• March31st

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    UK Metal titans DRAGONFORCE are nearing completion of their sixth studio album entitled ‘Maximum Overload‘. Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band’s first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

    Fans can stream a demo of a new track now on YouTube! Listen to ‘Defenders‘ now HERE.

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    Maximum Overload’ 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 the USA on Metal Blade Records on August 19th.

    “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”!

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    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”!

    Maximum Overload‘ will be released on 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.

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    The band will embark on a massive 20 date UK & Ireland tour in September under the strapline ‘….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. Commenting on the nature of the tour Herman Li said “We did a tour like this in between the Sonic Firestorm and Inhuman Rampage albums and have wanted to repeat it ever since but couldn’t because of touring commitments elsewhere in the world. This time we were determined to make it happen so we’re going to some cities we haven’t visited for years and some we’ve never visited at all. One of the venues is a boat and one is a deconsecrated church! It will be great to see the fans up close and personal again, it’s going to be very hot, very sweaty and great fun!”

    SEPTEMBER 2014
    Wednesday 17th           EDINBURGH               Liquid Room
    Thursday 18th               ABERDEEN                Lemon Tree
    Friday 19th                   GLASGOW                   King Tuts
    Saturday 20th               BELFAST                    Limelight 2
    Sunday 21st                 DUBLIN                       Whelan’s
    Tuesday 23rd               CARLISLE                   Brickyard
    Wednesday 24th          MIDDLESBRO’         Empire
    Thursday 25th              MANCHESTER            Deaf Institute
    Friday 26th                   STOKE                           Sugarmill
    Saturday 27th               BIRMINGHAM             Institute
    Tuesday 30th                BRIGHTON                 The Haunt
    OCTOBER
    Wednesday 1st            SOUTHAMPTON          Joiners
    Thursday 2nd               PLYMOUTH                 White Rabbit
    Friday 3rd                    BRIDGEND                  Hobo’s
    Saturday 4th                BRISTOL                     The Thekla
    Tuesday 7th                LEEDS                         Brundenell
    Wednesday 8th           NOTTINGHAM              Rescue Rooms
    Thursday 9th              COLCHESTER              Arts Centre
    Friday 10th                 NORWICH                    Waterfront
    Saturday 11th             LONDON                      Bush Hall

    Tickets pre-sale, sale information:
    http://www.o2priority.co.uk/artists/dragonforce/1210
    http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/dragonforce-tickets

  • March10th

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    See DragonForce on TV4 in Sweden (only) on the latest episode of ‘Trollkarlen från Glada Hudik’.

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    http://www.tv4play.se/program/trollkarlen-fr%C3%A5n-glada-hudik?video_id=2555477

  • February28th

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    FredWe are pleased to announce that DragonForce bassist Fred has a new bass from ESP’s LTD Signature Series!

    The ESP LTD Signature Series Fred Leclercq FL-204 features a bolt-on construction with a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, and a mahogany body finished in Snow White Satin with graphics.

    Says Fred, “I’ve been part of the ESP family for 8 years and I’m excited to have my second signature bass model coming out, based on the custom I’ve been using every night on our last world tour! It looks good, feels good, and most important-it sounds good!”

    Check more details here

  • September24th

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    DragonForce is currently in the studio with producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Amon Amarth) working on a brand new album coming out in 2014!

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  • September5th

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    DragonForce guitarist Herman Li performed with guitar legend Steve Vai as special guest in Bristol (03/09/13) and Bournemouth UK (04/09/13), part of Vai‘s ‘The Story of Light World Tour’. Herman Li first performed with Steve Vai in January 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Herman comments ‘It was an honour for me, to be able to share the stage with one of the greatest guitarist of all time. Steve Vai has been an incredible inspiration to my playing for many years, I would like thank Steve once again for inviting me up, it was a total blast!’

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    Bristol, UK

    Head over to Vai.com for the complete tour dates.
    Here are a few photos of Steve and Herman playing together:

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    Bournemouth, UK

  • August5th

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    Herman Li Ibanez Guitar Workshop Tour – Latin America

    Date City Venue Country
    16th Aug 2013 Merida Mambo Cafe Mexico
     
    17th Aug 2013 Guadalajara Fenix Guadalajara Hotel Mexico
     
    19th Aug 2013 Mexico City Veerkamp Mesones Mexico
     
    21st Aug 2013 San Jose Jazz Café Escazú Costa Rica
     
    23rd Aug 2013 Guatemala City Antiguo Cine Lux Guatemala
     
    25th Aug 2013 Quito Plaza Hotel Casino Ecuador
     

    Visit Ibanez for more information.

  • August5th

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    Be sure to follow DragonForce on Facebook and Twitter for the latest activities regarding the recording of the new album coming out in 2014 and touring!

    https://www.facebook.com/dragonforce

    https://twitter.com/dragonforcehq

    Follow the members:

    https://www.facebook.com/hermanli.online
    https://twitter.com/HermanLi_

    https://www.facebook.com/vadlifebook
    https://twitter.com/vadlife

    https://www.facebook.com/Frederic.Leclercq.Official
    https://twitter.com/fredleclercq

    https://www.facebook.com/samtotmanofficial
    https://twitter.com/samdforce

    https://www.facebook.com/marchudsonofficial
    https://twitter.com/hudsonforce

  • July6th

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    Due to a severe breach of contract by the promoters, DragonForce have had to cancel their intended performance at this years Peninsula Festival in Cluj Napoca, Romania on July 19th. The band are very sorry to disappoint their fans but they have been put into a position where no other solution is possible. Ticket holders should contact the promoters for a full refund.

  • May1st

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    DragonForce announce an extra European festivals!

    June 21st Rock am Haertsfeldsee, Dischingen, Germany.
    http://www.rockamhaertsfeldsee.de

    Updated post

  • April12th

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    BAND TO HIT STUDIO IN MAY

    UK Metal heroes DRAGONFORCE have completed writing the follow up to last year’s “The Power Within” album, which was their first with vocalist Marc Hudson. Since his live debut with the band in July of 2011, Marc has gone on to front over 100 shows with the band in 32 countries across the globe, including arenas with Iron Maiden as well as a mammoth headlining world tour to support the album.

    With a new found wealth of experience for the new singer and two years of playing together, the DRAGONFORCE machine will be at it’s most powerful when they enter Fascination Studios in Sweden in May with Jens Bogren to start laying down tracks. Known for his work with the likes of Opeth, The Devin Townsend Project, Amon Amarth, Katatonia, Soilwork and Symphony X to name a few, a killer-sounding album will be the inevitable result. Shredmaster Herman Li says:

    ‘Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic DragonForce music ever written. With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the DF sound to the next level and beyond!’