DragonForce Premiere “The Last Dragonborn” Music Video

DragonForce have shared a new video for their “Skyrim”-inspired song “The Last Dragonborn.” The clip serves as the band’s first with bassist Alicia Vigil, who is now an official member of the group. The track appears on their latest album “Extreme Power Metal.” Vigil commented:

“It’s been an honor and an incredible experience playing with these guys the last few years. I’m excited to be a part of their upcoming album with them, plus continue touring — and everything else in between — as an official DragonForce member!”

DragonForce’s Gee Anzalone Records Drums For Netflix’s “Cobra Kai”

DragonForce drummer Gee Anzalone is featured on the song “Strike First” from season five of Netflix’s “Cobra Kai.” The musician worked on the track with composers Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson and an extended version of it will appear on the “Cobra Kai: Season V” soundtrack, which is set to be released on September 16.

Anzalone commented:

“Thanks to Zach Robinson for the opportunity to join this new adventure! It was great to work with him and Leo Birenberg on this new version of their classic ‘Cobra Kai’ track! As a fan of the ‘Karate Kid’ movies and ‘Cobra Kai’ series, I feel so proud to be part of all of this!”

Robinson added:

“I’ve been a fan of DRAGONFORCE since I was 15 years old and have seen them perform live over 10 times, so it’s safe to say their music has been a major influence on my work, with ‘Cobra Kai’ being no exception. When I saw Gee wearing a ‘Cobra Kai’ tee at DRAGONFORCE shows this last tour, I knew I had to reach out and get him on the soundtrack. Collaborating with Gee on our extended version of ‘Strike First’ is a dream come true and real privilege for me and my partner Leo Birenberg. We’re proud to have Gee and DRAGONFORCE officially part of the ‘Cobra Kai’ family!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Herman Li Reveals How Little DragonForce Were Paid To Have “Through The Fire And Flames” Featured In “Guitar Hero”

Back in 2007, everyone playing “Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock” tried to master DragonForce’s “Through The Fire And Flames” on expert mode in an effort to prove how good they were at the game. The popularity of the track and its insane difficulty helped take the band to new heights, but as it turns out, they were barely paid anything for its inclusion.

Guitarist Herman Li recently discussed the payment the group received for “Guitar Hero” on TikTok:

“How many millions of dollars did I get? Well, I’ll tell you this. ‘Guitar Hero‘ actually only paid a one-off fee—a one-off fee—to use the song. So I’m thinking a little less than $3,000. Maybe even less. I can’t remember, but lets split that between the band members, you gotta pay the manager, the record label, the accountant… whoever’s involved. It’s actually barely any money. I don’t even remember the amount I even cashed in on that one.

But what ‘Guitar Hero‘ did do for us and a lot of other bands was present guitar music to the world. At that time guitar music wasn’t really that popular. And letting the audience hear our music and decide if they like it or not was really special, because we definitely don’t play music that fits the radio.

You’re not gonna hear seven minutes of shredding melodic metal fast on the radio. So thank you ‘Guitar Hero‘ for helping musicians, guitar players around the world and gamers have an awesome time.”

[via Metal injection]

Herman Li Says DragonForce Have “A Lot Of Music Written” For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with Chaoszine, DragonForce guitarist Herman Li offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the group already have “a lot of music written” for the effort.

Li said the following:

“We’ve got a lot of music written. We haven’t recorded it. So we’re actually gonna look for a new record deal at the moment to do it.

We don’t do music for money, so we only release stuff when we want to and it sounds good. We’re not on a hamster wheel: ‘You’ve gotta release an album every two years.’ It’s hard to be creative when you just force yourself to make good music, and every artist knows.

We don’t just make music now; we’re content creators at the same time. We have a pause on YouTube at the moment, but we were posting every week before that. So if you want something — an art form; I don’t know if you can call YouTube ‘art form’ — if you want something from us, there’s always something coming from DRAGONFORCE, even if it’s not new music. Right now you’re getting [backstage and behind-the-scenes footage from] the shows [on our U.S. tour on our Twitch channel].

