HAMMERFALL – Album Review ‘Hammer Of Dawn’ 25th February 2022 via Napalm Records.

    Review by Heather Laing

    ‘Hammer Of Dawn’ Release 25th February, Via Napalm Records

    The hammer has forged another heavy metal masterpiece with Hammerfall’s latest album ‘Hammer of Dawn.‘ The Swedish band have returned once again with their twelfth contribution to the heavy metal scene. Hammerfall have always strived to bring something new to the genre of traditional metal, an ambition that has followed them since 1997 with their first debut album ‘Glory to the brave.’ On that premise alone you could say the numbers do all the talking, as 25 years have passed and Hammerfall are as strong as ever. Fans of traditional bands like Iron Maiden and Motorhead will be able to find something great within Hammerfall’s works. Each album is a unique blend of wild guitar solos, thundering drum, bass, and electric vocals; a combination made to drive the crowd insane, have them throwing their horns up into the air as they sing along.

    With all of this success behind them, it will come as no surprise to the fans ‘Hammer of Dawn’ is another incredible album. Each of the ten songs has it’s own unique rhythm, with certain tracks like ‘Live free or die‘ containing much faster tempo allowing you to take in the guitars, drum, and bass in all of their glory; while others like ‘Too old to die young’ flow a much slower pace, and place the focal point on the smooth but still very powerful vocals. That is not to say, however, that these elements only work well alone.  Remaining tracks hold an equal amount of instrumental and vocal attributes and are just as impressive as those that favour one over the other, as the electric guitar solos compliment the higher vocals while drums and base emphasize the power of the lyrics.

    No two songs are the same, each trying it’s hardest to shake the ground beneath your very feet, living up to the bands legacy of powerful performances again and again. This album has the nostalgic satisfaction for fan’s that have been with Hammerfall for many years and love what they do, and also for all fans of traditional metal that love to see the unique traits of the genre that started it all live on. On the other hand, this album brings something new and exciting for fans that are just discovering both the band and the genre in which they sit. ‘Hammer of Dawn‘ is an electrifying set and encompasses everything the band has strived to become and more. Their hammer has taken the metal of their genre and they’ve once again forged it into a masterpiece.

    Joacim Cans – Vocals
    Oscar Dronjak – Guitar
    Pontus Norgren – Guitar
    Fredrik Larsson – Bass
    David Wallin – Drums

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    HAMMERFALL live: Co-Headling Tour with Helloween

    25.03.22 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
    26.03.22 SE – Gothenburg / Partille Arena
    28.03.22 FI – Helsinki / Black Box
    29.03.22 EE – Talinn / Noblessneri Valukoda
    01.04.22 DE – Bamberg / Brose Arena
    02.04.22 DE – Hamburg / Sporthalle
    03.04.22 DE – Berlin / Verti Music Hall
    04.04.22 DE – Regensburg / Donau Arena
    08.04.22 ES – Madrid / Wizink Center
    09.04.22 ES – Barcelona / St. Jordi Club
    11.04.22 IT – Milan / Lorenzini District
    12.04.22 DE – Kempten / Black Box
    13.04.22 CH – Zurich / Samsung Hall
    15.04.22 LU – Luxemburg / Rockhal
    16.04.22 NL – Tilburg / 013
    18.04.22 PL – Katovice / MCK
    20.04.22 BG – Sofia / Arena Armeec
    22.04.22 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
    23.04.22 CZ – Prague  / O2
    24.04.22 SK – Zvolen / Ice Stadium
    26.04.22 HU – Budapest / Papp Laszlo Sportarena
    29.04.22 DE – Bochum / Ruhrcongress
    30.04.22 DE – Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
    01.05.22 DE – Frankfurt / Jahrhunderthalle
    04.05.22 UK – Manchester / Manchester Academy
    05.05.22 UK – London / Brixton Academy

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