Band Photo: Dragonforce (?)
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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It comes as little surprise that Avenged Sevenfold have been officially confirmed as the mystery band on the main stage for Ozzfest 2006. The real surprise announcement is that power metal band Dragonforce, recently signed to Roadrunner Records in North America and rumored to be joining Gigantour 2006, has been added as the main stage opener as well.
Ozzy Osbourne is now slated to headline the second stage on three dates (replacing some dates that he was previously thought to be headlining the main stage):
July 8 - San Bernardino, CA's Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
July 11 - San Antonio, TX at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 22 - East Troy, WI at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre
OZZY says, "After 10 years of headlining Ozzfest's main-stage I think it's time for a change. I haven't had a chance to play this close to an audience in years and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it."
Also announced is that Ozzfest emcee Big Dave and professional Ozzfest party guy, Eddie, have begun their nationwide search visiting 19 of the festival's 26 cities to find the first-ever Miss Ozzfest. The duo will be accepting entries and taking photographs of Miss Ozzfest candidates in each city. Throughout the summer the Ozzfest fans can vote for your favorites at Ozzfest.com. All entries collected from Big Dave and Eddie will be posted for you to vote on. The top three in each city will be awarded FREE tickets to the show in their city, where at some point during the evening's festivities, the three contestants will be presented on stage to the fans who will vote on a winner. Photos of each winning contestant, including the top vote getters from Raleigh and West Palm Beach, will be posted once again on Ozzfest.com, where fans can pick their Miss Ozzfest 2006. Final voting will be held at Ozzfest.com on August 7 and 8. The winning beauty will be awarded the grand prize and receive round trip airfare and accommodations for her and a guest to attend the year's final show August 13 in West Palm Beach where she'll be crowned Miss Ozzfest 2006.
Here's a recap of the complete official Ozzfest 2006 lineup and tour dates: More...
Canada’s technical metallers INTO ETERNITY are currently hard at work recording the follow-up to 2004’s groundbreaking, Buried In Oblivion. Calling in, guitarist and mainman Tim Roth said. “This week Jim (Austin) finished tracking drums on six songs, and I’ll start recording all the guitar parts Thursday. Hopefully I’ll be done this weekend as we start recording Troy’s bass on Monday and are shooting to get to vocals recorded by next weekend. All signs point towards an early fall release, if all goes well. I’d also like to say that the New England Metal Fest went great, and we got some great photos from that trip, check them and our photos with Dragonforce out here. We also posted photos from our sold-out hometown show there as well. That’ll have to tide you guys over until we get back on the road. See all of you later this year!”
INTO ETERNITY spent 2005 circumnavigating North America on six different continent spanning tours. Returning home to finish writing material for this new album the band also performed at the New England Metal Fest before supporting Gamma Ray on the East Coast.
Photos of Dragonforce and Black Majesty, plus two videos from the sold out Sydney, Australia show have been posted on Pyromusic.com. You can check them out here.
Tickets for DRAGONFORCE's upcoming North American tour with PROTEST THE HERO and SANCTITY are selling out quickly. The following is the current status of the band's tour:
April 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House - SOLD OUT
April 29 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
April 30 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
May 2 - New York, NY @ Avalon - SOLD OUT
May 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 4 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx - SOLD OUT
May 5 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Metro - SOLD OUT
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
May 10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound - SOLD OUT
May 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky - SOLD OUT
The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.
Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.
Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.
The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...
"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. Disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.
Here is the full track listing: More...
Herman Li - 2005 Metal Hammer Golden God Award Winner of the Dimebag Darrell Best Young Shredder Award - and his band DragonForce have been nominated yet again. This time, Dragonforce is up for Best UK Band and their album INHUMAN RAMPAGE is up for Album Of The Year for 2006. The band will be playing at the awards show in June which will be broadcast on national TV in the UK.
The critically acclaimed INHUMAN RAMPAGE will be out in the US on 6/20/06 via Roadrunner Records.
From the official press release: Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of UK power metalers, DRAGONFORCE. The band’s Roadrunner US debut, INHUMAN RAMPAGE, was released in the UK, mainland Europe and Japan on 1/9/06 to critical raves and, in nearly 3 months, 30K in sales.
Since forming in London in 1999, DRAGONFORCE has taken UK, European and Japanese audiences by storm. The brainchild of guitarists – Hong Kong born Herman Li and New Zealander Sam Totman - along with South African émigré ZP Theart on vocals, DRAGONFORCE (then called Dragon Heart) were quick to carve their name in stone with metal fans. The balance of the band – Dave Mackintosh (British), Vadim Pruzhanov (Ukranian) and Frederic Leclercq (French) – make DRAGONFORCE a true meeting of great international musical minds. 2003’s debut album VALLEY OF THE DAMNED, set the stage and standard for a sound brimming with speed, technicality, catchiness and most importantly a lot of fun.
