Rating:
7.4
HammerFall - Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
4 March 2005


01. Secrets
02. Blood Bound
03. Fury Of The Wild
04. Hammer Of Justice
05. Never, Ever
06. Born To Rule
07. The Templar Flame
08. Imperial
09. Take The Black
10. Knights Of The 21st Century
+ Blood Bound [video] [Digipak bonus]


Hello guys, now I am ready to write a review for one of my favourite bands: Hammerfall. Hammerfall is just another Power Metal band, but if compared with several others (I will not say which ones) they are pretty good. This is their fifth work but I have to say that I am kind of disappointed with the fact that the band that has made such good albums like "Legacy Of Kings" and "Renegade" can't do something better than this.

Now let me explain myself. When I first heard this album I excepted that it would be great like their previous albums were. And when I started to listen it was great, the first two tracks are really awesome. However, after those ones, things start getting worse. The chorus in "Fury Of The Wild" could be good, but in the end the pause suddenly appears and Mr. J.Cans sreams "Wiiiild" and that completely ruins the song. Next tracks can't compare to the first three, there is no speed in them, which is what Hammerfall is based on. Don't think that if the song is little slower that it usually is that it is bad. But Hammerfall does much better if the song is faster. But those tracks are not so bad if compared with the last track, "Knights Of The 21th Century". It has very long intro and outro, and both are simply useless. It has some silence, some screaming, useless of course. If you buy this album please use some program to cut several first and last minutes.

Performance is very good on this album, as well as production. No one can say that Hammerfall's musicians are not professional. But they have forgotten how to write awesome songs as they did before several years. Lyrics are still about victory, glory, knights, fights, hammers and all the other things that we have already seen. The songs sound similar, just worse than their previous. Also, I will say that their riffs are great, but we have already saw similar ones...

This album is not so bad in general, only one track is really bad. If you are Hammerfall fan, you will like this album, without any doubt. But if you are new to Hammerfall, you should better start with "Legacy Of Kings", "Renegade" or "Crimson Thunder".

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: HammerFall
Album: Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken


 


written by Metalhead2 | 12.04.2008


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Valentin B - 15.09.2009 at 20:23  
Lol i actually think/hope Knights of the 21st Century is a joke, i mean, getting Conrad "Cronos" Lant to do guest vocals and actually taking the song seriously? "ze prophecy!!!!"

there's a few fillers here, but it's not a bad album imo(though shit compared to their former works), Blood Bound(as cheesy as the video is) is a great track, especially when used as a concert opener, Never Ever is a good ballad, Hammer of Justice is a great song in the vein of Stone Cold, Riders on the Storm and other thunderous-chorused Hammerfall anthems.
Lord_Regnier - 16.09.2009 at 00:24  
Funny to see a 'tr00 kvlt' kid like Metalhead2 who enjoys such cheesy commercial music.
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.09.2009 at 01:41  
Written by Lord_Regnier on 16.09.2009 at 00:24

Funny to see a 'tr00 kvlt' kid like Metalhead2 who enjoys such cheesy commercial music.


That's when he wasn't "tr00 kvlt' & and Anusite yet
Lord_Regnier - 16.09.2009 at 01:53  
Oh! I guess it explains a lot, then. Quite a change, if you ask me.
Marcel Hubregtse - 16.09.2009 at 02:02  
Written by Lord_Regnier on 16.09.2009 at 01:53

Oh! I guess it explains a lot, then. Quite a change, if you ask me.


Well, you probably know as well as me how impressionable those young kids are
Lord_Regnier - 16.09.2009 at 03:04  
They often change their mind quickly as soon as something new catch their fancy, yes.
Metalhead2 - 07.11.2009 at 13:41  
Quote:

They often change their mind quickly as soon as something new catch their fancy, yes.

People nowadays don't tolerate you if you are above them, sadly.

Learning should be banned!!
BORT - 30.09.2012 at 20:08  
Cronos sucks!

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