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Hammerfall

One of the leading lights of the European metal resurgence in the mid-to-late 1990s, Sweden's Hammerfall helped to bring melodic power metal back to the forefront of a scene that was struggling to find its footing amidst the alt-rock/grunge boom.

Founded in Gothenburg in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak -- the dissolution of that band would also help launch another influential group, In Flames -- Hammerfall took some time getting off the ground. Many of its then-members were doing double duty with more established bands -- drummer Jesper Strömblad and guitarist Glenn Ljungstrom were both in In Flames and vocalist Mikael Stanne with was fronting melodic death metal giants Dark Tranquillity -- and their set lists leaned hard on covers. However, by the time of the release of their acclaimed 1997 debut, Hammerfall was an almost completely different band.

After inking a deal with Dutch label Vic Records in 1996, the group decamped to the studio with Dronjak, Ljungström, session drummer Patrik Räfling, and new vocalist Joacim Cans, and began laying down tracks for what would become Glory to the Brave. Despite being released only in the Netherlands, the LP caught the ear of Nuclear Blast, who quickly secured the rights and re-released the album in June, 1997. Glory to the Brave would be the first of a string of successful albums, including Legacy of Kings (1998), Renegade (2000), and Crimson Thunder (2002), that would go gold regionally, with the band's popularity reaching a fevered pitch in power metal-hungry Germany, as well as beginning to penetrate the market overseas.

After the release of Crimson Thunder, the band underwent some personnel changes, as well as some personal traumas, with Dronjak sustaining major injuries from a motorcycle accident and Cans undergoing plastic surgery after being attacked with a broken beer glass at a club. A 2003 live outing, One Crimson Night, helped to fill the void during the band's forced hiatus from the studio. Hammerfall returned triumphantly in 2005 with their aptly-named fifth long player, Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken, which featured songs that were inspired by author George R.R. Martin's popular A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. 2006's Threshold sought inspiration from the land of Westeros as well, and 2009's No Sacrifice, No Victory would be the first time out for new guitarist Pontus Norgren, who replaced outgoing axe-slinger Stefan Elmgren. 2011's Infected rose to top of the Swedish charts via the zombie infection-inspired single "One More Time," and 2014's (r)Evolution, their ninth full-length LP, would be the group's last outing with drummer Anders Johansson, who had been behind the kit since 2000. In early 2016, the band announced that they had signed with Napalm Records, who would be issuing their much anticipated tenth studio album later that winter. ~ James Christopher Monger
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: (R)Evolution (Bonus Version)

1. Hector's Hymn

2. (R)Evolution

3. Bushido

4. Live Life Loud

5. Ex Inferis

6. We Won't Back Down

7. Winter Is Coming

8. Origins

9. Tainted Metal

10. Evil Incarnate

11. Wildfire

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Track List: Infected

1. Patient Zero

2. B.Y.H.

3. One More Time

4. The Outlaw

5. Send Me A Sign

6. Dia De Los Muertos

7. I Refuse

8. 666 - The Enemy Within

9. Immortalized

10. Let's Get It On

11. Redemption

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Track List: No Sacrifice, No Victory

1. Any Means Necessary

2. Life Is Now

3. Punish And Enslave

4. Legion

5. Between Two Worlds

6. Hallowed Be My Name

7. Something For The Ages

8. Now Sacrifice, No Victory

9. Bring The Hammer Down

10. One Of A Kind

11. My Sharona

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Track List: Threshold

1. Threshold

2. The Fire Burns Forever

3. Rebel Inside

4. Natural High

5. Dark Wings, Dark Words

6. Howlin' With The 'Pac

7. Shadow Empire

8. Carved In Stone

9. Reign Of The Hammer

10. Genocide

11. Titan

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Track List: Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

1. Secrets

2. Blood Bound

3. Fury Of The Wild

4. Hammer Of Justice

5. Never, Ever

6. Born To Rule

7. The Templar Flame

8. Imperial

9. Take The Black

10. Knights Of The 21st Century

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Track List: One Crimson Night

