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Dragonland

Formed: 1999
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Background

From Gothenburg Dragonland emerged, founded by lead guitarist Nicklas Magnusson
of Prophanity (1 album on Blackend/PHD) and Jonas Heidgert summer '99
And later on joined by Daniel Kvist (ex. Sacrilege , now Nightshade and Taetre ) and
Christer Pedersen ( Nightshade 1 album on Scarlet records)!!!

A year later after writing songs, the first demo was recorded and was well received by
the press...and also by record labels as the first record deal offer came only 3 days after the demo was sent out!!!

Only 3 months before the album would be recorded guitarist Daniel quit to the
benefit of Olle Mörck, and at this time also keyboardplayer Elias Holmlid was hired!!!
The recording of the debut album (“The battle of the ivory plains”) took place in Los angered
recordings with Andy la Roque ( King diamond ) producing it!
The result was amazing, and received lots of great reviews!!!

This also got Elias alot of attention for his keyboard playing and got to do some
keyboard tracks for the 2001 King diamond tour, and the keyboards for Falconer 's second
album and also the keyboards for the debut album of Ironware !!!

In March 2002 they entered the supreme Studio Fredman ( Hammerfall , In flames ,
Arch enemy etc.) to record the successor “Holy war”!!!
The sequel and end of the Dragonland chronicles!!!

The band has often been compared to Sonata arctica and Rhapsody , but on this album
they show a step towards a more bombastic sound like a mix of Bal-sagoth , Stratovarius and Nightwish !!!

Latest Dragonland News

Below is our complete Dragonland news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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ProgPower USA XVI, Part 4: Fabio Is God

3:45pm - September 12, 2015

It’s surreal….I stand on the ramp looking out Dragonland performing “Starfall,” minutes before I make my stage debut. Nerves, excitement, tension….all wrapped up as I stood with my friend Tommy to unleash “The Black Mare” with one of my favorite bands. I sang along to practice…

“The sign of truth – starfall lights in your eyes
The wish it hides – is in your mind
The hope of life – when astral angels cry
Truth and lies – starfall eyes”

Hey…I felt strong! Excitement flowed as I banged my head thinking…this is going to be awesome! Its back! My voice was back!

Far cry from this morning…… More...

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ProgPower USA XVI, Part 2: Project Dragonland

Daybreak…..September 10th. Going out to the Artmore the previous evening was lame by comparison to the rest of the weekend. Though sold out, the Mid-Week Mayhem show after party just isn’t as big because many of the fans and musicians haven’t arrived to the area quite yet, so a 3:00am turn in time may as well have been midnight.

Waking at 7:00am, I trudged over to the Residence Inn’s quality free hot breakfast on floor 2. Today was the day….it would all hang on Dragonland – the band I’ve been lusting over since the announcement came a year ago. The Kick-Off event has always been a special occasion, but since Nathan Block of Swordlord took over, the bar has been raised dramatically…for me. That is, if you are a power metal fanboy, Nathan is your man. More...

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ProgPower USA XVI, Part 1: Mid-Week Mayhem

Sunday....September 20, 2015....the alarm blared at 4:45pm. I guess I forgot to change it from the normal weekday. I sit up - still reeling from the post-ProgPower USA plague, a disease that seems to permeate from the long hours and constant human communication/contact over a four day annual ritual - or rite of passage for the newbie virgins. I reach for another cough drop and open unlock my phone to reveal this morning’s round of Facebook notifications.

Oh...a tag on a video from Dragonland’s second set at ProgPower USA...yes, I said “second.” Why a tag? Well, as it turned out, yours truly was afforded the incredible honor of joining the band on stage for “The Black Mare.” As I sit and contemplate just how that weekend transpired - all the changes, the problems Glenn and Jen Harveston and all involved had to endure in keeping a solidified lineup in the face of the dreaded USCIS - there really is a magic that happens in Atlanta. No matter how it turns out...it never ceases to raise the bar each and every year. More...

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Persefone Dropped From ProgPower USA

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.

Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.

"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."

Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows: More...

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Jeff Scott Soto To Replace Morgana Lefay At PPUSA

Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.

Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"

Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."

Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...

