Mexico's metal web site Familia Perro recently conducted an interview with guitarist Pontus Norgren of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below.
HAMMERFALL's "Gates Of Dalhalla" DVD recently entered the Swedish "Music DVD" chart at position No. 4. The set also landed on the German "Music DVD" chart at No. 6.
"Gates Of Dalhalla" was released as a DVD+2CD and Blu-ray+2CD on November 30, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. The set features the band's extraordinary 135-minute 15th-anniversary show that took place on July 28, 2012 on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla, built in an old quarry near the small Swedish village Rättvik. The footage was captured by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus of the Revolver Film Company AB, who has previously worked with IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, EUROPE and LACUNA COIL, among many others. Special guests during the concert included original HAMMERFALL members Jesper Strömblad (IN FLAMES) and Mikael Stanne (DARK TRANQUILLITY), as well as ex-HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren.
The members of HAMMERFALL announced in March 2012 that they were take an extended break immediately following their festival appearances last year. There will be no HAMMERFALL activities in 2013, but the band promises to return strong next year. "The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014," explained singer Joacim Cans.
HAMMERFALL's latest 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.