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


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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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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Britain's Download Festival To Be Webcast Live

Britain's Download Festival (Downloadfestival.co.uk) is set to take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England. This year's festival will be webcast live the festival website here.

To view the complete festival lineup, go here.

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Watch Dragonforce Concert Video Footage Online

Video footage of U.K. epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE performing for the first time in Perth, Australia on May 13, 2007 has been posted online at YouTube.

Roadrunner Records in March released the "special edition" version of DRAGONFORCE's "Inhuman Rampage" album. The two-disc CD/DVD set features a bonus audio track, "Lost Souls in Endless Time", a "hysterical" behind-the-scenes look into DRAGONFORCE, and a live performance from the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2006.

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Thirteen More Bands Added To Download Festival

Thirteen more bands have now been announced for the UK's Download Festival. The Download 2007 line-up is now as follows:

Friday 8 June

Main Stage:
My Chemical Romance
Velvet Revolver
Zico Chain

2nd Stage:
Enter Shikari
Porcupine Tree
From Autumn To Ashes
Ill Nino

3rd Stage:
Suicidal Tendencies
Hayseed Dixie
Job For A Cowboy
The Hedrons
The Higher
I Was A Cub Scout
This Et Al
Drive By Argument

Saturday 9 June

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More Bands Added To Finland's Tuska Open Air

The 2007 Tuska Open Air Festival is scheduled for June 29th - July st at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. ISIS, MISERY INDEX, THUNDERSTONE, TURISAS, PROFANE OMEN are the latest acts confirmed.

Acts on the bill now include: More...

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The No Fear Music 2007 Tour Hits Washington, DC

On Saturday, March 3, 2007 I went downtown yet again to the 9:30 club to see Chimaira, Dragonforce and Killswitch Engage perform the second of two sold out shows on the DC stop of the No Fear Music Tour. He Is Legend were openning the show, but due to prior commitments, I wasn't able to catch them.

I arrived a couple songs into Chimaira's set. The club was already packed very close to capacity. Chimaira continued to belt out what would be the heaviest songs and performance of the night with songs mostly from their previous two albums "Chimaira" and "The Impossibility of Reason." They played a couple of new songs from their then-upcoming album (since released March 6), "Ressurection," as well. "Needle" seemed very heavy and fit well within their set. Other favorites included "Pure Hatred" and staple slow-and-heavy song "Salvation." More...

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Dragonforce Re-Release Inhuman Rampage With Extras

As you may or may not have heard, "Lost Souls in Endless Time" is a glorious bonus track found on the special edition CD/DVD of DragonForce's Inhuman Rampage, which is in stores now, and also features a hilarious behind-the-scenes mini-documentary, and a live performance from the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2006.

However, should you be crazy enough to resist these visual delights in exchange for just the bonus track, we wanted to make sure you knew that it is now available for individual download from iTunes.

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Dragonforce Confirm XFire Live Chat For March 16th

XFire, the superb online game tracker, and DRAGONFORCE, the UK power metallers, are teaming up for a live chat on March 16th at 7 PM. Head to Xfire to sign up for the chat here. You could win one of fifteen DragonForce prize packs including: an autographed copy of DragonForce's latest CD, Inhuman Rampage, a limited edition poster, and a DragonForce patch. Right now you can download a free MP3 of 'Through The Fire And Flames' here.

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KSE Kick Off Tour w/ Pat Lachman Filling In

Killswitch Engage kicked off their headlining slot on the inaugural No Fear Music Tour last night to a sold out crowd at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. The band has with them Pat Lachman, known as the voice of Damageplan as well as for his guitar work with Halford and Diesel Machine, filling in for injured guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. Dutkiewicz underwent emergency back surgery last month during Killswitch Engage's European leg and will spend the next few months recuperating. He plans to rejoin his bandmates later this spring.

In recent Killswitch Engage news, current single "My Curse" from the album As Daylight Dies hit #15 in the Active Rock format this week, and the video recently peaked at #1 on MTV2. The band, including Dutkiewicz, will be shooting a video for the follow up single, "The Arms of Sorrow," in March.

Dates for the inaugural No Fear Music Tour featuring Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Dragonforce and He Is Legend are as follows: More...

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Killswitch Engage To Be Featured On Rockline

Killswitch Engage will be featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn Monday night February 19, 2007 at 8:30 PT. For a station near you, and information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast, go to www.RocklineRadio.com

Killswitch Engage are headlining the No Fear Music Tour, also featuring DragonForce, Chimaira and He Is Legend, starting next week. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Chimaira Sets Premiere Of "Resurrection" Video

On February 5th, 2007, Chimaira will premiere “Resurrection,” the new video off of their forthcoming release on Ferret Music. The next day, February 6th, 2007, Chimaira will launch the single for purchase. Fans can download/purchase the single through various web stores like Napster and iTunes. The full album will be released on March 6th, 2007.

The video for “Resurrection” was directed by Todd Bell. With the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts, Chimaira have combined forces with MMA fighter Mavrick.

