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Album Review

Hammerfall have had plenty of lineup changes since 1993, and 2009's No Sacrifice, No Victory finds the Swedish headbangers unveiling yet another new lineup. This time, the participants are Joacim Cans on lead vocals, Oscar Dronjak and Pontus Norgren on guitar, Fredrik Larsson on bass, and Anders Johansson on drums; guitarist Stefan Elmgren is gone, and so is bassist Magnus Rosen. But despite all the personnel changes that Hammerfall have experienced along the way, their sound hasn't changed much — and on No Sacrifice, No Victory, they maintain their 1970s/1980s-based power metal orientation. A title like No Sacrifice, No Victory is as stereotypically power metal as it gets, and larger-than-life offerings such as "Legion," "By Any Means Necessary," and "Punish and Enslave" don't run away from power metal's dungeons-and-dragons stereotypes. In fact, Hammerfall's 2009 lineup enthusiastically embraces those stereotypes — and while the results are predictable, they are inspired more often than not. No Sacrifice, No Victory's most surprising track is an unexpected cover of the Knack's 1979 hit "My Sharona"; Hammerfall take the song out of new wave and place it in pop-metal of the Kiss/Quiet Riot/Ratt variety. "My Sharona" is the only thing on this 49-minute CD that isn't power metal, and it's an enjoyable departure from the rest of the album. No Sacrifice, No Victory isn't Hammerfall's best or most consistent release, but there are more strong tracks than weak ones — and many die-hard Hammerfall fans in Europe will no doubt acquire the disc simply because it is by Hammerfall.

Customer Reviews

Hammerfall does it again!

Ok, here's a short review for those just needing an opinion: If you're a fan of Hammerfall, buy this album. If you're not a fan, buy this album! While some fans (yours truly not included) feel that 'Chapter V' and 'Threshold' were unremarkable and uninspired, it is without a doubt that Hammerfall have proven all doubters wrong as they have really delivered the goods with this album and then some! This album is right up there along with Hammerfall's other definitive titles such as 'Legacy of Kings' and 'Renegade' and proves Hammerfall are only getting better with each new release as the album delivers track after track of pure, undiluted, pulse-pounding, metal with tracks like 'Any Means Necessary,' 'Hallowed be my Name' and 'Bring the Hammer Down' being the headliners here. All this is why I am giving this album 5 stars. It is truly one of a kind. Get it now!

no sacrifice, no pain

never really had much to do with hammerfall but after hearing this i am only annoyed i didn't get into them earlier. Have now got all there albums.


This album is why Hammerfall is seen as one of the greatest Power Metal bans ever, every track powerful and worth listening to 100x over.


Formed: 1993 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the leading lights of the European metal resurgence in the mid-to-late 1990s, Sweden's Hammerfall helped to bring melodic power metal back to the forefront of a scene that was struggling to find its footing amidst the alt-rock/grunge boom. Founded in Gothenburg in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak -- the dissolution of that band would also help launch another influential group, In Flames -- Hammerfall took some time getting off the ground. Many of its then-members were doing...
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