Tonight I had the pleasure to attend the Dragonforce show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. To my surprise, the music venue was full almost to the point of looking like a near sold out show, which was surprising to me because of the current coronavirus scare in San Francisco ( and the rest of the world), which has a lot of people taking precautions and trying to avoid big crowds or events all together. Continue reading
German thrash metal giants KREATOR are excited to welcome Frédéric Leclercq as their new bass player. Continue reading
International extreme power metal superstars DRAGONFORCE have announced live dates in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe starting this fall and running through early 2020. Following a summer festival run, DRAGONFORCE will kick off their North American headlining tour October 1st in Tucson, Arizona. Continue reading
On May 19th, international metal superstars DragonForce will release their new studio album, Reaching Into Infinity, via Metal Blade Records in the USA. Today, the band has launched the record’s first single, “Judgement Day”, in addition to a live video for the classic track, “Operation Ground and Pound” – which is taken from the special CD/DVD edition of Reaching Into Infinity. To stream “Judgement Day” hit the link here.
For their seventh studio album, DragonForce has opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody. “I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Frederic Leclercq (bass) comments. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!” The first album to feature Gee Anzalone (drums), the Italian drummer has laid down an impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DragonForce sound, which of course still boasts the band’s trademark insanely-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite “best of”-album, utilizing Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (CA, USA).
DragonForce will give USA fans their first taste of new songs starting July 7th, when the band hits the road for a North American tour this summer! See below for all dates.
DragonForce tour dates:
July 7 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 9 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
July 11 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box
July 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
July 14 – St Louis, MO – Fubar
July 15 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Open Air
July 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
July 18 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
July 20 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
July 21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 22 – Bangor, ME – Rise Above Festival
July 23 – Montreal, QC – Corona
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
July 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (“Heaven”)
July 27 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
July 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum
July 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
DRAGONFORCE, the Grammy-nominated power metallers, are poised to release a comprehensive career-spanning “Best Of” – the first time the UK band has presented this kind of historical “chapter & verse” collection.
Killer Elite – The Hits, The Highs, The Vids is scheduled for an July 23rd release through Spinefarm Records. The 22-track set -two hours and 30 minutes of music, featuring both studio and live material, with promo clips added to the Deluxe set- fully showcases the ambition, variety and skill of the group’s musical output, now taking in six studio albums; elements of thrash, speed and power metal are spread across accelerated rockers and more measured, melodic offerings.
It encompasses everything, from their biggest hit, “Through The Fire And Flames,” a staple inclusion on several best-selling video games (i.e. Guitar Hero) and recently used as the basis of a U.S. mockumentary featuring the band and Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey through “Dawn Over a New World,” a ballad harking back to the early years.
With latest recruit, singer Marc Hudson, now having two studio albums under his belt (2012’s The Power Within and 2014’s Maximum Overload), Killer Elite… is the chance for new fans to familiarize themselves with glories past and for long-standing supporters to revel in the attention to detail of a multi-format package balancing audience faves with compositions close to the collective DRAGONFORCE heart…
Guitarist Herman Li, who started the group in 1999 with fellow shredder Sam Totman, says, “The aim of this release is to give a strong flavor of everything we’ve recorded so far, and I like to think it shows a lot of diversity. Certainly, we tried to make it as broad-based as possible. Since Marc joined the band (replacing original frontman ZP Theart), we’ve actually released some of our speediest songs and some our most melodic compositions, too. DRAGONFORCE isn’t just about the relentless tempos and the flashy solos; ultimately, it’d the feel of the music that counts…
Today, DragonForce unveil a live cut from their first ever feature length video release! In the Line of Fire…Larger Than Live is available now, and to catch a glimpse of what’s in store, head to the band’s official youtube channel to watch the live performance of “Black Winter Night“! The video is streaming HERE.
In the Line of Fire…Larger Than Live, features high definition footage shot during the band’s Ultimate Stage headline show at 2014’s Loud Park Festival in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan, the band used multiple camera angles to capture the raw energy of their show and instrumental dexterity for which they are rightly celebrated worldwide. The video was mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud, and produced by Herman Li. Order your copy (on blu-ray or DVD w/ bonus audio disc) now at metalblade.com/dragonforce or download from iTunes.
The live show features a selection of new songs from the latest album “Maximum Overload” mixed in with foot stomping anthems and lightning fast shred-fests from previous releases. The video also includes backstage, behind the scenes, and off tour footage to give fans an insight into the Maximum Overload World Tour.
Tour w/ Kamelot
11/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
11/14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
11/15 Louisville, KY Expo 5
11/17 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
11/18 Springfield, MD The Fillmore
11/20 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
11/21 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11/22 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
11/24 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
11/25 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater
11/26 London, ON Music Hall
11/27 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
11/28 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
12/01 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
12/02 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theater
12/03 Seattle, WA Showbox
12/04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
12/06 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
12/07 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
12/09 Dallas, TX House of Blues
12/10 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/12 Tampa, FL The Ritz
Citrus Heights, California brings a unique brand of Power Metal in the band Dire Peril. Sci-fi Power Metal to be exact. In their brand new EP Queen of the Galaxy, Dire Peril delivers four tracks that will cater to any listener. Happen to be a gamer? They have you covered with the first two tracks. “My Vengeance is Everything (Chaos Reigns)” and “Space Invaders”. The first track is the most aggressive on the EP and is inspired by the video game God of War. You can feel the anger of lead character Kratos in the lyrics and Norman Skinner’s soaring vocals that are reminiscent of a young Matt Barlow (Ex-Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares). “Space Invaders” is inspired by the 1980’s game of the same name. Rocking guitar riffs by Jason Ashcraft and Jearme Greathouse which really make you feel like you’re listening to VG music turned into metal.
Following those two tracks is the song that I feel is the diamond of the album is the title track, Queen of the Galaxy. In this song, prominent vocal duties are given to Brittney Hayes (Lead Vocalist of Unleash the Archers) and the duality between her vocal tone and Norman Skinner’s epic singing voice make for a beautiful Power Metal tour de force. Rounding out the album is a cover of Boston’s “Something About You”. I love covers as much as the next guy, but I feel this is the weakest song on the EP. While not a horrible cover, it just doesn’t have the gravitas of the other songs and after following the powerful vocal and guitar track, Queen of the Galaxy, this cover just feels out of place. All in all, Dire Peril delivers a great 4 track EP and I absolutely look forward to seeing what they bring to their next EP.
-Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV