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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.

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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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This Week In Metal - August 17th, 2006

A new top album ? Its true, this week Strapping Young Lad takes over the top spot from Shadows Fall. Both of these bands are very deserving, but we crown our second #1 in as many weeks. Last weeks top 7 managed to stay on the chart, but jump around a little bit. While we have 3 brand new albums debuting this week, with one going as high as #6 in Voivod's Katorz. This is quite possibly the best album these guys have released and they are finally getting the notority they deserve. Not far behind them in the new releases is Unearths' III: The Eyes Of Fire, which is amazing considering it hasnt been released in alot of areas yet but the pre-orders are astounding. I see a #1 in the future for these guys, but who can knock off the consistancy SYL is showing. All That Remains also leapfrogged The Shads into the #2 slot and the big jumper was Between The Buried And Me gaining three slots, which is hard to do considering the company they are in. Meanwhile, Cellador dropped from 8th to 11th. Acacia Strain from 9th to 14th and BYD to 12th. New albums already making a storm up the charts are Slayers "Christ Illusion" with pre-ordering alone landing it inside the top 20. Hatebreed's Supremecy is also showing strong and will reach the top 10 next week. Also in responding to the comments I am considering making this, and the singles list a top 15. If you think its a good idea please respond so, or if thats too much tell me to keep it at 10. \m/.


RankL/WBandAlbumWeeksPeak
12SYLThe New Black21
23All That RemainsThe Fall of Ideas 22
31Shadows FallFallout From The War21
47BTBAMThe Anatomy Of24
54DragonforceImhuman Rampage24
6-VoivodKatorz16
7 -UnearthIII: The Eyes of Fire17
86Stone SourCome What(ever) May26
95Cattle DecapitationKarma.Bloody.Karma25
10-Human AbstractNocturne110

Now for the singles, with a very familiar band to anyone who visits this site, taking over as #1. Lamb of God also stays strong moving up 1 to #2. Shadows Fall and Stone Sour round out the top 4 with a big jumper for the week Celtic Frost's Ground moving up to number 5. Threat Signal holds strong and then we get to three really strong debuts by 3 really strong bands. SYL's new ozzfest anthem boasts the #9 spot as a highlight of the new songs. Roudning out the top 10 is BLS with Concrete Jungle.

RankL/WBandSongWeeksPeak
16SlayerCult21
23Lamb of GodRedneck22
31Shadows FallWill To Rebuild21
42Stone Sour30-30/15022
58Celtic FrostGround25
67Threat SignalRational Eyes26
7*UnearthThe Glorious Nightmare17
8*TerrorStrike You Down18
9*Strapping Young LadYou Suck19
109Black Label SocietyConcrete Jungle29

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Watch Video Interview Of Dragonforce

BLENDER's got a hysterical video interview with DragonForce from a recent stop on Ozzfest.

To witness minge-grabs, public drunkeness and the best pre-show fight song's ever, click HERE

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Hear Dragonforce Online Now

DragonForce have been slaying fans all summer with "Through the Fire and Flames," the first single off their smash third album, Inhuman Rampage, and we thought it was high time to reward loyal fans with another free audio stream from said album right here on RR.com.

"Operation Ground and Pound" is that stream, and you can sample it in all its 7+ minute glory by clicking HERE.

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This Week In Metal - August 10th, 2006

Welcome to the return of This Week In Metal, a column I used to do before I was forced to take a hiatus from metalunderground.com. In this weekly column, we will update the top 10 selling albums in the metal industry (courtesy of CMJ) and the top 10 radio singles (pulled from Music Match). They use a number of sources for the list, including all satellite radio. While you may find a few bands that are too soft for the list, I assure you there will be more then enough surprises. Feel free to comment on the list and who you think is over/under-rated, what bands you expected to see and which ones you didn't. Again this column will run weekly, so be sure to check for it every Thursday in the columns area of MetalUnderground.com.

Now for the music, we will start each week with the albums. It's a good mix of what bands are bursting the underground, and some bands that have been killing for quite a while now.

RankBandAlbumWeeksPeak
1Shadows FallFallout From The War11
2SYLThe New Black 12
3All That RemainsThe Fall Of Ideas13
4DragonforceInhuman Range14
5Cattle DecapitationKarma.Bloody.Karma15
6Stone SourCome What(ever) May16
7 BTBAMThe Anatomy Of17
8CelladorEnter Deception18
9The Acacia StrainDead Walk19
10Bury Your DeadBeauty And The Breakdown110

Now for the tunes. These singles are a real who's who amongst metal right now. I find the list to be powerful and only really have one flaw. Keep in mind some songs have been out longer then others and have picked up a good fanbase on the radio, other songs have just come out and are sure to see their time at the top.

