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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Holy Grail, which is currently recording the follow-up to"Crisis In Utopia" (named one of 2010's Top 20 releases by Revolver, who called it "the catchiest album of pure heavy metal since Maiden, Priest and Dio ruled the early '80s"), has been confirmed to support DragonForce on a spring tour kicking off at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on April 21.
In addition, the group, which just completed a successful tour of Australia, will play four shows at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas next week as part of a short tour alongside Saviours. While in Austin, Holy Grail will play two showcases -- Prosthetic's official label showcase, as well as another presented by MetalSucks -- in addition to two prominent day parties.
Front man James Paul Luna checks in with the following recap of the band's Australian tour, centered around performances at the Soundwave Festival series alongside dozens of major acts: "I can't even begin to express the awesomeness we experienced at Soundwave. It's one of those things that every band must do; it's guaranteed awesomeness. I imagine its like the 10,000 Tons of Metal cruise, but the only people traveling are the same 100 bands and you really create a close bond with each of them. Holy Grail was especially lucky because our 'sidewave' shows were with Black Label Society and Hellyeah. Both bands and their crews were so nice and awesome, it blew us away. Not only did we get to share the stage with them, but we actually got to chat as peers, which was so humbling and inspiring. It's a strange phenomenon to shoot the shit with bands and musicians you grew up idolizing, but that seemed to be such the norm at Soundwave that you end up forgetting about it. More...
U.K. power metal band DragonForce announced dates for a North American tour in support of "The Power Within," which is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 (EU) and April 17, 2012 (North America) through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings. This tour marks the band’s first trek with brand new singer Marc Hudson, who also makes his recorded debut on new LP.
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
April 21 Worcester, MA The Palladium
April 22 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
April 23 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
April 25 Montreal, QC Le National
April 26 London, ON London Music Hall
April 27 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
April 28 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
April 29 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
May 1 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
May 2 Calgary, AB Republik
May 4 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
May 5 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 6 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
May 8 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
May 10 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
May 11 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 14 has announced the line-up for all three days of the event, which will occur from April 20-22nd at the Worcester Palladium. This is the longest running festival in the U.S., and the acts scheduled for each of the days follow below. More acts are being confirmed for this 14th annual festival as we speak. For ticket information head over to the festival's website.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20th:
The Black Dahlia Murder
The Acacia Strain
All Shall Perish
Conducting From The Grave
Fit For An Autopsy
Hour Of Penance
Legion and Relentless More...
Canadian metal/hardcore band Obey The Brave will make its U.S. debut at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 20th.
The new band features former members of Century Media recording artists Despised Icon and Mediaskare's Blind Witness.
"Some of my favorite touring memories took place at the Palladium," said vocalist Alex Erian. "So stoked to be back and can't wait to play Obey The Braves' first US show ever at the NEMHF. Shit's about to get real, fellas."
Obey The Brave is managed by Good Fight Entertainment and is now working on its debut album for a label to be announced.
The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. More...
Dragonforce has premiered the new song "Fallen World" today by streaming it over at Metal Hammer's YouTube channel. The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "The Power Within," which is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
The band also recently announced that Dragonforce will kick off the U.S. Tour with an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass on April 21, 2012. The festival runs from April 20-22, 2012. Dragonforce will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday with All That Remains and Overkill.
Check out "Fallen World" here:
Massachusetts' own Unearth, which recently posted a music video online for the song "Watch it Burn," will join the all-star lineup already announced for the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 21st.
"It's been five years since we've taken the stage at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and we couldn't be happier to make our return this April 21," said singer Trevor Phipps. "This fest gave us a shot as an up and coming band over a decade ago and was one of the springboards for our career in heavy music. This year's lineup looks to be an amazing one and we are looking forward to hitting that stage." More...
Dragonforce announced that the band will kick off the U.S. Tour with an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass on April 21, 2012. The festival runs from April 20-22, 2012. Dragonforce will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday with All That Remains and Overkill.
The new Dragonforce record "The Power Within" is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
The full lineup for the Saturday portion of the festival is as follows:
All That Remains
Protest the Hero
U.K. power metal band Dragonforce has announced that the band's forthcoming LP will be entitled "The Power Within." The album is scheduled for a European release date of April 15, 2012 through Electric Generation Recordings, the band's own label. The North American date has not yet been announced.
Guitarist Herman Li commented on the album: “The last two years have been the most fun we ever had making an album. Through writing, jamming and touring together, we have built this incredible energy and it has been fully captured on the new album. This time around we’ve really brought our metal side to the surface and made some of the best music of our career. From the fastest song we’ve ever recorded to the slower songs, and some things you would never expect from us, this is by far the most diverse DragonForce album yet.”
U.K. power metal band Dragonforce has completed work on the band's follow up to the 2008 album "Ultra Beatdown." The band expects to have the yet untitled album released in Spring 2012. the album will mark the first for new vocalist Marc Hudson who replaced ZP Theart, who departed in 2010.
More details on the album are expected shortly.
Pure Grain Audio has posted a new video interview online with guitarist Sam Totman of Dragonforce, which can be viewed below. Pure Grain Audio commented on the clip:
"On Thursday, October 20th, 2011 DragonForce came through Toronto, Ontario ripping up The Opera House. They were performing their North American debut show for their new singer Marc Hudson who recently joined the band. Our own metalhead Chee Kam sat down with Sam Totman to discuss the new vocalist, international beer favourites, the upcoming album and much, much more."
Although it wasn't expected until December, the organizers of Australia's Soundwave Festival have made their second band announcement. Joining the 60 bands already announced are Staind, Wednesday 13, Unearth, Cathedral, Shadows Fall, Heaven Shall Burn, Your Demise, Kittie, and 14 other (mostly non-metal) bands.
