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).
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).