RankBandSongWeeksPeak
1Shadows FallWill To Rebuild11
2Stone Sour3030/15012
3Lamb of GodRedneck13
4BTBAMMalpractice14
5All That RemainsThis Calling15
6SlayerCult16
7Threat SignalRational Eyes17
8Celtic FrostGround.18
9Black Label SocietyConcrete Jungle19
10HatebreedDefeatist110

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Ozzfest 2006 Comes To Bristow, Virginia

Another year, another Ozzfest. After a star-studded lineup for its ten year anniversary last year, Ozzfest was faced with the challenge of putting together yet another great lineup for its eleventh year. When I went to Bristow, VA on Sunday, August 6, 2006, I was wondering just how good a lineup they managed to scrape together. I knew the bands that were playing, but the real question remained whether the main stage bands could hold their own with primarily younger, nu-metal bands on it and Ozzy closing out the second stage.

The temperatures had fortunately dropped from the 105F degree humid days of only a few days earlier, but the sky was crystal clear for most of the day and the intense sun beating down on you in the 90F degree temperatures was still enough to take a lot out of you and require constant re-hydration. More...

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DragonForce Announce More Headlining Tour Dates

More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE's headlining North American tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND:

September 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11 - Portalnd, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 12 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
September 13 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 15 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
September 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
September 17 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
September 20 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
September 22 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
September 23 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
September 24 - Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
September 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
September 28 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 29 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
September 30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 3 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

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More Dragonforce, All That Remains Dates

More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE's headlining North American tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND:

September 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11 - Portalnd, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 12 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
September 13 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 15 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy
September 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
September 17 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
September 20 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
September 22 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
September 23 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
September 24 - Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
September 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
September 28 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
September 29 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
October 3 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
October 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

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Ozzfest 2006 Stops In Indianapolis

On Sunday, July 23, the annual metal-gods tour known as Ozzfest, minus Ozzy, of course, rolled through Indianapolis, and the event passed without much out of the ordinary. The day saw a couple of fights, a lot of marijuana, a whole lot of ignorant people who harassed event staff at every turn, and a lot of people waiting to see the last three bands of the night without any knowledge of who played the second and early main stages—a typical Ozzfest. More...

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Metallica Guitarist Loves Dragonforce

Steve Baltin of AOL Music recently asked METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett which new guitarists have impressed him of late.

"I really like this absurd band called DRAGONFORCE," Kirk said. "Those are the fastest guitar players I think I've ever seen. They're like Yngwie [Malmsteen] on steroids. No, they're like Barry Bonds on guitar. It's amazing. I saw one video and I swear to God the guy must've played 75,000 notes."

As for some of the other music Hammett's been digging, he said, "I like MUSE, MARS VOLTA, TRIVIUM, THE SWORD. I think WOLFMOTHER is fun. THE BLACK KEYS. And I've been listening to HANK WILLIAMS, because you've just got to. It's as heavy as ROBERT JOHNSON or BOB DYLAN."

What was the last concert he saw? "Must've been our own show on YouTube. I was watching our Moscow show from 1991 and thinking, 'Damn, we were good that night. What happened?'"

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More Dragonforce, All That Remains Dates

More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE's headlining North American tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND:

September 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11 - Portalnd, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 12 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Cultural Centre
September 13 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
September 23 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
September 24 - Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
September 25 - Montreal, QC @ The Medley
October 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
October 6 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

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More Dragonforce, All That Remains Dates

More dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE's headlining tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND:

September 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 11 - Portalnd, OR @ Roseland Theatre
September 13 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
September 23 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
September 24 - Toronto, ON @ Docks Nightclub
October 6 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

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Dragonforce Add More Dates, Announced Support

DRAGONFORCE will be embarking on a headlining US tour this September with ALL THAT REMAINS and HORSE THE BAND. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

September 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
September 9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 23 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's

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Dragonforce To Headline A One Off In San Fransisco

DRAGONFORCE have announced a headlining gig at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA on September 9. No support acts have been announced as of yet, however, tickets go on sale July 30.

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U Weekly Interview With Dragonforce

Brian O'Neill of UWeekly.com recently conducted an interview with DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

U Weekly: Herman, enquiring minds want to know... Dude, how do you shred so hard?

Herman: "(Laughter) I don't know! That's one of those hard to answer questions. We just play what we think sounds cool and if people think that's cool then we have something in common."

U Weekly: It does surprise many that you never took any formal lessons in your life...

Herman: "No, I pretty much learned from watching videos and listening to music, things like that. I never had any guitar lessons or anything like that. I just played and tried different things and work it out and see what works and what doesn't. I can't read music either. I did think about (taking lessons) but I never really had the time. I used to skip my music lessons when I was in school, anyway. All that stuff about timing and reading, I just skipped it and didn't go."

U Weekly: You call yourself "video game metal." Where does that come from?

Herman: "Our musical influences actually come from video game music! Games in the '80s had great melodies because back than, with such shitty sound to work with then, I guess they had to make great melodies."

U Weekly: Is DRAGONFORCE the only "real" metal band on Ozzfest?

Herman: "It's hard to define what metal is. I think there are a lot of metal bands on Ozzfest — you can say they pretty much are all metal bands — but metal has evolved. As times progress, things change and people approach it differently. People think that metal has to have solos — which I actually don't disagree because metal is the only kind of music that you really can kind of let your guitar go sometimes — but I think there are a lot of great metal bands on Ozzfest like STRAPPING YOUNG LAD. There are some cool bands onstage."

