Demo Of New Track "Defenders" Streaming From DragonForce
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U.K. hypersonic power metal act DragonForce released a demo version of the new track "Defenders." The song will appear on the follow up to the 2012 release "The Power Within," which will be entitled "Maximum Overload." The album will be the band’s debut album for new label Ear Music, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th, and in USA on Metal Blade Records on August 19th. It will be available in the following formats: Standard CD, Standard Digital Version, Special Edition CD with 5 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, Special Edition Digital Version (same bonus material as Special Edition CD), and Vinyl.
The album will be produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden.
"Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn't believe in days off"! said guitar maestro Herman Li.
"The album title and album cover artwork is inspired by the constant bombardment of information we are subjected to during our daily lives" Li added. "We were in an airport departure lounge surrounded by TV screens, flight information screens and advertising screens. We then looked around and no one was saying a word, they were all looking at more screens on tablets, laptops and mobile phones, there's no escaping it, it's complete information overload"!
'Maximum Overload' features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. "We've always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs"! added Frederic Leclercq.
The album also features an all time first for DragonForce.....a cover version! Sam Totman explained "Just before the last Australian tour our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've DragonForce-ized it"!
Check out "Defenders" here:
DragonForce will embark on a massive 20 date UK & Ireland tour in September under the tagline: "....this time it's personal," alluding to the fact that instead of playing a handful of larger venues the band are playing many shows geographically spread out across the country.
Confirmed dates are:
17th EDINBURGH Liquid Room
18th ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
19th GLASGOW King Tuts
20th BELFAST Limelight 2
21st DUBLIN Whelan's
23rd CARLISLE Brickyard
24th MIDDLESBRO' Empire
25th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
26th STOKE Sugarmill
27th BIRMINGHAM Institute
30th BRIGHTON The Haunt
1st SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
2nd PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
3rd BRIDGEND Hobo's
4th BRISTOL The Thekla
7th LEEDS Brundenell
8th NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
9th COLCHESTER Arts Centre
10th NORWICH Waterfront
11th LONDON Bush Hall
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