Along the trail of the 2005 European tour with Iron Maiden, fans started turning up at gigs, plastic swords and axes in hand, ready to revel in a sound as serious in approach as it is completely over the top. Now with the band’s third album, INHUMAN RAMPAGE, and a deal for North America with Roadrunner, DRAGONFORCE are set to become a major force on the worldwide metal scene. “You can not liken DRAGONFORCE to anything that has come before in metal,” states Roadrunner A&R man Mike Gitter. “Listening to DRAGONFORCE is almost overwhelming. The sheer energy, vibe and audacity of it all… every chord just oozes with the spirit of triumph!”
“As a new band, I was thrilled when we toured Japan on our debut album. When we were chosen to tour with Iron Maiden on our second album last year, I was equally fired up. Now, the most exciting of them all is signing with Roadrunner Records for our new album INHUMAN RAMPAGE!” says Herman Li. “We know our fans in North America have been waiting a long time for us. Here we come!”
INHUMAN RAMPAGE, due out in North America on Roadrunner Records in the summer of 2006 and Dragonforce will arrive in the U.S. in late April, for a tour with Roadrunner labelmates Sanctity.
Dragonforce have signed a deal with Roadrunner Records. Their upcoming album, "Rampage", is due out some time this summer.
The full lineup for the 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which is sponsored this year by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, has been confirmed.
The three-day festival at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, will feature headliners Lacuna Coil, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between the Buried and Me on Friday, April 28. Arch Enemy, Chimaira, and Exodus will headline Saturday, April 29. Headliners for Sunday, April 30 are Gamma Ray and DragonForce.
UK-based DragonForce will be making its first-ever American appearance at the festival. Italy's Lacuna Coil and Sweden's Arch Enemy will be making return appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, after stellar performances at the 2003 and 2002 editions of the festival.
"It's fantastic to be a part of what is quite possibly the best U.S. metal fest around!" said Arch Enemy guitarist Mike Amott. "This is our third time playing the New England Metal and Hardcore fest and it's always a pleasure. It's held in a great venue with great fans."
"It is an honor for us to be one of this year's headliners at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival," said vocalist Andrea Ferro. "We are more than ready for it. We can't wait."
Bands confirmed for Friday (listed alphabetically) are: A Life Once Lost, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Between The Buried And Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dead To Fall, Demiricous, Ed Gein, From A Second Story Window, Haste The Day, If Hope Dies, Lacuna Coil, Ligeia, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, Ringworm, Scarlet, Still Remains, Suicide Silence, The Absence, Thine Eyes Bleed and Through The Eyes Of The Dead.
Saturday's bands include 100 Demons, Arch Enemy, At All Cost, Caliban, Chimaira, Colin Of Arabia, Cryptopsy, Damnation AD, Death Threat, Embrace The End, Exodus, First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Into The Moat, Ion Dissonance, Overcast, Ramallah, Remembering Never, Righteous Jams, Scars Of Tomorrow, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Spitfire, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, Terror, The Acacia Strain, The Classic Struggle, The JonBenet, and Turmoil.
Sunday's lineup is: A Love End Suicide, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Born Victim, Bronx Casket Company, Burn In Silence, Byzantine, Cannae, Cellador, Doom Raider, DragonForce, Folly, Gamma Ray, Goat Horn, Hypersolid, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Light This City, Losa, Mercury Switch, On Broken Wings, Phoenix Morning, Protest The Hero, Sanctity, The Miles Between, Torn Asunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, Who Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xdeathstarx, and xlooking forwardx.
Talent is subject to change.
The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is also sponsored by Prosthetic Records, 2nd Stage sponsor; Revolver Magazine, exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program; Facedown Records, sponsor of street marketing efforts; FUSE TV; Mazur PR; The Syndicate; and many others.
Vendors this year include Century Media/Nuclear Blast, Deepsend Records, ESP Guitars/Krank Amps, Eulogy Recordings/Hand Of Hope Records, Facedown Records, Fuse TV/Uranium, Lifeforce Records, Metal Blade Records, Oak Knoll Productions, Prosthetic Records, Red Rocket Records, Relapse Records, Revolver Magazine, Stillborn Records/Hatewear Inc., Trustkill Records, Victory Records, and others.
Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets are available now at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849. There is re-entry at this all-day event until 6 p.m. each day.
The Palladium is located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Initial dates have been released for DRAGONFORCE's upcoming North American tour:
April 28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 29 - Montreal, QC @ Medley
Apr 30 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (NEMHF)
May 1 - New York, NY @ Avalon
May 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 4 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 5 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 8 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
The band will be supported by PROTEST THE HERO (except for the Toronto and Montreal dates), SANCTITY, and a to be announced 4th act. However, only the three bands will be performing at the New York show.
MassConcerts has announced that the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will return once again to the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday April 28, Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30. Friday tickets are $35.00; Saturday and Sunday individual day tickets are $40.00. Three-day passes are $109.50. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 24 at 10:00am at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.
Proclaimed in past years as one of the best American festivals focusing on heavy music, the three-day show will host numerous metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands along with a jam-packed vendor area where fans can purchase hard-to-find CDs, t-shirts, and other music merchandise. ESP Guitars will be giving away guitars and Krank Amps will be giving away amps and even a half stack. These two great companies will also be bringing you up close and personal with some of the bands they endorse - so as we get closer to fest we will have schedule of artist signings and other surprises.
