Full Strike- We Will Rise
All in order to the common pattern among musicians, one
of Hammerfall's guitarists now do as many of his stringbending collegues
in this business - he releases a solalbum.
But that is not the case here - This sounds Hammerfall
to the bone,and doesn't leave much room for other influences to show
up and take place.
This is pretty flat I must say - the choruses doesn't
reach to any remarkable heights, the riffs are extremely standard, and
the solos are, except for a few exceptions, not something to raise many
The music varies from beeing a very dull version of powermetal
in mainly midtempo, to be pretty "poppy" from time to time,
like in Enlighten Me and We Will Rise, where the choruses are almost
touching the realms of the old glamrockbands from the past.
Among the better songs are Metal Mind, that are one of the few that manage to keep away enough from the standardization to be considered a minor hit. The popinfluenced Enlighten Me are also worth mentioning, but that is about it - the rest I heardly remeber how they sounded like when the album has stopped spinning - that is not especially a good sign.
I must say that I am a bit surprised to why Stefan didn't
let some of the songs on this album be a part of Hammerfall's latest
- or new - album.
Vocalist Johnsson doesn't belong to the most skilled singer
I have heard in my days, and doesn't exactly contribute to higher grades
for this album.
This is - unfortunatly - just a big bagatelle in the metalscene
of today - you don't reach far with material like this.
Put all your heat in Hammerfall instead Elmgren, and concentrate
on making that good instead - that'll bring you way more success than