Played at Graspop Metal Meeting
2007 / 2019


Power Metal




Sweden’s HammerFall was founded in 1993 by guitarist Oscar Dronjak primarily to play covers on the local metal scene. All band members at the time were also involved in other projects e.g. Jesper Strömblad (In Flames) and Niklas Sundin & Mikael Stanne (both Dark Tranquillity). It wasn’t until three years later that things started to heat up when singer Joacim Cans took over microphone duties from Stanne and they started composing their own material. Their 1997 debut ‘Glory to the Brave’ was a bombshell that instantly established them at the forefront of the power metal scene, a status confirmed two years later by their sophomore effort ‘Legacy of Kings’. HammerFall are not innovators, nor do they intend to be. In the best Manowar tradition, Hammerfall’s fist-pumping metal still burns with cry-to-arms urgency. Just check out ‘Dethrone and Defy’ on ‘Built to Last’ (2016)! A new album is also in the works for 2019. (#GMM19)