I don’t know why but I’m starting to find certain Power Metal bands to be rather entertaining. I’ve always kinda liked Manowar – not because of the loincloths or due to some homoerotic fantasism – but because they rock with a big grin on their faces. It’s pure cheese but fabulous all the same – you don’t need to be poe-faced to rock.
Hammerfall fit into the same category. They’re hopelessly unfashionable but they’re so much fun that I can’t help liking them.