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Formed: 1999
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Background

The band is powered by the twin guitar assaults of Herman Li and Sam Totman, vocalist ZP Theart, keyboard player Vadim Pruzhanov, bassist Adrian Lambert, and drummer David Mackintosh. A standard line-up for a rock band it may at first appear but DragonForce features a uniquely diverse, multi-cultural line-up (Hong Kong, UK, New Zealand, South Africa, Ukraine).

Early DragonForce can best be described as a mix of modern melodic power metal with the fury of speed metal, since than, the band’s style has evolved into a even more distinctive sound of their own. By combining all their favorite aspects of different rock and metal styles they like, ranging from – classic/power/thrash/speed/death/progressive metal/hard rock and video games music, played with a high octane energy, DragonForce’s sound maybe best described as ‘Extreme Power Metal’.

The catchy and instantly memorable melodies that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some outrageous speed, power, complex twin guitar wizardry and extreme metal drumming are just some of the qualities that separate this band from the masses. This sonic fury in no way hides the bands greatest strength - their songwriting ability.

The band started off with a self produced demo which attracted over half a million (500 000) downloads from 1 internet site alone. DragonForce had already toured with the likes of Halford, Stratovarius and Virgin Steele as well as headlining their own shows across England without having an album out. After the release of their debut album, Valley Of The Damned, the band was invited for their first tour of South East Asia, headlining their own shows in Thailand, opening for Helloween on their Japanese tour, and performing to an invited audience in Taiwan.

Latest Dragonforce News

Below is our complete Dragonforce 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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Dragonforce Announces Tour With Kamelot

Dragonforce released latest album "Maximum Overload" (reviewed here) this past August on Metal Blade Records.

In support of the album, Dragonforce will be returning to North America in 2015 on tour with Kamelot. The tour begins April 27th in Baltimore, MD and wraps up May 23rd in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL. Tickets are on sale now for all dates at this location.

Guitarist Herman Li comments on the tour: "It's always a problem where to start a World Tour and as we started the last touring cycle in North America we started this one in the UK, but there was another factor, we wanted to go out touring in North America with a superb band, so when the call came from Kamelot for us to join them on their tour we didn't hesitate! This will be a fantastic tour and a fantastic evening for the fans........see you all there!!!!" More...

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Dragonforce Streaming "Ring Of Fire"

Dragonforce will release "Maximum Overload" in the U.S. on August 19th via Metal Blade Records (reviewed here), and the album is available for pre-order through Metal Blade in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats.

The album also features an all time first for Dragonforce: a cover song. Guitarist Sam Totman explained: "Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've Dragonforce-ized it"!

Today The A.V. Club is hosting a premiere of DragonForce's take on "Ring of Fire." Check it out below. More...

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Dragonforce Streams New Song Online

Dragonforce will release "Maximum Overload" in the U.S. on August 19th via Metal Blade Records, and the album is available for pre-order at this location in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats.

Today, Dragonforce unveils the second song from the upcoming album. The second single, entitled "Defenders," can be heard below thanks to Loudwire.

Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band's first ever album involving an outside producer, with the members having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

"Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn't believe in days off!" said guitar maestro Herman Li.

"Maximum Overload" features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium's Matt Heafy. "We've always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!" added bassist Frederic Leclercq.

The album also features an all time first for Dragonforce: a cover song! Guitarist Sam Totman explained: "Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've Dragonforce-ized it"! More...

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Epica Announces Second Leg Of European Tour

Dutch symphonic metal act Epica announced a second leg of European Tour dates in support of the band's latest album "The Quantum Enigma" (see review here).

U.K.'s Dragonforce will be direct support for this leg of the tour. The first leg begins this November and dates can be found at this location.

Dates for the second leg will commence in mid-January in Germany and can be found here:

15-01-15 Zeche Bochem Germany
16-01-15 Markthalle Hamburg Germany
17-01-15 C-Club Berlin Germany
19-01-15 Hellraiser Leipzig Germany
20-01-15 Meet Factory Prague Czech Republic
22-01-15 Eter Wroclaw Poland
23-01-15 Progresja Warsaw Poland
24-01-15 Petofi Hall Budapest Hungary
26-01-15 Arena Vienna Austria
27-01-15 Theaterfabrik Munich Germany
29-01-15 Olympia Paris France
30-01-15 Salle des Fêtes de Thônex Geneva Switzerland
31-01-15 Essigfabrik Cologne Germany
01-02-15 Ancienne Belgique Brussels Belgium

A tour preview video was posted, which can be viewed here: More...

