10/4/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
HammerFall - Threshold - 2006 - Nuclear Blast
"Threshold" is made up of the same types of songs we have heard from the band over time. This one shows us dash and flash pacers like "Natural High" (album's first single), "Shadow Empire", and the Running Wild styled "Reign Of The Hammer". The band throw in some great mid-paced hook with solid sluggers like "Rebel Inside" and "Titan". The group also hits some traditional nods with the somewhat generic "Howlin' With The 'Pac" and title track "Threshold". The well placed ballad "Dark Wings, Dark Words", complete with eerie mood and atmosphere, is a refreshing "slow down" that really breathes dynamics and diversity among this much bravado and metallic clang. Charlie Bauerfeind steps in to produce once again, paying a bit more notion to bottom end and bass than the typical HammerFall effort.
Bottom Line - Certainly not hitting the career high mark set forth by "Crimson Thunder", but still a solid catalogue piece that should please fans and grow a few more. At some point though the band may need to stop taking themselves so seriously. A little variety may be the key to long term survival.
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