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HammerFall is a power and heavy 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.

Current members:

  • Oscar Dronjak - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Joacim Cans - lead vocals
  • Fredrik Larsson - bass, backing vocals
  • Pontus Norgren - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • David Wallin - 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
  • Anders Johansson - drums


  • 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)
  • Dominion (2019)
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  • Hammer of Dawn (2022)

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:

  • Atomic F-Bomb: They fit one in their cover of Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It", when the pace of the song slows down.
  • 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 carries one. In addition, all their albums except Crimson Thunder, Infected, (r)Evolution, and Dominion 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 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 B.Y.H..
  • Heavy Mithril
  • He's Back!: After receiving a lot of flak for not including Hector in the cover of Infected, cue (r)Evolution not only featuring him, but the video for its opening song (being called ''Hector's Hymn'' even), featuring every album cover in the history of Hammerfall that did include him!
  • 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". Oscar goes further with his choice of costumes. 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.
  • Metal Scream: Cans is capable of some really high pitched and long ones.
  • 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!
  • My Horse Is a Motorbike: in the song "Renegade".
  • 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!:
    • "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 "I Am" Song for the entire Samurai concept. So much that its single cover has Hector's armor evoking this trope.
  • Shout-Out:
    • 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 with the first two words swapped around.
      • 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 song titled "Punish and Enslave" seems to be one to one of the labels on Barricade's vehicle form
    • "No Sacrifice, No Victory" is also the title of a track from the Transformers movie score, as well as a line from the movie.
    • 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 Call-Back to "Way of the Warrior".
  • Song of Song Titles: "Hector's Hymn"
  • Start My Own: The singer Joacim Cans has his own solo projects, one under the name Cans that mostly follows the style of Hammerfall, and one under his full name that's more folk inspired and uses Swedish texts.
  • Subdued Section: Featured prominently.
  • Suicide by Sunlight: In Always Will Be.