Disc 1

1. Lore Of The Arcane (Live)

2. Riders Of The Storm (Live)

3. Heeding The Call (Live)

4. Stone Cold (Live)

5. Hero's Return (Live)

6. Legacy Of Kings (Live)

7. Bass Solo: Magnus Rosen (Live)

8. At The End Of The Rainbow (Live)

9. The Way Of The Warrior (Live)

10. The Unforgiving Blade (Live)

11. Glory To The Brave (Live)

12. Guitar Solo: Stefan Elmgren (Live)

13. Let The Hammer Fall (Live)

Disc 2

1. Renegade (Live)

2. Steel Meets Steel (Live)

3. Crimson Thunder (Live)

4. Templars Of Steel (Live)

5. Hearts On Fire (Live)

6. Hammerfall (Live)

7. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (Live) (Bonus)

8. Stronger Than All (Bonus) (Live)

9. A Legend Reborn (Bonus) (Live)

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Track List: Renegade

1. Templars Of Steel

2. Keep The Flame Burning

3. Renegade

4. Living In Victory

5. Always Will Be

6. The Way Of The Warrior

7. Destined For Glory

8. The Champion

9. Raise The Hammer (Instrumental)

10. A Legend Reborn

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Track List: Legacy Of Kings

1. Heeding The Call

2. Legacy Of Kings

3. Let The Hammer Fall

4. Dreamland

5. Remember Yesterday

6. At The End Of The Rainbow

7. Back To Back

8. Stronger Than All

9. Warriors Of Faith

10. The Fallen One

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Track List: Glory To The Brave (Deluxe Edition)

1. The Dragon Lies Bleeding

2. The Metal Age

3. Hammerfall

4. I Believe

5. Child Of The Damned

6. Steel Meets Steel

7. Stone Cold

8. Unchained

9. Glory To The Brave

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Track List: Built To Last

1. Bring It!

2. Hammer High

3. The Sacred Vow

4. Dethrone And Defy

5. Twilight Princess

6. Stormbreaker

7. Built To Last

8. The Star Of Home

9. New Breed

10. Second To None

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Track List: Bushido (Single)

1. Bushido

2. The Way Of The Warrior

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Track List: Crimson Thunder

1. Riders Of The Storm

2. Hearts On Fire

3. On The Edge Of Honour

4. Crimson Thunder

5. Lore Of The Arcane

6. Trailblazers

7. Dreams Come True

8. Angel Of Mercy

9. The Unforgiving Blade

10. In Memoriam

11. Hero's Return

12. Detroit Rock City (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Gates Of Dalhalla

1. Patient Zero (Live)

2. Heeding The Call (Live)

3. Any Means Necessary (Live)

4. B.Y.H. (Live)

5. Riders Of The Storm (Live)

6. Let's Get It On (Live)

7. Crimson Thunder (Live)

8. Renegade (Live)

9. Blood Bound (Live)

10. Last Man Standing (Live)

11. Fury Of The Wild (Live)

12. Drum Solo: Anders Johansson (Live)

13. Always Will Be (Live)

14. Dia De Los Muertos (Live)

15. Steel Meets Steel (Live)

16. Threshold (Live)

17. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (Live)