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DragonForce Releases "The Game" Music Video

U.K. power metal act DragonForce released a music video for the band's new single "The Game." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Maximum Overload," which is out on August 18th via earMusic. "The Game" features a guest appearance by Trivium vocalist/guitarist Matt Heafy.

The track list for the album is:

1. The Game (Feat. Matt Heafy)
2. Tomorrow King
3. No More
4. Three Hammers
5. Symphony of the Night
6. The Sun Is Dead
7. Defenders (demo version streaming here)
8. Extraction Zone
9. City of Gold
10. Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover) More...

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DragonForce Names New Drummer

DragonForce has named Gee Anzalone (ex-Braindamage/Ex-Kill Ritual) as the band's new drummer, replacing outgoing member Dave Mackintosh who simultaneously split with the band to move on to his first musical love: progressive rock. A native of Turin, Italy, Anzalone is a drum teacher who graduated from the NAMM Academy of Milan and carries on the multi-national mix of musicians that make up DragonForce. The band's new album "Maximum Overload" is scheduled for release on August 18th.

Anzalone will make his live debut on the upcoming "Maximum Overload" UK Tour which commences on September 17th in Edinburgh.

Dave Mackintosh released the following statement: "After much thought I have parted ways with the boys in DragonForce to pursue my first love of progressive rock, I wish the lads all the luck in the world and look forward to the release of Maximum Overload as I truly believe this is the most fantastic DF album that I and the boys have recorded to date!

"Many thanks to all the fans who have supported me in this last decade of massive tours, countless shows and all the albums, I couldn’t have done it without you.

"I will continue to tour and play with some of the greatest names in Prog Rock, and hope to see some familiar faces on the road!

"In the meantime, stay metal, watch out for the new Dave Mackintosh website which will be launched within the next 4 weeks as well as some great new videos I will be producing with my gear sponsors.
DF forever!!"

Guitarist Herman Li stated: "We have been through a lot with Dave and want to thank him for everything he has contributed to DragonForce, both as a friend and musician and we would all like to wish him well with his new project" More...

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DragonForce Releases Demo Version Of New Track

U.K. hypersonic power metal act DragonForce released a demo version of the new track "Defenders." The song will appear on the follow up to the 2012 release "The Power Within," which will be entitled "Maximum Overload." The album will be the band’s debut album for new label Ear Music, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th, and in USA on Metal Blade Records on August 19th. It will be available in the following formats: Standard CD, Standard Digital Version, Special Edition CD with 5 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, Special Edition Digital Version (same bonus material as Special Edition CD), and Vinyl.

The album will be produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden.

"Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn't believe in days off"! said guitar maestro Herman Li.

"The album title and album cover artwork is inspired by the constant bombardment of information we are subjected to during our daily lives" Li added. "We were in an airport departure lounge surrounded by TV screens, flight information screens and advertising screens. We then looked around and no one was saying a word, they were all looking at more screens on tablets, laptops and mobile phones, there's no escaping it, it's complete information overload"!

'Maximum Overload' features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. "We've always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs"! added Frederic Leclercq. More...

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Karmaflow Game To Feature Dani Filth

Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth and Devilment will be participating in the rock opera video game "Karmaflow." It will also feature members of Dragonforce and Epica.

If you'd like to support the coming release, you can pre-order the game and soundtrack by contributing to the Indie GoGo campaign here.

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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched For Rock Opera Game

Members of MaYaN, Epica, HDK and DragonForce will partake in a new rock opera video game entitled "Karmaflow." A crowdfunding campaign for the release has been established with various per packages over at this location. The soundtrack to the game will feature a band and orchestra featuring the likes of vocalist Marc Hudson (Dragonforce), vocalist Henning Basse (MaYaN/Epysode/L.M.O.), guitarist Sander Gommans (HDK/Ex-After Forever) and drummer Arien van Weesenbeck (Epica/MaYaN) and the Metropole Orchestra.

About the game: "Karmaflow is a third person puzzle/platform adventure, and the world's first rock opera video game! The game is aimed at immersion and experience, and brings a new take on the genre of "rock opera". We are pursuing to bring you a never seen (and heard) before experience through the medium of video game. In a rich fantasy setting, you take on the role of the Karmakeeper, who is responsible for maintaining the balance in different worlds. You will travel to these worlds and have to save the Guardian Spirits that live there, by finding and unlocking the long lost Karmaflows. Through puzzling, platforming and exploration, you will be treated to an extensive story told through interactive music. The Karmakeeper will gain new abilities while making his way through rich environments, and uses sources of Good Karma he can find in the world to drive out the Bad Karma that led to the Guardian Spirits' downfall." More...

