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Not the best from these metal gods, but pretty solid...
on March 25, 2009
Hammerfall's first four albums were nothing short of amazing, reaching their apex with "Crimson Thunder". The next two studio albums after that were okay, but nothing special--a few stand-out tracks here and there and a lot of filler.
When I initially heard the first single from this new HF record, "By Any Means Necessary", I thought, this record will be a return to form for the boys. Well, it's not really, but it is better than "Chapter V" and "Threshold".
The album starts out with the aforementioned single, so it's a strong beginning. The second song, "Life it Now", is one of the two weakest tracks. The next couple of songs are filler-ish, but not too bad. The track five, "Between Two Worlds", is the other weaker track on the album (it is their obligatory mid-album power ballad, but nowhere near as wonderful as "Dreams Come True" and "Always Will Be").
Then, starting with track six, the album gets going. Tracks six through ten are all excellent Hammerfall rockers that live up to their first four albums.
Finally, track eleven--the cover. On first listen, I thought their version of "My Sharona" was one of their more uninspired covers, but after a few listens it has really grown on me. They really Hammerfall-ify it, adding backing-vocally "HEYS!" instead of "whoas", along with plenty of soloing. Sounds pretty epic, actually.
So if you are new to Hammerfall, you could do worse with this album, but I would recommend starting from the beginning of their discog, with "Glory to the Brave".
If you are a returning metallion, this record won't be album-of-the-year, but you might like it.