Swedish metal giants Hammerfall have announced that their 13th studio album, Avenge The Fallen, will be released on August 9th via Nuclear Blast Records. To give a taste of what’s to come, the group has shared a video for their new single, “Hail To The King.”

Joacim Cans comments:

“This is our 13th album. How do you still stay relevant after 13 albums? It’s very much like the opening line to the song ´Avenge The Fallen´: “What is the worst, be the one who died, or be the one who survived. Think about it, because it is a tough question”.
Do we want to be a band who releases new music just for the sole reason of getting out on the road again or do we want to keep pushing and challenging ourselves? In times where people have less and less attention span, we still think in the form of full length albums. A few good songs don’t make a strong album. A strong album comes from an album full a great songs and that’s what we’re delivering with Avenge The Fallen.”

On the song, Oscar Dronjak adds:

“I began working on ´Hail To The King´ while on tour in the US with Helloween By the end of the tour, I was getting close to wrapping the song up, so straight after the Los Angeles gig I headed to the bus where I worked like a mad man to get the last pieces together. That turned out to be the show where one of my favourite wrestlers, Chris Jericho, came to visit. It was also the show where Fredrik met his idol Frank Bello from Anthrax and Joacim met Jay Ruston, producer for Armored Saints, Avatar, Anthrax, Corey Taylor and more and whom after this meeting agreed to produce the vocals for ´Avenge The Fallen´! I missed all that, but I at least got a great song out of it, haha!”

Watch the clip below and pre-order the album here:

Tour Dates:

04/19 MX Mexico City @ Sala Urbana
04/20 CO Bogota @ Auditorio Mayor Cun
04/23 CL Santiago @ Teleton
04/25 BA Brasilia @ Toinha
04/27 BA Sao Paulo @ Summer Breeze
04/30 USA Harrisburg @ Midtown Arts Center
05/01 USA Montclair @ The Wellmont Theater
05/02 USA Albany @ Empire Underground
05/03 USA Columbus @ The Bluestone
05/04 USA St. Louis @ Delmar Hall
05/06 USA Fort Worth @ Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall
05/07 USA San Antonio @ Vibes Event Center
05/09 USA Albuquerque @ El Rey Theater
05/10 USA Tuscon @ Encore
05/11 USA Anaheim @ City National Grove of Anaheim
05/12 USA Las Vegas @ House of Blues
05/14 USA Denver @ Summit
05/16 USA St. Paul @ Myth Live
05/17 USA Milwaukee @ Milwaukee Metal Fest
05/18 USA Cleveland @ House of Blues
05/19 USA Flint @ The Machine Shop
05/20 USA Mc Kees Rocks @ Roxian Theatre
05/21 USA Richmond @ The National
05/23 USA Cincinnati @ Bogart´s
05/24 USA Atlanta @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
05/25 USA St Peterburg @ Jannus Live
06/05-06/08 SE Norje @ Sweden Rock Festival
06/06 NO Trondheim @ Trondheim Rocks
06/14 ES Zamora @ Z-fest
06/20 DK Copenhagen @ Copenhell
06/27 SL Snina @ Rock Pod Kamenon
07/03-07/06 DE Ballenstedt @ Rock Hartz
07/12 BG Midalidare Estate, Chirpan @ Midalidare Rock
08/10 FI Helsinki @ Hellsinki Metal Fest
10/04 DE Hamburg @ Barclays Arena
10/05 NL Amsterdam @ AFAS Live