DRAGONFORCE is putting finishing touches on new album
In a new interview with Heavy Debriefings, vocalist Marc Hudson of Grammy-nominated power metal legends and new Napalm Records roster band DRAGONFORCE spoke about the progress of the recording sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2019’s “Extreme Power Metal” album. He said: “I’m actually going into the studio probably tonight to finish off some stuff. But, yeah, we’ve been working on an album for a while now and, obviously, trying to play some shows in between. We’ve got a few festivals. We just did one last weekend, and then we’ve got one this weekend. Then obviously the big tour in the fall. So, yeah, we need to basically finish all that up. We’ve basically finished everything. It’s just a case of like polishing the final product and then hopefully playing some of the songs — well, we definitely will be playing the songs on the next tour, so we’ll be learning a new setlist and all that stuff.”
Formed in 1999, the London, U.K.-based unit has captivated audiences worldwide with its highly successful records and iconic singles, including the platinum-selling anthem “Through The Fire And Flames”. Renowned for their epic compositions, DRAGONFORCE‘s signature lies in their masterful and lightning-fast guitar solos, brilliantly crafted by the virtuosic duo of Herman Li and Sam Totman. Comprising Hudson, bassist Alicia Vigil, and drummer Gee Anzalone, the five-piece ensemble draws inspiration from a myriad of heavy metal styles, fantasy realms, and video games, blending 1980s rock influences with infectious sing-along choruses and uplifting melodies.
DRAGONFORCE has also announced the North American headline leg of a colossal world tour that promises to be their most exhilarating to date. Featuring special guests AMARANTHE with additional support from Napalm Records labelmates NANOWAR OF STEEL, as well as EDGE OF PARADISE, the tour will begin on October 20 in Mesa, Arizona. After visiting many major cities across the U.S. and Canada, the tour will culminate in a grand finale in Los Angeles, California on November 19.
In the meantime, European fans can catch the band’s energetic live performance at their remaining summer festival show at Summer Breeze Open Air.
Last November, DRAGONFORCE released a music video for the song “The Last Dragonborn”. The track is taken from “Extreme Power Metal”, which came out in September 2019. Produced in Los Angeles, California by Damien Rainaud at Mix Unlimited, the LP was also recorded, in part, on Li‘s livestream channel on Twitch with participation from the fans.
“The Last Dragonborn” was the first DRAGONFORCE music video to feature bassist Alicia Vigil, who first joined the band as a touring member in January 2020.
DRAGONFORCE‘s platinum-selling single “Through The Fire And Flames” brought the London-based Grammy-nominated extreme power metal group international acclaim and was featured as the most challenging song on “Guitar Hero III”.
In March 2019, the “Through The Fire And Flames” music video reached a new milestone: it surpassed one hundred million views on YouTube — DRAGONFORCE‘s first music video to do so.
“Through The Fire And Flames” is the leadoff track from 2006’s “Inhuman Rampage” album, which was officially certified gold in July 2017 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of half a million copies.
In August 2019, DRAGONFORCE parted ways with longtime bassist Frédéric Leclercq. He has since joined German thrashers KREATOR.
Herman Li – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Sam Totman – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Marc Hudson – Vocals
Alicia Vigil – Bass, Backing Vocals
Gee Anzalone – Drums, Backing Vocals
Hudson will release his first solo album, “Starbound Stories”, on August 25 via Napalm Records. The effort is described in a press release as “a sparkling, anime-inspired power metal ride, heavily influenced by both Japanese music and video game soundtracks, and featuring a horde of notable guests.”