When it comes, it’ll be a good album that we’ll be proud of.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Firewind To Replace Battle Beast On DragonForce’s Spring North American Tour

Battle Beast have dropped off their spring North American tour with DragonForce, Visions Of Atlantis, and Seven Spires. Firewind will now be taking their place.

Tour Dates:

03/07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory (no Firewind)
03/08 San Diego, CA – The Observatory (no Firewind)
03/09 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post (no Firewind)
03/10 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre (no Firewind)
03/11 Seattle, WA – Neptune (no Firewind)
03/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (no Firewind)
03/15 Calgary, AB – Palace Theater (no Firewind)
03/16 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall (no Firewind)
03/18 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory (no Firewind)
03/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (no Firewind)
03/20 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/22 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/23 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
03/25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/26 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/27 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/29 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
03/31 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
04/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04/05 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/06 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/07 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
04/09 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes
04/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
04/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
04/15 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/17 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
04/19 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
04/20 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/22 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
04/23 Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

Battle Beast said the following:

“We are very sorry to announce that under present circumstances it has become impossible for Battle Beast to go on with the planned North- American tour together with Dragonforce. Thankfully the legendary Firewind are stepping in to fill the line-up!

We were really looking forward to seeing all our North-American fans again and we know a lot of you are disappointed to see us drop from this tour.

However we are currently looking for new touring options in North America, and we already have some interesting possibilities on the table. So with any luck, we’ll have good news to share with you soon!

Stay safe, and hope to see you soon! 

- BATTLE BEAST”

DragonForce’s Herman Li also commented:

“Unfortunately, due to unexpected circumstances, Battle Beast is no longer able to make it on tour. We will miss them, but we are beyond excited to share the stage with our good friends in Firewind. Firewind is legendary, Herbie Langhans has an incredible voice, and Gus G is one of the best guitarists around today. I can’t wait to hear Firewind‘s 20th Anniversary set, I know the fans are going to love it.”

Visions Of Atlantis Added To Upcoming DragonForce, Battle Beast, & Seven Spires Tour

Visions Of Atlantis have been added to DragonForce, Battle Beast, and Seven Spires’ upcoming North American tour. DragonForce’s Herman Li commented:

“We are so excited to welcome Visions of Atlantis to our North American tour in March and April. We wanted to bring a huge show, with an amazing line-up and crazy production. Visions of Atlantis brings a ton of energy to the stage, and they’re incredible musicians. We can’t wait to get on the road with them!”

DragonForce Tour Dates:

With Visions Of Atlantis & Seven Spires:

03/07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
03/08 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
03/09 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
03/10 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/11 Seattle, WA – Neptune
03/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
03/15 Calgary, AB – Palace Theater
03/16 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
03/18 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
03/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

With Battle Beast, Visions Of Atlantis, & Seven Spires:

03/20 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/22 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/23 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
03/25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/26 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/27 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/29 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
03/31 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
04/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04/05 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/06 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/07 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
04/09 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes
04/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
04/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
04/15 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/17 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
04/19 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
04/20 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/22 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
04/23 Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

DragonForce Premiere “Strangers” Music Video, Announce North American Tour

DragonForce have premiered a new video for their song “Strangers.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Extreme Power Metal.”

Guitarist Herman Li commented:

“This video takes place in the same ’80s world as our last video (‘Troopers of the Stars‘), with the same cast and the same director. When Roboshobo pitched the concept, I was immediately into it. I’m a huge fan of the glam rock-era of music – I love the showmanship, the guitar solos, and the endearing cheesiness. And the players of that time were amazing, like Steve Vai, Warren Di Martini, and Reb Beach; I think sometimes the playing gets lost, and people just remember the crazy outfits. So, this video is a loving tribute to that era – while also being authentic…

Roboshobo told us to get some cool-looking guitars to fit the theme of the video, and the night before the shoot, I was panicking because we still hadn’t found any. So, I texted Steve Vai and told him we were doing a glam rock video. He said, ‘come on over’, and when I got there, he had pulled out THE guitars he used with Whitesnake and David Lee Roth. I remember seeing these guitars in magazines as a kid, so it was incredible to get to use them on set – I almost cried when he handed them to me!

