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Echoes Of Eternity Comment On Upcoming Tour With Hammerfall
November 23, 2009
Los Angeles' female-fronted progressive metal band Echoes Of Eternity, whose sophomore album recently debuted on the Billboard Top New Artist "Heatseeker's" chart at #134, comments on the band's upcoming tour dates with label mates Hammerfall from Sweden:

"We're really excited to get on the road with the legendary Hammerfall. It's been over a year since we've hit the stage, and we can't wait to play 'As Shadows Burn' live! We're going to be playing the West Coast leg of this tour, but we do have some things in the works to do a full tour that includes Canada and the East Coast. Looking forward to seeing all our friends and fans!"

Echoes Of Eternity
will open for Hammerfall at the following shows:
03/27 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
03/28 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
03/30 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
03/31 - The Galaxy Theatre - Santa Ana, CA
04/01 - U.B's Bar - Mesa, AZ
04/02 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
04/04 - Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO
04/06 - Trees - Dallas, TX
04/07 - Emo's - Austin, TX
04/08 - Meridian - Houston, TX

'As Shadows Burn'
was produced and mixed by former Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, Divine Heresy, Five Finger Death Punch) and features album artwork by Gustavo Sazez (Old Man's Child, Firewind, God Forbid).

Visit Echoes Of Eternity online at www.myspace.com/echoesofeternity & www.youtube.com/echoesofeternity.
 
 
 
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Hammerfall Return To North America In 2010
November 12, 2009
In North America, the arrival of spring will be celebrated with the epic return of Sweden’s templars of steel, Hammerfall. Touring the U.S. and Canada in support of their Billboard charting 2009 album, 'No Sacrifice, No Victory' (#38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart), the 27-show trek is set to launch in West Springfield, Virginia on March 5th with the finale planned for April 8th in Houston, Texas. Powerglove will be opening for the first 18 dates on the tour; Los Angeles’ Echoes Of Eternity will open the remainder of the tour following the Hollywood show. Confirmed dates are listed below.

This will be Hammerfall's first North American tour with new guitarist Pontus Norgren and new bassist Fredrik Larsson (an original band member who played on their 1997 debut, 'Glory To The Brave'). Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the tour are available online at www.EnterTheVault.com through November 24th. On November 25th, tickets go on sale through all normal ticketing outlets.

Hammerfall reached a career-crowning achievement this past March when 'No Sacrifice, No Victory' attained Gold status in their home country - debuting at #2 on the Swedish album charts and remaining in the Top 10 for four weeks. Other European chart positions for their latest album include: Germany #7; Greece #10, Switzerland #20; England #21; Austria #25; Czech Republic #33; Norway #46; Belgium #87; France #95.

Known for dedicating themselves to preserving the genre of traditional heavy metal as inspired by metal's "golden era," Hammerfall was founded in 1993 by Dronjak and drummer Jesper Strömblad (In Flames) in Gothenberg, Sweden. Drinking heavily from the well of high-octane twin-guitar work, clean vocal stylings, and classic-styled on-stage wardrobe, Hammerfall use the storytelling tradition to tell tales of honor & victory and to that end, band members have collaborated with the likes of Swedish Olympic athletes to the Swedish National Symphony Orchestra.

Hammerfall w/ Powerglove:
03/05/10 - Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
03/06/10 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA
03/07/10 - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza – New York, NY
03/09/10 - The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
03/10/10 - Club Soda – Montreal, QC – Canada
03/11/10 - Imperial – Quebec City, QC – Canada
03/12/10 - The Opera House – Toronto, ON – Canada
03/13/10 - Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
03/15/10 - Metro – Chicago, IL
03/16/10 - The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
03/18/10 - Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
03/19/10 - The West End Cultural Center – Winnipeg, MB – Canada
03/21/10 - Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – Canada
03/22/10 - Warehouse – Calgary, AB – Canada
03/23/10 - The Venue – Vancouver, BC – Canada
03/24/10 - El Corazon – Seattle, WA
03/26/10 - Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
03/27/10 - House of Blues – Hollywood, CA (Echoes Of Eternity joins tour)

Hammerfall
w/ Echoes Of Eternity:
03/28/10 - House of Blues – San Diego, CA
03/30/10 - House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
03/31/10 - The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
04/01/10 - U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
04/02/10 - The Rock – Tucson, AZ
04/04/10 - Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
04/06/10 - Trees – Dallas, TX
04/07/09 - Emo’s – Austin, TX
04/08/09 - Meridian – Houston, TX