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D.C. Cooper Pulls Out Of PPUSA KO Show, Saxon In

D.C. Cooper, vocalist for Royal Hunt, has pulled out of the ProgPower USA Kick off show in Atlanta, GA, set for September 10th at Center Stage, citing an undisclosed reason. Just today, it was revealed on Saxon's Facebook Page that the band along with Armored Saint will replace Cooper and play with previously announced acts Dragonland and Almah. The official announcement from Swordlord Productions and ProgPower USA was expected for noon EST today.

The pull out does not affect Cooper's performance of Royal Hunt on the main festival roster. The statement reads: "It is with great disappointment and sadness the we are announcing the cancellation of the DC Cooper solo performance at the 2105 Atlanta ProgPowerUSA Kick-Off Party on Sept. 10th 2015.. Due to circumstances beyond his control, or anyone elses control, DC Cooper had to make this tough decision to withdraw from the Kick-Off Concert. Hopefully, we will be able to elaborate more on the situation in the near future. But,at this time, this is all the information we have.

"DC Cooper wishes to convey the following message,...'I want to thank everyone involved for their professionalism and enthusiasm that helped bring this together up to this point. Nathan Block and his festival team, Dave Watson, Kenny Porter Julian Nieser, and many others! Thank you, and my sincere apologies! Especially my warmest Thanks to the fans and friends who were to attend. Your support is never-ending and much appreciated!'"

"DCE/Studio747 wants to also convey. The ProgPower USA performance of Royal Hunt on Sept. 12th, 2015 WILL NOT BE AFFECTED!, in any way at all. Royal Hunt will perform their highly acclaimed and successful album, 'Paradox' in its entirety on Saturday night! This still will be a performance that should not be missed!

"One last note,....The DC Cooper solo cd with TEAM DC is in full swing and coming along nicely with incredible results! The TEAM hopes to have an early fall release if all goes well. The team has been working tirelessly on the production, and it has now become the highest priority!
"Thank you all so much once again to everyone! I will see you in Atlanta,...still,...for PPGUSA2015!" More...

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ProgPower USA XVI Kick Off Show Announced

Just a day after the lineup announcement for ProgPower USA XVI was revealed to the crowd on Friday, September 12th, the annual kick off show was revealed. Headliner DC Cooper (vocalist for Royal Hunt) will play a solo set. In support is the U.S. debut of Swedish power metal act Dragonland, which features Amaranthe guitarist Olof Mörck and Destiny vocalist Jonas Heidgert, along with Brazil's Almah, which features former Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi.

Both the kick off and main festival announcement videos can be seen below. Tickets for the main festival will be available starting on October 4th with the kick off show tickets available in early November. More information can be found over at the official site at this location.

Check out the main festival lineup video here:

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Ancestral Dawn Posts Lyric Clip For New Single

Peruvian power metal band Ancestral Dawn has released a new lyric video for the "Rise of the Ancestor" single, which can be heard below. This new single features Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland/Destiny) making a guest vocal appearance as the ancient god Virakocha.

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Prog Power South America Announced

The organizers of the Prog Power festival have issued the following announcement about a South American edition:

"We're pleased to announce a new member to the family, Progpower Southamerica! The first South American edition will put together 16 bands spread out over two days, hosting special feature artists from South America and Chile; this should set it apart from his brothers in the northern hemisphere and give it a personality of his own. Of course, there will be bands from Europe and USA as well.

"The festival will take place within the Caupolican Theatre in Santiago on August 17 - 18, 2013. It's important however to make clear that the organization, booking and overall logistics of Progpower Southamerica is independent from the other festivals. Both Glenn Harveston (ProgPower USA) and René Janssen (Progpower Europe) have given the green light to the event and the authorization to utilize the name, but are in no way directly involved in the South American edition of the festival. As of today, the bands confirmed for the festival are as follows:

Dragonland (Sweden)
Hibria (Brazil)
Delta (Chile)
Hangar (Brazil
Husar (Chile)
SteelRage (Chile)

"This is just beginning! Many more names will join and there are a few surprises along the way. Stay tuned to new confirmations!"

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

DVD
01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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Dragonland Posts New Video Feature

Swedish fantasy power metal band Dragonland posted a new video feature on the elven city of "Val'inthor," which is featured in the new LP "Under the Grey Banner." The visual artist Damian Bajowski, from the PC game "The Witcher," provided the artwork for the features as well as the band's LP. The album was released on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.

