[=HammerFall=] is a [[PowerMetal power]] and [[HeavyMetal heavy]] metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1993 by Oscar Dronjak, former guitarist of Ceremonial Oath. A good number of their songs are HotBlooded and heroic themed anthems.

And yes, that town in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is named after them and the game's art director has made some of the band's album covers.

Current members:

* Joacim Cans - Lead vocals
* Oscar Dronjak - Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
* Pontus Norgren - Lead guitar, backing vocals
* Fredrik Larsson - Bass, backing vocals
* Anders Johansson - Drums

Former members:

* Stefan Elmgren - Lead guitar
* Magnus Rosén - Bass
* Patrik Räfling - Drums
* Jesper Strömblad - Drums
* Glenn Ljungström - Lead guitar
* Mikael Stanne - Lead vocals
* Niklas Sundin - Lead guitar
* Johan Larsson - Bass


* ''Glory to the Brave'' (1997)
* ''Legacy of Kings'' (1998)
* ''Renegade'' (2000)
* ''Crimson Thunder'' (2002)
* ''Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken'' (2005)
* ''Threshold'' (2006)
* ''No Sacrifice, No Victory'' (2009)
* ''Infected (2011)''
* ''(r)Evolution (2014)''
* ''Built to Last (2016)''

They have also released a live album, ''One Crimson Night'' in 2003, and two compilation albums, ''Steel Meets Steel: Ten Years of Glory'' in 2007 and ''Masterpieces'' in 2008. There have also been four video albums, ''The First Crusade'' in 1999, ''The Templar Renegade Crusades'' in 2002, a video version of ''One Crimson Night'' in 2003 and ''Rebels with a Cause: Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited'' in 2008.

!!The band gives us these examples:
* AtomicFBomb: They fit one in their cover of Music/TwistedSister's "We're gonna make it", when the pace of the song slows down.
* AudienceParticipationSong: The anthemic nature of many of this band's songs leads to this occuring often, but a special mention to "Templars of Steel", which includes the lyrics "Raise your fist to the sky!" and Cans often has the audience shout the word "Revolution" in the chorus.
* BadassBeard: By ''(r)Evolution'', Cans has grown a pretty wicked beard.
* BadassBoast: The single ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cohNst5zQMI Bushido]]'' is essentially one big, loud, hammy boast from the point of view of an incredibly proficient samurai.
* TheCameo: On one live concert they started singing "När Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn" and in the middle of the song, Roger Pontare the songs creator himself joined in.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''Chapter V''
* CoverAlbum: ''Masterpieces''.
* DoomTroops: ''Any Means Neccessary''
* DropTheHammer: Their {{Mascot}}'s WeaponOfChoice. In addition, all their albums except ''Crimson Thunder'' and ''Infected'' contain a song with "hammer" in the name, and then there's the band's name...they seem to have a thing about hammers.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: "At the End of the Rainbow" on ''Legacy of Kings''. The cover of ''I Want Out'' -single also features one.
* EpicFlail: On the cover of ''Crimson Thunder''.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Cans got a beer bottle broken on his head while visiting a bar once.
* HeavyMeta: Many songs reference metal itself. Especially ''Life is Now'', ''Stronger Than All'', and ''Bang Your Head''.
* HeavyMithril
* HesBack: After receiving a lot of flak for not including [[SeriesMascot Hector]] in the cover of ''Infected'', cue ''(r)Evolution'' not only featuring him, but the video for its opening song [[HesBack (being called ''Hector's Hymn'' even)]], [[MomentOfAwesome featuring every album cover in the history of Hammerfall that did include him!]]
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade - The Knights Templar in many songs.
* HorribleHistoryMetal: A number of songs about the Crusades.
* HotBlooded: As if the "Hearts on Fire" wasn't a clue...
* LargeHam: Cans has two modes: "Ham" and "Hammier". Oscar goes further with his choice of costumes. It's no coincidence that "Ham" is in the band's very name.
* LyricalDissonance: "Natural High" sounds upbeat (like much of their stuff) but is actually about a vampire killing a woman. Or something.
* ManySpiritsInsideOfOne: "Legion" is the TropeNamer.
* {{Mascot}}: Sir Hector.
* MetalScream: Cans is capable of some really high pitched and long ones.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: From the hardest 6 possible to a solid 7.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: They made a second video for "Hearts on Fire" that starred the Swedish Women's Olympic Curling Team. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL9mlqbG5CU Curling is FUCKING METAL!]]
* TheNounAndTheNoun
* PowerBallad: At least one per album.
* ThePowerOfRock: The first music video for "Hearts on Fire".
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The main character of ''Bushido''. The whole song is littered with references to how honourable he is.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** "Unbent! Unbowed! Unbroken!" from "Fury Of The Wild" (''Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken'', 2005).
** "Kill! Win! Live! Die!" from "Any Means Necessary" (''No Sacrifice, No Victory'', 2009).
** All the vocals of "Warriors Of Faith" (''Legacy of Kings'', 1998).
* {{Samurai}}: ''Bushido'' is essentially a IAmSong for the entire Samurai concept. So much that [[http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/hammerfallbushido.jpg its single cover]] has Hector's armor evoking this trope.
* ShoutOut:
** The song titles contain numerous references to ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' - too many to be mere coincidence. For example, "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", part of the title of one of their albums, is also the motto of House Martell.
*** There is also the song titles "Take the Black", which is when somebody joins the Night's Watch, and "Dark Wings, Dark Words" which is an in-universe proverb about messages carried by ravens.
*** The last piece of doubt is removed with the (r)Evolution-album: the song "Winter is Coming" contains direct references to the books.
** The song "Renegade" is a power-metal retelling of the setting of the TV series of the same name.
*** The lyrics also fit the ''Comicbook/GhostRider'' mythos to a T.
** The song titled "Punish and Enslave" seems to be one to one of the labels on [[Film/{{Transformers}} Barricade's vehicle form]]
** The song title "Bushido" from ''(r)Evolution'' is Japanese for "Way of the Warrior", also a song title from the album ''Renegade'' (2000), and the song ends with a CallBack to "Way of the Warrior".
* SongOfSongTitles: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtGFIrvtiAs "Hector's Hymn"]]
* StartMyOwn: The singer Joacim Cans has his own solo project.
* SubduedSection: Featured prominently.
* SuicideBySunlight: In ''Always Will Be''.
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* TheXOfY
* ZombieApocalypse: "Patient Zero". Also, the video for "One More Time".