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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.
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!"
Guitar player Oscar Dronjak just gave us some news about the forthcoming Hammerfall album:
This time, the Swedish crusaders have chosen a quiet place in the middle of Denmark for the recordings. Together with star producer Charlie Bauerfeind, they will settle down there in whole September and October. The release of their follow-up work to their successful and in Sweden gilded “Crimson Thunder“ album is planned for the 7th of March 2005.
All in all, the CD will contain ten songs, the titles are as follows (in no particular order):
01. Born to Rule
02. Hammer of Justice
03. The Templar Flame
04. Take the Black
05. Fury of the Wild
07. Never, Ever
08. Blood Bound
10. Knights of the 21st Century
At first, in January there will be a single.
For more information please visit www.hammerfall.net.
On October 10, Hammerfall bassist Magnus Rosèn will begin a solo bass tour that will include dates in Sweden, Germany, England and South America. Only one twist — the South American dates are not for personal profit; all money will be donated to homeless children. "I had this idea and worked [on] it for a year now," Magnus said in a press release. "I tried to get a company to support the tour but I couldn't find a company interested in helping so I paid for everything myself. All of the money I make will go to homeless children in the streets, not one dollar will go to me."
Magnus went on to explain, "I tour with Hammerfall every two years for 10 months so I have time for this kind of project." As a matter a fact, the last time Magnus toured South America with Hammerfall, he used all of his earnings to put one woman through school for a year. "I don't think all people needs to do this, but if you have extra time or money and like to help take the chance. It's nice to care. Try!" With the future in mind, Rosèn says he will continue to give up to three weeks every year to help the needy.
The upcoming touring starts October 10 in Lima, Peru and will be a one-man show with no background music — only Magnus on bass performing songs from his three solo CDs: "Imagine a Place", "Reminiscence" and "Empty Room". "I have toured in Japan, the U.S., Europe and South America with my bass show before so it's not something new, but it is something many people don't know this about me."
For more information, visit www.magnusrosen.cjb.net.
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar has posted the following message on the official Hammerfall website:
The first week of recording have gone extremely smoothly! Anders played very well - as usual - and Charlie has managed to make the drum sound even better than on "Crimson Thunder"! Magnus has recorded all the bass guitar now, as well, so things are progressing really nicely; the ground work is laid, and in a most promosing way, indeed. We still have a long way to go - more than two months remain until the mixing and mastering is all done - but I have a great feeling about this!
I have started writing a diary of all the important and unimportant stuff that I deem appropriate for web publishing is included, and it will come with fresh pictures, like you are used to.Hopefully, Fredrik can put it up over the weekend, so you can read all about the happenings during these first two weeks. Stay tuned!
Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted this message on the band's official website:
Here is, as promised, a report on the next HammerFall studio album. First off, the release is scheduled to March 7th, 2005. There will be a single and video out about a month earlier, as usual. For studio facilities this time, we have chosen the wonderful Lundgaard Studios in Denmark. We will do the entire production here, probably including mix. The date is soon upon us, as we will begin laying the drum tracks on September 4th. The album will contain nine or ten songs, with titles like: "The Templar Flame," "Hammer Of Justice" and "Fury Of The Wild." A complete listing of the titles will come in the future, as well as some thoughts on the musical direction. It is way, WAY too early to talk about that yet, I never know until the songs have had a while to grow on me and I get a feel for the overall material.
All right, have fun with the new site, I will return next week with another update. Until then, friends, hail!
Check out the new official Hammerfall website here.
More details have been revealed about the touring lineup for Cans, the solo project of Hammerfall singer Joacim Cans. Joining Cans in the group's current incarnation are drummer Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord), guitarist Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall), keyboardist Danielle Soravia, guitarist Danny Gill and bassist Fredrik Larsson.
Upcoming Cans tour dates:
Aug. 09 - Bananpiren - Göteborg, SWE
Aug. 10 - Klubben - Stockholm, SWE*
Aug. 11 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER*
Aug. 12 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, GER*
Aug. 13 - Zeche - Bochum, GER**
* Support: DIONYSOS
** Support: SILENT FORCE, DIONYSUS
Cans' debut album, "Beyond The Gates," was released in April through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded between November 2003 and February 2004 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Frankie's Hideaway in the U.S. and House of Music Studios in Germany, and was mixed and mastered at Twilight Studios in Germany. The recording lineup on the CD was as follows: Cans (vocals), Mat Sinner (bass, Primal Fear, Sinner), "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitars, ex-Halford, Painmuseum), Stefan Elmgren (guitars, Hammerfall) and Mark Zonder (drums, Fates Warning). An MP3 of the song "Fields of Yesterday" can be downloaded at this location.
Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist Mat Sinner will soon start recording their parts for Renato Tribuzy's new album, "Execution."
The musicians met up in Rio de Janeiro, during Primal Fear’s recent Brazilian date in support of their "Devil’s Ground" album, where they talked about the final recording details.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickenson recorded his parts for the album in April in Los Angeles with producer/guitarist Roy Z, who is also performing on the record.
Execution also features the following list of performers: Michael Kiske (Supared, ex-Helloween), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall), Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and Marco Barzo (Thoten).
"Beyond The Gates" is the name of the forthcoming solo album by Hammerfall's singer Joacim Cans. It is scheduled for release on April 19 through Sanctuary Records.
The album was recorded between November 2003 and February 2004 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Frankie's Hideaway in the U.S. and House of Music Studios in Germany, and was mixed and mastered at Twilight Studios in Germany. The recording lineup on the CD was as follows: Cans (vocals), Mat Sinner (bass, SINNER), "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitars, ex-HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM), Stefan Elmgren (guitars, HAMMERFALL) and Mark Zonder (drums, FATES WARNING). The album track "Fields of Yesterday" can be downloaded in MP3 format here
Hammerfall frontman Joacim Cans new solo release titled " Beyond The Gate" will release a video late February, the video clip will be for the track "Red Light". Director for the clip will be Joacim's longtime friend Roger Johansson, who is known for his outstanding work with Hammerfall, In Flames, and Soilwork, among others. The theme for the video will be revealed soon.