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Hammerfall - Steel Meets Steel: Ten Years Of Glory (CD)

Steel Meets Steel: Ten Years Of Glory
by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos at 22 December 2007, 2:00 PM

Time really flies! This compilation comes to sum things about the Swedish Power Metal band HAMMERFALL. I can still remember the fuss created inside the European Metal scene when the band's debut album Glory To The Brave saw the light of the day back in 1997. Indeed their up-tempo Power Metal with the distinct influences from HELLOWEEN and the not so obvious ones from RUNNING WILD helped them to quickly build a strong and loyal fan base. Actually, HAMMERFAll had the chance to get on tour with GAMMA RAY that helped them to promote their name and music. So, after ten years and six albums Nuclear Blast releases a double CD compilation featuring the band's best studio moments.
HAMMERFALL's music has been keenly criticized for being too simple and rather predictable. I partially agree with the aforementioned criticism as far as the albums  Renegade and Crimson Thunder are concerned. On the other hand Glory To The Brave is a debut album that many bands would kill to have since it targeted to the heart of all the Epic Metal die hard fans. Their last treat Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken renewed my personal interest to the band comprising some really good songs that kind of reminded me their prime days. So, this compilation is an excellent way to get the whole picture about HAMMERFALL since it contains all the band's major hits from the fast galloping German Power Metal influenced songs to the epic ala MANOWAR ballads.
Unfortunately, the bonus material cannot convince anyone who owes the band's whole back catalogue since it features the new track Last Man Standing, a new version of the classic Hammerfall and three live recorded tracks. I think this release is perfect for the new HAMMERFALL fans or the die hard collectors who want to have everything from their favorite band. Last Man Standing is the classic let's-sing-together track that comes with catchy chorus and epic guitar melodies presenting the band's characteristic sound and attitude.
As a compilation, this release can be rated as successful since it contains the best moments of the Swedes that sums up their career. On the other hand, it has nothing new or interesting to offer apart from the new song and the new recording (I still prefer the original one). Proceed at your own risk…

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Disc 1

The Abyss
Last Man Standing
The Dragon Lies Bleeding
Steel Meets Steel
Glory To The Brave
Heeding The Call
At The End Of The Rainbow
Legacy Of Kings
Let the Hammer Fall (live)
Templars Of Steel
Always Will Be
Keep The Flame Burning
Riders Of The Storm

Disc 2

Hearts On Fire
Crimson Thunder
Hero's Return
Blood Bound
Fury Of The Wild
Never, Ever
Natural High
Dark Wings, Dark Words
The Fire Burns Forever
Restless Soul
The Metal Age (live)
Stone Cold (live)
Joacom Cans - Vocals
Oscar Dronjak - Guitar
Stefan Elmgren - Guitar
Anders Johansson - Drums
Fredrik Larsson - Bass
Record Label: Nuclear Blast


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