ALBUM: Hammerfall – “(r)Evolution”
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
GENRE: Heavy Metal
RATING: 4.0 / 10 –
One song about samurai and at least two inspired by “A Song of Ice and Fire” (or “Game of Thrones”, if you think they are illiterate. What else can the titles “Winter Is Coming” and “Wildfire” come from?), and general self-glorification, that’s the building material for the content here. The guest vocals by James Michael on “We Won’t Back Down” is a welcome change (supposedly he’s on “Bushido” and “Winter Is Coming” as well, but there it’s not as apparent), and he actually manages to un-cheese the music for a few seconds.
If there had been any indication that the band writes and records this music just because they think it’s fun and they’re good at it, I might have stayed on the metaphorical train from the beginning of this text. But it feels like they think this is the coolest shit eva, which makes it the complete opposite. Power metal in general, and HammerFall specifically, was my way into heavier music. Might be they can still serve as a gateway to more substantial music, but “(r)Evolution” is not one for the long run.
P.S. The last word on “Winter Is Coming” – just listen to the pronunciation. D.S.
Review by: MJ