I've followed Hammerfall since their debut, and up until and including 'Chapter V' have enjoyed everything they've done, and have still bought their subsequent albums, but this one has ended my love of the band.
With the exception of the track 'The Outlaw' there is not even the slightest hint of classic era Hammerfall going on here.
As for abandoning their mascot Hector, well that's just a huge mistake, it's like Maiden not bothering with Eddie anymore.
Maybe this is just a blip, and they will listen to the negative feedback from the fans that this album has received in huge amounts, and go back to doing what they do best,catchy power metal with great guitar work, and big choruses.
I hope so, for the futre of the band.