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Dragonforce's "Valley Of The Damned" To Be Re-Issued With DVD

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This press release has been posted on DRAGONFORCE's official website:

DRAGONFORCE to re-release their debut album "Valley Of The Damned" - remixed and remastered with a bonus DVD in October 2007. The remixed debut and their second album "Sonic Firestorm" will also be available for the first time on picture disc vinyl. Below is a statement from guitarist Herman Li regarding this re-release package:

"For some time now we've been thinking about how great it would be that one day we could remix and remaster the 'Valley Of The Damned' album and re-release it. I still remember the amount of time and effort we spent recording that album, and financing it myself! Ignoring all the deadlines that were set for the delivery of the master tapes, we went into a lengthy recording period only to finally run out of money which meant we didn't have the time to give the songs the mix and production sound they deserve. Although many people thought the original release had a great production, it is incomparable to the massive production sound on the albums 'Sonic Firestorm' and 'Inhuman Rampage'. To tell you the truth, the original release was mixed in only 36 hours as we spent most of the time working on capturing the best performances and improving the songs as much as possible.

Now, after 18 months on the road, three times around the world for the 'Inhuman Rampage' Tour, our wish is granted with a bigger budget, better gear, more time and more experience to bring new life to 'Valley Of The Damned'. I know many old fans still consider 'Valley Of The Damned' to be our classic album. It is an album full of great songs that a lot of our new fans still haven't discovered yet unless they see us live since we have included songs from our debut album in all of our shows.

We have spent the last three weeks with producer Karl Groom remixing all the songs and giving more attention to detail than we previously had a chance to do. The final result is exactly what we want now, and beyond what was possible when we first finished 'Valley Of The Damned' four years ago. We are including a DVD in this package because we want to give you, the fans, as much as possible on this re-release. One thing is for sure, this jam packed DVD took way longer than I initially thought and I definitely under estimated the time it takes to put so much archive footage on it. This DVD will give you a feel of what was happening before we started to spend our lives on tour buses and airplanes!

For the November / December UK and European Tour we intend to play a few more songs from 'Valley' that we haven't played for a long time, so hopefully we'll see you at one of the shows. I think all you diehard fans will love this package which will be released worldwide in early October and who knows, we might even get a few new fans along the way!

Best to you all,

Herman Li"

Here is the complete track listing:

Disc 1 (CD):

1. Invocation Of The Apocalyptic Evil
2. Valley Of The Damned
3. Black Fire
4. Black Winter Night
5. Starfire
6. Disciples Of Babylon
7. Revelations
8. Evening Star
9. Heart Of A Dragon

Disc 2 (DVD):

- Interviews with the band members and producer reflecting on the "Valley Of The Damned" period and the remix
- "Valley Of The Damned" Live
- Previously unreleased professionally filmed live video recording from their first Japanese tour.
- Commentary version from Herman and Vadim
- Commentary version from ZP and Karl
- Backstage Footage
- DRAGONFORCE Home videos. See through the eyes of Sam and ZP in Japan on the day of the show.
- Recording "Valley Of The Damned"
- Footage from the drum recording session in Denmark
- Commentary version from Herman and Vadim
- Remixing Valley of the Damned
- Get technical with Herman, Vadim and producer Karl Groom. See how they remixed the album.

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1. Edhead writes:

Dragonforce plays the skin flute and the tromboner, seeing as they're so talented I'll bet they play em' at the same time. f***in hate these fa**ots

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2. Zero 54 writes:

Someone can't handle the epicness

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 7:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. FocusShift writes:

Why so much hate? They really are a talented band. No soul to their music but they're talented.

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Edhead writes:

Epic my ass, they're about as epic as a used douchebag. I did admit they were talented though, can't drill me for that

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 9:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. FocusShift writes:

Internet is a hard place to differ between sarcasm and sincerity.

Dimmu is epic, Dragonforce is just. . .a lot of notes in a short period of time.

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 11:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

Dragonforce get alot of sh** because they're popular, nothing else. What are they but a better version of Dragonland, Sonata Arctica etc?

Now Playing: Death - "Baptized In Blood"

# Jul 28, 2007 @ 11:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Zero 54 writes:

When i hear Dragonforce i am magically transported to lands of old to storm the burning fields to combat the evil one and his revolution deathsquads

# Jul 29, 2007 @ 1:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. SHARP writes:

I personally consider, Valley of the Damned their best album. It was the first one I had as well. I spent most of last summer listening to that.

VotD goes back to a time when DragonForce was a sound with soul. Though Flame of Youth and Trail of Broken Hearts undeniably has this 'soul' we speak of, their debut work is really their most spirited; with more emphasis on lyrical and vocal excellence than just sheding nine-thousand miles an hour for 10 minutes [see Operation Ground and Pound]

But hey, where's Where Dragons Rule, the japanese bonus track to Valley of the Damned? Are they really going to "rerelease" this with out that fantastic song?

# Aug 5, 2007 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Thrash Banger writes:

I liked them a while ago, but now I,ve found better power metal bands. I'm sorry but Dragonforce cannot compare to bands like Blind Guardian,
Iced Earth (Barlow era) and old Dio matiral. Fantastic talent, they just don't take it anywhere. Not to rip on any Dragonforce fans.
I know there are far worse bands in the world. At least these guys are funny onstage.

# Aug 5, 2007 @ 5:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Edhead writes:

is Zero 54 serious? cuz thats pretty fruity, as is dragonforces music, bin to never never land yet buddy? good power metal = Primal Fear, Iced Earth, Dream Evil, Dio, Hammerfall, Helloween, Y. Malmsteen

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11. metal lord shorty writes:

there is 1 thing that's for sure there is not another band in the world that sounds the same so ill give them a thumbs up for that

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12. crazy513 writes:

Dragonforce sound good on their CD's but i saw them live and they sucked, Theart can hit any of the high notes. They sound good in studio but they just suck live.

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