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  HAMMERFALL - THE TEMPLARS RETURN IN FORCE IN 2014
7 December 2013





Two years ago Swedish Heavy Metal Templars Hammerfall announced a creative break after celebrating their 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"

Singer 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 was recorded and released afterwards on DVD, followed by the final show at the 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 started and the first chapter ended, there will also be the return: Hammerfall are proud to announce their performance at the 25th anniversary of the 2014 Wacken Open Air.

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This show won't 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."

In August 2014 a new and yet untitled studio album from Hammerfall will be released. There will also be a single - released on vinyl and digitally - upfront in June.

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 honor 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 band's 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.

"There has never been any doubt in our minds that we would be back, and the moment we made the decision to take a much-needed break, we already had a strategy for the future of the band. A new album in 2014 has always been the plan, and when Joacim and I started to discuss the parameters for the next Hammerfall album we found that one of the first points we immediately agreed on was that we should consider asking Andreas Marschall to do the cover artwork. Andreas is responsible for the first three Hammerfall albums, and it seemed like the perfect time to let him interpret Hector again", comments Oscar Dronjak.

For more information visit:
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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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