year: Bloodstock 2005 in Derby, U.K.! On September 2nd, we will return to English soil for only our second appearance ever. Headlining the Friday's festivities, we will bring the full show on a large stage, presenting our vision of heavy metal to the British Isles.
"This makes me feel especially happy, as I was pretty much solely responsible for us not making it to last year's festival (the motorcycle accident, remember?). This time, I promise you, there will be no cancellation. In fact, I guaran-damn-tee it! More concerts are going to be announced in the next months, and they will be posted here as they are confirmed.
"In more contemporary news: the studio work is progressing very well. We have begun with the guitar melodies and the solos will follow shortly. If you are interested, check out the diary elsewhere on this site. I am reporting things as they happen, complete with pictures. 'Til next time, in the immortal words of Joe Dirt: keep on keeping on!"