Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL will enter Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden on September 22 to continue recording their eighth full-length album, due on February 20, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records. The as-yet-untitled CD will include an instrumental written by the group's latest addition, guitarist Pontus Norgren (THE POODLES, TALISMAN, GREAT KING RAT),and a song entitled "One of a Kind", which was written as a collaboration between HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak and IN FLAMES axeman Jesper Strömblad (who was a member of HAMMERFALL in the band's earliest incarnation).
Pontus Norgren joined HAMMERFALL as the replacement for Stefan Elmgren, who left the band in early April to focus on his new career as a pilot.
HAMMERFALL's "Masterpieces" CD — a collection of all the covers the band has recorded to date plus three previously unreleased versions of other artists' songs — recently entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 69. Meanwhile, HAMMERFALL's "Rebels With A Cause - Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited" DVD chronicling the last few years of the band's career landed on the German chart at No. 81 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).
An e-card for "Masterpieces" can be accessed at this location.
HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans' track-by-track breakdown of the 18 songs featured on "Masterpieces" and the significance of each track as it relates to HAMMERFALL has been posted on the web site of the German edition of Metal Hammer magazine. Check it out in English, German.
"Rebels With A Cause - Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited" is a continuation of HAMMERFALL's previous two DVDs ("The First Crusade" and "The Templar/Renegade Crusades") and contains newly recorded interviews with the band interspersed with footage from the group's own cameras. The time span is six years, from the beginning of 2002 until the end of 2007, and it's edited together as a documentary of sorts, i.e. one continuous film, but of course with chapters. Also included are all six promo videos made during the time in question plus some behind-the-scenes footage, four professionally filmed live songs from Filderstadt 2005, five TV clips they have purchased the rights to from SVT (the Swedish national television network) and some more homemade stuff as bonus.