HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on his official blog:
"The concert highlight of the spring took place yesterday [April 21]; KING DIAMOND rolled through town [Gothenburg, Sweden]. I had been looking forward to this for a long time, and my expectations were really high. The band absolutely did not disappoint! Beginning with 'Funeral' and a choice selection of 'Abigail' hits, the crowd was in a frenzy from the second the lights went down. Continuing through the band's illustrious career, with two MERCYFUL FATE classics to complement the unbelievable set list, they fired off hits like 'Welcome Home', 'The Invisible Guest', 'Sleepless Nights', 'Eye Of The Witch' plus the obligatory couple of tracks from latest studio album 'The Puppet Master'. Towards the end of the show, they were joined on stage by Mikkey Dee (who played on the first four KING DIAMOND albums, for those of you who are in the dark) for what apparently was the first time in 18 years, blasting through 'Halloween'. MERCYFUL FATE's 'Evil' finished off the set, and my voice. I find it impossible not to sing along to the music of KING DIAMOND, and judging by the response the band recieved on this night, neither did the 800 or so in attendance. King's vocals were remarkably good, and the sound was excellent as well. Great, great concert!" More information on the KING DIAMOND concert in Gothenburg can be found at this location.
HAMMERFALL are expected to enter the studio this summer to begin recording their new album for an October 2006 release. The band's latest CD, "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken", was released in March 2005 via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Crimson Thunder" was produced and mixed by Charlie Bauernfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HELLOWEEN).