Metal News for April 5, 2006
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From the official press release: Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of UK power metalers, DRAGONFORCE. The band’s Roadrunner US debut, INHUMAN RAMPAGE, was released in the UK, mainland Europe and Japan on 1/9/06 to critical raves and, in nearly 3 months, 30K in sales.
Since forming in London in 1999, DRAGONFORCE has taken UK, European and Japanese audiences by storm. The brainchild of guitarists – Hong Kong born Herman Li and New Zealander Sam Totman - along with South African émigré ZP Theart on vocals, DRAGONFORCE (then called Dragon Heart) were quick to carve their name in stone with metal fans. The balance of the band – Dave Mackintosh (British), Vadim Pruzhanov (Ukranian) and Frederic Leclercq (French) – make DRAGONFORCE a true meeting of great international musical minds. 2003’s debut album VALLEY OF THE DAMNED, set the stage and standard for a sound brimming with speed, technicality, catchiness and most importantly a lot of fun.
Along the trail of the 2005 European tour with Iron Maiden, fans started turning up at gigs, plastic swords and axes in hand, ready to revel in a sound as serious in approach as it is completely over the top. Now with the band’s third album, INHUMAN RAMPAGE, and a deal for North America with Roadrunner, DRAGONFORCE are set to become a major force on the worldwide metal scene. “You can not liken DRAGONFORCE to anything that has come before in metal,” states Roadrunner A&R man Mike Gitter. “Listening to DRAGONFORCE is almost overwhelming. The sheer energy, vibe and audacity of it all… every chord just oozes with the spirit of triumph!”
“As a new band, I was thrilled when we toured Japan on our debut album. When we were chosen to tour with Iron Maiden on our second album last year, I was equally fired up. Now, the most exciting of them all is signing with Roadrunner Records for our new album INHUMAN RAMPAGE!” says Herman Li. “We know our fans in North America have been waiting a long time for us. Here we come!”
INHUMAN RAMPAGE, due out in North America on Roadrunner Records in the summer of 2006 and Dragonforce will arrive in the U.S. in late April, for a tour with Roadrunner labelmates Sanctity.
Now that SEVENDUST’s three-month-plus headlining tour has come to a close, the band is taking a much deserved break, but they won’t be resting for very long. Starting May 4 in La Crosse, WI at the La Crosse Center the band--Lajon Witherspoon (vocals), John Connolly (guitar), Vince Hornsby (bass), Morgan Rose (drums), Sonny Mayo (guitar)—will head out for another batch of tour dates lasting through the month of May with SOiL and Hourcast.
Meanwhile, the second single from the band’s critically acclaimed fifth album, NEXT, has been burning up the Rock charts since its release. It was a Top Five Most Added track at Rock radio its first week out and it’s currently bulleted at #31 on Billboard’s “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart and #27 on the “Active Rock Tracks” chart. It’s also bulleted at #30 on Radio & Records’ “Active Rock” chart.
While you might think that the song’s a downer, it's far from it. It actually conveys an enlightening message and encourages fans to look at the brighter side of life. “The message in it is really positive,” explains guitarist Sonny Mayo. “It’s about living life thinking you’re gonna be a failure, and basing your whole existence on what other people or what another person told you about yourself, and finally coming out and realizing that it’s all about inner strength and it doesn’t matter what other people think about you. You could shed all the shame and all the guilt that you ever felt about things you did or things you didn’t do, and you could truly find the positivity even if you always thought you were going to be a failure.”
Here are the current confirmed tour dates:
Thu 5/4 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
Fri 5/5 Superior, WI Wessman Arena
Sat 5/6 Peoria, IL Expo Gardens
Sun 5/7 Saginaw, MI Dow Events Center
Tue 5/9 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Thu 5/11 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
Fri 5/12 McAllen, TX La Villa Real
Sat 5/13 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street
Mon 5/15 Baton Rouge, LA Texas Music Hall
Wed 5/17 Memphis, TN The New Daisy
Thu 5/18 Raleigh, NC Disco Rodeo
Fri 5/19 Columbus, GA Bradley Theatre
Sat 5/20 Greenville, SC Anderson County Fairgrounds
Sun 5/21 Evansville, IN Veterans Memorial Coliseum
* All dates subject to change.
I had the opportunity to check out Kittie at the Huntington Music Hall (aka Monkey Bar) on April 4th. The place was packed too, especially for a Tuesday night, about three hundred people rocking out. Unfortunately I arrived late to the show, very late. Though I did manage to catch the last five and a half songs of Kittie’s set.
Dragonforce have signed a deal with Roadrunner Records. Their upcoming album, "Rampage", is due out some time this summer.
More tour dates have been announced for the Dysrhythmia, Yakuza, and Behold...The Arctopus US kicking off in late May and running through June. Here are the tou dates:
5/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
5/25 Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
5/26 New York City, NY @ Knitting Factory
5/27 Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
5/28 New Haven, CT @ Bar
5/29 Fredericksburg, VA @ The Bourbon Room
5/30 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
5/31 Charleston, SC @ Cumberland's
6/1 Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Social
6/2 Athens, GA @ Tasty World
6/3 Tallahassee, FL @ The Beta Bar
6/4 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's
6/5 Fayetteville, AR @ TBA
6/6 San Antonio, TX @ The Sanctuary
6/7 Austin, TX @ TBA
6/8 Dallas, TX @ Darkside Lounge
6/9 Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
6/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Bulldogs
6/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory Alterknit Lounge
6/12 San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
6/13 Portland, OR @ Rock and Roll Pizza
6/14 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
6/15 Boise, ID @ TBA
6/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
6/17 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
6/18 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
6/19 Omaha, NE @ TBA
6/20 Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
6/21 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
6/22 Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's
6/23 Chicago, IL @ TBA