Visit Hammerfall online at: www.hammerfall.net, on Myspace, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
 
 
 
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Hammerfall Announces New Bassist
April 10, 2007
Hammerfall founding member & guitarist Oscar Dronjak has issues the following update regarding the band's new bassist:

"The waiting and speculation is over. Magnus [Rosn] has been replaced. The new guy should be no stranger to any Hammerfall fan: re-enter Fredrik Larsson, original member of the band and fugutive for the past decade. Fredrik brings structure to the rhythm section and I think you will definitely hear and feel the difference when we play live."

"He plays with a pick, for one, and has a great groove and timing, all of which will make Hammerfall sound better than we ever have before," drummer Anders Johansson remarked, and guitarist Stefan Elgrem chimed in: "We are all very psyched about this and can't wait to get on the road again." Lead singer Joacim Cans adds, "Fredrik recorded 'Glory To The Brave' with us, so he's definitely a part of the family. It's great to have him back!"

States Larsson about re-joining the band:

"I am very happy and excited to be back! I have known the guys for more than ten years and we have kept in touch all the time, so it is not as if I come in a complete stranger. We played a few songs together last weekend, and it felt like 1997 was just a couple of weeks ago."
 
 
 
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Hammerfall Comment On Bassist's Departure
March 11, 2007
Swedish melodic power metallers Hammerfall have issued the following statement regarding the exit of the band's bass player Magnus Rosn:

"Bass player Magnus Rosn has elected to step down from Hammerfall to be able to focus on his own projects. While it is surprising, it's not a total shock to us since he has seemed to be unhappy with the situation in the band and on tour for quite a while. We wish him all the best with his future endeavors and turn our attention to the future, immediate and distant.

This will change nothing for us as far as booked gigs and other planned activities are concerned. Rest assured, Hammerfall will continue blazing its trail just like before. The process of selecting the right replacement both musically and personally is already set in motion, and we will announce it as soon as a decision is made."

Magnus Rosn issued the following statement:

"Thanks to all the fans around the world who supported the band for 10 years. You all gave me very nice memories after all the concerts we did. It was a pleasure to get a big public following like you people! Without you, we would not have been able to record all the CDs and tour like we did these past 10 years! So thank you all.

Its important for me to tell you that I loved every second I had on the stage when we played our concerts! To hear your happiness really made my day!!!!
It was also very nice for me to use my fame to do the solo bass charity work for poor people, the clinics in the schools for the kids, and the music against violence. I believe its a nice way to give and take.

So its time for me to be more creative in my music life! So I will, from now on, give myself a chance to write songs and be creative in other bands. This is possible. The year is passing by fast and for a musician, its important to grow in the situation you are in!

I hope Hammerfall find a nice and good bass player for you all, and I hope our fans will respect my choice. Anyway, be sure that I will still be doing Heavy Metal, so have your eyes open!!!
 
 
 
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Hammerfall Video To Debut On 'Headbangers Ball' This Weekend
January 11, 2007
Hammerfall's vampire-themed video for "Natural High," a track off their latest album, 'Threshold', will debut on this week's episode of MTV2's Headbangers Ball on Saturday, January 13th (7 p.m. PST / 10 p.m. EST). In the meantime, you can check out the video on YoutTube.com.

The idea for the video, which entered the Swedish singles chart at #6 in late September, was - according to Hammerfall founding member/guitarist Oscar Dronjak - "[drummer] Anders [Johansson]'s idea. He heard the song with the vocals the first time and immediately said, 'This HAS to be the single.' I didn't feel that at all in the beginning, and it took me a while to get on his side, but now I'm positive that we made the right decision." "When all the vocal parts came together, it was the best choice," added vocalist Joacim Cans. "Every part is very catchy: the verse, pre-chorus, chorus, the bridge, the solo. Everything is there for a reason. It has good continuity."

