Hammerfall’s new video, “One More Time” has it all! Heavy Metal, Fire and Zombies! What’s not to like? “One More Time” is on the new Hammerfall album, Infected which is due out June 7th from Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video clip, “One More Time” below!
In two weeks, Sweden’s most successful heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will enter the studio with producer James Michael to record the follow up to 2009′s No Sacrifice, No Victory, which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart for top new artists.
HAMMERFALL guitarist / founding member Oscar Dronjak shares a little insight on the songwriting, which is almost complete:
“The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at [our] musical ideas. We’re trying to preserve the essence of what HAMMERFALL is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight-forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about.”
This follow-up album marks a significant change for the Swedish quintet, as the band has worked exclusively with producer Charlie Bauerfeind since 2002. HAMMERFALL’s search for a new producer ended with James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf).
Oscar explains: “Working with James Michael is going to be very, very exciting. The two Mötley Crüe albums [he] has been involved in (as a songwriter on New Tattoo and as songwriter/producer on Saints Of Los Angeles) are great, and easily stack up against the classic albums of the ’80s. That, and the fact that HammerFall have used the same producer (Charlie Bauerfeind) since 2002 has me very psyched about this collaboration, it will automatically bring a freshness to the proceedings! A lot of what HF was got refined when we started working with Charlie, and I’m sure we’ll get a similar kind of reaction here. Sort of like a kick in the ass, to get going in the right direction.”
Vocalist Joacim Cans adds another important aspect: “I see James Michael as one of my favorite singers of today and his work with SIXX:AM is simply fantastic. Not only is the album one of the best ever made production-wise, but James also delivers a vocal performance that most singers today are not capable of. James will be the perfect co-producer for us and I really think he will be able to get me up a notch in the vocal department”
The yet untitled record will be released in Europe on May 20th.
The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA — the largest alignment of progressive, classic and power metal bands on American soil — has been finalized for this September’s festivities.
As always, the massive event, held in Atlanta, Georgia, will include a plethora of both stateside and European acts, including headlining acts Kamelot, Accept and Hammerfall, along with Turisas, Nocturnal Rites and more. This year’s festival will also mark the first American appearances from Paradox, Leprous, Delain, Tarot (featuring Marcto Hietala of Nightwish), Seventh Wonder and many more international acts.
In addition to the main two days of the event, there will be two days of pre-fest shows and activities based around ProgPower, including a Mid-Week Mayhem show on Wednesday, September 8th, and a Fest Kick-Off Show on Thursday, September 9th.
There are actually only approximately 300 tickets still available for the fest, so don’t wait! View the full lineup below, and check out the official website for ProgPower USA for full details, ticket info, the history of the fest and more: http://www.progpowerusa.com
PROGPOWER USA XI ITINERARY:
9/08/2010 ProgPower USA XI Mid-Week Mayhem
Ross the Boss (New York) – “A Night of Manowar Classics” with Scott Columbus
Seven Kingdoms (Florida)
9/09/2010 ProgPower USA XI Kick-Off
Accept (Germany) 10:45 – close
Leprous (Norway)* 9:15 – 10:15
Borealis (Canada) 8:00 – 8:45
Six Minute Century (Texas, USA) 6:45 – 7:30
9/10/2010 ProgPower USA Day 1
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Tyr (Faroe Islands)
Seventh Wonder (Sweden) *
Leaves’ Eyes (Norway/Germany)
Illusion Suite (Norway) *
9/11/2010 ProgPower USA Day 2
Tarot (Finland) *
Delain (The Netherlands) *
DGM (Italy) *
Oceans of Sadness (Belgium) *
Stormwarrior (Germany) *
Paradox (Germany) *
* = first ever performance on American soil