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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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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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All That Remains Reveal Next Single

Massachusetts-based metal act ALL THAT REMAINS has posted two additional tracks from the bands highly-acclaimed new record, The Fall of Ideals online. The band has added Not Alone and The Air I Breathe to its MySpace page; the latter will be the albums second single and video. The forthcoming music video will be filmed in early September in Southern California with veteran director Darren Doane (Every Time I Die, Atreyu).

The band is currently gearing up for a North American run; they will be providing direct support to British power-metallers DragonForce.

ALL THAT REMAINS scanned nearly 13,000 copies of The Fall of Ideals opening week, landing at #75 on the Billboard Top 200. Earning Kerrang!s perfect score of 5 Ks, The Fall of Ideals is the follow-up to 2004s This Darkened Heart which spawned three videos and took the band on the road alongside Gwar, Arch Enemy, and the inaugural run of Sounds of The Underground. More...

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New Dragonforce Video Posted Online

DRAGONFORCE's new video for the song "Operation Ground and Pound" has been posted online at this location. The track comes off the U.K. extreme power metallers' third album, "Inhuman Rampage", which has sold 48,000 copies in the United States since its June release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2004's "Sonic Firestorm" was recorded at Thin Ice Studios in Virginia Water (Surrey) and guitarist Herman Li's own studio in West London between April and September 2005, while production duties were shared between Li, fellow axeman Sam Totman and keyboard player Vadim Pruzhanov.

"Inhuman Rampage" was issued in Europe in January. The American version of the CD features the video for "Through the Fire and Flames" as a bonus.

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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/.

12SYLThe New Black21
23All That RemainsThe Fall of Ideas 22
31Shadows FallFallout From The War21
47BTBAMThe Anatomy Of24
54DragonforceImhuman Rampage24
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.

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.

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.

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

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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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