You can check out the new video on February 5th on Yahoo Music.

Chimaira will hit the road on 2/21 with Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, and He is Legend on the No Fear Tour. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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Herman Li Talks With Crossfire

Originally from Hong Kong, Herman Li has forged himself a reputation as one of metal’s fastest and most flamboyant performers in recent times. His band – the multi-national but British based Dragonforce – have also been making huge waves around the world.

A whirlwind combination of speed, power and epic melodies, the band has fast become one of the UK’s leading metallic exports; while their Roadrunner Records debut ‘Inhuman Rampage’ has achieved Silver status for sales of over 60,000 on home soil alone.

Fresh from the band’s biggest and most successful British tour to date, Herman took a few minutes out with Ryan Bird for this rapid-fire Q&A session. Buckle up.


Read the full article at Caught in the Crossfire.

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Herman Li To Perform At Ibanez Party

DragonForce guitarist Herman Li will be performing as a special guest at the Ibanez 20th Anniversary JEM, RG and SR show, on Saturday 20th January 2007, at the Key Club in Hollywood.

Show lineup: Steve Vai with guests, Paul Gilbert with guests, Between the Buried and Me.

Other Ibanez-endorsed artists expected to attend include Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Sam Totman (DragonForce), Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Dino Cazares, Matt Bachand and Paul Romanko (Shadows Fall).

Herman, Sam and the rest of DragonForce will then embark on anouther U.S. TOUR in support of labelmates Killswitch Engage.

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Dragonforce Win more Reader's Polls

Dragonforce posted the following on their official site:

More Readers' Poll results are popping up. In this month's extreme music magazine Terrorizer, DragonForce won categories 'Best Band/Artist', 'Best Live Act' with guitarist Herman Li winning 'Best Musician'. Thanks to all the fans for their support!

Check out the latest issue (#153 January 2007) for more info!
Terrorizer: http://www.terrorizer.co.uk

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Dragonforce Post Signing Times at NAMM Booths

DragonForce's Herman Li, Sam Totman (guitars) and Frédéric Leclercq (bass) will be at NAMM 2007 in January at Anaheim, California USA. Herman and Sam will be there with Ibanez guitars and Fred with ESP guitars.

Here is the finalised signing sessions schedule:

Ibanez Guitars - Herman Li & Sam Totman with Paul Gilbert (Racer X)
Booth: 4634. 2pm - 3pm

ESP Guitars - Frédéric Leclercq
Booth: 4368. 2:30pm - 4pm

Laney Amplifications - Herman Li & Sam Totman
Booth: 4350. 4pm

Electro-voice Wireless - Herman Li, Sam Totman & Frédéric Leclercq
Booth: 6571. 12pm - 1pm

Rocktron - Herman Li
Booth: 4684. 1:30pm

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Herman Li Discusses Dragonforce's Success

Sven Hunter of Play Louder recently talked with Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li.

Herman Li, is decidedly apathetic about mainstream success when we interrupt his afternoon guitar practice:

"I actually don't care about it. We make the album the way we want to hear it; we don't listen to anybody else. We think we know what's cool. Some people would disagree, probably, but we've been listening to metal for a long time and we want to make albums that nobody's made, and that we want to hear; albums that our heroes never made: a combination of everything. We listen to so many styles of metal, and take the best out of each style. Whatever happens after that, that's just how it's going to be. If you like it that's cool, if you don't that's cool. I've got friends who don't listen to metal; they still hang out with me! That's how it is. It's not about people worshipping us or shit like that. If people don't like our music it doesn't mean anything. It's only one thing about life."

Surely you must be pleased with the massive critical acclaim though?

"We won four awards in Guitar World magazine America; apparently that's a big deal. That's cool. Well, the way we see it, we don't get too excited about these things. We don't expect anything more. If you stick with the idea... we keep doing what we're doing, the stuff we like - all these long guitar solos, seven minute, eight minute songs... we're not supposed to be big at all. We're not supposed to be on radio or TV. If you accept that fact, then you can be happy in a band."

That's all very well, but with only metal titans like Slayer, Mastodon and Iron Maiden beating you to the top spot in Metal Hammer's top 50 albums of the year, you're in danger of becoming pretty huge.

"Hardly anyone has actually heard of us."

Okay, for the benefit of those who haven't, what exactly is Dragonforce?

"If you take the origins of what we're doing, it's a thing called power metal, but we've taken that sound and it's an evolution of the style. If you mix certain styles, people like it. We mix death metal, power metal, thrash metal... everything. The evolution started on the second album, I think that people just didn't hear that album."

Read the full article at Play Louder.

