HAMMERFALL, SABATON, BULLET: European Tour Dates Announced

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will embark on a European hedlining tour in February 2009. Support on the trek will come from SABATON and BULLET.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Feb. 26 - NL - Rijssen - Lucky
Feb. 27 - NL - Tilburg - O13
Feb. 28 - BE - Antwerpen - Ter Lo
Mar. 01 - UK - London - Carling Academy Islington
Mar. 03 - F - Paris - Elysee
Mar. 04 - F - Lyon - Transbordeur
Mar. 06 - ES - Madrid - La Riviera
Mar. 07 - ES - Bilbao - Rock Star Live
Mar. 08 - ES - Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 10 - IT - Mailand- Rolling Stone
Mar. 11 - D - München - Backstage
Mar. 12 - CH - Pratteln - Z7
Mar. 13 - CH - Pratteln - Z7
Mar. 14 - D - Kaufbeuren - ALL Karthalle
Mar. 16 - D - Filderstadt - Filharmonie
Mar. 17 - D - Köln - Live Music Hall
Mar. 18 - D - Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
Mar. 20 - D - Bamberg - JAKO Arena
Mar. 21 - D - Fulda - Wartenberg Oval
Mar. 22 - D - Osnabrück - Halle Gartlage
Mar. 23 - D - Hamburg - Docks
Mar. 24 - D - Berlin - Kesselhaus
Mar. 26 - DK - Copenhagen - Vega
Mar. 27 - SE - Göteborg - Scandinavium
Mar. 28 - NO - Oslo - Rockefeller
Mar. 29 - SE - Stockholm - Hovet

HAMMERFALL entered Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden on September 22 to continue recording its eighth full-length album, due on February 20, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records. The as-yet-untitled CD will include an instrumental written by the group's latest addition, guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE POODLES, TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT), and a song entitled "One of a Kind", which was written 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).

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Pontus Norgren joined HAMMERFALL as the replacement for Stefan Elmgren, who left the band in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot.

HAMMERFALL's "Masterpieces" CD — a collection of all the covers the band has recorded to date plus three previously unreleased versions of other artists' songs — recently entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 69. Meanwhile, HAMMERFALL's "Rebels With A Cause - Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited" DVD chronicling the last few years of the band's career landed on the German chart at No. 81 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).

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