There's something so homey about power metal, if you're a fan of heavy metal, of course. It's got driving rhythms, soulfulness, and plenty of opportunities to throw your horns and fists in the air in unison with everybody else in the room. Hammerfall has been pumping out song after song, album after album filled to the brim with reliable, always exciting Swedish power metal since 1993. They've got 11 (no pun intended, but it's still pretty funny) choice albums to choose their setlists from when they tour all over the world.
On this steamy fall night in New Orleans at Southport Hall, Hammerfall filled their roster with songs from all but one of their mighty albums. Four songs were from their brand new album Dominion released this year. The quintet of seasoned players, guitarist Oscar Dronjak being the only original member but some have been around since the 1990s, powered through their fist-pumping hits like "Never Forgive, Never Forget," "One Against the World," "Riders of the Storm," and "Blood Bound."
The audience, small but ferocious and hungry for the riffs, whipped into a frenzy at the beginning of each blood-pumping piece. I believe that "Let The Hammer Fall" was one of the more frenzy-inducing songs, but it certainly wasn't the only one. Hammerfall hasn't been to New Orleans for several years prior to this show, but we all hope that they'll return sooner next time 'round. Our horns are held high!