3 June 2014
7 May 2014
DragonForce have announced former Braindamage and Kill Ritual drummer Gee Anzalone has joined the band.
A native of Turin, Italy, Gee is a drum teacher who graduated from the NAMM Academy of Milan and carries on the well established multi-national mix of musicians that make up DragonForce.
Gee will make his live debut on the forthcoming ‘Maximum Overload’ UK Tour which commences on September 17th in Edinburgh and replaces Dave Mackintosh who recorded 4 albums with the band prior to the forthcoming ‘Maximum Overload’ which is released on August 18th.
Dave is moving on to pastures new to focus on his first musical love which is Prog Rock and has released the following statement.
“After much thought I have parted ways with the boys in DragonForce to pursue my first love of progressive rock, I wish the lads all the luck in the world and look forward to the release of Maximum Overload as I truly believe this is the most fantastic DF album that I and the boys have recorded to date!
Many thanks to all the fans who have supported me in this last decade of massive tours, countless shows and all the albums, I couldn’t have done it without you.
I will continue to tour and play with some of the greatest names in Prog Rock, and hope to see some familiar faces on the road!
In the meantime, stay metal, watch out for the new Dave Mackintosh website which will be launched within the next 4 weeks as well as some great new videos I will be producing with my gear sponsors.
DragonForce guitarist Herman Li said “We have been through a lot with Dave and want to thank him for everything he has contributed to DragonForce, both as a friend and musician and we would all like to wish him well with his new project.”
28 April 2014
“Concurso guitarristas Dragonforce en We Rock” The new album Maximum Overload will be released in August, here is a competition for residents in Spain only!
The first national contest for Power Metal guitar players!
Starting at midnight on Saturday June 7th at WE ROCK club in Madrid. Play the best guitar part to the brand new DragonForce track “Defender” and win an Ibanez guitar as grand prize. Herman Li and Sam Totman will be the judges!
Check the FB page for more info:
31 March 2014
It has been announced that DragonForce will play the Loud Park festival in Tokyo over the weekend of October 18th & 19th in support of their forthcoming album ‘Maximum Overload’ which will be released in August 2014.
The UK & Ireland tour commences September 17th and encompasses 20 shows across the 2 countries and tickets are selling fast!
Get your tickets here: http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/dragonforce-tickets
10 March 2014
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.
‘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”!
‘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.
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!”
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
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:
28 February 2014
See DragonForce on TV4 in Sweden (only) on the latest episode of ‘Trollkarlen från Glada Hudik’.
24 September 2013
We 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
5 September 2013
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!
5 August 2013
6 July 2013
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!’
Head over to Vai.com for the complete tour dates.
Here are a few photos of Steve and Herman playing together:
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.