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  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B005FV8N62
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD - HAMMERFALL - Glory to the brave RELOADED

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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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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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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.
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Superb mix of classic metal and soul stirring and inspiring lyric
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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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