Released on: 2002-09-23
When we talk about today’s Heavy Metal scene we have to talk about Sweden’s HAMMERFALL, which are one of the most important bands today. As a preview of their new album, Crimson Thunder (Release: 28.10.), a new single, Hearts On Fire, will be out in September. The song is quite typical for HAMMERFALL and features all the trademark elements of their sound. With the ultra-heavy production of Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Helloween et al), Crimson Thunder is a typical HAMMERFALL album, but even more heavy and aggressive than the previous efforts. To ensure that everything was being as good as it possibly could be the album was recorded in three different studios. The band has done their most diverse and professional album so far. Not one song is the other alike, yet they all share a common trait: heavy metal of the purest kind, created by people who love the music. Apart from the new metal hymn Hearts On Fire there is also a unique cover of the Twisted Sister classic We’re Gonna Make It, as well as a and a live version of Heeding The Call. The latter is also featured in an enhanced video version, filmed at Wacken Open Air 2001. HammerFall was founded by Oscar Dronjak (guitar) in 1993. He enlisted his friend Jesper Strömblad and later Joacim Cans (vocals) to create the songs for and record the legendary Glory To The Brave album. Since Jesper and two more members decided to concentrate on their other bands, Joacim and Oscar were left to replace the entire line-up even before the album was released. Stefan (guitar), Magnus (bass) and Patrik Räfling (drums) was brought into the fold, and Glory To The Brave became the album the metal scene needed and was waiting for: straight, hard-hitting songs that instantly became hymns and made everybody talk about the band. Although it was a hard period for metal, HAMMERFALL entered the German charts on position #38 and made everybody feel the power of heavy metal music once more. “A metal heart is hard to tear apart,” the band sang, and it rang true. HAMMERFALL became the most successful newcomer ever and made two more excellent records with Legacy of Kings (#15 in Germany) and Renegade (#17 in Germany). Anders Johansson (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) replaced Patrik to complete the magical line-up for Renegade, and the band even received a gold record in their native Sweden (where it was number one in the charts, beating out Madonna and Eminem). Crimson Thunder is another HAMMERFALL classic destined for glory, and Hearts On Fire is spear heading the charge!
|Track list||Total runtime|
|1||- Hearts On Fire||3:53|
|2||- We're Gonna Make It - Twisted Sister cover||3:35|
|3||- Heeding The Call - Live||4:44|
|4||- Heeding The Call - Live Video|