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Band Photo: Dragonforce (?)

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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DragonForce Announces Only East Coast Show of 2011

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.

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Dragonforce Video Interview Available

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.

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Dragonforce Announces Show With New Vocalist

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!"

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Dragonforce Announces New Singer, Marc Hudson

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."

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Sabaton Recruits Dragonforce Member For Euro Tour

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."

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Dragonforce To Release Live Album

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...

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Slayer, Sabbath And More To Be In New Guitar Hero

Activision has announced some of the details for their next installment in the popular Guitar Hero video game franchise, including several bands. The new game will be called Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock and will be much more story based than the previous games. Players will begin their careers at the legendary CBGBs venue and continue to the molten lava fields of rock treachery as eight Guitar Hero characters transform into rock warriors that must join together to use their unique, game-changing powers to help the Demi-God of Rock take down "The Beast" and save rock n’ roll.

"Guitar Hero has set the standard for music based gaming and with Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock’s all-new Quest Mode, robust and authentic set list, over-the-top challenges and rock-inspired new hardware, we are once again bringing the soul and energy of rock n’ roll to fans around the world,” said David Haddad, Chief Operating Officer, Guitar Hero.

"The world is a boring place. Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock and roll,” said Gene Simmons of KISS. “It was an honor and privilege to narrate Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock, even more so, to voice the Demi God. From the God of Thunder to the Demi-God, how cool is that..." More...

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Dragonforce Confirms Vocalist Split

Yesterday Roadrunner Records issued a statement that Dragonforce had parted ways with their vocalist ZP Theart, and then removed the posting. Dragonforce has now issued the following statement on their MySpace page confirming the split:

"It is with great regret that DragonForce announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart. This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wish ZP great success with his future projects. While the creative core members have begun writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist. 'We are looking for a powerful melodic singer, to write a new chapter of DragonForce with us.' said guitarist Herman Li. Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply following the instructions at this web address."

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Dragonforce Splits With Vocalist?

UPDATE: Dragonforce has since issued a statement confirming the split with their vocalist.

Roadrunner Records posted a statement earlier today that Dragonforce had officially parted ways with their vocalist ZP Theart and then also posted up an audition page for new vocalists to apply. Both the story and the audition page have since been removed, which calls into question whether the split actually occurred. More information on the status of the band will be announced as it is made available. The statement from Roadrunner, which has since been removed, read as follows:

DragonForce have split with lead singer ZP Theart. The band issued the following statement, regarding the matter:

“It is with great regret that DragonForce announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart. This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wishes ZP great success with his future projects.”

While the creative core members have begun writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist. “We are looking for a powerful, melodic singer to write a new chapter of DragonForce with us." said guitarist Herman Li.

Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply following the instructions right here.

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DragonForce Members To Play At Musikmesse

DragonForce members Herman Li, Sam Totman, and Dave Mackintosh will be doing two special performances together at Musikmesse 2010 in Frankfurt, Germany for Ibanez guitars, Tama drums, and Meinl cymbals. More information on Musikmesse can be found at this location. The details of the appearances are as follows:

Friday 3/26 2010 - Frankfurt, Germany - Musikmesse Agora Stage, 13:30 - 14:00
Saturday 3/27 2010 - Frankfurt, Germany - Musikmesse Agora Stage, 13:00 - 13:30

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Dave Mackintosh Releasing Signature Timbales

Meinl Percussion have announced they will be releasing a signature timbale set for Dragonforce Drummer Dave Mackintosh. Meinl Percussion issued the following statement about the release:

“DragonForce drummer Dave Mackintosh wanted a distinctive sound for his Signature Attack Timbales. Here’s what we did: We made a pair of 8” diameter timbale shells with a depth of 9” and 11” respectively. This creates a distinctive and tightly matched interval 'dialogue.' The Dave Mackintosh’s Signature Attack Timbales are easily mounted on a rack, drum set, or any standard L-rod.”

The signature timable set can be viewed at this location.

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OpEd

A Decade Of Metal In Review

On the 31 Dec 1999, no planes came crashing out of the sky, nuclear bombs went off or microwave ovens tried to eat anyone. However, times were about to change and in the metal scene change was already well underway. Let us take a stroll through the decade in metal that was.

Many of the 90s big names like Emperor and Pantera prepared to give their last venomous scream dying off in the wake of ever diminishing interest in the metal scene that had plagued the 90s. In the year 2000 a band named “Limp Bizkit” came out with an album called "Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water" and in a storm nu-metal took over the public perception of heavy music, changing the face of metal irreparably. Although nu-metal had already been pioneered by Korn, bands like Deftones, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Linkin Park all had breakout releases in 2000. More...

