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

Background

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.

Latest Dragonforce News

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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Bands Talk Best/Worst Stage Moves

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.

Check out the clip of metal bands talking the best and worst on-stage moves at this location or in the player available below. More...

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DragonForce Posts New Interview Footage

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:

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Emmure Added To NEMH Festival Lineup

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...

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DragonForce Posts New Music Video

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:

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Dragonforce Posts Episode 2 Of In Studio Videos

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:

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Dragonforce Posts Episode 1 Of In Studio Videos

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:

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Huntress To Tour With Dragonforce

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...

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Holy Grail Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

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...

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DragonForce Announces North American Tour Dates

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.

The band is streaming the new track "Fallen World," which can be heard at this location. The song can also be downloaded for free by heading over to this location.

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

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N.E. Metal And Hardcore Festival Announces Line Up

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
Oceano
All Shall Perish
Nile
Skeletonwitch
Lionheart
Fleshgod Apocalypse
First Blood
Molotov Solution
The Contortionist
Reign Supreme
Conducting From The Grave
Fit For An Autopsy
Incendiary
Palehorse
Hour Of Penance
Legion and Relentless More...

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Obey The Brave To Play NEMHF 2012

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...

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Dragonforce Premieres New Song

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:

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Unearth To Play New England Metal Festival

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...

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Dragonforce To Kick Off U.S. Tour At NEMHF

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
Dragonforce
Overkill
iwrestledabearonce
Protest the Hero
Periphery
Bane
Belphegor
Structures
Malefice
Elitist
Suidakra More...

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Dragonforce Details New Album

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.”

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Dragonforce Completes New Album

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.

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Dragonforce Video Interview Available

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."

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More Bands Confirmed For Soundwave Festival 2012

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...

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Soundwave 2012 Lineup Announced

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...

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Former Dragonforce Singer In Studio

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:

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