Hammerfall will enter the recording studio in two weeks to record the follow-up to 'No Sacrifice, No Victory'.
Guitarist Oscar Dronjak said the following regarding the new album: "The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at the musical ideas, we're trying to preserve the essence of what HammerFall is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about."
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The album will be produced by James Michael who has worked with Motley Crue, Scorpions, Meat Loaf, and others. Oscar explains:
"Working with James Michael is going to be very, very exciting. The two Mötley Crüe album James has been involved in (songwriter on 'New Tattoo' and songwriter/producer on 'Saints Of Los Angeles') are great, and easily stack up against the classic albums of the 80's.
"That, and the fact that HammerFall have used the same producer (Charlie Bauerfeind) since 2002 has me very psyched about this collaboration. It will automatically bring a freshness to the proceedings! A lot of what HF was got refined when we started working with Charlie, and I'm sure we'll get a similar kind of reaction here. Sort of like a kick in the ass, to get going in the right direction."
Vocalist Joacim Cans added the following: "I see James Michael as one of my favorite singers of today and his work with SIXX:AM is simply fantastic. Not only is the album one of the best ever made production-wise, but James also delivers a vocal performance that most singers today are not capable of. James will be the perfect co-producer for us and I really think he will be able to get me up a notch in the vocal department."
The as yet untitled album will be released in Europe on May 20th 2011.