Hammerfall is a modern Swedish metal band that sounds like they're straight out of the 80s, although I think they are actually better than any of the bands of that era. The band has a very D&D-like theme, making for very cool lyrics and cover art (Crimson Thunder's in particular is realy spectacular). The members of the band are Joacim Cans, Oscar Dronjak, Stefan Elmgren, Magnus Rosen, and Anders Johansson. The website has extremely detailed bios of each band member but strangely I could not find what instrument each plays! There is also an extensive history of the band on their website, www.hammerfall.net. If you are new to Hammerfall, I recommend listening to Hearts on Fire (it also has a great music video by the way), then Crimson Thunder, then Riders of the Storm. These are all from the album Crimson Thunder, which is by far their best album in my opinion, although all of them are very good.


Glory to the Brave (1997)
Legacy of Kings (1998)
Renegade (2000)
Crimson Thunder (2002)