U Weekly: Regardless of what it exactly is, bands that sound like you are not getting signed to big labels such as Roadrunner and playing Ozzfest. What do you think accounts for your rapidly growing popularity?

Herman: "I think it's because the way we approach the music us mixing up styles makes us different from those other bands. That and our live performance is what make us DRAGONFORCE. We do have an identity, people hear our songs and they know who we are."

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Dragonforce Remains Strong On Charts

Last week metal heroes DragonForce debuted at #1 on the Heatseekers Top New Artist Chart with 9,672 units sold of Inhuman Rampage, their latest US release and first for Roadrunner Records. Concurrently debuting at #103 on Billboard Top 200 Chart, Inhuman Rampage, in its first week alone, has already out-scanned Valley of the Damned and Sonic Firestorm’s US cumulative sales. This week the band only saw a 24% drop (typical drop for metal bands is 60%) with 7,348 albums scanned, good enough for #2 on the Top New Artist Chart. As the band performs on Ozzfest’s mainstage and headlines their own off-dates.

Inhuman Rampage features songs such as “Operation Ground And Pound,” 'Revolution Deathsquad,” “Storming The Burning Fields” and the first single “Through The Fire And Flames,” the video for which is receiving spins on MTV2.

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Underoath Debuts At No. 2 on Billboard

Underoath's third studio album 'Define the Great Line' has debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 selling 98,000 units. Dragonforce sold 10,000 copies of their third disc, 'Inhuman Rampage', giving them the No. 103 position. AFI's latest 'decemberunderground' continues to fall and now sets at No. 9. Korn's new DVD 'Live From the Other Side' debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Music DVD chart.

Sales were down 10% compared to the previous week and down 8% compared to the same week last year. Overall sales for 2006 are down 4% compared to 2005.

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Lacuna Coil, DragonForce and BTBAM Off-Fest Dates

Lacuna Coil have lined up seven off-date Ozzfest gigs just as "Enjoy the Silence," the second single from their latest offering, Karmacode, is set to impact commercial-rock radio. The Coil will perform with Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu in Englewood, Colorado (July 5); Rob Zombie and Anthrax in Oklahoma City (July 12); DragonForce and Between the Buried and Me in Minneapolis (July 14); Atreyu in Grand Rapids, Michigan, (July 20); Avenged and Bleeding Through in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, (August 8); Atreyu in Nashville (August 10); and DragonForce and Between the Buried and Me in Atlanta (August 11).

In related news, Between the Buried and Me and DragonForce are teaming for more off-dates: June 30 (Eugene, Oregon); July 5 (Colorado Springs, Colorado); July 12 (Fort Worth, Texas); July 13 (Columbia, Missouri, with the Red Chord and A Life Once Lost); July 17 (Traverse City, Michigan); July 24 (Louisville, Kentucky, with Bleeding Through); July 31 (Poughkeepsie, New York); August 2 (Burlington, Vermont); August 12 (Tallahassee, Florida); August 14 (Lake Buena Vista, Florida); August 15 (St. Petersburg, Florida); August 17 (New Orleans); and August 18 (Houston).

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Dragonforce Guitarists In Guitar Hero Showdown

The following message has been posted at the official Dragonforce website:

"Head over to UGO for a one-of-a-kind showcase pitting DragonForce guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman against UGO's video game editors for a friendly joust through the wildly popular video game Guitar Hero. Click here to watch the games, the 'Through The Fire And Flames' video, and an exclusive interview with DragonForce guitarists Herman and Sam.

Then click here to view some great live pics from their recent NYC show and to read their rave review of the band's new album, Inhuman Rampage - the first A review in UGO's history!"

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Dragonforce's "Inhuman Rampage" Album Streaming

MP3.com is now streaming the entire of Dragonforce's new album, "Inhuman Rampage", online here.

The album was released in Europe in January and was also meant to be released in the U.S. at the same time. However, due to label problems the album is now due out in the U.S. on June 20th via Roadrunner Records and will contain the video for "Through the Fire and Flames" as a bonus.

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Dragonforce Post Ozzfest Off-Day Headline Schedule

As previously reported, DRAGONFORCE will be doing the Ozzfest tour this summer with several off-day headline show taking place along the way. Those headline dates - with support from BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - are now as follows:

June
30 - Eugene, OR at WOW Hall

July
5 - Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep
12 - Ft. Worth, TX at Ridglea Theatre
14 - Minneapolis, MN at The Quest (with LACUNA COIL)
17 - Traveres City, MI at Streeters
24 - Louisville, KY at Headliners (with BLEEDING THROUGH)
31 - Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance

August
2 - South Burlington, VT at Higher Ground
3 - Clifton Park, NY at Northern Lights (with ATREYU)
10 - Charlotte, NC at Tremont Music Hall
11 - Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade (with Lacuna Coil)
12 - Tallahassee, FL at The Beta Bar
14 - Lake Buena Vista, FL at House of Blues
15 - St. Petersburg, FL at State Theatre
18 - Houston, TX at Meridian

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