Label: Metal & Hard Rock Hammer World - HWCD 016 • Series: Let The Hammer Fall - Vol. 30 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Hungary • Genre: Rock •
HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from GothenburgSweden. The band was formed in by ex- Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak. Dronjak had already composed the song "Steel Meets Steel," which was later included on HammerFall's debut album. All five members played in other bands at the time. Both of these bands influenced Swedish melodic death metal. HammerFall was relegated to being a side project of them all for several years.
Their concerts were limited mostly to a local music contest named Rockslaget. The band had few songs of their own and played mostly covers from bands such as Pretty MaidsJudas Priest and Alice Cooper. InHammerFall reached the semi-finals of Rockslaget. When Mikael Stanne could not perform with the band in the semi-finals, they found Joacim Canswho agreed to play with them for the night. The concert was a success although the judges disqualified HammerFall for the finals. By the end of that day, Joacim had already been made an official member of the band.
To give more exposure to their work and try for a professional recording deal, a short live performance was recorded and sent to the Dutch label, Vic Records. The album was initially released in the Netherlands and obtained positive feedback; it is Blood And Thunder - Various - Let The Hammer Fall Vol.
30 worthy of notice that the band's mascotthe paladin Hector, first appeared on the cover of this album. As HammerFall grew in popularity, the time available for members of the band to dedicate to other projects became limited.
Thus, HammerFall's line-up soon underwent changes. However, at the time they were considered as guest performers, not members of the band.
In earlyGerman label Nuclear Blast approached HammerFall with a contract for a European release deal, which included four albums. The deal was accepted and the band proceeded to record their first two music videos — "HammerFall" and "Glory to the Brave". After the release of a promotional single, Glory to the Brave was released throughout Europe. The results were quite unexpected, even after the intense marketing campaign made by Nuclear Blast.
The album reached position number 38 on the German Music Chart on the week of its release, something which had never before been achieved by a debut heavy metal music album. The concert on Wacken Open Air was performed to a crowd of over ten thousand people. Sales of the album reached one hundred thousand copies.
In February they did a small club tour 5 gigs in Belgium and the Netherlands. Support was the Belgian band Double Diamondwho later became Fireforce. In Februarythe recording of Legacy of Kings began. This album was once more written by Joacim, Oscar, and Jesper, who despite having quit the band still took part in the process in order to keep the same general mood of their first release.
The band spent a total of one and a half months in the studio recording this album. Their first world tour took place in October During the shows in Sweden, Joacim Cans caught a serious throat infection which made it impossible for him to sing.
The members of the band played for as long as possible and then were forced to postpone or cancel a few dates. During their passage through South America, HammerFall took a short break to visit the Brazilian beaches, but they soon resumed their tour. In the beginning of he was made a permanent member of the band. Anders had previously worked with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen on Rising Force in the 80's and 90's and on a number of other projects; he is the brother of Jens Johansson from Stratovarius.
He has been praised for his technical and polyrhythmical talent, in metal as well as other genres. After a long series of concerts, the band returned Collabos - Les Collabos Sweden in order to spend time with their families and begin writing songs for their next album.
HammerFall made arrangements for this album to be recorded Harpsi-Prince HRPSCRD - Donna Summer - Belligerent Super-Vision (File, Album) Michael Wagener,  who had previously produced bands such as AcceptAlice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne.
The recording took eight weeks, and the album was entitled Renegade. However, after the release, critics were mostly positive, even though there was a consensus that the band's sound was remarkably different. A music video by director Roger Johansson was created for the song "Renegade" and reached the top of the Swedish parade; the same soon happened with the album itself, which reached gold status with over forty thousand copies sold.
Oscar Blood And Thunder - Various - Let The Hammer Fall Vol. 30 on www. The band's second world Blood And Thunder - Various - Let The Hammer Fall Vol. 30 began in January Concerts from this tour counted with a replica version of the album's cover on stage. It was set up as a castle in ruins Menuetto (Allegro moderato) - Franz Schubert - The Piano Sonatas - Ingrid Haebler which the musicians entered the stage.
In total, the tour included almost sixty shows. The band then released a DVD entitled The Templar Renegade Crusadeswhich included video footage from recording sessions, live concerts, tour backstages, and encounters with fans. The footage ranged from the recording sessions Blood And Thunder - Various - Let The Hammer Fall Vol. 30 Legacy of Kings to the gold album party which took place in November HammerFall then proceeded to record their fourth album — Crimson Thunder.
Arrangements were made for recording sessions to take place in both JM Studios : from Charlie Bauerfeindin Wisseloord Studios — in the Netherlands, and studio Blind Guardian — in Germany, for the bass. By the end of the recording sessions ina listening session for the press was held. Overall, the reactions were quite positive, and most seemed to perceive the album as a change for the better from Renegade.
