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June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

$28 - $60

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Hammerfall, w/ Flotsam & Jetsam
June 4, 2018
@ The Forge (Joliet)
Show starts at 7:30 pm
Tickets = $28 – $60



After quitting the death metal act Ceremonial Oath in 1993, guitarist Oscar Dronjak formed HammerFall and soon asked Jesper Strömblad to join him. Since this idea had been existing in Oscar’s for a while, the name, general direction and some music (such as the song “Steel Meets Steel”) were already there. Jesper and Oscar decided that HammerFall had to be forwarded on a project level, since both wanted to keep on with their other, freshly started, bands, In Flames and Crystal Age respectively. They enlisted the help of fellow metallers Niklas Sundin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (vocals) of Dark Tranquillity, and Johan Larsson (bass guitar). The aim was to get together a couple of times each year, rehearsing to particitpate in a local music competition called “Rockslaget”. Time went on, and Niklas and Johan were replaced by Glenn Ljungström (In Flames) and Fredrik Larsson (Crystal Age). Apart from the HammerFall tunes “Steel Meets Steel” and “HammerFall”, the band performed the Pretty Maids classic “Red, Hot and Heavy” as well as the Alice Cooper 1987 metal icon “Freedom”.

In 1996, for the first time, HammerFall advanced to the semi-finals of “Rockslaget” with “Steel Meets Steel” , “Unchained” and the Judas Priest anthem “Breaking The Law”. Amidst the celebration, it was discovered that vocalist Mikael was going to be unavailable at the time of the semi-finals. Hence, a new singer had to be brought in for this gig. After a bit of research, the name Joacim Cans came up. A phone call later, and they were in business. The cooperation with Joacim proved to be a success, and he was immediately sworn in as a permanent member of the HF clan. Though entering a strong performance in the competition, HammerFall never reached the finals; the band was edged out in the last minute by the judges, who perhaps feared the imminent and unavoidable rise of Heavy Metal once again to international prominence.

However, a two-track live performance was recorded and sent on video tape to Roel van Reijmersdal of the Dutch label Vic Records. He marveled over its contents and immediately offered HammerFall a deal. Consequently, the summer and fall of this, the Olympic year, was spent writing, rehearsing and perfecting the soon-to-be debut album, already entitled “Glory To The Brave”.

Neither Nuclear Blast nor the band themselves could expect that a heavy metal band could get such exposure and raving reviews in the nineties, but it happened! “Glory To The Brave” was awarded Album Of The Month in both Rock Hard and Heavy Oder Was?, two of Germany’s leading metal magazines, earning 10 out of 10 and 11 out of 12 respectively. The album entered the German Music Chart at position no. 38, the highest for a debut heavy metal album ever! All of Europe’s major metal press almost unanimously praised the album, and the sales figures showed that also the fans loved HammerFall.

Together with the fans, HammerFall had proved that heavy metal music was still alive and well in the nineties. Now, it’s time to turn our eyes towards the next millennium. What lies ahead? What territories are there to explore, what worlds are there to conquer? Who knows what tomorrow will bring? HammerFall do know, however, that none of this and nothing that happens in the future is possible without you, the true heavy metal fan! You are deeply thanked and invited to once again join in letting the world know that A METAL HEART IS HARD TO TEAR APART! The victory march for heavy metal has only begun!


Flotsam & Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam is a Thrash Metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1983. Their debut album “Doomsday For The Deceiver” is still considered by many as a milestone in the history of the genre. The record released in 1986 propelled original bass player Jason Newstead to international superstardom as a member of Metallica. Not to be outdone, Flotsam then followed up with what some consider to be the most important thrash record of all time, “No Place For Disgrace”.

Then it was onward and upward to MCA records for three albums that allowed the band to grow musically while never losing the integrity their fans had come to expect. After their contract was up at MCA, the first and most welcome home for the band, Metal Blade Records, invited Flotsam And Jetsam to rejoin their roster and help carry the banner of true Metal tradition proudly through the dark days of the rise of Nu Metal. The records “High”, and “Unnatural Selection” settled the nerves of those fans that wondered what direction the band might go in this new landscape. “My God”, produced by the illustrious Bill Metoyer, was hailed as the best, heaviest effort of the band in many years. “Dreams Of Death” from 2005 is their ninth and so far last album.

“Once In A Deathtime” DVD features an extremely intense show the band gave at the Metalmania Festival 2008, offering metalheads everything Flotsam And Jetsam came to be respected for: brutal non-conformist sound, a slaughter of powerful, furious and perfectly executed thrash riffs, as well as excellent song-writing. With a great selection of songs from their discography, also including such classic compositions as “Doomsday For The Deceiver”, “No Place For Disgrace”, or “I Live You Die”, the band treated their fans to one hell of a ride at this genuine Thrash Metal feast!


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Joliet, IL 60432 United States
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