In two weeks, Sweden’s most successful heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will enter the studio with producer James Michael to record the follow up to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory, which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart for top new artists.
HAMMERFALL guitarist / founding member Oscar Dronjak shares a little insight on the songwriting, which is almost complete: “The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at [our] musical ideas. We’re trying to preserve the essence of what HAMMERFALL is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight-forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about.”
This follow-up album marks a significant change for the Swedish quintet, as the band has worked exclusively with producer Charlie Bauerfeind since 2002. HAMMERFALL’s search for a new producer ended with James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf).
Oscar explains: “Working with James Michael is going to be very, very exciting. The two Mötley Crüe album [he] has been involved in (as a songwriter on New Tattoo and as songwriter/producer on Saints Of Los Angeles) are great, and easily stack up against the classic albums of the ‘80s. [I am] very psyched about this collaboration; it will automatically bring a freshness to the proceedings! A lot of what HF was got refined when we started working with Charlie, and I’m sure we’ll get a similar kind of reaction here. Sort of like a kick in the ass to get going in the right direction.”
Vocalist Joacim Cans comments on another important aspect to HAMMERFALL’s upcoming studio time: “I see James Michael as one of my favorite singers of today and his work with SIXX:AM is simply fantastic. Not only is the album one of the best-ever made production-wise, but James also delivers a vocal performance that most singers today are not capable of. James will be the perfect co-producer for us and I really think he will be able to get me up a notch in the vocal department.”
The as-yet-untitled new album will be released in Europe on May 20th. A summer release in North America is expected.
No Sacrifice, No Victory achieved gold status in Sweden for sales in excess of 20,000 copies. The album registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe: #2 in Sweden, #7 in Germany, #20 in Switzerland, #21 in the U.K. (Indie Albums chart), #25 in Austria, #46 in Norway, and #95 in France.