From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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...
Spanish/Swedish melodic metal band SANDALINAS has found a new home on Metal Heaven. Their new CD is called "Fly To The Sun" and is due on January 18, 2007. Next to mainman Jordi Sandalinas, "Fly To The Sun" also features the great vocal talents of singer Rick Altzi (AT VANCE), Patrik Johansson (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on drums, Mick Cervino (BLACKMORE’s NIGHT) on bass guitar and Elias Holmild (DRAGONLAND) on keyboards. The album furthermore includes various guests such as Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER) on keyboards on the track “Seasons In The Sand” as well as Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE) and Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) at various guitar solos.
You can listen to some advance music here:
- SANDALINAS - Bad Dreams (edit)
- SANDALINAS - Fly To The Angels (edit)
- SANDALINAS - Never Seen Before (edit)
The tracklist of "Fly To The Sun" is as follows:
FLY TO THE SUN
NEVER SEEN BEFORE
BACK FROM THE LIGHT
NO MATTER WHAT
AS THE RAIN FALLS
RING OF FIRE
THE WRONG SIDE OF ME
SHADOWS IN THE RAIN
THE HEALER TALKS
SEASONS IN THE SAND
A new DRAGONLAND song, entitled "Contact", has been posted online at the group's official MySpace page. The track comes off the Swedish metallers' upcoming fourth album, "Astronomy", due on November 13 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2004's "Starfall" was recorded at Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR) in Gothenburg with producer Fredrik Nordström.
Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: "We're planning to post a few new songs online at MySpace for your previewing pleasure, and first up is 'Contact', a furiously fast metal epic with all the blazing guitar/keyboard playing and soaring vocals you have come to expect from DRAGONLAND through the last six years. This song is a part of the more traditional fast DRAGONLAND sound, though spiced up with really thrashy and down tuned guitars, and is probably a welcome listen for the people who thought the 'Starfall' album was too slow and soft. DRAGONLAND is back stronger than ever before!" More...
Legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Dong Open Air festival, set to take place on July 14th & 15th at Dongberg in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. Other bands on the bill are DRAGONLAND, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, GUN BARREL, SAVAGE CIRCUS, and many others.
ROTTING CHRIST performed two live shows on February 3-4 at Blive Music House in Larissa, Greece, which were recorded for their first live release. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live shows were the only concerts to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The shows marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene.
"Passage To Arcturo" (1989) and "Non Serviam" (1994), the band's first and third albums respectively, were reissued with bonus audio and video tracks on January 23rd.
Swedish power metal band Dragonland are finally confirmed for the first festival in 2005. On July 24th 2005 they burn the stage on the Thirteenth Day Festival in The Academy, Birmingham, UK. First confirmed bands playing the festival are Sonata Arctica as headliner, Finntroll, Norther, Epica and many more.
Dragonland , the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have uploaded five one-minute audio clips from their third album, "Starfall", at this location.
Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: "These five samples we've chosen are just a small tip of the iceberg of 'Starfall', although we think the new direction of our music and our new sound will be thoroughly evident in listening to them. The true diversity of this album, with songs ranging from '80s hard rock style through heavy Soilwork-ish tunes, to Arabian soundscapes, will only reveal itself through a full listening of the new album. Enjoy!"
The follow-up to 2002's "Holy War", "Starfall" was recorded at Tom Englund's (Evergrey) Division One Studios in Sweden with Englund producing. An October 25 release through Century Media Records is expected. The Japanese edition of the album, due on October 27 via King Records, will include a bonus track, a cover of X-Japan's "Rusty Nail".
In other news, Dragonland guitarists Olof Mörck and Nicklas Magnusson have signed an endorsment deal with the Japanese guitar company Caparison.
Commented Magnusson: "To us, Caparison guitars has always stood for very high-quality guitarists in their endorsement roster, and their brilliant craftmanship is of no doubt of the highest standards, so needless to say, it is a great honor for us!"
Dragonland, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based melodic metal sextet, have finished recording and mixing their third album, "Starfall", tentatively due in October through Century Media Records.
Commented guitarist Olof Mörck: "Of course, it's our best album so far, haha. Well, I really think the cliché is true this time, yet it is not in our hands to judge that. I hope the amount of work we have put in this album will be apparent to anyone who listens to it, and also the ambition we had to push the limits of this rather cliché-ridden genre.
"The recording of this album has gone very smooth, and the final result is exactly what we wanted, so the year we spent with pre-production really paid off. Having [EVERGREY's] Tom S Englund and Arnold Linberg as producers has been a privilege, they are both extremely talented guys! So far their Division One studio is pretty unknown due to that it is so new, though in my book it easily beats Los Angered and Studio Fredman where we recorded our first albums.
"As I have stated before, besides fans of the power metal genre, I recommend people who normally don't listen to that genre to check our 'Starfall', because even if it is rooted in the power metal genre, the music is far from limited to it. We will be delighted to hear people's opinions from October, c-ya'll then!"
"Starfall" track listing:
01. As Madness Took Me
02. The Returning
04. Calling my Name
05. In Perfect Harmony
06. The Shores of our Land
07. The Dreamseeker
08. To the End of the World
09. The Book of Shadows Part I: A Story Yet Untold
10. The Book of Shadows Part II: The Curse of Qa'a
11. The Book of Shadows Part III: The Glendora Outbreak