The show will once again take place on two stages at The Palladium. Bands that have already been confirmed for the festival are: Lacuna Coil, Gamma Ray, DragonForce (first time EVER in America!), Arch Enemy, Chimaira, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bullet For My Valentine, Exodus, Cryptopsy, 100 Demons, A Perfect Murder, Alarum, Arsis, Bloodlined Calligraphy, Bronx Casket Company, Byzantine, Caliban, Cattle Decapitation, Colin Of Arabia, Damnation AD, Dead To Fall, Death Threat, Demiricous, Dying Eyes Bleed, Ed Gein, Embrace The End, Folly, Full Blown Chaos, Goat Horn, God Forbid, Hate Eternal, Horse The Band, Hypersolid, If Hope Dies, Immolation, Inked In Blood, Into Eternity, Ion Dissonance, Ligeia, Losa, Mercury Switch, Necrophagist, Neuraxis, Nodes Of Ranvier, On Broken Wings, Protest The Hero, Ramallah, Righteous Jams, Ringworm, Sanctity, Scars Of Tomorrow, From A Second Story Window, Shoot To Kill, Since The Flood, Skinless, Still Remains, Suffocation, Sworn Enemy, The Acacia Strain, The Absence, The Classic Struggle, The Miles Between, Torn Assunder, Trouble, Twelve Tribes, I Killed The Prom Queen, Wolf, xDEATHSTARx, and xLOOKINGFORWARDx. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. Talent is subject to change.
"We’ve been extremely happy with how this festival has grown over the years," said MassConcerts Booking Agent and festival co-founder Scott Lee, "and this year the lineup is one of the most varied yet - a great mixture of different styles of bands."
The 8th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is brought to you by ESP Guitars and Krank Amps, teaming up to present the festival this year; Prosthetic Records, which is sponsoring the 2nd Stage upstairs, Revolver Magazine our exclusive magazine partner and creator of the official event program, Facedown Records which is sponsoring our street marketing efforts, FUSE TV, Mazur PR and The Syndicate. Vendors this year include Century Media, Trustkill, Eulogy/Hand of Hope, Metal Blade, Red Rocket Records, and many others.
MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.
On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.
In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.
DOUBLE DISC TRACK LISTING More...
DragonForce post these details on myspace:
"The release of 'Inhuman Rampage' has been delayed in North America while a new record deal is negotiated. Unfortunately we cannot expand on this further for the time being, but there will be news soon and you will see it here first!"
Dragonforce have expanded their upcoming UK/Irish tour with supporting act Edguy. The full list of tour dates is now:
January 24 - Oxford Zodiac
January 27 - Manchester MDH
January 29 - Nottingham Rock City
January 30 - Leeds Metropolitan University
January 31 - Glasgow Academy
February 3 - London Astoria
March 18 - Dublin Ambassador
March 19 - Belfast Spring & Airbrake
DRAGONFORCE's new album Inhuman Rampage will be available on limited numbered vinyl, signed by the whole band, on a first come first serve basis at these shops in the UK. The vinyl will be released by Noise throughout the rest of Europe on January 13th. The regular CD version is out January 9th. In other news, DragonForce will be playing a warm up show in Oxford, UK before kicking off their seven weeks European tour in support of their new album. On Tuesday, January 24th the play the Oxford Zodiac in Oxford, UK.
Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of "extreme power metal" icons DRAGONFORCE, for the U.K., France, Australia and New Zealand.
The truly multi-national London-based outfit is fronted by South African-born frontman ZP Theart and completed by drummer David Mackintosh, Ukrainian keyboardsman Vadim Pruzhanov and the twin-guitar assault of Herman Li and New Zealander Sam Totman. Hong Kong-born Li was the recent winner of 2005's Metal Hammer Awards' Dimebag Darrell Award for Best Guitarist.
"We are very excited about signing to Roadrunner and look forward to working with one of the most respected rock labels in the world" said Li. "This will give us the opportunity to take the band to the next level and beyond!" More...
Despite the unfortunate cancellation of DragonForce’s New York City show, a listening party of the new album ‘Inhuman Rampage’ and ‘Meet and Greet’ will be taking place at the CBGB on Tuesday 22nd November 2005. DragonForce’s Sam Totman and ZP Theart will be there to meet and drink with the fans.
The time of the Meet and Greet will be announced on www.dragonforce.com , all DragonForce fans are invited!
DragonForce’s third album Inhuman Rampage will be released worldwide on the 9th January 2006.
London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE have confirmed two headlining shows as part of their "Inhuman Rampage European Tour: The First Strike" in 2006. The dates are as follow:
Mar. 05 - W2 - Den Bosch, NETH
Mar. 06 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, NETH
A complete list of upcoming DRAGONFORCE dates can be found at their official web site.
Taken from DragonForce's official website:
Due to unforeseen circumstances DragonForce will not be able to gain entry to the US this time around to play the show at CBGB's on November 22nd. The band are as stunned by this news as their fans who have waited a long time to see them will be. The band have vowed that they will be back however and sincerely apologise for this disappointment, which was entirely beyond their control.
DragonForce are still scheduled to play the Quebec International Metal Fest in Canada on November 20th.