Crimson Thunder

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Crimson Thunder
Hammerfall - Crimson Thunder.jpg
Studio album by HammerFall
Released 28 October 2002
Recorded Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands; Twilight Studios, Germany; and Mi Sueño, Tenerife
Genre Heavy metal, power metal
Length 47:34
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Charlie Bauerfeind
HammerFall chronology
Crimson Thunder
One Crimson Night
(2003)One Crimson Night2003
Singles from Crimson Thunder
  1. "Hearts on Fire"
    Released: 30 September 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Crimson Thunder is the fourth studio album released by the Swedish metal band HammerFall. It was the first album the band worked on with the producer Charlie Bauerfeind.

The cover art was created by Samwise Didier, who is also known for his Warcraft concept art pieces.

Track listing[edit]

The track list for the album is as follows:[2]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Riders of the Storm" Dronjak, Cans 4:34
2. "Hearts on Fire" Dronjak, Cans 3:51
3. "On the Edge of Honour" Dronjak, Cans 4:49
4. "Crimson Thunder" Dronjak, Cans 5:05
5. "Lore of the Arcane" (Instrumental) Dronjak 1:27
6. "Trailblazers" Dronjak, Cans 4:39
7. "Dreams Come True" Dronjak 4:02
8. "Angel of Mercy" (Chastain cover) David T. Chastain 5:38
9. "The Unforgiving Blade" Dronjak, Cans 3:40
10. "In Memoriam" (Instrumental) Elmgren 4:21
11. "Hero's Return" Dronjak, Cans 5:23
European and Brazilian bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "Rising Force" (Yngwie Malmsteen cover) 4:30
American bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "Detroit Rock City" (Kiss cover) 3:56
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "Crazy Nights" (Loudness cover) 3:42

Release information[edit]

  • Digipack CD,[3] LP,[4] shaped CD, picture LP, comic book edition, leather bound comic book edition, DVD-audio, value box (with "Hearts on Fire" CDS), Gold Award edition.
  • Limited Gold Edition comes in an amaray (DVD-box), including printed HammerFall signatures, golden HammerFall-plectrum, bonus track ("Heeding the Call" – live) and a videoclip ("Hearts on Fire").[5]
  • Strictly limited Enhanced Gold-Award Edition, issued in DVD case with gold CD and band logo plectrum. CD has all bandmembers' signatures.[5]
  • Special Comic Edition has a CD of Crimson Thunder housed in an oversize hardback comic book, with an original comic story and the album's original liner notes/lyrics. Strictly Limited CD & Comicbook with 25 pages comic + 7 pages booklet, hardcover size A4 and the bonus track "Rising Force".[6]
  • DVD-Audio comes in 5.1 Dolby Surround Multichannel Sound. Playable into all DVD Players and with 5.1 Channel Surround Sound System and has "Hearts on Fire" videoclip.[7]
  • There has also been a numbered (1000 have been made) limited edition 3 CD longform leather digibook, that contains two 3-inch mini-CDs with one track on each: "Crazy Nights" (Loudness cover) and "Detroit Rock City" (Kiss cover).[8]
  • The Japanese version contains the bonus tracks: "Crazy Nights" (Loudness cover), "Renegade" (live), "Hammerfall" (live).[2]

Chart ranking[edit]

Country Ranked[9]
Switzerland 83
Germany 13
Austria 65
France 134
Sweden 3


Music video[edit]

  • A music video was made for the song "Hearts on Fire".[10]


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