The track listing for "Under the Grey Banner" is as follows:

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

Check out the video feature here:

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Dragonland Posts New Video Teaser

Dragonland has posted a video feature describing Dûrnir's Forge, a location appearing on the band's forthcoming album "Under the Grey Banner." You can check out the clip below, or find the previously posted video describing the Royal City of Westmar.

"Under the Grey Banner" is due out November 18th, 2011 and the track listing is as follows:

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

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Dragonland Streams New Track

Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland have posted another new track "The Black Mare" (edited version) from the forthcoming LP will be "Under the Grey Banner." The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.

The track listing for "Under the Grey Banner"

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

Check out the track here:

DRAGONLAND - Black Mare (edit) - 2011 by AFM Records

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Dragonland Posts New Album Teaser Clip

Dragonland has posted a video feature online describing the Royal City of Westmar, appearing on Dragonland's forthcoming album entitled "Under the Grey Banner." You can check out the clip below, and the album will be released on November 18th, 2011.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

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Dragonland Unveils Album Artwork

Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland have unveiled the album artwork for the forthcoming LP will be "Under the Grey Banner." The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.

The track listing for "Under the Grey Banner"

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

The band is also streaming the new track "Fire And Brimstone" at this location.

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Dragonland Streams New Track

Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland are streaming the new track "Fire And Brimstone" from the forthcoming LP will be "Under the Grey Banner." The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records. Check out the song below.

The track listing for "Under the Grey Banner"

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

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Dragonland Announces Track List For New Album

Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland, who recently announced that the title of the forthcoming LP will be "Under the Grey Banner," have released the track listing. The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.

1. Ilmarion
2. Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains
3. The Tempest
4. A Thousand Towers White
5. Fire And Brimstone
6. The Black Mare
7. Lady Of Goldenwood
8. Dûrnir's Forge
9. The Trials Of Mount Farnor
10. Throne Of Bones
11. Under The Grey Banner
12. Ivory Shores

"Under the Grey Banner", is the third and final part of the trilogy "Dragonland Chronicles", a concept that the group had started on "The Battle Of The Ivory Plans" in 2001 and continued on "Holy War" in 2002.

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Dragonland Announces New Album Title

Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland announced that the title of the new LP (previously thought to be "The Return") will be "Under the Grey Banner." The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records. This will be the band's first release since "Astronomy" in 2006.

"Under the Grey Banner", is the third and final part of the trilogy "Dragonland Chronicles", a concept that the group had started on "The Battle Of The Ivory Plans" in 2001 and continued on "Holy War" in 2002. It is also the first album to feature new bassist Anders Hammer (Nightrage) and new drummer Morten Lowe Sorensen (Amaranthe).

A demo version of new song "The Shadow Of The Mithril Mountans" can be heard below:

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Dragonland Announces Its "Return" With New LP

Swedish symphonic power metal band Dragonland announced that the new LP "The Return" will be released on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records. This will be the band's first release since "Astronomy" in 2006. "The Return", is the third and final part of the trilogy "Dragonland Chronicles", a concept that the group had started on "The Battle Of The Ivory Plans" in 2001 and continued on "Holy War" in 2002.

Over the period of 2006 to 2011, Dragonland had major lineup changes having parted ways with guitarist Nicklas Magnusson and bassist Christer Pedersen. Bassist Anders Hammer (Nightrage) and drummer Morten Lowe Sorensen (Amaranthe) have joined the band. Former drummer Jesse Lindskog will become the band's second guitarist in the future.

A trailer for the new LP (then untitled) can be viewed below:

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Dragonland Finishes New Album

Dragonland has checked in with the following brief announcement about finishing the follow-up to 2006's "Astronomy" album:

"We are very proud indeed to say that the new Dragonland album is done!!!!! A new chapter in the Dragonland chronicles has been written!"

The band had also previously commented on the artwork for the new release:

"Artist Damian Bajowski, well known from million-selling 'The Witcher' PC RPG, is set to illustrate the next chapter of the Dragonland saga! We could not be more excited! Bajowski's will create the cover artwork, along with illustrations of various locations around Dragonland!"

Additional details on the new Dragonland album will be announced as they are made available.

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