Hammerfall were lucky in 1997, at a time when unadulterated metal sounds were not exactly en vogue, to be able to give the scene a real wake-up call with "Glory To The Brave". But once you're caught in the rigid genre corset bars as a band, you can only make mistakes. Three years ago the Swedes tried out a few new shades of colour in a fit of exuberant creativity - but "Infected" was received rather less euphorically. So now it's back to the success formula including producer Fredrik Nordström (produced the first two albums) and artwork legend Andreas Marshall (was responsible for the first three covers). The old Adenauer motto "No experiments!" also applies musically Ultra-catchy, highly melodious with lots of pathos and kitsch - Evolution only gets enough here in an extremely limited frame. Compared to the albums of Accept and Bullet, "(r)Evolution" unfortunately sounds more like an uninspired heavy metal kit. Anyway, fists and mats will fly and Hector's hammer will hit the right ones.
Top track: Hector's Hymn