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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammerfall - Legacy Of Kings
In 1998, one year after their debut album Glory To The Brave, the Swedish Power Metal band Hammerfall released their second full-length studio album, entitled Legacy Of Kings. It was once again produced by Fredrik Nordström, only this time with guitarist Oscar Dronjak co-producing.

Continuing the fine formula that they established on their first outing;...
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay
not hammerfall`s best work but pretty good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammerfall - Legacy Of Kings, 21 July 2014
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In 1998, one year after their debut album Glory To The Brave, the Swedish Power Metal band Hammerfall released their second full-length studio album, entitled Legacy Of Kings. It was once again produced by Fredrik Nordström, only this time with guitarist Oscar Dronjak co-producing.

Continuing the fine formula that they established on their first outing; Legacy Of Kings is another tight, tasteful, immaculate collection of catchy, memorable and melodic Heavy Metal in the tradition of Priest, Maiden, Saxon, Accept and the like, with hints of Keeper-era Helloween in the guitar sound every so often. It isn’t neoclassical sounding like Stratovarius, or symphonic like Rhapsody (Of Fire), or indeed thrashy like Blind Guardian, but rather it concentrates more on the core spirit of early Heavy Metal and recreates the impression that listeners remember of that material (even if nothing here actually sounds all that directly like deep cuts from Sad Wings Of Destiny or Restless & Wild).

Expect soaring melodic vocals, frequent dual guitar lines and melodic guitar solos, solid galloping drums and heroic lyrics about subjects like triumph and victory.

This album also added a tiny touch more mid-tempo numbers and power-ballads than Glory To The Brave, (which were hinted at on the previous record). Slow, heavy tracks like “End Of The Rainbow” and more emotional balladry like “Remember Yesterday” and the piano-led “The Fallen One” provide a contrast to the speedy stylings of things like “Heading The Call,” “Warriors Of Faith,” the Gamma Ray-esque “Dreamland” or the Pretty Maids cover “Back To Back.” The balance is good and this record doesn’t rely too heavily on one or the other.

Enough about the direction though, what about the quality? Well; Legacy Of Kings is a very strong and entertaining. As long as you don’t generally hate this style of music anyway, this should prove a very worthy addition to anyone’s collection. The production job is crystal clear, the musicianship is great, the album is succinct and free from any filler, the mixture of light and shade stops it getting too repetitive and best of all, its just good fun!

Overall; this is an excellent album and if you have an inkling that you might like this band, I urge you to go ahead and pick yourself up a copy of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay, 9 July 2014
not hammerfall`s best work but pretty good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Hammerfall album, but still good, 28 Dec 2010
This review is from: Legacy Of Kings (Audio CD)
Vocals are excellent as always. Guitar and bass are exactly what you would expect from the more pop type edge of power metal.

I don't think that this band have ever released a duff album.

All in all a great album, but probably not quite as good as most of their others. If you have not tried them yet go for Chapter V first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behold the hammer acknowledge the fall united the key; brilliant., 30 Jan 2012
If heavy metal means anything at all then its all on here ~ epic,grandious ,pure metal it truly is a Calling an inspired body of work that ascends Legacy Of Kings into a metal nirvana up their with the harps while at once a focused on mans ploys to self determination Let the hammer fall aluding to the frailty of human condition and Back to Back a cover version which reiterates a lust for combat which leads ultimately into showcasing prayer the stronger despite all mens strenuous ,even ultruistic in the case of war, efforts to be master of folly.Taken as a whole and as a heavy metal work this album will have you chanting its several anthems and airing that guitar that is seen only by the beholder.I love it it really is true heavy metal music.In three words stoic,strong and heavy.What more could you ask for? He ,he he.Maximus Metalicus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Muted production lets this one down., 12 July 2005
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Duncan Sneddon (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I bought this album with mixed feelings about HammerFall. Having bought their first release (Glory To The Brave), Crimson Thunder and One Crimson Night (Live album) but not this one or Renegade (or their new release, Chapter V), I find that a lot of their music is pretty same old, same old, kicking off with power chord riffs and finishing with singing the chorus as many times as possible. On the other hand, is this a lack of progression or simply being consistent? And I was impressed by the tacks on this that are also on One Crimson Night, these being Heeding The Call, Legacy Of Kings, Let The Hammer Fall, At The End Of The Rainbow and Stronger Than All (ie. half of the album - OCN is not a skimpy package).
The first thing that struck me about this album is the production is very muted and downbeat - all the instruments sound somewhat muffled, which is a real shame given the quality of some of the songs on offer. I gave this a three star rating, but its at the higher end of that and would have been given four stars but for the production. This was suprising to me, given that the other two studio albums of theirs that I have sound very clear in comparison.
As stated above, some of the songs on offer are actually pretty good, stand outs being the first three tracks and Back To Back, though it must be noted that if you cringe at the thought of fully grown men singing about swords and steel you should turn away now.
In summary: Pros - the songwriting is generaly good, as are the solos (especially on the title track)and the sequencing.

Cons - the production, the cringeworthy art on the back cover, and if you don't like the subject matter (invariably steel and thunder) you'll find it hard to get used to. Also the lack of real innovation, but as this was only HammerFall's second album that can probably be forgiven.
I would recommend other bands ahead of HammerFall in the power metal genre, especially DragonForce.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COOL METAL BAND, 15 Oct 2000
This review is from: Legacy of Kings (Audio CD)
THIS IS METAL IWTH DIFFRENCE, THE SINGING IS TOO GOOD REALLY 4 A METAL BAND, WHICH SOMETIMES CAN BE THE DOWN FALL OF HAMMER FALL. HOWEVER THE EXTREME GUITAR WORK WITHIN THE EXCELLENT TUNES EASILY OVER COMES THAT. BACK TO BACK IS QUITE SIMPLY CLASS AS IS MANY OTHER TRACKS ON THE ALBUM, IF U OWN HAMMERFALLS OTHER ALBUM THEN THIS IS A MUST. I OWN BOTH ALBUMS AND 'Legacy of Kings' IS BY FAR THE BEST THEY'VE PRODUCED.
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