HammerFall is a power
metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1993 by Oscar Dronjak, former guitarist of Ceremonial Oath. A good number of their songs are Hot-Blooded
and heroic themed anthems.
And yes, that town in World of Warcraft
is named after them and the game's art director has made some of the band's album covers.
- Joacim Cans - Lead vocals
- Oscar Dronjak - Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Pontus Norgren - Lead guitar, backing vocals
- Fredrik Larsson - Bass, backing vocals
- Anders Johansson - Drums
- 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)
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
The band gives us these examples:
- Audience Participation Song: 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.
- Badass Boast: The single Bushido is essentially one big, loud, hammy boast from the point of view of an incredibly proficient samurai.
- The Cameo: 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.
- Chronological Album Title: Chapter V
- Cover Album: Masterpieces.
- Doom Troops: Any Means Neccessary
- Drop the Hammer: Their Mascot's Weapon of Choice. 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.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: "At the End of the Rainbow" on Legacy of Kings. The cover of I Want Out -single also features one.
- Epic Flail: On the cover of Crimson Thunder.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: Cans got a beer bottle broken on his head while visiting a bar once.
- Heavy Meta: Many songs reference metal itself. Especially Life is Now, Stronger Than All, and Bang Your Head.
- Heavy Mithril
- Historical Hero Upgrade - The Knights Templar in many songs.
- Horrible History Metal: A number of songs about the Crusades.
- Hot-Blooded: As if the "Hearts on Fire" wasn't a clue...
- Large Ham: Cans has two modes: "Ham" and "Hammier". It's no coincidence that "Ham" is in the band's very name.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Natural High" sounds upbeat (like much of their stuff) but is actually about a vampire killing a woman. Or something.
- Many Spirits Inside of One: "Legion" is the Trope Namer.
- Mascot: Sir Hector.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: From the hardest 6 possible to a solid 7.
- Mundane Made Awesome: They made a second video for "Hearts on Fire" that starred the Swedish Women's Olympic Curling Team. Curling is FUCKING METAL!
- The Noun and the Noun
- Power Ballad: At least one per album.
- The Power of Rock: The first music video for "Hearts on Fire".
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The main character of Bushido. The whole song is littered with references to how honourable he is.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: At least twice:
- "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)
- The song titles contain numerous references to A Song of Ice and Fire - 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 a in-universe proverb about messages carried by ravens.
- The song Renegade is a power-metal retelling of the setting of the TV-series of the same name.
- The song titled "Punish and Enslave" seems to be one to one of the labels on Barricade's vehicle form
- Start My Own: The singer Joacim Cans has his own solo project.
- Subdued Section: Featured prominently.
- Suicide By Sunlight: In Always Will Be.
- The X of Y
- Zombie Apocalypse: "Patient Zero". Also, the video for "One More Time".