Hammerfall returns gloriously with a much heavier release than their last release “Renegade” which should quiet the critics and fans who were unhappy with the supposedly over polished release. “Crimson Thunder” casts a steel hammer straight at the heart of those who thought they had betrayed their metal brethren.
“Riders Of The Storm is an instant notification that a heavier version of Hammerfall has returned on this CD. “Hearts Of Fire” is the lead single off the CD and actually is probably the weakest track on the disc. “In Memoriam” is a very passionate instrumental track that serves its title justice. Jocaim’s voice sounds strong throughout the CD and the overall attack of the band on the title cut “Crimson Thunder” should convince skeptics of this band of their true metal power. I find it rather irksome that many fellow scribes like to pick on this band for some strange reason. Hammerfall is able to blend melody, strong songwriting and power metal all into one.
Any band with the guts to cover a Chastain song deserves high praise. “Angel Of Mercy” from Chastain’s “Ruler Of The Wasteland” CD is a bold track to remake but in typical Hammerfall style, they are up to the task. Personally, I can’t wait to see Hammerfall on tour this fall with Ronnie James Dio.