A single for the song "Hearts on Fire" was released six weeks prior to the album's launch and remained for weeks on the number one spot on the parades of some European countries. The song also attracted a number of new fans to the band due to its chorus -driven melody and simple riffs coupled with fast guitar solos. The shooting of the music video "Hearts on Fire" by director Roger Johansson was scheduled for August of that year. The band's plans, however, had Blood And Thunder - Various - Let The Hammer Fall Vol.
30 be held back for a week due to an incident that occurred one night. While Joacim was drinking with his girlfriend in a rock club he had been frequenting for over a decade, he was attacked by an unidentified person who hit him in the head with a beer glass and hastily escaped.
Joacim instantly lost consciousness and had to be taken to a hospital, in which he underwent plastic surgery and rested for a couple of days. As soon as it became medically possible, he joined the band to record the music video. In order to promote the release of the band's album in North America, they toured with Dio during November and Obey And Survive - Bushby* - Elastokinematics Subsequently, the manager of the band disappeared, taking the Midnight Sun - Various - 100 Hits: Rock On.
Driving Rock 60s & 70s. MP3 of the tour's revenue with him. Despite this the tour was very successful, and proceeded to Europe. Changes were made to the band's stage setting, and many investments were made on fireworks and on the presence of the mascot Hector on stage. The scenery on the cover of the single Hearts on Fire was also reproduced and added to the performances.
The tour progressed to Japan and then to South America. HammerFall's tour was brought to a sudden end when Oscar Dronjak suffered a motorcycle accident, breaking his left arm and sustaining several minor injuries. They were then left with no choice but to take a break. Stefan dedicated himself to getting a pilot license, Magnus and Anders continued working on their side projects and Joacim began work on his solo album and had his first child.
Oscar simply focused on recovering. Together with a group of specialists, he was able to recover to his full capacities. He then joined Anders, Blood And Thunder - Various - Let The Hammer Fall Vol.
30 , Stefan again, with bands HelloweenGamma Ray and Pretty Maidsamongst others, and played in the celebration of the 20 years of the German rock club Rockfabrik.
A video for the song "Bloodbound" was made by director Roger Johansson. On October 16 it was reported that HammerFall along with the band Europe would be part of the Eurovision song contest.
Joacim was quoted as saying "So there were no talks whatsoever to be part of this. Their 6th album, titled Thresholdwas released on October 20, and it went directly to a number 1 position on the Swedish charts. The reason for his departure stated that he was unhappy in the band and wants to focus on other projects.
On his own website and therefore with his own official statement it was announced that Magnus was tired of the simple bassplaying he was forced to play in HammerFall, and that he was unable to bring his own material to the band.
He now wants to "be more creative in his career". Three new songs were recorded for the band's first compilation album. On April 2, Stefan Elmgren announced his decision to leave HammerFall in Blood And Thunder - Various - Let The Hammer Fall Vol.
30 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His replacement is Pontus Norgren from The Poodles. On June 27,the band released the compilation album " Masterpieces ". The album has on it a collection of every song the band has covered, plus three new cover songs previously unreleased. This was Stefan Elmgren 's last release with the band. This album features a cover song My Sharona. The Album peaked at No. To kick off their new album, HammerFall toured all over the world with several support bands, such as fellow Swedish band Sabaton.
In the summer the band played a couple of high-profile festivals throughout Europe, including Sonisphere FestivalHigh Voltage FestivalMetalcampGraspop Metal Meeting and many more. The summer tour was named "Any Festival Necessary".
The European tour followed, under the name "European Outbreak". InHammerfall recorded a live DVD while performing a show in Dalhalla, Sweden, that featured some former band members as well as other special guests.
Oscar wrote a book about HammerFall, Legenden om HammerFall Swedish: "The Legend of HammerFall that was released on 24 October and tells of Blood And Thunder - Various - Let The Hammer Fall Vol. 30 band's Skins & Punks - Impact - Legendes Urbaines during the past 16 years, but it still exists only in Swedish.
The vocals were recorded by James Michael. The subsequent tour, dubbed the World Wide r Evolutionwill see HammerFall return to Latin America together with Edguy and Gotthard, followed by a full European assasult in the beginning of The band was somewhat distraught when drummer Anders Johansson left shortly after the release of r Evolution, but David Wallin Pain was brought in as a temporary replacement to ensure that the show would go on.
Around the same time, it was also decided that Fredrik would be on parental leave from September through March Former guitar player Stefan Elmgren stepped in and will handle the 4-string duties during that period, making this line-up a unique experience.
Currently, the band is in the midst of a wildly successful European tour, with 7 sold out shows already and more most likely coming. In Marchthe band announced that they had signed with Napalm Records.
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