The year is 1996 when a Swedish band prepares to revitalize traditional 80’s heavy metal – buried in oblivion at that time – with its debut album. And they were to succeed with flying colours! The combo answers to the name of HAMMERFALL and the record »Glory To The Brave« was to go down in metal history as the deliverance from the chains of grunge.
About 15 years, eight released studio albums and countless tours later, the men around founding member and guitarist Oscar Dronjak have firmly established themselves in the metal scene for a long time and are known for their energetic live shows all around the world. On the occasion of their well-deserved time-out in 2013, after which the quintet will return stronger than ever, a testimonial of HAMMERFALL’s on-stage power in a DVD+2CD format will be released before Christmas. For this, the extraordinary 135 minutes long anniversary show that took place on the 28th of July on the historic open-air stage Dalhalla near the small Swedish village Rättvik was captured on camera. “We played a set of 25 songs, fired off reams of pyro effects and could welcome many great guest musicians“, Oscar comments. “We were on stage for 2 hours and 15 minutes and it actually turned out to be one of our best concerts ever. The stage itself was already a highlight, for it was partly glazed and water-flooded. Moreover, we had 80 Marshall amps lined up!“ Said squad of prominent guests involved HAMMERFALL founding member Jesper Strömblad as well as ex-guitarist Stefan Elmgren among others, which made the show unforgettable not only for the 2500 fans in front of the stage, but also for the musicians themselves.
So you should be ready to re-experience this finest hour in HAMMERFALL’s history in front of the screens when the gates of Dalhalla open on the 30th of November. »Gates Of Dalhalla« is far more than just a live DVD: It’s the ultimate proof that the Swedes – despite the fact that traditional heavy metal got decent again in the 21st century, with newcomer bands springing up like mushrooms - still are the undisputed kings of their genre. On that note: Let the hammer fall!!!
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