HAMMERFALL - "This Break Gives Us A Chance To Recharge Our Batteries And Come Back Hungry For Another 15 Years"
Rock Overdose recently interviewed HAMMERFALL
bassist Fredrik Larsson
about the band's forthcoming DVD/2-CD set, Gates Of Dalhalla, an excerpt
Is it like an end of an era and the beginning of a new one?
"Yes, in a way we kind of sum it up for the first 15 years. We have
been touring a lot without any real break for vacation for a long time
and we all felt it was time for a break. This DVD is our way to thank
all of our fans with something special. Not just a regular show with
lots of pyros and stuff, this is really something special with a lot of
guests on stage and an incredible surrounding that gives the show a
perfect atmosphere. Everything captured by Patric Ullaeus who did a
marvelous job, it looks fantastic! And since it was a long time, I think
8 years, since the previous live DVD a lot of things has happened to
HammerFall. Both me and Pontus (Norgren, guitarist) joined the band and
we have done 4 studio albums so we really have something for the fans
who haven't seen us in a while. This break gives us a chance to recharge
our batteries and come back hungry for another 15 years! At least
that's what it feels like."
Among others, in the Gates Of Dalhalla DVD, we see two original
Hammerfall members: Mikael Stanne
, and the patriarch of Swedish metal - Jesper Stromblad
(IN FLAMES). Would you like to say a few words about
your thoughts for them?
"I remember back in '96 when I did my first live show with
HammerFall, Mikael was the singer and Jesper was behind the drums. Soon
after that we recorded our debut album and Joacim (Cans) took over the
duties as our frontman. Mikael was good but he was way better with DARK
TRANQUILLITY, one of my favorite bands at that time, so it was the best
for all of us. Mikael is still a good friend and it was a joy to have
him back on stage singing 'Steel Meets Steel', a killer version that
really is something else than the original. Jesper played guitar on 'The
Dragon Lies Bleeding', don't think he has practiced on the drums since
'96. He has been involved a lot in HammerFall as a songwriter in the
early days and he even co-wrote 'One Of A Kind' on the album No
Sacrifice, No Victory. He really is something special when it comes to
melodies and we all were very happy when he wanted to join us on stage
for this. It felt so good to be back with these guys and I think it
shows on the DVD that we had great fun!"
What do we have to expect from the band in the future?
"Well, I don't have a crystal ball but we will definitely be back in
2014 with a new album. It's a bit early to talk about since we all just
looking forward to the release of the DVD and then the break. I still
believe that we have a lot more to give so I hope HammerFall will be
around for many years to come."
To read the interview in its entirety, click here.
Two trailers for Gates Of Dalhalla can be seen below:HAMMERFALL - Gates Of Dalhalla (The Preview Teaser 2)