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KSE, Chimaira, DragonForce Tour Dates Revealed

Dates have been announced for the No Fear tour with Killswitch Engage, DrangonForce, Chimaira and He is Legend. The 35-date trek will get underway on February 21st in Atlantic City, NJ and wrap up on April 28th in Chicago, IL. Tour dates include:

February 21st in Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
February 22nd in Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
February 23rd in Worchester, MA @ The Palladium
February 24th in Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
February 25th in Buffalo, NY @ The Dome
February 27th in Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
February 28th in Montreal, QB @ Metropolis
March 1st in New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
March 2nd in Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
March 3rd in Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
March 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
March 6th in Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
March 7th in Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
March 9th in Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
March 10th in St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
March 12th in Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
March 13th in San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
March 14th in Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom
March 16th in Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
March 17th in Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
March 19th in Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
March 20th in Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
March 22nd in Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
March 23rd in San Diego, CA @ Soma
March 24th in San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
March 25th in Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
March 26th in Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
March 30th in Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air Pavilion
March 31st in Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
April 1st in Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
April 2nd in Minneapolis, MN @ Myth
April 5th in Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
April 6th in Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
April 7th in Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 8th in Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

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KSE To Tour With DragonForce, Chimaira

Killswitch Engage will team up with DrangonForce, Chimaira and He is Legend for a tour sponsored by No Fear next year. Dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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All That Remains Play Oklahoma City

I got set to interview All That Remains at around 6:30 (video and transcript comming soon). Phil wasnt feeling well so I interviewed Oli. He was awesome and gave a good 10-minute interview.

I got on the front row literally 4-5 feet from the band and stage, which is an awesome way to see a concert. Horse the Band came on-stage first. They are a 5 piece (keyboardist being the odd part) and were all fairly young guys. I've heard of Horse before but had never found the time to listen to them. Unfortunatly they had mic problems and you could barely hear the singer, even with how close I was to the band. The music was good, but the keyboards were mediocre and made you wish they would just play music. In many songs they left space for a keyboard-solo, which was kind of boring. The crowd was pretty into them, especially during "Anti-pizza." They played a 6 song set, but during their last 2 songs the bass player's equipment broke, and caused a lot more problems. I felt bad for them, as they were quite decent despite the problems and keyboardist.

After a long pause to fix equipment and finally All That Remains got on stage. The crowd was totally into them, and it seemed like they should have been the headliners. They started off with "For Salvation" and Phil was really on fire. He was flying around the stage and playing to the crowd really well. He displayed a lot of charisma, which ignited the crowd. They promised a half-and-half 8 song set and really delivered. They played Death In My Arms, Air That I Breathe, It Dwells In Me, Weak Willed, Tattered on My Sleeve, This Darkened Heart and This Calling. The set was amazing and they left a 5 minute slot for Oli to show off his guitar prowess.

Unfortunatly I had work the next day and had to leave before Dragonforce got to play any songs. Thankfully I went for All That Remains and was not disapointed.

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Saw III Soundtrack Tracklisting, Release Revealed

Warcon Enterprises has set an October 24 release date for the "Saw III" soundtrack. The tentative list of tracks that are set to appear on the effort is as follows:

SLAYER - "Eyes Of The Insane" (exclusive remix)
MASTODON - "The Wolf Is Loose"
LAMB OF GOD - "Walk With Me In Hell"
HELMET - "Monochrome"
ALL THAT REMAINS - "This Calling"
DRAGONFORCE - "Fury Of The Storm"
CHARLIE CLOUSER - "Score Suite" (exclusive)
AS I LAY DYING - "Empty Hearts"
EVERY TIME I DIE - "Guitared & Feathered"
HYDROVIBE - "Killer Inside"
BLUE OCTOBER - "Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek"
OPIATE FOR THE MASSES - "Naked" (unreleased track)
DRY KILL LOGIC - "My Dying Heart" (unreleased track)

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Dragonforce Doesn't Want To Be Pigeonholed

Stuart Derdeyn of Canada's The Province reports that U.K. quintet DRAGONFORCE's "Valley Of the Damned" is another tour de force of super-tight, melodic hard rock with its tongue firmly planted in its cheek. Imagine BON JOVI fronting IRON MAIDEN played almost twice as fast and you've got what the group has dubbed "extreme power metal."

"Actually, we kind of try not to say that much anymore, because we don't want people to get the wrong vibe that we're into that whole old-style power-metal style," says guitarist Sam Totman. "For us, there are so many other things involved in our sound that we didn't want to get stuck into that category.

"I mean, it hasn't hurt either because all the shows are selling out."

Epic and bombastic, with operatic vocals a la classic JUDAS PRIEST or 'MAIDEN, power metal came to prominence in the eighties with European acts such as HELLOWEEN or EUROPE. Detractors have dubbed the highly melodic and fluid form "happy metal" for its lack of angry Cookie Monster vocals and angst-ridden riffage.

There certainly are elements of DRAGONFORCE's fast, stadium-ready tunes that will put a smile on your face. But you're likely to be air-guitaring along to Totman and Hong Kong-born guitarist Herman Li's lightning runs too.

"We've basically just put everything we listen to together into it. SLAYER is one of our favorite bands, so we've gone there and into thrash and death metal to keep the speed and aggression. But there is also the melodic hard rock of bands like BON JOVI that we wanted to keep in there, too."

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