I can’t help but wonder if in the album opener, “Patient Zero” Hammerfall isn’t giving a nod to The Simpsons by using “…sector 7G”. “Infected” is the ninth studio album from Swedish power metal band(and one of my favorittes) Hammerfall. This album is nothing short of a Hammerfall album, powerful guitar riffs, pounding drums and bass, and SOARING vocals. And hell, we can’t go wrong with an album that is lyrically based on a zombie infection? Now can we.
Joacim Cans sounds as good as he ever has(and for the first time in years will be performing live with his vocal coach Jeff Scott Soto). Songs about medievil events, templars, heavy metal, voyages, and other fist pumping anthems a plenty on this album. “Bang Your Head” being about how influential and important the heavy metal family is while the first single “One More Time” is one of those classic Hammerfall songs you can ride into battle on.
One of the best Hammerfall albums and one of the best power metal albums so far this year. Easily one you should listen to. Even though this is the first album to not feature the bands mascot “Hector” on the cover.