Cry Of The Wolf Magazine
The metal source for interviews, reviews, and news from the world of hard rock/heavy metal!
sign up for email updates,and don't forget to visit the face book page.
and now our instagram page:
Subscribe to this blog
Follow The Wolf and subscribe to our email
HAMMERFALL---The Interview With Bassist Frederik Larsson
laughed at us in the beginning, but we proved them wrong"
Back in 1997 while
most of the United States was knee deep in the Grunge movement, a power metal
band emerged from Sweden that would challenge the status quo and keep the metal
flame burning for a new generation. I spoke with Bassist, Frederik Larsson
about Touring, Recording, and the lasting legacy of HAMMERFALL as they are set
to release their latest album,BUILT TO LAST!
It's early for you.
Yes it's about 5
Take us through
the recording process for the new album.
Yes. It is still pretty fresh for me. We had a deadline to
get it down and I still have not listened to all of it. So it's really fresh
for me. It continues from the "Revolution" album. Recorded the same
way, the same people. The drummers are different of course. But it feels like a
natural progression from Revolution. Mostly the parts are basically written and
we get early demos of them and practice to that. The song structure is set
before we enter the studio. We do have the time and the ability to play around
in the studio. But basically it is already done.
How does being in
a legendary band feel, you know, hammerfall kept the flame burning through the
darkest years of the grunge invasion.
It feels good actually. In Sweden there are some great bands
that are really big around the metal scene. It's a big scene nowadays. I don't
think HAMMERFALL really gets the credit that it deserves for being one of the
first ones to kick in the door. Nowadays we hear metal on the national
broadcast radio. And if it wasn't for HAMMERFALL I don't think that would
exist. But at the same time you know, we got lucky. We just did what we liked.
Did those first
few years seem like a struggle or did it all happen quickly for the band?
I actually left the band before it really happened. Due to
other commitments I took a ten year vacation. So I was on the first album. It
happened really fast. The first show they did outside of Sweden was Wacken Open
air. This is the biggest festival in Germany. So it happened really fast.
How do you prepare
for a tour?
You have to take the steps to get into that tour
"bubble' you know you miss the family. I have two small children so that
will be hard. You really have to set your mind to it. You say ok I'm not home
for 5 weeks and then I am home for two and then gone again. So yeah it's hard.
Anywhere in the
world you have not played but would like to?
We just did Japan so that was really nice. Played in
Australia, China. Some new places. South Africa would be nice to play. To check
Is metal accepted
HAMMERFALL has been in Japan a few times and it is big
there. China is a different story. It was a small place and a show that we
figured why not? It was fun but I have no idea how the metal scene works out in
china. I don't know much about China actually but it was a fun thing to do. It
was more of a vacation for us.
Where do you see
the future of heavy metal?
Of course it's changing. But so many trends come and go. Heavy
metal has been around for so many years. There is always going to be a market
for it. When we started in 97 pretty much no one listened to metal at that
time. Most people laughed and we proved them wrong. They didn't take us
seriously. I think power metal will be around for a long time. It is not a
that ever happened at a gig?
(Laughs) We get a lot of crazy gifts. There is never room to
take it all. It's nice but you can't. A coffee maker. A big cake with photos of
all the members. It's nice. I'm not surprised by the fans because I was one of
them. I used to travel to see my favorite bands. It's great to have dedicated
fans. There are a lot of tattoos out there. A lot of the iconic imagery
associated with our covers. That's really cool.
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival feat. Sabaton
KATATONIA, HammerFall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, Circuit Of Suns, And MANY MORE TBA!!!
Sat, April 22, 2017Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
$45.00 - $50.00Tickets
This event is all agesNew England Metal & Hardcore Festival ***2-DAY PASS** Available Here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1394330http://www.thepalladium.net/event/1394344/
Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
As a young proto-metalhead living in the hard streets of Riverside, Rhode Island we would all gather at whoever had the latest vinyl release and rock out for hours. Discussing techniques, listening to lyrics, guitar solos. The best albums offered up energy at its purest form. It transmitted from the vinyl grooves right into our little teenage brains. You could literally feel what the band or artist was trying to convey.
Metallica's latest release, Hardwired to self destruct offers up a modern day version of that same energy and spirit from days gone by. It is a powerful statement from a band that many had written off. One song...Now were all dead...that is the only song you need to listen to. But there are many, many more. This is grade a material from a group of artists who managed to capture their energy and channel it through this disc. This is real, this is power, this is the definition of a classic metal album.
Another great sign of a good, solid album is that you can list…