Hammerfall To Release New Album Next Year And Playing Wacken 2014
Two years ago, the Swedish heavy metal templars from Hammerfall announced a creative break after celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut "Glory To The Brave."
“We are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us," previously said Oscar Dronjak. Singer Joacim Cans added: “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014."
Hammerfall is now proud to announce a performance at the 25th anniversary of the 2014 Wacken Open Air. And the show won’t be a standard one! Oscar Dronjak explains:
“It’s very fitting that, when Wacken celebrates its 25th anniversary, they will get a proper 'Glory To The Brave' anniversary show. This will be a throwback show to the European gig that launched it all for us: Wacken Open Air 1997. The set list will consist of all the songs from the first album and we'll of course add some newer songs at the end. We will do this very unique show at Wacken and nowhere else, so if you miss it, you missed it.”
In August 2014 the new and yet-untitled studio album of Hammerfall will be released. There will also be a single – released on vinyl and digitally – upfront in June.
Oscar Dronjak reveals: “We’ve all kept ourselves busy with various projects of a musical nature, but, man, it feels good to finally announce that we’re going to release a new Hammerfall album next year! The album is set for an August release, and we have already begun writing songs for it. It’s always difficult to tell which direction we will end up going in when you’re in the middle of it, but it feels like this will be a mix of the very best of what we have done over the years. The time off has given us perspective on a lot of things, and the new material seems to reflect this. We’re all super excited to get this going again and bring you a revitalized and reenergized Hammerfall!”
This new album will mark a return to Fredrik Nordström, who worked with the band in the early days. Joacim Cans explains: "It's a great honor to have Fredrik Nordström back as the main producer for Hammerfall. As the father and founder of 'The Gothenburg Sound' as well as the producer of 'Glory To The Brave' and 'Legacy Of Kings' we are confident that he will take our music to new and yet unreached levels."
James Michael, who had co-produced the band’s latest studio album "Infected," will once again take over the vocal recordings. This won’t be the only return to the bands roots. The artwork of the new record will be created by none other than Andreas Marschall.
Oscar Dronjak states: "There has never been any doubt in our minds that we would be back, and the moment we made the decision to take a much-needed break, we already had a strategy for the future of the band. A new album in 2014 has always been the plan, and when Joacim and I started to discuss the parameters for the next Hammerfall album we found that one of the first points we immediately agreed on was that we should consider asking Andreas Marschall to do the cover artwork. Andreas is responsible for the first three Hammerfall albums, and it seemed like the perfect time to let him interpret Hector again."
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