The career of Swedish heavy metal pioneers HAMMERFALL is one amazing march of triumph: After revolutionizing the genre by the end of the 90s, the Gothenburg based quintet released a total of eight studio albums, several compilations, live-releases and toured the globe relentlessly. Right after celebrating the 15th anniversary of their legendary debut Glory To The Brave, the band announced to be taking a creative break in 2013, only to treat the fans with the highly acclaimed live DVD Gates Of Dalhalla in late 2012.
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say, and that was definitely true this time around," commented guitarist Oscar Dronjak. Not only has HAMMERFALL reclaiming their rightful place on top of the metal globe, but also taking things back to the roots in many ways. Once again the band has had production duties handled by none other than Fredrik Nordström, who helmed their two milestone releases Glory To The Brave and Legacy Of Kings in the early years of the band's history. Meanwhile vocalist Joacim Cans went to the United States for vocal recordings, working with James Michael (SCORPIONS, MOTLEY CRUE).
About the meaning of the title, (r)Evolution, Oscar Dronjak states: "The name comes from the second remake of the Planet Of The Apes movie, "Rise of…". In Swedish, it was called "Apornas Planet: (r)Evolution.", and the name stuck with me ever since I saw (and loved!) the movie. It seems like a fitting title for this album, since that's how I view it: we've taken everything that makes HammerFall HammerFall and evolved it. So I guess the revolution is that we've gone back to basics a little, yet still are moving forward."