DragonForce Premiere “Heart Demolition” Video

DragonForce have premiered a new video for their new song “Heart Demolition.” This track is from the band’s new album “Extreme Power Metal,” which will be released September 27. Guitarist Herman Li commented:

“The fans are really going to like this video because it’s classic DragonForce: big choruses and a tribute to the Sega Mega-Drive console. The haters are going to like it even more because you’ll get to see Sam Totman without his hat on for the first time in 10 years, showing off how bald he has become!”

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Bassist Frédéric Leclercq To Exit DragonForce

DragonForce have announced that bassist Frédéric Leclercq will be leaving the band following their August 17 performance at the Elbriot Festival in Hamburg, Germany. After that show, the group will move forward with YouTuber Steve “Stevie T” Terreberry as a fill-in.

DragonForce said the following about Leclercq:

“We are sad to announce that Frédéric Leclercq is leaving DragonForce to pursue other projects. We want to thank Fred for all the musical contributions and good times over the years.

Fred says, ‘I had an amazing opportunity that will be announced soon. There is no bad blood and I wish the band all the best. I want to thank the fans for their support throughout the years.’

Herman Li said, ‘As sad as we are to lose him, we are excited that he is going to continue playing the music he loves. He will always be a friend and a member of the DragonForce family.” Fred’s last show with DragonForce will be this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany. We are going to have a massive celebration for Fred, please come out and send him off!’”

The band also added the following about fill-in bassist Stevie T, who is also set to play the triangle at their upcoming shows:

“DragonForce announced on Wednesday that musician and YouTube personality Stevie T (Steve Terreberry) will join the band for the US leg of its upcoming world tour. DragonForce guitarist Herman Li jokingly invited Stevie T to join the band this summer, asking him to play the triangle. Stevie T responded with a video on his YouTube channel, accepting Li’s offer and playing an extended triangle solo to DragonForce’s hit “Through the Fire and Flames.” Stevie T’s ground-breaking triangle solo can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3jXO1gbhY8

Li said ‘I was deeply moved when I saw Stevie T’s technical precision and finesse on the triangle and immediately invited him to join the tour. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the greatest triangle player ever to grace this earth.’

Stevie T will also step in to play bass for the band, after the departure of bassist Frédéric Leclercq, which was also announced on the band’s website on Wednesday. Leclercq’s last show with DragonForce will be this weekend at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany. Li said, “We want to thank Fred for all the musical contributions and good times over the years. As sad as we are to lose him, we are excited that he is going to continue playing the music he loves. He will always be a friend and a member of the DragonForce family.”

As previously reported, DragonForce’s new album “Extreme Power Metal” will be released on September 27.

DragonForce Premiere “Highway To Oblivion” Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Extreme Power Metal”

DragonForce have premiered a new video for their new song “Highway To Oblivion.” This track is from the band’s new album “Extreme Power Metal,” which will be released September 27. The song is also available as a playable level in Harmonix‘s virtual reality rhythm shooter “Audica.”

“Extreme Power Metal” Track Listing:

01. “Highway To Oblivion”
02. “Cosmic Power Of The Infinite Shred Machine”
03. “The Last Dragonborn”
04. “Heart Demolition”
05. “Troopers Of The Stars”
06. “Razorblade Meltdown”
07. “Strangers”
08. “In A Skyforged Dream”
09. “Remembrance Day”
10. “My Heart Will Go On”

Herman Li said the following about the album:

“This album again combines the best of DragonForce in an even bigger, more epic way than we have ever done before. We are so excited for fans to hear it!”

Sam Totman also added the following about working with Epica‘s Coen Janssen, who handled the keyboards for the record following the departure of Vadim Pruzhanov:

“We worked really closely with Coen on this new album. We are so happy with what he has brought into this new album. Every fan will be so happy to hear his majestic playing!”

Li continued:

“In this age where our music is easily accessible, I am not going to waste time trying to describe the sound of our new album. I’ll let the music do the talking. However, what I can tell you is our upcoming tour will be our biggest in a decade. We have a massive epic production and a really special surprise for VIPs. We can’t wait to see everyone out on the road.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

DragonForce Announce North American & European Dates

DragonForce have announced some new North American and European dates. You can find their updated schedule below. The band’s new album is expected to be released later this year.

Tour Dates:

07/13 Nuevo Mexico, MEX – Froton Mexico Centro de Entretenimiento
08/16 Wittelshofen, GER – Summer Breeze Open Air
08/17 Hamburg, GER – Elb-Riot
10/01 Tucson, AZ – Encore (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/02 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/03 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/04 Fresno, CA – Strummers (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/05 Reno, NV – Cargo (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/06 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/07 Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theater (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/08 Seattle, WA – El Corazon (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/11 San Francisco, CA – August Hall (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/12 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater (with Dance With The Dead & Starkill)
10/13 Los Angeles, CA – Megacruise
11/02 Edinburgh, UK – Liquid Rooms (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/03 Hull, UK – Welly (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/04 Leeds, UK – Stylus (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/05 Manchester, UK – Academy 2 (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/06 Birmingham, UK – Institute (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/08 London, UK – Forum (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/09 Norwich, UK – The Waterfront (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/11 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/12 Cardiff, UK – Tramshed (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/13 Northampton, UK – Roadmender (with McRocklin & Hutch)
11/14 Newcastle, UK – Northumbria Institute (with McRocklin & Hutch)
02/05 Tilburg, NET – 013
02/06 TBA, BEL – TBA
02/07 Charleville Mezieres, FRA – Le Forum
02/08 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
02/09 Lyon, FRA – CCO
02/11 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
02/12 Bordeaux, FRA – Krakatoa Club
02/13 Toulouse, FRA – Metronum
02/14 Marseille, FRA – L’Usine
02/15 Pratteln, SWI – Konzertfabrik Z7
02/16 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks

DragonForce Mixing New Album

DragonForce have confirmed that they have been mixing their new album with producer Damien Rainaud. The band shared the below clip from the sessions:

DragonForce To Livestream Upcoming Video Shoot

DragonForce will be filming a new video for the first single from their upcoming album tomorrow (May 5) and fans will be able to watch behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot via Twitch. The livestream will start at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET / 4 p.m. U.K. time.