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Hammerfall set to return in 2014 in full force

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Two years ago, Swedish metal lords Hammerfall announced that they would be taking a creative break after celebrating the 15th anniversary of their legendary debut Glory To The Brave. At the time Oscar Dronjak commented:

We are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us.

And vocalist 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’s anniversary show in Dalhalla (Shouldn’t that be Valhalla?) was recorded and later released on DVD, followed up by their final show at Wacken Open Air. The German festival was the first show Hammerfall ever did outside of Sweden, and marked the beginning of the long and passionate relationship the band has enjoyed with the German metal fans. After the story had begun and the first chapter ended, they will return and the band are proud to announce that they will be returning to perform at the 25th anniversary of Wacken Open Air. And in true metal style, the show won’t just 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.

August 2014 will also see the release of a new studio album from Hammerfall. The album is currently untitled but there will be a single released both on vinyl and digitally in June 2014. 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 their early days. Joacim Cans explains:

It’s a great honour 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:

In order to maintain the high vocal standard set on ‘Infected’ we will return to USA and record with multitalented SIXX:AM vocalist James Michael. Never have I experienced such great set-up and environment as when we recorded the previous album. Even though things will be different this time around since he is re-locating in Los Angeles, I am damn sure he will make my vocal chord deliver like never before.

This won’t be the only return to the bands roots. The artwork of the new record will be created by no one else, but Andreas Marschall, who actually was the founder of Hector, seen on Glory To The Brave and many other great Hammerfall artworks.

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