Hammerfall Rebels with a Cause: Unruly, Unrestrained, Unihibited

Hammerfall Rebels with a Cause: Unruly, Unrestrained, Unihibited
Hammerfall’s fifth DVD release features a 90-minute documentary charting the band’s activities from 2002 to 2007. A round table interview relates behind-the-scene antics, embarrassing stories and tales of perseverance and determination, illustrated and punctuated with home movie tour and studio footage. It’s awkward, silly, funny, even touching, but hardly the exposé that the title Unruly, Unrestrained, Uninhibited suggests. You even feel a little sorry for the band when they talk about the trend of Hammerfall-hating that eventually escalated into a physical attack on vocalist Joacim Cans before subsiding. Value-added material ranges from live and promo clips to some "making of” videos, and there’s lots of it, although the song selection gets repetitive a few tracks in. This is primarily a fan-friendly release but even a less sympathetic viewer might be impressed by the way Hammerfall’s love of what they do comes through.   (Nuclear Blast)