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Threshold (CD)
Following the unnaturally extended layoff enforced by guitarist Oscar Dronjak's motorcycle accident in 2003, Swedish heavy metal traditionalists Hammerfall waited barely a year between their eventual return with fifth album, Chapter V in 2005, and the release of LP number six, Threshold, in 2006. This suddenly rushed release schedule -- though likely resulting from nothing more than a backlog of pre-written material, ready to come out -- takes something of an uncertain turn on Threshold's first few numbers, which comprise a decent but terribly predictable title track; a lackluster autopilot job and a repetitive chorus in "The Fire Burns Forever"; and a lead-footed crawl through "Rebel Inside," which not even Accept-like choral battalions can jolt into life. Indeed, the claim may be redundant when relating to a band whose very talents involve being true to metal's classic sound, but all three simply sound too safe and formulaic.
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Type: CD
Recorded: 2006
Release Date: 2006-10-18
Label: Nuclear Blast
Country: Euro
Item No: NB17522
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Track List
01 Threshold
02 The Fire Burns Forever
03 Rebel Inside
04 Natural High
05 Dark Wings Dark Words
06 Howlin With The Pac
07 Shadow Empire
08 Carved In Stone
09 Reign Of The Hammer
10 Genocide
11 Titan
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