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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The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands for the event:
"No news from the ship? But news from 70,000 Tons of Metal's scouting party in Germany: They didn't want to wait until Helloween so they went to the country in the South: Switzerland. But there was too much traffic at the Gotthard and they decided to go back to Germany to meet their Kreator! Three more heavy hitters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!
"So are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location. and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!
"And unlike others they also remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Dragonforce for the 2013 edition:
"After a short visit to the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games, London, they are now sailing under Dragonforce through The Channel. Their Course: West-Southwest.
"Round 3 of 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, went on public sale on Tuesday July 10, 2012 at 12PM noon Eastern Time.
"Imagine starting the year in style: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go once again to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime?
"Make no mistake, this is not one of the cruises where you share the ship with regular cruise guests... and don't get intimidated by copy-cats! Unlike others we remove the seats in the theater, or do you like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival, featuring the biggest Open Air Stage to sail the open seas. Enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, our infamous Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"
The following 13 out of 40 bands have already been announced:
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The heavy metal sensation Huntresss is about to set forth and conquer Europe this fall. The act will join Dragonforce on upcoming live dates hitting Europe's major cities. The following press release was issued by Napalm Records:
"The warriors revolving around charismatic frontwoman and vocal banshee Jill Janus have tasted blood during their recent live shows and are ready to claim their crown! There is no excuse for missing this fantastic package! Get ready to be enthralled by the haunting mix of heavy guitar riffs and ancient spells woven by masters of their craft! Also joining this fantastic tour are German Sleaze Heavy Rockers KISSIN' DYNAMITE."
Huntress also comments: "Huntress is honoured to join our friends Dragonforce on tour once again. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to travel through Europe, performing our entire album 'Spell Eater' for those who've had faith in us from the start. Spread it, shred it, behead it!" More...
Everybody has stage moves, but does that mean they are good? As part of Metal Injection's ongoing "Ask The Artist" series, the question of best and worst stage moves was posted to members of Dragonforce, Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, Fit For An Autopsy, Obey The Brave, The Acacia Strain, Skeletonwitch, Last Chance To Reason, The Contortionist, Holy Grail, Periphery, iwrestledabearonce, Hung, Overkill, God Forbid and Unearth.
U.K. power metal band DragonForce posted new interview footage featuring vocalist Marc Hudson being interviewed by bassist Frédéric Leclercq. The band released "The Power Within" on April 17, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
The band also recently released a new music video for "Cry Thunder," which can be seen by heading over to this location.
Check out the interview here:
Victory recording artists Emmure will join the already-stacked lineup of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 22nd.
"We couldn't be more excited and grateful to be a part of this year's NEMHF," said vocalist Frankie Palmeri. "Some of my favorite bands are playing and I think this is the best line up it's had in years."
Emmure will join a lineup of more than 75 bands, from Billboard-charting artists and festival veterans to new acts and future stars of the genre, as the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes over the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the weekend of April 20th through April 22nd.
A camera crew will be on hand this year to document the show for an upcoming film focusing on the history of the festival, behind the scenes footage and the development of the show. The documentary will be produced by Manny Santiago from Crimson Media and sponsored by Shook Clothing. More...
Dragonforce posted a new music video for the song "Cry Thunder." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "The Power Within," which is scheduled for release on April 17, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
Check out "Cry Thunder" here:
Dragonforce posted the second episode in a series of in studio videos showcasing the making of the band's forthcoming LP "The Power Within." The album is scheduled for release on April 17, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
Check out episode two here:
Dragonforce posted the first episode in a series of in studio videos showcasing the making of the band's forthcoming LP "The Power Within." The album is scheduled for release on April 17, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
The first episode features guitarists Sam Totman and Herman Li along with bassist Frederic Leclerq chatting about the new album. Check it out here:
Napalm Records has issued the following announcement about Huntress joining Dragonforce on tour:
"Swords won't protect you. In fact, nothing will protect you from the onslaught Huntress will unleash on North America beginning on April 21st. The Los Angeles-based metal band - whose debut album, 'Spell Eater,' will be released by Napalm Records in North America on May 8th - will join DragonForce for a 15-show tour of the United States and Canada from April 21st to May 11th."
Here are the confirmed dates:
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 More...
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."