Glory to the Brave



by TheAJMetal USER (4 Reviews)
April 19th, 2010 | 11 replies

Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overall, his is some of Hammerfall's strongest material.

Okay, get this from the start. This album is definitely classic power metal. It doesn't have progressive/melodic elements like many power metal bands haves started to do. Just regular old power metal.

1. The Dragon Lies Bleeding (4:22)- This track proves Hammerfall's simplicity from the very beginning. Joacim's voice comes out with a "WE RIIIIIIIIIIIIDE". Pretty simple guitar work from Dronjak and Ljungström, and a simple solo. Before the solo begins, Joacim tells us "Above the glory we carry on, when the time has come to return back home. The setting sun illuminates the dead, the battlefield, it's shining red!" It's my favorite part of the song. The drums are a bit generic, but overall good. As you can tell from the title, the lyrics are super cheesy. A regular happy metal song.
Rating: 9/10
2. The Metal Age (4:28)- A step down from The Dragon Lies Bleeding, but it's an alright song. The lyrics are better in this song, in my opinion. The solos are slow, but really nice, nonetheless.
Rating: 8.5/10
3. Hammerfall (4:47)- Now, if you were beginning to wonder if this album was good, all thoughts of that would be taken away. This song is AMAZING. Lyrics are the best so far. The chorus is just alright, but the rest of the song overrules that. The solos, are a little annoying at parts, but not bad. The song gives us a soft and perfect ending. One of my favorite songs on the album.
Rating: 10/10
4. I Believe (4:53)- You think you can have a corny power metal album WITHOUT a ballad" Psh, try again. Acoustic intro. Nice lyrics involving personal struggle. The chorus is nice and sad. Slow, tear-jerking solo.
Rating: 9/10
5. Child of the Damned (3:42)- I guess the guys at Hammerfall think you're supposed to just get out of the sadness they just put you in with "I Believe". This is a cover from the band "Warlord". It's my favorite song on the album. Surprisingly, Joacim's voice fits perfectly with the song and doesn't sound off-beat at all. This is an up-beat song that can really "get you going" in the morning. Lyrics are quite bold. "I'm a child of the damned, they follow where I go. Rigging to the cross, as holy as a whore." I just don't like the slow ending, personally. It ruins the feel of the rest of the song.
Rating: 10/10
6. Steel Meets Steel (4:02)- Hence the title, this is another cheesy song. But it's not what you're thinking. Actually, it has a meaning to it. It's about the crusades ("Jerusalem was free. We thanked the Lord for our glory!"). Alright song, though it is a bit monotonous, in my opinion.
Rating: 8.0/10
7. Stone Cold (5:43)- Basically everything in this song makes me think it should be in a Rocky Balboa movie or something. I'm not sure why. I think it's the guitars. The lyrics are pretty good for classic power metal. The guitars a step more technical in this song compared to the rest of the album.
Rating: 8.0/10
8. Unchained (5:38)- Cheesiest song on the album. Lyrics involve a king and his servants being taken and stuff like that. Music is really good. Perfect, almost. I really enjoy the chorus ("Brothers in arms, are fighting tonight. The forces of steel meet again. Born in the fire, they look to the sky. The power of metal unchained!")
Rating: 9.5/10
9. Glory to the Brave (7:20)- By far the longest song on the album. This song is enough to reduce a cold-blooded serial killer to crying. It's personally dedicated to Joacim's grandfather (Klas Fors). But the song itself is dedicated to anyone who has died. Keyboards play through the beginning of the song. I personally think the low-tuned guitars take the mood from the song a little bit. But other than that, it's a perfect song.
Rating: 9/10

Overall, this is some of Hammerfall's strongest material.If anyone dislikes Hammerfall, point them to this album. Very strong album, if a bit generic at times.

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April 19th 2010


i'd suggest reading some of the other user's review before posting another review

Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2010


in flames cover art ripoff wtf.

April 20th 2010


but this way more power metuhl man

April 25th 2010


Album Rating: 2.5

^A ripoff from Colony?

March 15th 2011


I'm really not a fan of track-by-track reviews as it is... but you've given the first track 9/10 for as you put it: simply guitars, monotonous drumming, cheesy lyrics and it being a regular happy metal song!?

April 13th 2011


glory for the brave in my opinion deserves 11/10

February 11th 2012


Album Rating: 5.0

What a debut album this was. Just incredible!

February 9th 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

Child Of The Damned cover is better than the original in my opinion.

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December 15th 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

Woa didn't expect this album to be SO entertaining, only weak point is the t/t imo.

Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2016


Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not sure what I was actually expecting from this, but what I've decided is that it's really just an average power metal album-even if it is supposedly one of the band's best. There's a few great tunes here-"The Dragon Lies Bleeding", "The Metal Age" to name a couple-but then the second half takes a creative nosedive and creates a lot of monotony-"Stone Cold" being by far the most tiresome effort of the record. I guess if you're a devoted power metal fan this is probably great, but for everyone else it's a pretty bad starting point.

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Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

Gonna jam this one today to celebrate its 20 year anniversary. A product of its time yet a solid album.

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