HammerFall
No Sacrifice, No Victory


2.0
poor

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
March 19th, 2009 | 21 replies | 9,646 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The only thing HammerFall ever sacrificed was originality.

1 of 5 thought this review was well written

Does anyone still like HammerFall? It's a question you have to ask. HammerFall, when they started in the late 90s as a sideproject of members from bands such as In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, adopted a rather dated sound, hearking back to old heavy metal greats such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. They soon rode the wave of popularity that power metal enjoyed, but they were fast overtaken by better and bigger bands in the genre. And now, almost 15 years after their inception, they are still releasing albums. What new things could HammerFall possibly have to offer on this new record?

The answer seems to be "nothing". This album is HammerFall, as played by HammerFall, since the inception. HammerFall have admirably stuck to their swords. The only problem is, where some power metal bands cleave iron with steel, these guys have plastic toy weapons. It's weak, it's mediocre, and it sounds helplessly old; for the umpteenth time, a HammerFall record sounds like it was written twenty years ago, belonged there, and should never have been released in this day and age. If Iron Maiden and Gamma Ray are your gods, then by all means, purchase this, but HammerFall have offered zilch we could not buy another HammerFall record for (or, actually, a record from a better band).

Is there technically anything wrong with the record? No, there is technically nothing wrong at all. HammerFall's guitarists can obviously play. The issue is they are playing boring, recycled Iron Maiden riffs that probably wouldn't even have made it onto Fear of the Dark or any of the other turgid CDs IM released in the 90s. Opener Any Means Necessary is such a Priest ripoff it's not funny. The other band that HammerFall seems to enjoying stealing from is Gamma Ray, with Joacim Cans adopting a very Kai Hansen-like high-pitched snarl, to the pleasure of the fans maybe but to the annoyance of this reviewer (and everyone else who thinks typical power metal vocals are annoying as all hell).

When HammerFall aren't being derivative, they are being outright cheesy or outright annoying, which only makes matters worse. The only slow track on the record, Between Two Worlds, is a power ballad. This means, that it is a ballad HammerFall style, which is comparable to 100% homosexual (aka only allowed for anal buccaneers such as Rob Halford). This is not just bad, this is gayer than Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Rob Halford and Gaahl after a night of flaming homo orgies. This is the dripping fondue-fat reserved for Swiss cheeses. It doesn't help that the actual song is turgid, with the lyrics sounding completely vapid and the music being as cookie-cutter as humanly imaginable. No, being a power metal band does not excuse you from coming up with a good melody.

As an added bonus, we get a totally redundant cover of My Sharona, which is neither interesting nor original, which means that HammerFall are just basically out of good material and needed a cover song to make up for the lost time. It's not explicitly terrible, just horribly dull and superfluous, but at least we can be glad they didn't cover a Helloween song from Pink Bubbles Go Ape. Furthermore, the lyrics they write are the standard heavy/power metal trite (so, songs about beer, swords, dragons, templars, and hammers).

I wish HammerFall would find a good songwriter, fire the vocalist, stop ripping off Iron Maiden, and write something decent for a change. Unfortunately, I have yet to hear anything from them that resembles this possibility. I guess Joacim sounds less annoying than he did on the band's earlier albums such as Renegade. If you were thinking of buying this, well, don't, and save up for Land of the Free instead. You get more bang for your buck, you get better compositions, you get more original works; basically, you get everything HammerFall isn't. Why this band ever got any appeal is beyond me and whey they still record albums is beyond me too. I hope you girly metallers go curling instead. At least that would get you laid.



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Altmer
March 19th 2009



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

For the people that don't get the curling reference just hit up youtube to find their video of them curling with the Swedish national team.

Yeah, they shot a curling video.

Willie
Moderator
March 19th 2009



15911 Comments


I never knew this band was side project for the D.T. and In Flames guys, I only knew they sucked.

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Altmer
March 19th 2009



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They were in the beginning. It was founded as a side project that Jesper Stromblad played in and Mikael Stanne sang for. Then they went gay because those members stayed with IF and DT and they found other members and they sucked.

Willie
Moderator
March 19th 2009



15911 Comments


Yeah, I was just reading about it on the flawless authority on everything... wikipedia.

Altmer
March 19th 2009



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i thought i would put a review up for this anyway but it was written pretty quick because I do not want to spend 2 hours of consecutive HammerFall listening because I would lose any possibility of getting an erection

Willie
Moderator
March 19th 2009



15911 Comments


... and that would be... bad.

Altmer
March 19th 2009



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i plan on laying the hot curling chicks in HammerFall videos that's why

Willie
Moderator
March 19th 2009



15911 Comments


ha ha. It always helps to have goals. I guess I'm going to need to see these Hammerfall videos (The same way I watch the hot chicks on CMT, with the sound down).

Altmer
March 19th 2009



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"You watch the L word?"
"On mute."

BallsToTheWall
March 19th 2009



44164 Comments


Ha ha ha, No Sacrifice, No Victory, that is my Spartan catch phrase which I live by. I am getting this album.

L Word kinda sucks, it's just a bunch of old dykes scizzoring, yet still pretty erotic. Good review Comrade.

SKUDstorm
March 19th 2009



136 Comments


cocks

ninjuice
March 19th 2009



6760 Comments


I would expect better from you but like you said, you wrote it pretty fast.

OllieS
March 21st 2009



2030 Comments


The review wasn't dreadfulThis Message Edited On 03.21.09

Nagrarok
May 16th 2009



8184 Comments


HammerFall is everything that is wrong with power metal.

VTK
December 6th 2009



76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album = hammerfall.jpg

I'm currently digging this, though... will likely reduce to a 2.5 later.

And "Hallowed Be My Name"? oh god /facepalm

Jayxsnoogans
December 15th 2009



72 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

what really gets me about these guys is their total ignorance to their potential

ForTanis
March 14th 2010



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely one of the worst reviews I've read in a while. I feel bad for bands like Hammerfall when people spew forth this garbage about them. You are supposed to be reviewing this album, not Cans vocals. Your bias against power metal vocalists shouldn't affect this review. Regardless if you like them or not Cans can obviously sing. What does it matter is he sounds like Hansen a little, practically all Death/Black Metal "singers" sound pretty similar last time I checked, god forbid two power metal singers sounding alike. Also that gay comment was uneducated and absurd, it escapes me why some people think they can review albums... why even try if this is the end result?

lak89
February 6th 2012



183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought the album was decent, Joacim's voice used to get on my nerves on the earlier albums but his voice has "matured" which sat much better with me. Legion is the best song on here.

pizzamachine
February 6th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album is soooooo bad.

13themount
February 14th 2012



173 Comments


surprised to read such negative reviews; thought hammerfall - or is that hammerfail? - were a top band... it seems not.



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