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“Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken” by Hammerfall

Artist: Hammerfall
Title: “Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 7/3/2005
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 8/10

The mighty Hammerfall are back and with a perfect follow-up to their live effort “One Crimson Night”. With “Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken” the band has delivered a rock solid piece of Metal. Steeped in heroism and loaded with songs about Knights and honor you will surely find most of it to be true raise your fist in the air head-banging anthems. Starting off with the song “Secrets” you get the layout of the release and it sets the stage for the rest of the record. One aspect that impressed me was that it reminded me of the things I enjoyed about early Helloween when they first started. Hammerfall is one of those bands that are clearly influenced by Maiden and Priest in some overall styles, yet the manner in which they follow is clearly Manowar based. This comes across in tunes like “Hammer Of Justice” and “Fury Of The Wild”. I don’t draw the comparison based on the overall music quality for while both are interesting there are differences. Magnus Rosen is a killer Metal bassist but he does not do what Joey DeMaio does. Joacim Cans holds the front man position in the same sense of honor and glory that Eric Adams does even though their vocal styles are drastically different. So far this premise has worked very well for Hammerfall and shows that History can often repeat itself even when it comes to Metal music.
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