Known for dedicating themselves to preserving the genre of traditional heavy metal as inspired by metal's "golden era," Hammerfall was founded in 1993 by Dronjak and drummer Jesper Strmblad (now In Flames' guitarist) in Gothenberg, Sweden. Drinking heavily from the well of high-octane twin-guitar work, clean vocal stylings, and classic-styled on-stage wardrobe, Hammerfall use the storytelling tradition to tell tales of honor & victory and to that end, band members have collaborated with the likes of Swedish Olympic athletes to the Swedish National Symphony Orchestra.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1993
HOME TOWN: Gothenborg
MEMBERS:
Joacim Cans - vocals
Oscar Dronjak - guitar
Stefan Elmgren - guitar
Magnus Rosen - bass
Anders Johansson - drums

Like the mythos surrounding the Knights Templar, the birth and rise of Swedens Hammerfall is a story for metals history books. Dedicated to the noble cause of ensuring the genre of traditional heavy metal gets passed along for generations to come, Hammerfalls every album is at once a classic re-telling of David vs. Goliath battles against scene trends and a bold proclamation to all metal fans of the omnipotent roots of traditional metal.

Imagine a young metal fan growing up in Sweden picking up his first guitar at the impressionable age of 14 and then christening his first band The Hippie Killers. Oscar Dronjak graduated from playing heavy metal cover tunes to writing his own music in 1989 with his death metal band Desecrator (later Ceremonial Oath). Yet in 1993, Dronjak grew tired of death metal and often looked back to the music from his formative years for inspiration. Inviting his friend and co-Ceremonial Oath member drummer Jesper Strmblad of In Flames to join him in his new effort, Hammerfall, the line-up was completed by a veritable whos who of Swedish metal: Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity) on guitar, Mikael Stanne (also of Dark Tranquillity) on vocals, and Johan Larsson (In Flames) on bass.

Determined to create the ultimate traditional heavy metal band by paying homage to some of the genres most influential bands (among them Judas Priest), Hammerfall drank deeply from the well of high-octane twin-guitar work, clean vocal stylings, and time-honored stage wardrobe, using the epic storytelling tradition to tell tales of honor & victory for the way of life lived by fans of traditional metal. While Hammerfalls immediate goal was as innocent as joining an annual local music competition (Rockslaget), they knew little of the surprising success that awaited them. The band added second guitarist Glenn Ljungstrm (In Flames / Dimension Zero) and new bassist Fredrik Larsson three years later and advanced to the Rockslaget semi-finals. When it was discovered that Stanne would be unable to perform, the band sought out Highlander singer Joacim Cans, who was about to retire from singing. A live videotape of their performance was sent to Dutch label Vic Records and got them signed. Soon Hammerfall found themselves at Studio Fredman in late 1996 working with producer Fredrik Nordstrm on Glory To The Brave, which was recorded in a record sixteen days. After Strmblad and Ljungstrm left to concentrate on In Flames, drummer Patrik Rfling (ex-Highlander) and guitarist Stefan Elmgren (ex-Highlander) stepped in as replacements. Impressed with the bands career potential, Nuclear Blast approached Vic Records to license the debut album and ultimately signed Hammerfall to a multi-album deal in the process.

In a retrospective article on power metal, Guitar World Magazine cited Glory To The Brave as the disc that proved a young generation could gleefully deliver the power metal goods to a new, fantasy-starved audience. Graced with artwork by Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, In Flames, Immolation), Glory To The Brave was awarded Album of the Month in Germanys Rock Hard and Heavy Oder Was? magazines, entered the German music charts at number 38, and went on to sell over 100,000 copies worldwide, resulting in a debut performance at Germanys esteemed Wacken Open Air Festival and a Swedish Grammy nomination in the Best Hard Rock Act category. Considering the rising popularity of death metal on the worldwide scene, Glory To The Braves success proved to be a rally cry for European metal bands to proudly display their traditional roots. As if things could not get any better, seasoned bassist Magnus Rosn joined Hammerfall in May, 1997, and in early 1998, the band embarked on their Glory To Everything Louder tour with Raven and Tank, and later, went out with Gamma Ray & Jag Panzer on the Tour Of The Brave.

