The eighth full-length studio album by the cult Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band.
Credited with being amongst the saviours of true Heavy Metal in the late 90s, Power Metal titans HammerFall are back to infect your sound system with high-pitched vocals, galloping riffs and a thundering double-bass kick synonymous with Sweden’s finest.
At first glance, "Infected" seems like a major departure for Swedish Power Metal kings Hammerfall. It's the first album produced by James Michael and the HammerFall guitarists Oscar Dronjak and Pontus Norgren. It's also the first Hammerfall album with cover that not to feature the band's mascot, "Hector", but instead has a horror-movie vibe, with a gray hand reaching upward and the band's logo replaced by block capitals in blood red.
And the first song continues the viral-horror theme; it's called "Patient Zero" and it's about a zombie invasion. But it's setting the stage for a concept album that never quite comes together. Yes, there are other songs on the album that return to the theme, like "Dia de los Muertos" (on which vocalist Joachim Cans sings in Spanish), but many tracks are generic Power Metal - tales of love and heroism applicable to almost any circumstance.
Musically, though, it's quite a powerful record, with plenty of hard-charging tracks and relatively few turgid ballads. "I Refuse" has all the power of a classic '80s anthem by Accept or Judas Priest, and "Immortalized" is built around a stomping riff that will get the band's hordes of fans headbanging like mad.
Some listeners, knowing Hammerfall's history of "Metalizing" non-Metal songs, might get worried seeing "Let's Get It On" in the track listing, but don't worry, it's not a Marvin Gaye cover. It's just one more Power Metal anthem, on an album full of them.
The album sounds very powerful, very well produced, every single detail has been taken to thought. The thing is that the songs are good, but besides the amazing songs, the members are absolutely amazing! Especially Pontus's guitar work, which was great. As for the sound, it just sounds huge. Listening to it seemed to emulate a Hammerfall show. Maybe in 10 years this album will have some classics as well.
"Infected" finds Hammerfall taking a few tentative steps in a different direction, but at heart they're still the same cheesy, fist-pumping, guitar-shredding band they've always been! If you like big Metal sounds, new productions and Heavy Metal, you’ll like this one!!
The album entered the Swedish charts at number two.
Limited Edition digipack includes DVD that contains 5 songs performed live in the studio.
Nuclear Blast GmbH, 2011 (NB 2692-0). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Patient Zero 6:01
2. B.Y.H. 3:47
3. One More Time 4:07
4. The Outlaw 4:12
5. Send Me A Sign 4:00
6. Dia De Los Muertos 5:08
7. I Refuse 4:32
8. 666 - The Enemy Within 4:29
9. Immortalized 4:00
10. Let's Get It On 4:06
11. Redemption 7:02
3. One More Time
4. The Outlaw
5. Send Me A Sign
Total playing time: 51:24 min.