18. Let The Hammer Fall (Live)

19. Nar Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn (Live)

20. Something For The Ages (Live)

21. The Templar Flame (Live)

22. Oh Fortuna (Live)

23. Glory To The Brave (Live)

24. One More Time (Live)

25. Hammerfall (Live)

26. Hearts On Fire (Live)

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Track List: Masterpieces

1. Child Of The Damned

2. Ravenlord

3. Eternal Dark

4. Back To Back

5. I Want Out

6. Man On The Silver Mountain

7. Head Over Heels

8. Run With The Devil

9. We're Gonna Make It

10. Breaking The Law

11. Angel Of Mercy

12. Rising Force

13. Detroit Rock City

14. Crazy Nights

15. Nar Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn

16. Flight Of The Warrior

17. Youth Gone Wild

18. Aphasia

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Same Aaron kamrat
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Way too many people claiming someone did this first idk who was gonna say came on my Iron Maiden Radio I guess a band that could be on the same channel I guess since I added a few artists I hadn't heard in a while. Glad I found Hammerfall something new haven't heard much of
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Skid row did this also
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msilvermerli n
love them, love Warlock, Maiden, Priest, Malmsteen,Di o , , and I love most music. born in 71, so radio and music was alot different back then. I can jam with metal, classical, pop, rock, blues , as long as it is good...
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Never heard this. Not too bad
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OK, I thought this was done originally by Europe. I've never heard of these guys. Also, someone said Malmsteen cover...? Never heard him do it either. Have to Google that!
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Love this Yngwie Malmsteen cover!
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I love HammerFall.. . a w e s o m e Swedish power metal. Great band.
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A nice tribute to Warlord. A great cover by Hamnerfall.
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The Dio version is waayy better. Still love this song though
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I like this song its badass song .i like there music also hammerfall there the best song ever
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this would be perfect tank crewmen warfare music
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This is a pretty wooden version of Detroit Rock City
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for when its fourth period and you still haven't done your math homework due in 5th
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Seen these guys back when they started opening for dio , I understood dio found these guys .,
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Hammer F**kin Fall!
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I just really love hearing guitar solos and harmonies Add me on kik: AnimeFan300
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Why don't they use lyrics anymore
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/KK/
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newyorktwinm o m 1
I like their instrumental stuff like"Raise The Hammer". That is one badass song!
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This is a chastain song with leather singing
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They sound a bit like DragonForce. Their great!
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I wish Hammerfall the best with the new guys I mean on the infected album there were only 2 songs that were ok get it on crap I forgot the 2nd song. As for this album this is when Hammerfall was at they're best
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I'd love to see a Warlord/Hamm e r f a l l tour. That would be so awesome. Or Hammerfall/W a r l o r d .
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job40_41
Best mixed with Sabaton and Falconer, with two pinches of Rammstein and a dash of Nightwish.
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My go-to choice when leveling a World of Warcraft paladin.
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These guys helloween and manowar are the best European metal bands of all time
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Hammerfall has a new album coming on August 29
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@Ramie - the Pandora staff are too busy updating Justin Bieber's bio with the last time he took a s**t.
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Hammer fall is good workout music . Drop thy hammer!!
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oops warlord
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Fates warning or metal church ?
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like the classic metal sound,not sure about the message
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The bio ends about 15 years ago... what's going on now? They seem to be consistently releasing material and touring.
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These guys are cool. I live in Seattle but saw them in Vancouver, BC the show before they arrived in Seattle. LOL they blame Seattle for destroying metal and cursed us with the power of metal!
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Awesome band
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I saw these guys for the first time in late 90's with Death was great show. Both bands put on a awesome show.
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greendagger8 7
no where near maiden maiden is british new wave heavy metal there speed metal
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good music for an AP World History essay...
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It was already put correctly Iron maiden Jr a worthy compliment.
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Sounds like it would be great music to game to. I'd love to try that out sometime
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charlito67
I saw these guys a few years ago in Orange County CA. They kicked A**.
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Iron Maiden Jr.
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It's like metal for cartoons
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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Euro metal is best metal.
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crimson thunder = epic song i always chant the chorus, that pause in the chorus gives so much emphasis
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chrisneilbro w n 9
I play Hammerfall by any means necessary
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I was expecting more of a pantera sound but I got a Judas Priest sound instead not bad but I don't like the lead vocals they could be rougher
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420, I love dragonforce, but honestly I found these guys through dream evil radio and damn it's a good match. Its like Iced Earth meets Dream Evil to me.
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