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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 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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Dragonland Begins Recording New Album

Dragonland has issued the following announcement about beginning the recording process for the follow-up to the "Astronomy" album:

"Drum recording for new album starts tomorrow! Indeed, it is true! Tomorrow is the first day of recording the new album at Jacob Hansen's studio in Ribe, Denmark! We wll have frequent updates regarding the recording of he new album so stay tuned!"

In a previous update, the band had also commented on the new material: "The album is genuinely a concept album in every aspect, and we will collaborate with some truly gifted artists who are experts in this genre to bring our world to life visually - more on that soon. Prepare yourself to be engulfed in a world of enchanting phantasy and songs of swirling magic later this year!"

Information on the album's title, track listing, and release date will be released as it is made available.

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Dragonland To Record New Album

After five years, Dragonland's fifth album and follow up to 2006's "Astronomy" is nearing completion. The album is set to be recorded at Hansen Studios starting May 31st. Guitarist Olof Mörck commented on the twelve songs to be recorded:

"After 5 years of doing concepts, writing lyrics and composing we are seeing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel! After 'Astronomy' we knew we needed to explore our music further not to risk becoming a band that releases music every year cast in the same mold, so the idea from the beginning was; what would it be like with a metal album based in fantasy that respects the literary genre, that actually tries to be mature and that enriches said fantasy world with inspiration from millenias of human mythology? To make a neoclassical album filled with overly bombastic clichés of steel clad warriors was out of the question - instead we explored the themes and sounds around various fantasy movies, new and old, and also countless computer RPG soundtracks to infuse the musical aspect with a genuine fantasy feel, and as previously stated heaps and stacks of tomes on every mythological tale from Gilgamesh to the Aeneid provided a genuine and credible backdrop to the story.

"The album is genuinely a concept album in every aspect, and we will collaborate with some truly gifted artists who are experts in this genre to bring our world to life visually - more on that soon.
Prepare yourself to be engulfed in a world of enchanting phantasy and songs of swirling magic later this year!"

Dragonland also recently signed to AFM Records. The statement from the band can be found here.

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Dragonland Signs To AFM Records

Swedish symphonic power metal act Dragonland has signed to AFM Records. The band commented on the signing:

"We in the Dragonland camp are very excited to bring everyone the news that we have signed with AFM Records! These guys are experts in dealing with our genre, and we are looking forward to a long cooperation with them!

"It also means that things regarding the new album will start to move on quite quickly from here, so stay tuned for a release date and much more soon!"

You can also check out several Dragonland tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile at this location.

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Dragonland Posts Vocal Recording Footage

Sweden's Dragonland has posted a brief video clip online via the band's Facebook page showing front man Jonas Heidgert recording vocals in the studio. You can check out the clip at this location.

Dragonland also recently posted the band's entire debut album "The Battle of the Ivory Plains" online. You can check out all eleven tracks of the album at this location.

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Dragonland Streaming Debut Album

Dragonland has issued the following announcement about streaming its entire debut album online:

"Entire first album available on our MySpace! 10 years have passed since we completed our debut album back in January 2001, and to properly commemorate this you can now find the whole album online on our MySpace!

"It is the first chapter of a gargantuan saga that will continue into the new album to be released first half of this year, so... to those unfamiliar with the Dragonland storyline, here's the place to start!"

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Lord Taps Dio and Megadeth Members For New Album

Aussie metallers LORD have revealed the guest musician list of their forthcoming album 'Set In Stone' features members of DIO, ANGRA, HAREM SCAREM, DRAGONLAND, ex-members of MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND and a host of other Australian and international guests.

Commented mainman Lord Tim, "We're absolutely thrilled to finally reveal the special guests we have on our new album. Of the international guests, we have Craig Goldy (DIO), Glen Drover (ex-MEGADETH/ex-KING DIAMOND), Pete Lesperance (HAREM SCAREM/FAIRGROUND), Felipe Andreoli (ANGRA), Olof Morck (DRAGONLAND/AMARANTHE/NIGHTRAGE) and Yoshiyasu Maruyama (ARGUMENT SOUL). From Australia, we have Chris Brooks (solo artist who did guest guitars on our last album ‘Ascendence’), Stu Marshall (PAIN DIVISION/ex-DUNGEON), Chris Porcianko (VANISHING POINT), Juz (ex-DUNGEON), Richie Hausberger (ex-ENTER TWILIGHT), Tania Moran (solo pop artist), and Mark Furze (FALCON ROAD/well-known star of Australian television). Yep, that's a hell of a list! Don't worry, we still left some room on there for actual members of LORD too! The cover art once again was handled by Felipe Machado Franco who was behind the artwork for ICED EARTH, BLAZE BAYLEY, AXEL RUDI PELL, and many more." More...

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