HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL; KATAKLYSM Pulls Out

Swedish melodic metallers HAMMERFALL have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 25-27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Meanwhile, Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have pulled out of the event. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

AMON AMARTH
ARMORED SAINT
AXEL RUDI PELL
BULLET
CATARACT
DARK FUNERAL
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
KORPIKLAANI
MAROON
METAL INQUISITOR
PAUL DI'ANNO
(playing IRON MAIDEN set)
ROSS THE BOSS (playing MANOWAR set)
SABATON
SPOCK'S BEARD
TANKARD
TURISAS

HAMMERFALL recently extended its contract with Nuclear Blast Records for another six albums. The signing took place on January 31 before the band's concert at the Filharmonie in Filderstadt, Germany.

The Donzdorf, Germany-based Nuclear Blast originally signed HAMMERFALL ten years ago and released the group's debut album, "Glory to the Brave", in 1997.

HAMMERFALL's vampire-themed video for "Natural High", a track off their latest album, "Threshold", debuted last month on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". Watch the clip online at YouTube.com.

Known for dedicating themselves to preserving the genre of traditional heavy metal as inspired by metal's "golden era," HAMMERFALL was founded in 1993 by Dronjak and drummer Jesper Strömblad (now IN FLAMES' guitarist) in Gothenberg, Sweden. Drinking heavily from the well of high-octane twin-guitar work, clean vocal stylings, and classic-styled on-stage wardrobe, HAMMERFALL use the storytelling tradition to tell tales of honor and victory and to that end, band members have collaborated with the likes of Swedish Olympic athletes to the Swedish National Symphony Orchestra.

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