Matt Coe of Dead Rhetoric recently conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL.
Dead Rhetoric: Was it a shock to lose long-time drummer Anders Johansson in 2014 after the release of your last album, "(r)Evolution", and have you found a permanent replacement or are you still using temporary/ fill-in members until you are satisfied with the right member for HAMMERFALL?
Dronjak: "It was a huge shock, and a huge disappointment initially too, because he didn't say anything to us. He didn't even notify us when it happened. We found out from our booking agency, actually. They wrote us an e-mail saying that 'well, since Anders is no longer going to be touring these next shows, we need a name to be able to start securing the plane tickets and visas. Who is your new drummer?' And we were, like, 'Wait. What are you saying?' It's a typical Anders way of doing things, and it felt weird. It was the end of the relationship. It felt like being dumped by your girlfriend after 15 years without her telling you why, basically. To this day, I still don't know why it happened, because I haven't spoken to him. I've gotten some texts and stuff. What I think happened is he saw the touring plans that we had. He has been touring since the early 1980s; he's 10 years older than I am and he's done this for a long, long time. He was tired of touring the same cities over and over again. I just think he was tired of the grind — he didn't want to go through this again. He has a new family; at that point, he had a son that was two years old, and also another on the way. That played a role for him too, being away from the family for a while. I can respect and understand that totally. I just wish he would have told me in person, but that was what happened. So we got David [Wallin] afterwards. That was a blessing in disguise that Anders took this step because David has invigorated the band quite a bit. He's four years younger than I am; it's not much, but with the attitude he has, he hasn't done a lot of big stuff. To have David on board has been a big shot in the arm for everybody else, especially live. The gigs have been much more energetic since he's appeared with the band. I think we sound better than we ever have."

Swedish power metallers released another video from their upcoming tenth album “Built To Last”, this time for the song “Hammer High”. The video is influenced by movies like “Thor”, “300” and the comics aesthetics and it shows the duel of two warriors in front of their armies.

25 Nov

Hammerfall

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Just a few days before Hammerfall returns to Greece after a long 18-year gap, we track down the band’s founding member and guitarist, Oscar Dronjak who was more than happy and polite to answer to our questions. As you will notice, Oscar was very sincere and his answers were really interesting while his recollection of the famous first Hammerfall tour with Gamma Ray is still intact and crystal clear! Naturally, we couldn’t help but asking him about Hammerfall’s upcoming show in Greece while I must say that his point of view regarding “Infected” is well-rounded and justified. Read all the details below… Interview: Sakis Nikas

Anthony Morgan of Metal Forces recently conducted an interview with HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak.
On whether a verbal altercation occurred between the band and former drummer Anders Johansson:
Oscar: "No, no. I mean, I still haven't talked to him, believe it or not. [Laughs] He didn't answer any calls at that time. The thing is with Anders, he's a very unique person, and the way he went about doing this thing was he didn't tell anybody what he was doing. He told our booking agency, because we had a tour booked for Latin America which included visas for Brazil. I know we had a show in Russia before that, and I think it had a name and everything. He told our booking agency that he wasn't going to be doing the tour, so they didn't have to book anything for him. Our booking agency came back to us and said 'Okay, so Anders isn't going to do the tour. He's out of the band. Who's going to be your drummer? So I know what name to put down on everything.' We were like 'Wait, what? What are you saying?' So, that's how he informed us. He didn't inform us, really. He just let us find out from a third party, which I think was a bullshit way of doing it. I told him this many times. It felt like after 15 years, we deserved better than we got. I think 15 years is something you don't just throw away like that, so I was really angry with him, or upset rather for a long time. The thing is, when this happened, the same day that I got the e-mail from our booking agency, I had just had my first child. We were at the hospital. I think this was the day after, actually, so I was a little bit preoccupied. My main focus was on my kid, obviously, my family, at that time."

16 Nov

Hammerfall

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Hammerfall is back and stronger than ever! Their tenth studio album, the sensational “Built To Last” has already gained rave reviews from all over the world. So, it was a fitting chance to track down Joacim Cans who was more than happy to share a few details and underline once and for all why Hamerfall is built to last! Interview: Sakis Nikas

14 Dec

WATCH: HAMMERFALL LIVE

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Below you can check out Hammerfall's performance in Athens, Greece last night at Fuzz Live Stage... except from the two YouTube videos you will find here, there is another one featuring the very last song of the showm, which you can enjoy if you click here!

Swedish power metallers HammerFall have been at it for nearly two decades. Due out November 11, Built to Last will be HammerFall’s tenth full-length album. “The Sacred Vow” is the first single from that new album, proving that the band hasn’t slowed down since 2014’s (r)Evolution.
Galloping riffs and Joacim Cans’ soaring vocals, energetic as ever, are accompanied by an animated lyric video.

HammerFall had this to say about “The Sacred Vow:” “Choosing a track for this was not easy, as we had several suitable songs. But ‘The Sacred Vow’ is a pretty classic HammerFall tune and very representative of the album as a whole: speed, power, energy and with a catchy chorus that oozes of heavy metal spirit."

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will release their tenth studio album, "Built To Last", on November 4 via Austria's Napalm Records.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Bring It!
02. Hammer High
03. The Sacred Vow
04. Dethrone And Defy
05. Twilight Princess
06. Stormbreaker
07. Built To Last
08. The Star Of Home
09. New Breed
10. Second To None

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