If you can imagine Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Stratovarius and Dragonforce jamming at a techno rave (throw in the odd progressive curve ball a la Dream Theater), you won’t be a million miles away from where Hammerforce are headed.
Whether you prefer older school power metal, or more modern power metal, this album is sure to have you headbanging and air jamming along.
8.75/10 Metal Storm
One of the best bands of the century by far
10/10 WoodBangers LLC Network
Access Denied is the real candidate to be the best Metal album of the year. If you like original and fresh Power Metal this release is right for you!
10/10 My Global Mind
My mind automatically thinks Dream Theater. Some amazing synth work as I listen to it is played with as much talent as the guitar work and they compliment each other very well. Vocals are hitting great highs almost reminiscent of Rob Halford style, drums are fast and accurate with a high levels of detail to compliment every note been played by the other instruments.
This is recklessly fun and energetic power metal with a twist, created by some incredibly talented musicians and songwriters. They might not be world-beaters, but they’ve certainly got the potential to become a dominating force within the genre.
Hammerforce have a lot going for themselves in the signature departments
Hammerforce’s Access Denied is easily most consistent fast and loud power metal album so far for this year. The keyboard elements that stand out will help them gain new interested power metal fans. Musicianship is easily just above standard to make this album really sounded.
8/10 Metal Harem
It will have you punching the air, air-guitaring, snapping your neck and at times it can be like the mosh-pit hitting the dance floor
The Mayfair Mall Zine
The keyboard style of Access Denied helps to differentiate this group for the countless others and the rest of the band are impressive also, this new album is certainly worth a look.
4/5 Sea of Tranquility
This is one of the better, more original Power Metal albums I’ve heard in some time
7.5/10 Metal Observer
Access Denied is an all-around unrelenting album that could be enjoyed by fans of many different metal genres
B+ Unappreciated Scholars
These guys have got to be one of the best bands to ever emerge from Russia. They are so skilled and talented musicians and deserve much respect. Access Denied is one of the best Power Metal releases I have ever heard. If you can think of a more Progressive Synth driven version of Hammerfall or Blind Guardian then that is what Hammerforce has to offer. One Hell of a release through and through! Every Metal fan must check these guys out, even if your not a Power Metal fan, you will find some appreciation for what these guys do!
Their style is different than is typical of Power Metal in that they skew away from the classical roots of Rhapsody and Sonata Arctica and lean towards techno. If you had just suggested this to me I would have assumed it would suck but after hearing the album, surprisingly, it doesn’t.
Access Denied is a good, strong album… May the (Hammer)force be with you!
Hammerforce are one of a handful of bands, I can think of, who are breathing fresh life into the power metal genre and if you crave something a little bit different then these guys come highly recommended!
Brutiful Metal Radio
My initial impression of St. Petersburg’s (the cold Russian one, not the retirement resort in Florida) Hammerforce was that of a Nemesis Jr., and I mean that in a positive way. This is highly competent and catchy power metal with a heavy use of more techno/dance keyboard sounds than is typical for power metal (lots of boops and beeps and orchestral hits than strings, horns, and atmospheric tones)
3.5/5 Black Wind Metal
The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Nikita Merzlyakov and the result is excellent. Heavy, punchy & vigorous!
6.5/10 Grande Rock
Power metal with a prog edge is the band’s forte and they can indeed play it well
Get Ready To Rock
There’s a hint of early Judas Priest in there
3/5 The Metal Pit
Take some Sonata Arctica, a little Pagan’s Mind, a touch of Rhapsody, a hint of Blind Guardian, and a dash of Dragonforce then mix it all together and let it simmer until each part’s flavour come out perfectly and you get Hammerforce
3.75/5 Metal Crypt
Musically, there are some keys, plenty of speed, and the CD as a whole is almost entirely upbeat. There are a lot of cool and interesting musical segments, many twists and turns, and even some great guitar solos. Still, both Lanfear and Auvernia are good general band comparisons and should give you an idea of what to expect from Hammerforce.
3.5/5 Metal CD Ratings