The NHL team Minnesota Wild has announced that for all its upcoming home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, they will be receiving a special welcome from Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL.
"When we first discovered the song 'Fury Of The Wild' by HAMMERFALL, it was like a gift, because everything about it fits so well to what we try to do for game presentation," states Minnesota Wild team representative Paul Loomis. "The energy, the drive, and, of course, just having 'Wild' in the title makes it a perfect fit. And for the band to go out of their way to make an instrumental version rocks the State Of Hockey!"
HAMMERFALL lead singer Joacim Cans comments on the alliance with Minnesota Wild: "It's a tremendous honor to have a team in the NHL use one of our songs as their intro, and Minnesota is a great fit due to the Scandinavian heritage of many of the state's inhabitants.
"We always felt heavy metal and hockey was a great mix, and this is the ultimate proof.
"The State Of Hockey has got new fans in the Templars of Steel!"
The next Minnesota Wild home game is against the Arizona Coyotes on October 23. Watch Swedish defensemen Jonas Brodin and Christian Folin, forward Mikael Granlund of Finland, Minneapolis' own Zach Parise, and the other stars of Minnesota Wild as they take to the ice with "Fury Of The Wild" blasting in the arena.
HAMMERFALL's new album, "(r)Evolution", sold around 1,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
The band's previous CD, "Infected", opened with around 1,700 units back in 2011. The CD debuted at No. 16 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.
HAMMERFALL recently parted ways with longtime drummer Anders Johansson due to "increasing musical differences." He has since been replaced by David Wallin of PAIN. In addition, HAMMERFALL bassist Fredrik Larsson will be on parental leave through March 2015 to take care of his second child, which is due in December. Handling the four-string duties in Fredrik's absence will be none other than HAMMERFALL's former guitar player Stefan Elmgren.