The hands of time have brought us here, to make a change - and a change has come. Nothing on Earth stays forever, and that's how always will be, and down HammerFall's way of the Warrior, since 1997 when metal struck like thunder, many had to follow their own path and bring the Hammer down. All the past and present members of HammerFall have left something for the ages in the band during the metal age of their work with the Thunder Five, but some had to leave - because they felt fury of the wild, because they were looking for the gold at the end of the rainbow, because they felt the enemy within, simply because they felt their metal age of living in victory with HammerFall had ended - it is not upon us, but upon the Hammer of justice to judge that, and besides, some secrets better left untold. The important thing here is that no Knight of the 21st century that was ever a part of the Thunder Five had let the Hammer fall. They merely ended their part of the reign of the Hammer by bringing their Hammer down while still keeping the Templar flame burning within their hearts on fire. None of their deeds were in vain, and they are carved in stone.
But HammerFall will always prevail. Staying the mighty Thunder Five born to rule, living in victory in their land of Dreamland where, by the power of metal unchained, they bang their heads and stand united, these guys will always be blood bound regardless of all the changes - they won't back down. Battles they have won, they bled but never once they've fallen down. The fire burns forever, and therefore, by following the signs of the Crimson Thunder, the Thunder Five are riding once again, this time without Anders Johansson.
Anders joined HammerFall back in 1999 when the call to arms came - he played with the Thunder Five as the session drummer on the Legacy of Kings crusade, only to become the full member in no time. His great skills as a drummer, and his fun and active spirit brought the band something for the ages that will never be forgotten. Being born in 1962, Anders was the oldest member of the band, which made him stronger than all, and truly a Champion of the Thunder Five throughout these wonderful fifteen years. Being a drummer is a difficult task, but being an awesome drummer that Anders is, while almost not noticing how the time passes and how things change, is truly something to respect and admire. Regardless of age, he could, no doubt, be called the most restless soul in the band, always pulling pranks, having fun (with things that aren't meant for having fun, mostly), living life loud, becuase he knows life is now! Some of the clips that can be found on HammerFall Youtube channel and on some DVDs prove that. But what made him stronger than all was the music he helped make for seven of the band's symphonies of steel (studio albums). The power of metal was fully unchained when he played, and part of it all can be heard and seen here, on the DVD Gates of Dalhalla, one of the last things (except the studio album (r)Evolution) that Anders did with Thunder Five.
Alas, 15 years is no little time. And even though life is now, some things can't stay forever. The hands of time have done their job - Anders' way of the warrior with Thunder Five is over. Even though everyone that was ever a part of HammerFall is blood bound by the Crimson Thunder running through their veins (a bond that will last forever), distance and difference between the band members' musical tastes, individual careers, and plans for the future, was increasing. Now it has come to its highest point, and Anders Johansson brought the Hammer down to further pursue the gold at the end of the rainbow on his own.
Thank you, Anders, for these wonderful 15 years and everything you brought to the band (which is a lot)! And we all, Templars of Steel, wish you all the luck you can get in the future. Keep the flame burning!
But hold on! As said before, Thunder Five will never back down! Therefore, welcome the drummer that will join the band on the upcoming tour - DAVID WALLIN! Welcome, friend! Templars of Steel from this HammerFall fan club wish you all the best in the future! Although we still haven't heard you play anything with HammerFall and haven't proven that you are the worthy replacement, we know that no Knight of the 21st century could walk the Way of the Warrior and become a part of the Thunder Five (whether only temporarily, or eventually for many years to come) if he didn't have the power to raise the Hammer and bring the glory to the brave, so let's get it on! You followed the signs of the Crimson Thunder and ended up here - and you will be one of a kind, since you come with a change after 15 years. We hold our metal banners up with pride and are looking forward to fighting with your brothers in arms when forces of steel meet again on the upcoming (r)Evolution crusade!
As for the Templars of Steel that wish some info about David: his work by far was most notably that in the Swedish musical project PAIN, formed in 1996, labeled as industrial metal, or, more precisely, a mix of heavy metal and techno/electronic music. You can check them out here. More info about the new drummer will hopefully follow in the days to come.
Finally, there are some other news as well. That Rebel Inside, Fredrik Larsson, the band's great bass player, who played with the Thunder Five on their first release, then left to return after ten years, is now leaving again, but only temporarily. Fredrik is expecting his second child in winter that is coming, and won't be performing with the band on the upcoming crusade. Nevertheless, for a Hero's return our hearts still yearn, and a hero is indeed returning to replace Fredrik during that time. That Hero is the Knight of the 21st century who had left the band 6 years ago so that he could be flying on wings of steel! And now he's flying on wings of steel again, fighting for the oath he's sworn - to spread the word of a legend reborn! This legend will now appear as a part of the Thunder Five again, and as a bass player. Welcome back, STEFAN ELMGREN! Hammer high to the sky, Templars of Steel are delighted to see you here again!