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HammerFall’s Live! Against The World: anthem after fist-banging anthem

Strap on your armor and saddle up! Power metal overlords HammerFall ride into battle once more with new album Live! Against The World

Live Against The World by Hammefall
(Image: © Nuclear Blast)

While Hammerfall deliver good studio albums, it’s onstage they come into their own, as is proven here. The band’s third live release was recorded in Germany at the start of 2020 and you can sense the energy surge the Swedes get from the rabid crowd. There’s no time for clever nuances; what you get is anthem after fist-banging anthem, with vocalist Joacim Cans acting as a charismatically bombastic cheerleader. The two-hour set spans the band’s catalogue, and they celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic Renegade album with a special medley. The high spots are Blood Bound, Let The Hammer Fall and Hearts On Fire. Live! Against The World will put a smile on any metal maniac’s face.


Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.