1998s Legacy Of Kings continued to ride the wave of success. Recorded at Studio Fredman in 40 days and once again produced by Fredrik Nordstrm with artwork provided by Andreas Marschall, the albums first single, Heeding The Call, entered the German Singles Chart at number 48. In addition to performances at Hollands Dynamo Open Air, Germanys Rock Hard and With Full Force, and Italys Monsters Of Rock festivals, Hammerfall also opened two shows for Deep Purple in Denmark and Sweden and toured through Germany, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and Holland with Labyrinth, Pegazus, and Primal Fear. Topping it all off was a five-week U.S. tour with Death, which ended in Atlanta, Georgia capped by a performance by Chuck Shuldiner and Joacim Cans tour-inspired side project, The Waffleheads. The band would then undergo one more line-up change before evolving into its current incarnation: drummer Patrick Rfling was replaced with Magnus good friend Anders Johansson (former drummer for Yngwie Malmsteens Rising Force, son to famous Swedish jazz pianist Jan Johansson and brother to Stratovarius Jens Johansson), whose recording credits amount to over 100 albums. The brotherhood of the Templars of Steel was now complete.

Traveling to Nashville, Tennessees WireWorld Studios to spend eight weeks to record Renegade in 2000 with producer by Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Accept, Skid Row), the album (showcasing more artwork
by Andreas Marschall) beat out both Madonna and Eminem on the Swedish album charts and achieved gold status. The band were also offered the opportunity to tour through South America and Mxico for the first time, playing to throngs of rabidly enthusiastic fans in fourteen different cities.

Working with produced Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Helloween, Angra) Hammerfall recorded their fourth studio album, Crimson Thunder, at multiple locations in 2002: Wisseloord Studios in Holland, Twilight Studios in Germany, and Mi Sueo Studios in the Canary Islands. Promotion for the album was launched with the release of the Hearts On Fire single (now a staple in Hammerfalls live set). With all album artwork now in the hands of Blizzard Entertainments art director Samwise Didier (Diablo, WarCraft), a worldwide Name The Warrior contest was held to crown the renegade knight appearing on every album with his own name: Hector. Crimson Thunder debuted at Number 13 on the German album charts and paved the way for Hammerfall to be selected as the support act for the Dio & Kings X tour in North America. The band later toured through Europe with Masterplan, Nostradameus, Dream Evil, Nocturnal Rites, and Poisonblack, played Japan for the first time, performed at the Bang Your Head, Masters Of Rock, and Metal Mania festivals, then returned to South America. Dedicated trailblazers, Hammerfalls momentum continued to build. To document the meteoric success of their crusade, the bands DVD, One Crimson Night, was recorded live in their hometown of Gothenberg on February 20th, 2003 in front of 4,000 fans.

Sadly, Hammerfalls plan to tour more and play their second-ever show in England suffered a setback when a motorcycle accident and a broken arm sidelined guitarist Oscar Dronjak. A veritable blessing in disguise (considering the band had been on the road for the past ten months), a much-needed break was imposed on the band in order to assure Dronjaks full recovery, as he was determined to regain his ability to play guitar via physical therapy sessions (which he subsequently accomplished). In the interim, Stefan pursued a pilots license while Magnus and Anders scheduled recording projects.

Two years after the imposed hiatus, Hammerfall returned with 2005s Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken which featured a special guest vocal appearance by Cronos of Venom on the track Knights Of The 21st Century. Recorded at Lundgrd Studios in Denmark with producer Charlie Bauerfeind and once again sporting artwork by Samwise Didier, Metal Maniacs praised the band for being "one of the few bands that have triumphed in creating metal inspired by '80s traditions that still sound new and fresh." "Sweden's lords of power strike again, wrote Kerrang!, while Metal Edge boasted: "Few do heroic, epic, unabashed heavy metal as well as these guys. Judging from the audience responses in Japan, Mxico, South America, and throughout Europe and North America (where the band toured with Edguy), the unbent, unbowed, and unbroken spirit that embodies these modern day musical warriors continued to capture the imaginations of metal fans the world over.

With their fifth studio album, Threshold, Hammerfall will recruit even more followers into their novae militae, their new knighthood. True to the doctrine of the Templars of Gothenburg clearly outlined by the anthemic new song Genocide, the brotherhood forged in steel continue to stand for everything powerful, majestic, and melodic in metal. Returning to Lundgrd Studios in Denmark to work once again with producer Charlie Bauerfeind, and donning more artwork from Samwise Didier, Threshold is meant to be played at maximum volume. From the commanding valor inherent in The Fire Burns Forever, the intriguing storyline in Natural High, the head-on drive of the instrumental Reign Of The Hammer, and the audience participation prospects of Titan, Hammerfall urges all fans of traditional metal to hold their heads high, feeding them the strength to follow the way of the warrior, and above all, to relish the power of their freedom to live a life worth fighting for.