Glory to the Brave

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Glory to the Brave
Studio album by HammerFall
Released June 27, 1997
Recorded Late 1996 - April 1997, Studio Fredman, Göteborg, Sweden
Genre Heavy metal, Speed metal, power metal
Length 44:58
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Fredrik Nordström
HammerFall chronology
Glory to the Brave
(1997)
Legacy of Kings
(1998)
Singles from Glory to the Brave
  1. "Glory to the Brave"
    Released: October 20, 1997

Glory to the Brave is the debut album by the Swedish power metal band HammerFall, released in 1997. Despite the fact that the band was formed in 1993, HammerFall performed mostly live music and covers before this album was released. "Steel Meets Steel" was composed by Oscar Dronjak just before the band was formed and is included on this album. The band signed a deal with the Dutch label Vic Records. Nuclear Blast approached Vic Records and obtained a license deal for the album. Later, Nuclear Blast bought the entire rights from Vic Records. Although the In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad was listed as the drummer, all the drums were actually played by session musician Patrik Räfling, who joined the band as a full-time member shortly after the album's release.

The cover art was painted by Andreas Marschall.

"I Believe" was co-written with Peter Stålfors of Pure X and, later, the more famous Dream Evil.

Glory to the Brave was re-released in 2002 as a Deluxe Edition with the Stormwitch cover "Ravenlord" as a bonus track as well as a multimedia section including a music video.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de) 10/10[2]

In 2005, Glory to the Brave was ranked number 295 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Dragon Lies Bleeding"   Jesper Strömblad, Joacim Cans, Oscar Dronjak 4:22
2. "The Metal Age"   Dronjak, Strömblad, Cans 4:28
3. "HammerFall"   Dronjak, Strömblad, Cans 4:47
4. "I Believe"   Cans, Peter Stålfors 4:53
5. "Child of the Damned" (Warlord cover) Tsamis, Zonder 3:42
6. "Steel Meets Steel"   Dronjak 4:02
7. "Stone Cold"   Dronjak, Strömblad, Cans 5:43
8. "Unchained"   Dronjak, Strömblad, Cans 5:38
9. "Glory to the Brave"   Dronjak, Strömblad, Cans 7:20
10. "Ravenlord" (Stormwitch cover, bonus track) Harald Spangler 3:31
11. "Multimedia part: Videoclip, Wallpaper & E-Card" (Bonus deluxe edition)    

"Ravenlord" was released on the Japanese, Brazilian and Deluxe Editions.

Special editions: LP, Shape CD (Saw-Shaped), Picture LP, Red Vinyl LP, Deluxe Edition (containing bonus material), Value Box (with "Renegade" CDS)

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reesman, Bryan. "HammerFall Glory to the Brave review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-25. 
  2. ^ Schäfer, Wolfgang. "Rock Hard review". issue 122. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 95. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.