"No Sacrifice, No Victory", the new album from Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL, sold around 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 38 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"No Sacrifice, No Victory" was recently certified gold in the band's home country for sales in excess of 20,000 copies.
Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last seven years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.
Video footage of HAMMERFALL's March 11, 2009 concert in Munich, Germany can be viewed below (courtesy of "eblinternational").
"No Sacrifice, No Victory" has registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe:
#2 - Sweden
#7 - Germany
#20 - Switzerland
#21 - UK (Indie Albums chart)
#25 - Austria
#46 - Norway
#95 - France
"No Sacrifice, No Victory" was recorded in part at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden and includes an instrumental written by the group's latest addition, guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE POODLES, TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT), as well as a song entitled "One of a Kind", which was composed as a collaboration between HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak and IN FLAMES axeman Jesper Strömblad (who was a member of HAMMERFALL in the band's earliest incarnation). The cover artwork was created by Sam Didier, while Thomas Ewerhard was responsible for the CD layout.