Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will embark on a European headlining tour, "European Outbreak 2011", in October.
Commented HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak: "Beginning on October 25th and ending on December 10th, we will embark on the real tour for [the latest HAMMERFALL album] 'Infected'. Dubbed 'European Outbreak', this will show the very best side of HAMMERFALL, we've got some very cool things in the pipeline for this tour! So hope you see you all at the shows, it will be a blast! And that's guaran-damned-teed!"
The dates are as follows:
Oct. 31 - D - Hamburg - Groe Freiheit
Nov. 01 - B - Antwerp - Trix
Nov. 02 - D - Filderstadt - Filharmonie
Nov. 04 - D - Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
Nov. 05 - F - Paris - Bataclan
Nov. 06 - L - Esch-Sur-Alzette - Rockhal
Nov. 07 - CH - Zurich - Volkhaus
Nov. 09 - A - Vienna - Arena @
Nov. 10 - A - Graz - Orpheum
Nov. 11 - I - Milan - Magazinni Generali
Nov. 12 - D - Mnchen - Theaterfabrik
Nov. 15 - PL - Warzaw - Stodola
Nov. 16 - D - Berlin - Huxleys
Nov. 17 - NL - Tilburg - 013
Nov. 18 - D - Kln - Essigfabrik
Nov. 27 - SK - Trencin - Piano
Nov. 28 - HU- Budapest - Petfi Hall
Nov. 30 - RO - Bucharest - Hard Rock Caf
Dec. 01 - SER - Belgrade - SKC
Dec. 02 - CRO - Zagreb - Boogaloo
Dec. 03 - SLO - Ljubljana - Siska
Dec. 04 - D - Passau - Dreilnderhalle
Dec. 09 - PT - Porto - Hard Club
HAMMERFALL's new album, "Infected", sold around 1,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. 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's previous CD, "No Sacrifice, No Victory", opened with 1,400 units to land at No. 38 on the Top New Artist Albums chart.
"Infected" entered the official chart in Sweden at position No. 2 (right behind LADY GAGA!). The CD was released in Europe on May 20 and was made available in North America on June 7 via Nuclear Blast Records. Laying down the foundation themselves in their own studio in Sweden, the members of HAMMERFALL then traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to finish it up with acclaimed producer James Michael (MTLEY CRE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF). He also mixed the album, giving it a decisive updated edge without losing any of the essence of the band's sound. "James helped us create something that was new and exciting while still in the line of our heritage", Oscar Dronjak, guitar player and founder of the band, explains.
The album consists of eleven songs, and the limited first edition also includes a bonus DVD with unreleased video material of five of the "Infected" tracks.