This year’s HAMMERFEST IX took place from March 23-26th at Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Cycle 3 of HRH United involved a huge variety of bands such as ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, GRAND MAGUS, VENOM INC, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, DESTRUCTION, EVIL SCARECROW and many more!
David Pearce caught up with bass player Fredrik Larrson from Swedish heavy metal legends HAMMERFALL for a chat after the band’s performance. HAMMERFALL celebrated 20 years together with the release of their 10th studio album “Built To Last”, in November 2016 on Napalm Records. Check out the interview on the audio player:
For more info, check out the official HAMMERFALL website here.
It’s all change in the HAMMERFALL camp today! Check out the band’s statement via their official Facebook page:
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, basist 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 HF, 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!
Fredrik Larsson, bass guitarist of Swedish Power Metal band, HAMMERFALL, was interviewed by DJ Blackdiamond of FIREBRAND ROCK RADIO before their show with Saxon at Sheffield O2 Academy on 19/12/11. You can see some photos of this show below.
Q: What was the reason you didn’t have your mascot Hector on the cover of the latest album?
Fredrik : We started working with a new producer and scaled things down, like having no add on guitars, and went back to our roots, so we thought it was a good idea to show this is something new for us. So we wanted something new for the cover aswell’!
Q:Whats next for Hammerfall?
Fredrik: We’re gonna play Wacken and the Carribean Cruise, 70,000 Tons of Metal and it’s just been confirmed that we’re gonna do 3 shows with Judas Priest in Sweden and Finland, that will be really great!’
HAMMERFALL bassist Fredrik Larsson will participate in a live chat on Monday, June 6th at 10 a.m. PACIFIC / 12 noon CENTRAL / 1 p.m. EASTERN / 7 p.m. (19.00) CET at the Nuclear Blast Streaming Room. Fans are invited to tune in and participate. Debuting at the #2 position on the Swedish album charts, the new HAMMERFALL album, Infected, is set for North American release on June 7th. The album was produced & mixed by James Michael (MÖTLEY CRÜE, SCORPIONS, MEAT LOAF).