Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
As helpfully pointed out in the title, Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken sees Swedish metal institution Hammerfall hoisting aloft the torch of power metal unbent, unbowed, etc. for the fifth full-studio album of their career. But "power" metal may no longer the best tag with which to describe the band, whose material here "Blood Bound," "Fury of the Wild," "Born to Rule," etc. is really better described as classic, vintage, or better yet, timeless heavy metal, if you will. Extract any telltale signs of studio technology or audio fidelity and the band's sound really could have originated in the '80s or '90s, as easily as the '00s. And even more telling is the ...
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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
As helpfully pointed out in the title, Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken sees Swedish metal institution Hammerfall hoisting aloft the torch of power metal unbent, unbowed, etc. for the fifth full-studio album of their career. But "power" metal may no longer the best tag with which to describe the band, whose material here "Blood Bound," "Fury of the Wild," "Born to Rule," etc. is really better described as classic, vintage, or better yet, timeless heavy metal, if you will. Extract any telltale signs of studio technology or audio fidelity and the band's sound really could have originated in the '80s or '90s, as easily as the '00s. And even more telling is the relative absence of speed metal drumming, used here only for small portions -- not the entirety -- of structurally varied songs like "Secrets" and "Take the Black." This may sound like a silly little detail, but it really does liberate Hammerfall from unfair comparison to a slew of boring, cliché-bound contemporaries. Sure, "Never, Ever" is a cliché in itself for representing the textbook heavy metal ballad; but then what percentage of heavy metal bands have resisted this temptation since the establishment of the infamous "Stairway to Heaven" rule whereupon all metal bands are required to include at least one slow song per album? And seriously, although it really doesn't introduce anything new to the group's formula, Chapter V features simply stellar examples of pure metal anthemy, rife with positive influences: "Born to Rule" and "The Templar Flame" are both gang chorus-enhanced war-cries think Accept, and grandiose 12-minute closer "Knights of the 21st Century," counters its gigantic potential cheese factor with a guest croaking performance from Venom legend Cronos -- excellent! Needless to say, stewards of heavy metal seriousness will always balk at Hammerfall's insistence on writing fantasy adventure lyrics; but so long as fans hunger for heavy metal escapism at its finest and there's a Manowar out there acting far sillier, Hammerfall will continue to thrive, unbent, unbowed, etc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361137526
  • Catalog Number: 1375

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Secrets (6:06)
  2. 2 Blood Bound (3:49)
  3. 3 Fury of the Wild (4:44)
  4. 4 Hammer of Justice (4:37)
  5. 5 Never, Ever (4:05)
  6. 6 Born to Rule (4:08)
  7. 7 The Templar Flame (3:41)
  8. 8 Imperial (2:29)
  9. 9 Take the Black (4:46)
  10. 10 Knights of the 21st Century (12:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hammerfall Primary Artist
Anders Johansson Drums
Rolf Kohler Background Vocals
Joacim Cans Vocals, Background Vocals
Oscar Dronjak Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
Stefan Elmgren Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Magnus Rosen Bass, Bass Guitar
Patrick Benzer Keyboards
Martin Meyer Clavinet
Johan Aremyr Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Roth String Arrangements
Charly Bauerfeind Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production
Joacim Cans Composer, Art Conception
Oscar Dronjak Composer, Art Conception
Stefan Elmgren Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE KNIGHTS OF THE 21st CENTURY!!!

    For me, this one is the best of HammerFall. Last month they played here. They are amazing!!! This is the best one, heavy, melodic,classic but also fresh heavy metal. and remember...GLORY TO THE BRAVE!!!

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