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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best HF CD there is!
In my opinion this is still the best Hammerfall CD, there is. Sure, they where young back in 1997 and the lyrics may not always be gramatically 100% correct, but all the songs have fantastic story lines and music. For instance a few months ago a rock magazine in my country made a contest etiled "what song would you want to be played on your funeral". Hammerfall's "Glory...
Published on 7 May 2009 by G. Porecki

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3.0 out of 5 stars Glory to the brave.... etc
The debut album from Swedish power metal group Hammerfall. I've got to say that it is an alright album, if flawed in fundamental areas.
The main ways in which this album, and all of Hammerfall's CD fall straight on their asses is the music. It's formulaic. Every single song they've ever made sticks to the same tired formula. Compare that to any band though and you...
Published on 8 July 2004 by Mr. S. Armstrong


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best HF CD there is!, 7 May 2009
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G. Porecki (Muncie, IN) - See all my reviews
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In my opinion this is still the best Hammerfall CD, there is. Sure, they where young back in 1997 and the lyrics may not always be gramatically 100% correct, but all the songs have fantastic story lines and music. For instance a few months ago a rock magazine in my country made a contest etiled "what song would you want to be played on your funeral". Hammerfall's "Glory To The Brave" (the title track) won, though the band is not all that well known here. This shows how moving both the texe and the music are.

And as a comment to one of the reviews below. The texts are not typicall for metal music, but this makes them unique. Not everything you think is a mistranslation really is. It's just sometimes deeper, then most lyrics. Can't you really see the poetic meaning of "the final deja vu"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammerfall - Glory To The Brave, 19 July 2014
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Gentlegiantprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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Hammerfall’s debut album Glory To The Brave is a bone-fide classic album, and absolutely sounds like it too! It was released through Nuclear Blast records in 1997 and was produced by acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted, Zyklon etc.) Despite being made in Gothenburg and produced by Nordström however, it is not as you may expect a classic of Melodic Death Metal but rather of straight-up, no-frills Power Metal.

The sound is stripped-down, tasteful, NWOBHM-influenced classic sounding Heavy Metal, with plenty of double-kicks and guitar solos. Its not too cheesy or over-the-top but somehow still feels really bombastic and fun. Loveable singer Joacim Cans, provides melodic, enjoyable and not-too-shrill vocals over the top. Oscar Dronjak’s iconic rhythm guitar style pulls the whole thing together with long ringing Power chords and memorable, hummable riffs.

The production job is excellent, with a perfect balance between instruments and a clear, clean sound for the time. Best of all, the songwriting is extra special here, these are songs with a lot of replayablity and you can listen to this record over and over again without getting sick of it. Many of these songs have turned out to be concert classic over the years. Everything about this album is classic. Even the figure on the album cover, Hector the Paladin, went on to become the band’s mascot and return on most of their artwork ever since.

Highlights include the absolutely intensely catchy ‘The Dragon Lies Bleeding’ as well as the Warlord Cover Song “Child Of The Damned” and the band’s self-titled anthem “Hammerfall.”

Overall; Hammerfall’s debut is an absolute classic, its well-written, well-produced, masterfully performed and immensely re-playable. It is an absolute must-have for fans of the band and the subgenre, and I highly recommend giving it a listen if you haven’t heard it yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic traditional Debut power metal., 25 Jan 2010
This review is from: Glory To The Brave (Audio CD)
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past decade and a half, it is unlikely fans of the power metal genre haven't heard of this breathtaking opus "Glory to the brave" In case some of you are unaware, it's one of the finest debut albums ( not just in power metal ) but the music scene has a whole, of all time. The secret quite possibly lies in it's subtlety and character-not to mention some of the greatest musicianship the genre has ever seen makes this album an essential listen.

On the other hand the key to the awesomeness could quite well be the numerous and fantastic songs- particularly "Dragon lies bleeding, The dragon lies bleeding, Child of the dammed, Steel meets steel and Glory to the brave" are legendary tunes encompassing the raw guitar and singy, songy style high sings that makes this area of music of great, riffs are abundant and appear without warning often leading into expert if not crazy solos.

What's not to like?... 80's power metal has never been the best understood area of music nor receiving the recognition it should rightly be in aid of, more often than not great albums like these slip under the radar and become set to old lost classics, while others are gasping at some of these god awful metalcore bands out there, with mouth's wide open at the momentousness of it all.

Personally iv been a fan of Hammerfall when i was introduced by a friend who offered me "very kindly" a borrow of the "Renegade" album released in 2000. And my view after the whole listen was indeed a very impressed feeling by the album. Since, i went out and bought the album and later investigated further and got this one. By this time i was a concrete firm fan and a dedicated follower of the band, eventually collecting all their live CD, DVD and studio compositions in the process.

In my personal view the album was a stroke of genius executed at the earliest times of a bands existence, even considering the excellent Renegade and the masterful heights reached by the Unbent, unbowed, unbroken album, this album exceeds them all perhaps with a unique sense of charisma and passionate arrangements present in this well produced sounding record? But who knows though, it is however an undeniably very important jewel which perhaps propelled Hammerfall into the audience and level they are today. It's a beautiful album and one of the best albums by one of the best bands in the genre. A stone cold classic.

The limited editions available contain the acoustic "Always will be" a respectful and relaxing ballad and the rather dismal miss-fire "Breaking the law" a pretty out-of-tune plodder which only very slightly nips the end of a roller-coaster journey ending with a generous (live) "Steel meets steel" rendition bringing to an end this epic chapter (and the best chapter to date,) in the story of Hammerfall. If you like good quality metal and especially power metal this is a MUST BUY, no regrets are nearly guaranteed. 10/10 simply superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service. Very happy customer, 19 Dec 2013
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This is a ridiculous requirement as the headline says all I wish to relay about this matter. This may stop me giving feedback in future.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glory to the brave.... etc, 8 July 2004
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Mr. S. Armstrong "stephen_armstrong_sa" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The debut album from Swedish power metal group Hammerfall. I've got to say that it is an alright album, if flawed in fundamental areas.
The main ways in which this album, and all of Hammerfall's CD fall straight on their asses is the music. It's formulaic. Every single song they've ever made sticks to the same tired formula. Compare that to any band though and you might be saying "every song ever made is based on a formula" well it SHOWS on everything Hammerfall does.
The second is the lyrics and vocalist. Oh god, the lyrics are terrible: "Remember what we used to say, everything around us is made of clay", "the final deja vu" ... WTF??! I know that lyrics are always second to the music, but when you have a vocalist as whiney as Hammerfall's, mixed with these bland seemingly mis-translated lyrics, it shows and brings all their work down.
The best track by far on this album is the title track. I'd recommend other Hammerfall stuff, but by far the majority of it all sounds the same.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If u think being a Medieval Knight is Cool, u will love this, 20 Nov 1999
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Superb mix of classic metal and soul stirring and inspiring lyric
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