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HAMMERFALL Guitarist: 'I Think Individuality Is What Separates Swedish Bands From The Rest Of The World'

Clint Switzer of the "Music Mania" podcast conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL prior to the band's October 25 concert at Riot Room in Kansas City, Missouri in support of SABATON. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Rehearsing For HEADLESS CROSS Shows

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin is rehearsing for upcoming shows with his band TONY MARTIN'S HEADLESS CROSS. Joining Martin for the sessions at RB Studio in Birmingham, England are Danny "Danté" Needham (VENOM) on drums, Dario Mollo (ex-GRAHAM BONNET) on guitar, Eddie George (ex-MAGNUM) on keyboards and Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL) on bass. Martin wrote ...

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HAMMERFALL Announces Fall 2020 North American Tour With BEAST IN BLACK

Swedish metal masters HAMMERFALL are currently traversing North America along with SABATON on their massive sold-out tour, touring in support of their globally dominating latest album, "Dominion". Now, HAMMERFALL is pleased to announce a 2020 North American Headline tour, also in support of "Dominion". The tour starts September 14, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida ...

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LION'S SHARE Releases New Single And Lyric Video, 'Pentagram'

Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE has made a new song, "Pentagram", available on on streaming services and digital service providers. LION'S SHARE singer Nils Patrik Johansson explained the lyrical inspiration for the track, saying: "The new single 'Pentagram' is based on a true story about someone I know. All of a sudden, he decided ...

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WOLF Joined By KING DIAMOND Bassist, Ex-HAMMERFALL Drummer

Swedish metallers WOLF will return with a new studio album, titled "Feeding The Machine", on March 13, 2020 via Century Media Records. The long-awaited disc will feature new band members Johan Koleberg (HAMMERFALL, LION'S SHARE) on drums and Pontus Egberg (KING DIAMOND, LION'S SHARE) on bass. "Feeding The Machine" is being produced by WOLF's Simon ...

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HAMMERFALL's JOACIM CANS: 'No One Expected An Album Like 'Glory To The Brave' In 1997'

Power metal was considered outdated when HAMMERFALL released its "Glory To The Brave" debut in 1997. Save for BLIND GUARDIAN, very few power metal acts actually increased in popularity throughout the decade, with the style's pioneering band, HELLOWEEN, struggling to regain footing after lineup changes, and alternative and grunge music taking precedence, effectively pushing out ...

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OSCAR DRONJAK Says HAMMERFALL Wants To Make The 'Perfect Heavy Metal Album' Every Time

In an interview with EMP Spain prior to their appearance at this year's Leyendas Del Rock festival in Villena, Spain, guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL delved deep into the writing and recording process for their latest studio album, "Dominion". Like in previous interviews, Dronjak cited the stress-free and well-planned nature of the "Dominion" ...

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Dominion - HAMMERFALL

The problem with consistency and steady momentum is that it becomes increasingly hard to impress. HAMMERFALL have been admirably reliable over the years, releasing a steady stream of albums – ten in total, prior to "Dominion" – that have always hit the mark, delivered the goods and provided the Swedes with a new anthem or ...

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OSCAR DRONJAK Explains HAMMERFALL's Songwriting Process: 'It's Like A Slow Grinding Wheel'

In an interview with Xander from Total Rock Radio at this year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany, guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metal veterans HAMMERFALL delved deep into his songwriting process. With 11 studio albums under their belt, including HAMMERFALL's forthcoming effort, "Dominion", Dronjak explained how advancements in modern technology and the band's ...

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HAMMERFALL Releases Music Video For 'Dominion' Title Track

The official music video for "Dominion", the title track of the new album from Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL, can be seen below. The disc will be released on August 16 via Napalm Records. The clip was filmed and edited by Oliver Route. For "Dominion", HAMMERFALL re-teamed with James Michael to do vocals at Red Level Three ...

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HAMMERFALL Frontman: 'We Write The Music That We Would Buy Ourselves If Someone Else Wrote The Songs'

Chris Akin of "The Classic Metal Show" recently conducted an interview with frontman Joacim Cans of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On HAMMERFALL being the "AC/DC of power metal": Joacim: "You should never actually change the content of anything. Imagine you go ...

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SONATA ARCTICA's TONY KAKKO: 'There Are A Lot of Bands Who Always Did Power Metal Much Better Than We Did'

Since its 1999 "Ecliptica" debut, SONATA ARCTICA has gradually moved away from the zippy, speedy, if not wholly saccharine, power metal sound that so defined the Finnish band's early years. Inspired heavily by their fellow countrymen STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA rode the late '90s/early 2000s melodic and power metal resurgence alongside EDGUY, HAMMERFALL and KAMELOT. But ...

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HAMMERFALL's OSCAR DRONJAK: 'We've Always Been On The Same Path; We Haven't Deviated Much'

Record Collector recently conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the band's sound has changed since they signed to Austria's Napalm Records in 2016: Oscar: "No. Nothing has really changed. HAMMERFALL will always be the ...

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HAMMERFALL Releases 'Live' Video For '(We Make) Sweden Rock'

The official live video for "(We Make) Sweden Rock", the new single from Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album titled "Dominion", which will be released on August 16 via Napalm Records. The clip was filmed at this year's edition of Sweden Rock Festival. Vocalist Joacim ...

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HAMMERFALL Guitarist: 'We're Still On The Path Upward'

France's Loud TV recently conducted an interview with guitarist Oscar Dronjak of Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On making the band's forthcoming "Dominion" studio album sound "vital": Oscar: "It's one of those things where you have time finally to perfect everything. ...

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Former FIREWIND, HAMMERFALL Members Join Forces In THE SIGN

THE SIGN is a new multinational rock band formed by Swedish virtuoso bassist Magnus Rosén (ex-HAMMERFALL, BILLIONAIRES BOYS CLUB) and Sri Lankan-born veteran vocalist Chitral "Chity" Somapala (RED CIRCUIT, ex-AVALON, FIREWIND), with the lineup completed by Rosén's fellow countryman, the versatile session guitarist Jörgen Alnevall. Influenced by '70s classic rock bands such as BAD COMPANY, ...

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HAMMERFALL Guitarist Says New Album 'Dominion' 'Feels Very Energized'

HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans and guitarist Oscar Dronjak recently spoke with Janne Vuorela. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's recently released single, "(We Make) Sweden Rock", which pays tribute to notable hard rock and metal bands: Oscar: "I remember Joacim sent me something ...

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Wolf God - GRAND MAGUS

Sweden is a hotbed of all things metal—from djent progenitors MESHUGGAH and prog inclined wizards OPETH, all the way over to the nation's signature death, black and melodeath scenes. In recent years, the likes of GHOST, SABATON and AMARANTHE have churned out catchy, classic metal—or metal inspired—songs delivered with a modern twist, gaining commercial acclaim ...

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SABATON Announces Fall 2019 North American Tour With HAMMERFALL; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON will make their triumphant return to North American this fall for "The Great Tour". The headline excursion will feature support from special guest HAMMERFALL, and will begin in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on October 4 and will end in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 3. Says SABATON: "'The Great Tour' begins! ...

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