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Hammerfall Oscar Dronjak- I Did Not Enjoy Writing the Last Album but Dominion Was A Pleasure


For The Metal Voice former Anthrax singer Neil Turbin spoke to Hammerfall guitarist Oscar Dronjak at The Wiltern in Los Angeles CA on October 11 2019 as the band opened for Sabaton on their North American tour. Dronjak spoke about the bands new album Dominion and Tour.

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When asked about what he did different in terms of songwriting on their new album Dominion that they didn't do on their last album "On the new album we planned ahead, on the last album 'Built to Last' we weren't really ready, we didn't have the time to write the songs and to let them mature. On Dominion I started writing the songs earlier I tried to write different ways, like on tour for example which I never did before but I realized that it was really rewarding to do it that way. With the 'Built To Last' Album it was a rush I couldn't enjoy the songs I was writing because I had to finish the songs so we could record them. For Dominion we were finished everything several months before the recordings sessions were suppose to begin. It also meant we had time to go through the songs and pay attention to the details and when we recorded the songs we didn't have to experiment a lot we knew exactly what we were supposed to do. And in the end it helped to create a relaxed atmosphere. If you record something and you are relaxed you can put all that energy you have into that moment when you are playing and that made the album sound the way it does."

When asked about Joacim Cans consistent vocals abilities night after night "Joacim is takes care of his voice he does warm ups everyday before the shows. He also doesn't scream, he sings with the proper technique which makes his voice last a lot longer. He is 49 years old now and he sounds better than ever. I have recorded so many albums with Joacim and every time we are in the studio I get goosebumps when he sings. His voice is getting better with every album."

"Dominion" was released August 16 via Napalm Records.

Tour dates Oct. 14 - Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Ballroom Oct. 15 - Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SODO Oct. 16 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theater Oct. 18 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Union Hall Oct. 19 - Calgary, Alberta @ The Palace Theater Oct. 21 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex Oct. 23 - Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theater Oct. 25 - Minneapolis, Minn. @ Skyway Theater Oct. 26 - Chicago, Ill. @ The Vic Theatre Oct. 27 - Cleveland, Ohio @ The Agora Ballroom Oct. 29 - Toronto, Ontario @ The Danforth Music Hall Oct. 30 - Montreal, Quebec @ M Telus Nov. 01 - Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium Nov. 02 - New York, N.Y. @ PlayStation Theater Nov. 03 - Silver Spring, Md. @ The Fillmore

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