Hole has pulled out of the festival after frontwoman Courtney Love refused to play before Limp Bizkit. Soundwave boss AJ Maddah said on Twitter that he was "relieved we got the moody old cow off the bill. [There’s] no point talking her back, only for her to cancel later, or turn up & act like a rotten twat to other artists, fans, etc."
A third announcement in early December will add another five bands to the lineup, and Danzig is one of the confirmed possibilities. More...
Organizers of the Australian Soundwave Festival have made the first official lineup announcement. Joining the reformed Coal Chamber as previously reported will be headline acts System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Trivium as well as 53 other bands.
Bands of particular interest to metal fans include Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Hellyeah, Chimaira, Watain, and Turisas.
A second announcement for the series of one day festivals is reportedly coming in December, with 88 bands expected to be included in the final billing. More...
South African singer ZP Theart announced that he is currently in the studio for an unnamed project. This is the first news from the former Dragonforce singer since his departure from the power metal band earlier this year. In a recorded statement on YouTube, Theart stated "It 's time to break the silence. Now we're in the studio recording some new shit. I have a whole new group of friends and we are writing the songs that will hit you in the face."
Check out the video here:
Pythia has checked in with the following announcement about vocalist Emily Ovenden appearing on the upcoming Dragonforce album:
"Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that Emily is currently in the studio recording guest backing vocals for the new Dragonforce album, due to be released in early 2012!
"She is delighted to be working with the Dragonforce guys and reports back that the new material is sounding great!"
You can also check out Pythia's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
DragonForce has announced the last in a trio of special, intimate shows on October 21st at New York’s Gramercy Theater. DragonForce’s return to New York will be their first since 2009, and will give fans and media the unique opportunity to preview the band’s new singer Marc Hudson and whet their appetites for what’s to come with some brand new material from their highly anticipated forthcoming album.
This special show will be the band’s only East Coast appearance in the U.S. before moving to the big stage with full production for their world tour, which commences early 2012. Tickets are limited to 2 per person and are available Friday, June 10th for $20 (plus surcharges) in advance through the link below or $23 (plus surcharges) day of show. Click here to purchase tickets.
A new video interview has been posted online featuring Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li. The interview was conducted during Li's June 4, 2011 appearance in Mumbai, India and can be viewed in the player below.
Dragonforce announced the recruitment of new vocalist Marc Hudson earlier this year, who is replacing former singer ZP Theart. Roadrunner Records has now issued the following update about Dragonforce performing an upcoming show with the new vocalist:
"A special 'Up Close and Personal' show at The Troubadour on Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles is scheduled for this Tuesday, October 18th. DragonForce will return to the US after a two year absence to perform a special one off intimate show to give fans a unique opportunity to preview their new singer, Marc Hudson, and brand new songs from their highly anticipated forthcoming album.
"Before moving to the big stage with full production on their World Tour which commences early 2012. This will be the only show in western North America this year and tickets will be strictly limited to 2 tickets per person. You can pick up tickets here! On sale now!"
British based power metal outfit Dragonforce has announced that the band has finally found itself a new lead vocalist, who comes in the form of 23 year old Marc Hudson. Hudson will be taking over the role from former vocalist ZP Theart, who left the band in March of last year.
"I'm really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family." Says Marc. "It's always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I'm going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!"
Born in Oxford England, Hudson was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Hudson has been building his vocal skills, gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.
Guitarist Herman Li added: "After almost a year of searching around the globe, it's great to be able to finally tell our fans the good news. Marc's expressive and melodic vocals are sounding phenomenal on the new songs, adding another dimension to the DragonForce sound that I am sure all the fans will love."
The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France.
"Everyone in the band is extremely excited about how the new material is shaping up.” continues Herman. “We haven't felt this kind of energy in the band for a long time. We can't wait to unleash the next DragonForce album later this year."
Swedish metal act Sabaton has announced that the band has recruited current Dragonforce bassist Frédéric Leclercq to take ove guitar duties for its forthcoming European tour. Leclercq will be filling for Sabaton guitarist Rikard Sundén, who is taken a short hiatus from the band for the birth of his first child. Sabaton commented on the addition of Leclercq by saying:
"Of course, it's the highest wish of Sabaton to tour with all six members, but this time Rikard wanted to pass and to ensure that the fans that come to these shows will get a good show we wanted to bring in a person with both great musical talent as well as a great stage act together with a chemistry that we know fits in Sabaton. We are sure that Frédéric is that person. This is, of course, a temporary situation, Frédéric is still a full member of Dragonforce and Rikard is still the guitar player of Sabaton. For the American tour that starts in April, Rikard will be on stage again, ready to rock and a hopefully a bit richer in life."
British based power metal outfit Dragonforce has announced that they will be releasing their first live album this year, which will span two discs and contain thirteen tracks. The album is entitled, "Twilight Dementia" and will be released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records in North America and Spinefarm Records in the rest of the world.
Guitarist Herman Li states: "For years, fans have been asking us to record a live album, but honestly, we never really had the time due to our worldwide touring commitments and studio album recording. However, due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans on the ‘Ultra Beatdown World Tour’, we decided to finally put some real thought into it...
"The idea was to record every single show from the last leg of the tour, so we could pick the best take of each song without needing to do any overdubs in the studio; keeping the whole thing ‘LIVE’ like all the classic live metal albums.
"These recordings really capture the raw sonic energy of a Dragonforce show in fine detail. It is so real that you can hear the noise of the crowd and experience the show as it was that night – you can even hear the guitar pedals being stepped on!" More...