Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken review by HammerFall

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  • Released: Mar 7, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7 (15 votes)
HammerFall: Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
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Sound — 10
The music of Hammerfall is always great. Oscar Dronjaks music writing skills are excellent. Hammerfalls music is based on power metal (rarely in psyhedelic metal). This album follows this rule. Of course, the music of Hammerfall is not like other songs, but it is different and characteristic, not dull and boring like other metal bands. For one more time, with this album, the Hammerfall improve that, and they show us that they never run out of ideas for new songs and new amazing music. All the songs have got excellent music, carefully written, based on Hammerfalls rules!

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics of Hammerfall are usually speaking for war, battles, power, revolution and things like that. But on this album, many things are changing: As you might know, the Hammerfall in a period that start from 1993 had some bad comments. When formed their band, in 90s, metal was actually dead and you could play only grunge, however, Hammerfall decided to become rebels and play heavy metal! That thing cause many negative comments. After that, in 2000, the video for the song Renegade went better than the videos of pop singers. So, pop fans started telling bad things for Hammerfall. They said that Hammerfall had formed the band only for money! That is crazy and lie, becauce why to play metal when all the others play grunge? So, this CD is an answer to all those people that had made bad comments for Hammerfall. Hammerfall want to show that whatever people say, they will keep on playing metal. They lyrics(written by Cans) have got a deeper meaning: They are UNBENT, UNBOWED, UNBROKEN! Of course, the lyrics follow the meaning of the lyrics. Oscar and Joasim make always good work together! The skills of the singer, Joasim Cans, are unbelievable. Like always, Joasim, has the perfect voice for this group!

Overall Impression — 10
The most impressice songs of this album are: 01.Secrets: great song with amazing solos. 02.Blood Bound: nice music in general,nice intro. 03.The Fury Of The Wild: great sample of power metal 05.Never,Ever: excellent music,perfect voice 06.Born To Rule: the compliance of the lyrics with the music so great 08.Imperial: instrumental,slow song All the songs are good but the above songs are the greatest ones! I love everything at this album. Hammerfall made something diferent: Song No.1 is about 6 minutes and song No.10 about 12 minutes! There is nothing I hate, except the way that the last song starts; listen to it and you will understand. If this CD were stolen/lost, I wound immidiately buy the same CD again.Is an excellent album! So, Let The Hammer Fall!

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    -Rodion-
    Are you 13? Have you ever listened to any other metal band besides HF? And 10/10/10 doesn't seems kinda subjective...
    Skuzzmo
    Or may be he is a big fan of HF and thinks this is a really good CD....so may be in his opinion 10/10/10 is a fair score.... Anyway... Hammerfall seem like a cool band...haven't listened to much of them but what I have heard I enjoyed. I will defo check this one out.
    ElStHf
    Ok,guys,you are right...It is my first review nad i had read only 2 other reviews.I am sorry...I thought 9,8,7 as bad marks.I think that the right one is 7/8/10.Sorry again...
    mibe
    problem is, how can HF ever top your 10/10 with their next releases...? ; but if you remove redudant comments like "not dull and boring like other metal bands", overwork your first draft (lyrics probably always follow the meaning of themselves) and avoid misspellings like "Joasim", you can improve your work. enough said, "Secrets" is awesome, "Knights..." is embarassing and the rest is just average.
    -Rodion-
    Yeah...7 isn't a bad mark...it leaves space for them to make an even better album and also makes sure that real music masterpieces aren't rated the same as this album. And also, the historic part is quite wrong...lot of great metal albums were made in the early 90s. Also many of the first metal bands were still active...and be sure that most of the bad criticism came from rock and metal audience and critics, rather than pop. But ok for first article. Next time try to do some more research, be a little less biased in ratings and also try to broaden your musical taste, listen to something else than HF, something else than power metal (or metal in general), even outside of the rock bounds...
    ElStHf
    The historical part is right!!If you read the interview of Oscar Dronjak in Greece(2005) that is what he said.(I found this interview in greek i dont know there is the same interview in English)Any way-Take a look at http://www.rocking.gr/article-print-2203... and if there is a problem with the language(Last time i enter the language was arabic) translate it in your language by using the http://www.rocking.gr/article-print-2203... Although,t here are many mistakes in my interview and in my next interview i will fix them.Sorry for my mistakes-Thank you for telling them to me...
    cotton3434
    ElStHf wrote: The historical part is right!!If you read the interview of Oscar Dronjak in Greece(2005) that is what he said.(I found this interview in greek i dont know there is the same interview in English)Any way-Take a look at http://www.rocking.gr/article-print-2203... and if there is a problem with the language(Last time i enter the language was arabic) translate it in your language by using the http://www.rocking.gr/article-print-2203... Although,t here are many mistakes in my interview and in my next interview i will fix them.Sorry for my mistakes-Thank you for telling them to me...
    Er... metal was dead? Not quite... it just faded from the mainstream scene. Examples of good early 90s metal albums - Dream Theater's Images and Words, Fates Warning's Parallels, Megadeth's Rust in Peace, Ozzy's No More Tears, Metallica's self-titled (the black album), Iron Maiden's Fear of the Dark, Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power... I could go on and on. Point is, metal was anything but dead in the early nineties. Grunge merely overshadowed it in popularity. You need to branch out more. I can't say anything as for the accurateness of the review (although it is extremely biased), because I've never listened to Hammerfall, but something with three perfect tens had better be some of the most godly music I've ever heard.
    EarthenSonata
    Also, about that blurb, "The music of Hammerfall is not like other songs, but it is different and characteristic, not dull and boring like other metal bands." Not saying whether it is good or bad, but all of their music is very stereotypical power metal. The lyrics about war and fighting and stuff, with a couple solos thrown in otherwise all power-chorded songs, they are not different at all.
    starfire666
    This is the worst piece of crap I have ever heard. Their first CD was kinda good, then it went downhill and the last HF vomit gaily entitled No Sacrifice No Victory is the seminal bullshit release of the century. If this is not boring than probably nothing is...
    ElStHf
    Hey,my interview is propably wrong,but hammerfall is an excellent band.I believe that all their almbums are better than the albums before.I want to say that Hammerfall are developing all the time.