Besides the guitars, I think we all looked really hunky in our costumes, especially our hair! For a minute, I was even considering getting a perm…I know people may think we’re not taking ourselves seriously enough, but I think given the state of the world, sometimes it’s just nice to kick back and have a laugh with your mates. That was definitely the vibe on set – we could barely keep a straight face watching the playback.

We’re also releasing super-limited merch we did in collaboration with the artist, Teenage Stepdad, at: dragonforce.com/shop. It definitely captures the feeling of the era!”

In other news, the group have also announced a headlining North American tour:

With Seven Spires:

03/07 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
03/08 San Diego, CA – The Observatory
03/09 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
03/10 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/11 Seattle, WA – Neptune
03/13 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
03/15 Calgary, AB – Palace Theater
03/16 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
03/18 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
03/19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

With Battle Beast & Seven Spires:

03/20 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/22 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/23 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/24 Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
03/25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
03/26 Chicago, IL – Metro
03/27 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/29 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
03/30 Toronto, ON – Opera House
03/31 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
04/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
04/02 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/03 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
04/05 Reading, PA – Reverb
04/06 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
04/07 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater
04/09 Greensboro, NC – Arizona Petes
04/10 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
04/12 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
04/15 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
04/16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/17 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
04/19 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
04/20 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04/22 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
04/23 Berkeley, CA – UC Theater

DragonForce Share Behind The Scenes Look At Their “Troopers Of The Stars” Video

DragonForce have shared a behind the scenes look at their recently released video for “Troopers Of The Stars.” If you missed it, that “Starship Troopers”-inspired clip can be found HERE. The track appears on the band’s latest album “Extreme Power Metal.”

Powerwolf Reschedule European Tour For 2022, DragonForce & Warkings To Open

Powerwolf have been forced to postpone their headlining European tour. The trek is now scheduled for 2022 with DragonForce and Warkings set to open.

Tour Dates:

11/11 Berlin, GER – Velodrom
11/12 Munich, GER – Zenith
11/13 Prague, CZE – Tipsort Arena
11/14 Katowice, POL – MCK
11/16 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
11/17 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
11/18 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
11/19 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
11/21 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
11/22 Madrid, SPA – Riviera
11/24 Milano, ITA – Alcatraz
11/25 Frankfurt, GER – Jarhrhunderthalle
11/26 Oberhausen, GER – Koning Pilsner Arena
11/27 Paris, FRA – Zenith
11/29 London, UK – Roundhouse (no DragonForce)
12/01 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS live
12/02 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
12/03 Saarbrucken, GER – Saarlandhalle
12/04 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto Arena

Powerwolf commented:

“Dear friends, we fought until the last breath and tried ALL possible options to see all of you again, but unfortunately we have to postpone our “Wolfsnächte” tour due to the ongoing pandemic and decisions far beyond our control! Words cannot describe the feeling of not being able to meet you all again, we truly miss to celebrate with you!

But let’s focus on better times: We are excited to announce two great special guests with Dragonforce and Warkings to join us next year! Together we will celebrate the holy metal mass wilder than ever! All tickets will remain valid for the dates in 2022! See you there and stay safe, your wolves!”

DragonForce Premiere “Troopers Of The Stars” Music Video

DragonForce have premiered a new “Starship Troopers”-inspired music video for their song “Troopers Of The Stars.” That track appears on the band’s latest album “Extreme Power Metal.” The group commented:

“The long-awaited ‘Troopers Of The Stars’ video is finally here. Be sure to watch it again and again to see if you can spot all the easter eggs in there!”