Nuclear Blast Welcomes Back HammerFall as They Receive a Diamond Award for Past Work


Swedish power metal act HammerFall are back in familiar territory, as the band resigned with the record label that started it all for them — Nuclear Blast. Announced earlier today, the band said in a prepared statement that the move hearkens back to the band’s early days, when they signed on to the label back in 1997.

”We were part of building the label back in the day, starting with our first album. For a long time, we were along for the ride as Nuclear Blast evolved into the immense powerhouse it is today. Although we did leave for three studio albums, and we are pleased with those albums and thank everyone who worked with us on them, we are very excited to be back where we belong: with Nuclear Blast. It truly feels like we’ve come home.”

Along with their return, Hammerfall were also recognized for their longevity and popularity in the power metal scene when they learned RenegadeCrimson Thunder, No Sacrifice, No Victory. (2009), and their fifth studio album Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken have all reached Gold status in their home country. Crimson Thunder, however, went platinum with over 60,000 sales.

Looking back at their past back catalogue, Nuclear Blast announced that everything from HammerFall’s debut album Glory to the Brave to their 2014 album (r)Evolution was certified with a Diamond Award for hitting more than 1.5 million sales worldwide.

“In the darkest days of the 90s of death and black metal HammerFall spearheaded a glorious revival of classic melodic metal and they are now bigger than ever before. It’s an impressive career of creative power and we are more than happy to welcome them back at the label where they started. Over the past few years, we always stayed in good contact working on their massive back catalogue and it’s a pleasure to continue the relationship for new albums in the near future. Thanks to HammerFall, their management and amazing crew!”

To celebrate its status as a platinum award, Nuclear Blast will release a special platinum edition of Crimson Thunder, complete with special bonus material.

And that’s not all. Next year, starting almost right away in January, they’re going on an extensive tour across Europe, the U.S., and various festivals. check out the dates below.

31.01.23 FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie
01.02.23 FR Paris – Le Trabendo
02.02.23 FR Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
03.02.23 ES Barcelona – Palau Sant Jordi *with Helloween
04.02.23 ES Madrid – WiZink Center *with Helloween
24.03.23 SE Örebro – Frimis Salonger
25.03.23 SE Karlstad – Nöjesfabriken
31.03.23 SE Skövde – Skövde Kulturhus
01.04.23 SE Huskvarna – Folkets Park
14.04.23 SE Sundsvall – Club Deströyer
15.04.23 SE Umeå – Nolia
20.04.23 SE Malmö – Kulturbolaget
21.04.23 SE Kalmar – Kalmar Salen
22.04.23 SE Sälen – Högfjällshotellet
27.04.23 SE Stockholm – Cirkus
05.05.23 DE Bochum – RuhrCongress *with Helloween
06.05.23 DE Hamburg – Sporthalle *with Helloween

US Tour
12.05.23 US Houston, TX – Wharehouse Live
13.05.23 US Dallas, TX – The Factory
15.05.23 US Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
16.05.23 US St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
18.0523 US Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
19.05.23 US Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
20.05.23 US New York City, NY – Terminal 5
21.05.23 US Worcester, MA – Palladium
22.05.23 CAN Montreal, QC – Théâtre Fairmount
23.05.23 CAN Toronto, ON – History
24.05.23 US Royal Oak, MI – Music Theatre
25.05.23 US Columbus, OH – The King of Clubs
26.05.23 US Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
27.05.23 US Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore
28.05.23 US Lawrence, KS – The Granada
30.05.23 US Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
31.05.23 US Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
01.06.23 US Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
02.06.23 US Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater
03.06.23 US San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
04.06.23 US Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
24.06.23 NO Oslo – Tons Of Rock
15.07.23 AU Leoben – Area 53 Festival
12.08.23 ES Villena – Leyendas Del Rock
16.-19.08.23 DE Dinkelsbuehl – SummerBreeze
17.-19.08.23 CZ -Moravsky Krumlov-Castle Garden – Rock Castle

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