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Dragonforce Gearing Up To Enter The Studio

U.K. act Dragonforce has completed writing the follow up to last year’s “The Power Within” album, which was the first with new vocalist Marc Hudson.

Since his live debut with the band in July of 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with the band in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with Iron Maiden as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the album.

The Dragonforce machine will enter Fascination Studios, Sweden in May with Jens Bogren to start laying down tracks. Shredmaster Herman Li comments:

"Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic DragonForce music ever written. With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the DF sound to the next level and beyond!"

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ektomorf
Ensiferum
ETECC
Evergrey
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween
Helstar
Holy Grail
Immolation
In Flames
Inquisition
Kreator
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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Dragonforce Appears In Capital One Commercial

DragonForce guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman are the stars of a new commercial for Capital One bank's mobile app, which allows people to do online banking from a smartphone.

Check out the commercial in the player available below. DragonForce's latest album, "The Power Within," is available everywhere now.

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Delain And Heidevolk Confirmed For 70K Tons Cruise

Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:

Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ensiferum
Evergrey
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween More...

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DragonForce Video Interview Available

DragonForce guitarist Herman Li was interviewed recently by MetalBlastTV when the group was in Amsterdam on tour.

In the video below he talks about the balance between having fun onstage and still taking the music seriously, performance mishaps, the auditioning process that brought on new vocalist Marc Hudson, and more. The band's new album "The Power Within" is out now, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Holding On
2. Fallen World
3. Cry Thunder
4. Give Me The Night
5. Wings Of Liberty
6. Seasons
7. Heart Of The Storm
8. Die By The Sword
9. Last Man Stands
10. Seasons (Acoustic Version) More...

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Tiamat And Evergrey Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The heavy metal cruise 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this coming January 28th, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL. The organizers of the cruise have now announced both Tiamat and Evergrey as the latest confirmed bands. For more info and to book a cabin, head over to this location.

So far the following 23 out of 40 total acts have been announced:

ANACRUSIS
ANGRA
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
EVERGREY
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
GOTTHARD
HELLOWEEN
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
KREATOR
LACUNA COIL
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)
NILE
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TIAMAT
TURISAS
TÝR

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Tyr Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Tyr for the 2013 edition:

"After crossing the North Atlantic 70,000 Tons of Metal stopped at the Faroe Islands to pick up some of their good old friends. Please welcome TÝR on board The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! Now they continue their journey into the Norwegian Sea, course East South-East. And what are their Scouts on the European mainland doing... how far East will they go?

"Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Angra To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Angra:

"Have you prayed enough to get news from the ship? So long that you all became a little bit Angra? Yes! Please welcome Angra, who will play their first show with a new singer on board 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. They're now sailing North along the South American East Coast...

"...when will you hear from them again? Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!"

The following 20 out of 40 bands have already been announced: More...

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Helloween And More To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands for the event:

"No news from the ship? But news from 70,000 Tons of Metal's scouting party in Germany: They didn't want to wait until Helloween so they went to the country in the South: Switzerland. But there was too much traffic at the Gotthard and they decided to go back to Germany to meet their Kreator! Three more heavy hitters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

"So are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location. and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And unlike others they also remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Dragonforce Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Dragonforce for the 2013 edition:

"After a short visit to the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games, London, they are now sailing under Dragonforce through The Channel. Their Course: West-Southwest.

"Round 3 of 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, went on public sale on Tuesday July 10, 2012 at 12PM noon Eastern Time.

"Imagine starting the year in style: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go once again to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime?

"Make no mistake, this is not one of the cruises where you share the ship with regular cruise guests... and don't get intimidated by copy-cats! Unlike others we remove the seats in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, featuring the biggest Open Air Stage to sail the open seas. Enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, our infamous Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"

The following 13 out of 40 bands have already been announced:

ANACRUSIS
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
LACUNA COIL
NILE
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TURISAS

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Huntress Comments On Upcoming European Shows

The heavy metal sensation Huntresss is about to set forth and conquer Europe this fall. The act will join Dragonforce on upcoming live dates hitting Europe's major cities. The following press release was issued by Napalm Records:

"The warriors revolving around charismatic frontwoman and vocal banshee Jill Janus have tasted blood during their recent live shows and are ready to claim their crown! There is no excuse for missing this fantastic package! Get ready to be enthralled by the haunting mix of heavy guitar riffs and ancient spells woven by masters of their craft! Also joining this fantastic tour are German Sleaze Heavy Rockers KISSIN' DYNAMITE."

Huntress also comments: "Huntress is honoured to join our friends Dragonforce on tour once again. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to travel through Europe, performing our entire album 'Spell Eater' for those who've had faith in us from the start. Spread it, shred it, behead it!" More...

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