HAMMERFALL To Release 'Glory To The Brave - 20 Year Anniversary Edition'
October 7, 2017
When HAMMERFALL released its debut album, "Glory To The Brave", twenty years ago, the five Swedes launched a true heavy metal revival overnight. While the mainstream still concentrated on grunge and the metal scene was dominated by especially black and gothic acts, this traditional metal record was like a godsend and heralded a new era. "For us, the immense success was a real shock in the beginning," singer Joacim Cans remembers, because suddenly, HAMMERFALL were considered to be the saviors of true metal. They received countless rave reviews from magazines, Wacken Open Air booked the band at prime time on the main stage, Kai Hansen invited the band personally to join as support on the GAMMA RAY tour and the CD entered the German album chart at the amazing position of No. 38 — an unbelievable achievement during this time.
"Our advantage was that no one has expected us and our album. We only did what we wanted and felt compelled to do," Cans says.
This passion was not least influenced by German metal acts like ACCEPT, HELLOWEEN and STORMWITCH but also by other underdogs like WARLORD and PICTURE.
"I'm still very proud of this album; it has turned our lives upside down," the vocalist sums up, and is equally proud of the extensive re-release of the cult album, which will be madea available on December 1. The re-release includes the completely remastered version of "Glory To The Brave", a radio edit of the legendary title track as well as the great cover version of the STORMWITCH classic "Ravenlord". The bonus CD will include six live versions of "The Metal Age", "Steel Meets Steel", "Stone Cold", "Glory To The Brave", "Hammerfall" and "The Dragon Lies Bleeding", as well as a medley from numerous tracks off of their first-class debut album, which was recorded live this year at a show in Berlin.
In addition to this, the double CD will also be enhanced by a bonus DVD containing the first chapters of their "The First Crusade" documentary, which was originally published on VHS, as well as four new, historically edited interview chapters plus a live recording of their Dynamo Open Air show at Eindhoven in 1998. It will be available as a digipak in an attractive box set, including a booklet containing detailed liner notes, many photos from the private archives of the musicians as well as magazine reports, flyers, posters and much more. Besides the 2-CD/DVD, you can also purchase the audio part separately, which includes bonus tracks as a double-vinyl in various colors.
There has been no other album that was quite as important for the development of heavy metal in the nineties and now, the milestone will be published in a comprehensive deluxe edition that leaves no wish unfulfilled!
"Glory To The Brave - 20 Year Anniversary Edition" track listing:
Digi, Album Tracks Remastered
01. The Dragon Lies Bleeding 02. The Metal Age 03. HammerFall 04. I Believe 05. Child Of The Damned 06. Steel Meets Steel 07. Stone Cold 08. Unchained 09. Glory To The Brave Bonus: 10. Ravenlord 11. Glory To The Brave (radio edit)
CD2 (bonus) – Live
01. The Metal Age (1998) 02. Steel Meets Steel (1998) 03. Stone Cold (1998) 04. Glory To The Brave (2012) 05. Hammerfall (2012) 06. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (2012) 07. Glory To The Brave Medley (2017)
The First Crusade: 01. Introduction 02. Steel Meets Steel - First Live Show 03. Glory To The Brave - Clip 1 04. HammerFall 05. Steel Meets Steel - Live 06. Glory To The Brave - Clip 2 07. The Making Of "Glory To The Brave" 08. Ravenlord - Live (STORMWITCH cover) 09. The Metal Age - Live 10. Nominated For The Swedish Grammis Award 11. Stone Cold - Live 12. Interview
13. Chapter I: The Early Days 14. Chapter II: The Rockslaget Festival 15. Chapter III: The Album 16. Chapter IV: New Members, Wacken & Touring
Live: Dynamo Festival 1998
17. Child Of The Damned 18. The Metal Age 19. Steel Meets Steel 20. Eternal Dark 21. The Dragon Lies Bleeding 22. Stone Cold 23. HammerFall
2LP (140g, 33 RPM) Album Tracks Remastered
01. The Dragon Lies Bleeding 02. The Metal Age 03. HammerFall 04. I Believe 05. Child Of The Damned
01. Steel Meets Steel 02. Stone Cold 03. Unchained 04. Glory To The Brave
Side C (Bonus)
01. Ravenlord 02. The Metal Age (live 1998) 03. Steel Meets Steel (live 1998) 04. Stone Cold (live 1998)
Side D (Bonus)
01. Glory To The Brave (live 2012) 02. Hammerfall (live 2012) 03. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (live 2012) 04. Glory To The Brave - Medley (live 2017)
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