HammerFall
Hammer of Dawn


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pizza PUNTRIBUTOR USER (299 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2022 | 12 replies


Release Date: 02/25/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A blast to the past, with modern engines.

Hammerfall have been around for a long time. They’ve had their good and bad albums, and have projected their cheesy power metal style through the ages. There’s a lot of value in consistency, and Hammer of Dawn is a glorious offering to the metal gods, proving that resilience pays off. This shredded cheese is greater than ever, with more meat and spice than a taco. It’s a good album.

Hammerfall sound incredibly modern for an old band. The clean production quality helps, but it’s more than that. Joacim Cans sounds almost as good as he did in 2005 (see Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken), as though time has stood still. I found myself thinking, “Wow, this sounds great” through the album, only shrugging at some of the unfortunate crowd vocals. This triumphant style of power metal with cheesy lyrics has been done to death, (especially considering Powerwolf is active) but the charm of Hammerfall has remained thanks to the lead vocalist.

Ultimately, Hammerfall can compete with the best that power metal has to offer. Guitar playing may not be as jaw dropping as Dragonforce or Secret Sphere, but it’s no matter. The heavy, chugging riffs create a stunning pace, and the drummer seems to have no problem laying down beats on top of beats. The plentiful guitar solos are also varied, and effortlessly impressive, giving a new, surprising flavour each time. The band have clearly been around the block, and their veteran status is well deserved.

To state the obvious, this is a Hammerfall album. Lyrics are as corny as ever, with such gems as:

“Say my name, and I will never die
Light my flame, on the forever sky
Say my name, be my last battle cry
Light my flame, on the forever sky
Oh, oh-oh
Oh, oh-oh”.

Conclusively, this is power metal in its purest form. It’s exactly what you want or don’t want depending on your feelings towards the genre. If you stay for this ride, I guarantee catchy songs and a generally positive, jovial tone that I find bands often lack. It’s a lot of fun. Hammer of Dawn is highly recommended, and will no doubt be a top shelf 2022 power metal release.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pizzamachine
June 22nd 2022


16519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Reviewing stuff that should’ve been reviewed since 2009.

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DarkSideOfLucca
June 22nd 2022


16170 Comments


I've never actually listened to this band, but their name and this album cover are fucking awesome

pizzamachine
June 22nd 2022


16519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah digging the art.

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2022


16579 Comments


you are just HAMMERing these reviews out thank you i'm here all week

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pizzamachine
June 22nd 2022


16519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna hammer some beer now thanks

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2022


16579 Comments


beermachine

rockarollacola
June 22nd 2022


1639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I was shocked by how decent this actually was. These guys have been the undisputed king of generic power metal for quite a long time, so the fact they released something this good was a pleasant surprise.

pizzamachine
June 22nd 2022


16519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It surprised me too lol.

hangth3dj
June 23rd 2022


457 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

THUNDER!

LIGHTNING!

HAMMER!

FIGHTING!



This is a very fun listen.

pizzamachine
June 23rd 2022


16519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Facts matie.

Effigy
June 24th 2022


146 Comments


I still find these guys somewhat cringy, especially the ballads.

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pizzamachine
June 30th 2022


16519 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That’s definitely fair



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