Hammerfall – Member turmoil!

Hammerfall are taking a new rhythm section out on the road after the drummer quits and the bass player goes off on paternity leave!

Swedish heavy metal pioneers Hammerfall are still enjoying the success of their latest record (r)Evolution, but the band has to make a major announcement:

'Life in a heavy metal band is indeed filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. On Monday, we rolled out our own whiskey, Legacy Of Kings. Today is a shocking and monumental day for all, Hammerfall members and fans alike: Anders Johansson has decided to leave the band, after 15 years as the drummer. Brought on by increasing musical differences, as well as a career in the music industry that spans almost four decades, he has come to the conclusion that enough is enough.

But fear not, we have already formulated a plan to get us through this even stronger. As a replacement we have found a most excellent drummer in David Wallin, who most notably has been beating the skins in the Swedish industrial force Pain. David will fill the void left by The Swedish Tank with his youthful intensity and fantastic musicianship during the upcoming tour. We wish Anders all the best in his future endeavours and hope that 15 years can’t be erased that easily.

Also, bassist Fredrik Larsson will have his second child in December, and is therefore on parental leave through March. But we think you will like the choice to fill his shoes. For anyone who is the least bit familiar with Hammerfall, this one needs no introduction: handling the 4-string duty in Fredrik’s absence, none other than former guitar player Stefan Elmgren has agreed to make a triumphant return to the band! Yet another reason not to miss catching us live on the upcoming tours, this will be a very unique constellation.

So it is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to an old friend and welcome an even older one back into the fold. The Swedish Templars of Steel cannot and will not be subdued, we will carry on heeding the call as long as the crimson thunder still is flowing in our veins. It is not the end of anything, it’s the dawn of a new era. And we welcome it with our hammers high!'

Hammerfall live at their World Wide (r)Evolution Tour in early 2015:

with guests: Orden Ogan + Serious Black

German dates presented by Rock Hard, Rock It, Musix, Blast and Metal.de

16.01. D   Bremen   Aladin
17.01. D   Oberhausen   Turbinenhalle
18.01. D   Köln   Essigfabrik
19.01. NL   Tilburg   O13
20.01. BE   Antwerpen   TRIX
22.01. D   Stuttgart   Longhorn
23.01. D   Kaufbeuren   All KartHalle
24.01. CH   Pratteln   Z7
25.01. CH   Pratteln   Z7
26.01. D   München   Backstage
28.01. I   Mailand   Live Club
29.01. F   Lyon   Ninkasi Kao
30.01. ESP   Barcelona   Razzmatazz 2
31.01. ESP   Madrid   Shoko
01.02. ESP   Bilbao   Kafe Antzokia
03.02. F   Paris   Trabendo
04.02. D   Langen/Frankfurt   Stadthalle
05.02. D   Saarbrücken   Garage
06.02. CZ   Prag   Meet Factory Prague
07.02. D   Bamberg   Brose Arena
09.02. A   Graz   PPC
10.02. A   Vienna   Arena
12.02. D   Berlin   Huxleys Neue Welt
13.02. D  Hamburg   Markthalle
14.02. D   Fulda   Wartenberg Oval