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Dragonforce To Re-Issue First Two Albums

Dragonforce have announced that their first two studio albums "Valley of the Damned" and "Sonic Firestorm" will be re-issued on February 23rd via Spinefarm Records. Both titles will now be available with updated packaging and bonus audio/DVD content, some of it exclusive to these releases. Formed in 1999, Dragonforce issued their "Valley of the Damned" debut in 2003, which has now been remixed and remastered for the re-release.

“Fans who have heard the original mixes many times might find that the songs sound a bit different now,” observes guitarist Herman Li, “but that’s how we always wanted the original songs to sound. We just didn’t have the time back then to make everything sound the way we wanted.”

The studio track "Where Dragons Rule" has now been added to the audio side, and there is a bonus DVD featuring never-before-seen live footage, behind-the-scenes material, video commentaries, as well as in-studio interviews and clips.

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Sylosis Issues Tour Recap

Sylosis has issued the following recap of their recent tour alongside Dragonforce:

"So our 20 date run supporting Dragonforce finished last night in Liverpool. It was an amazing tour, made easy by all the bands being fucking safe and welcoming. Extra shout out to Glamour Of The Kill for being splendid chaps as well as Fred, Sam, Herman and Dave of DF and all the bands crew for helping us out along the way.

"Huge thanks to everyone we met along the way, especially those of you who put us up with such late notice! We will be uploading a tour blog video and pictures over the next week or so. If you have any pictures or videos then feel free to send them over to sylosis@hotmail.com and we'll put them up. See everyone at the Relentless London Garage this Wednesday for our headline and final gig of the year. Cheers!"

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Black Friday Heavy Metal Deals Revealed

As we near Black Friday, the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year, many retailers and online stores have announced a variety of special deals. Many of these deals offer metal and hard rock albums at greatly reduced prices. As more Black Friday ads are announced we will continue to update this page with the most recent information. The current metal deals are as follows: More...

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Dragonforce Cancels 2010 Shows

British based power metal outfit Dragonforce has announced that they will be cancelling all of the shows they had planned for next year in favour of writing a new studio album. A message from the band reads as follows:

"It is with great regret that DragonForce have to announce the cancellation of the two shows in Tokyo that were scheduled for the beginning of March 2010.

"The reason for this is that at the end of the 2009 UK part of the Ultra Beatdown World Tour, the band will start writing a new studio album scheduled for release in 2011. They will need to focus totally on this, and unfortunately this means all live shows for 2010 have been cancelled."

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Live Dragonforce Video Clip Available

Dragonforce has posted a video clip online of their performance at Theater Of Living Arts Philly, PA on October 11, 2009. The video can be viewed below. More...

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DragonForce Posts New "DragonForce TV" Video

DragonForce has posted a new video in their "DragonForce" TV series, which can be viewed below. DragonForce also issued the following statement about the video:

"The last episode of this season of DragonForce TV showcases the explosive energy of their fans at the shows. See exclusive footage of Through the Fire and Flames live from Wacken, Germany 2009 and Saitama Super Arena, Japan 2008. The haters will keep posting about DragonForce everywhere but they are way out numbered by the supporters. This video is dedicated to millions of our fans worldwide!" More...

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Just For Fun

Ten Worst Album Covers From Great Bands

In a special article at Noisecreep.com, you can check out their own list of the ten worst album covers from otherwise well respected bands (and Dragonforce.) Among the embarassing album covers are Iron Maiden, Pantera, Razor and Artillery. You can check it out by heading to NoiseCreep.com.

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Paindivision Annouces Line-up Changes

Paindivision has announced the departure of guitarist Mark Hobson. Mark has chosen to pursue his musical career further overseas in Finland.

Mark comments: “Moving overseas before 2010 is a personal goal which I set myself in 2008. It’s been an adventure being a part of Paindivision. Though, I am now set on my new journey to pursue my career overseas, I will always be a fan and a promoter for the music of the band. I wish the boys the best of luck for the future, and intend to help the 'Pain' storm Europe.”

His permanent replacement will be Ben Thomas, who previously played guitar in Sydney based band Thundasteel and also made a guest appearance on the album “Empires of Eden - Songs of War and Vengeance.”

Ben comments: “I am honoured to be involved with such a world-class act like Paindivision and really look forward to the upcoming shows and what is to come. I wish Mark all the success for his future.”

Ben’s live performance debut with the band will be headlining the “Onslaught of Sound” fest in Canberra on September 26th. This show will be captured on video for a future DVD release. The show also features Sydney thrashers “Switchblade” and a host of the country's emerging metal acts.

In other news, Dan Quinlan has taken on the role of playing bass in death metal act The Amenta. This role will work alongside Dan’s singing/bass role in Paindivision while keeping Paindivision a priority.

Writing has commenced on the follow-up to 2008’s album “One Path” and will showcase for the first time on CD, the drumming talent of Peter Hunt (Ex-Dragonforce and Marshall Law). Pete has just finished up a touring stint drumming for Iron Maiden legend Paul Dianno.

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