Still heavy metal in its purest form
20 years have passed by and Joacim Cans singer of the Swedish heavy metal band Hammerfall is still as passionate about the band as he was when he agreed to step in for one night because original singer Mikael Stanne could not perform. Joacim made that evening a success and became an official band member after that and `never left the building’. His passion for Hammerfall and heavy metal in general shows when I meet the guy in the Hardrock Café in Amsterdam. The very friendly front man made himself comfortable in a big chair and enjoys his cold drink, recalling enthusiastic why Hammerfall is still going strong. Guitarist Pontus Norgren, who joined Hammerfall later in time, in 2008, when Hammerfall already was successful and a well-oiled machine but in need of a new guitarist, is sitting by his side. Joacim and Pontus are in the capital of The Netherlands to promote the new, 10th Hammerfall album `Built To Last’, which will be released on 4 November 2016. Both musicians are very excited about their new work, not the mention their new label, and they are very willing to explain to HeadBangers LifeStyle Hammerfall is ready for the next step.