HammerFall - _Legacy of Kings_
(Nuclear Blast, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (
I'd be lying to you if I said this record was amazing. It's better than amazing. It's fuckin' awesome. The sophomore effort by retro/speed metal meisters HammerFall called _Legacy of Kings_ (a follow-up to 1997's hugely successful _Glory to the Brave_) is a non-stop rockin' machine. From opener "Heeding the Call" to the mindblowing melodic dose of "Stronger Than All" or "Dreamland" (the LPs best track), HammerFall continue providing the listener with crafty guitar work, memorable choruses and total fun. The band follows the same groundwork as they did with their debut, but this record showcases a definite growth in their songwriting. Much more creative and fuller in sound, _Legacy of Kings_ needs to be heard by all that fancy powerful melodic metal and good retro guitar work. In closing, this may be cheesy to some, but the point is with each listen HammerFall have you pumping your fists and chanting for more. What more do you want?
(article published 1/10/1998)
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