DragonForce Recruit Bassist Alicia Vigil (Vigil Of War) For Upcoming Touring

DragonForce have recruited Alicia Vigil (Vigil Of War) to play bass and sing backing vocals on their upcoming tours. She is taking over for Frédéric Leclercq (Kreator), who left the band last year.

Vigil commented:

“So beyond stoked that DragonForce chose me to be a part of this! I can’t wait to travel the world and play these new cities with them and be a part of their legacy!”

DragonForce guitarist Herman Li added:

“Alicia was recommended to me by a number of musician friends in L.A. She impressed me with her playing, her professionalism, and her ability to learn the DragonForce songs really quickly! I’m excited to have her playing on this tour and I think the fans will really like what she brings to the show.”

Here’s DragonForce’s current dates:

With Frozen Crown & Athanasia:

02/03 Antwerpen, BEL – Zappa
02/04 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
02/05 Tilburg, NET – 013
02/06 Cologne, GER – Essigfabrik
02/07 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage
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

With Unleash The Archers & Visions Of Atlantis:

03/05 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
03/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
03/08 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
03/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
03/11 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/13 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line (no Visions Of Atlantis)
03/14 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag (no Visions Of Atlantis)
03/15 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/17 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
03/18 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/19 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
03/20 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/21 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

With Hammerfall:

03/24 Odense, DEN – Posten
03/25 Aarhus, DEN – Train
03/26 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
03/27 Partille, SWE – Partille Arena
03/28 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet


05/16 Manila, PHL – Pulp Summer Slam
06/26-27 Dischingen, GER – Rock am Hartsfeldsee
07/02-04 Barcelona, SPA – Rock Fest
07/16-18 Balingen, GER – Bang Your Head

DragonForce Announce U.S. Tour With Unleash The Archers & Visions Of Atlantis

DragonForce have announced a U.S. headlining tour. Unleash The Archers and Visions Of Atlantis will open.

Tour Dates:

03/05 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
03/06 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
03/08 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
03/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
03/11 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
03/13 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line (no Visions Of Atlantis)
03/14 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag (no Visions Of Atlantis)
03/15 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/17 Cleveland, OH – The Agora
03/18 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/19 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
03/20 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/21 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

YouTuber Stevie T Backed Out Of Touring With DragonForce Due To Crippling Anxiety

YouTuber Steve “Stevie T” Terreberry was previously recruited to play triangle and bass on DragonForce‘s fall tour, but he ended up backing out of the trek. Now, he has shared a new video in which he revealed that crippling anxiety kept him from heading out on the run.

Terreberry said the following:

“As some of you may know, over the past few months, I’ve kind of built a relationship with DragonForce, a little-known band. I was even their triangle player – it was on Wikipedia, so it’s real.

So just a little backstory what happened was: Herman Li was doing a live stream on Twitch and someone asked, ‘When is Stevie T joining DragonForce?’ And Herman Li jokingly said, ‘Okay, Stevie T can join DragonForce, if he plays the triangle.’ And of course, I took that as an opportunity to do a video.

Well, it turns out DragonForce loved the video and they loved my content and they liked my guitar playing, so they asked me if I would join them in their US tour as their bass player because Fred was leaving the band. So I 100% agreed to it, I was actually pretty excited to do it… at first.”

He continued:

“I wish I could sit here and tell you that I canceled the tour because I’m too busy with YouTube, which is true, but it’s not the whole truth. I even learned half the songs on bass.

But then, as we got closer and closer to the actual tour dates, all I can say is I started having what I can only describe as almost mental breakdowns, where it would get to the point where all I could think about was this tour and it was consuming my mind and my anxieties were just, like, going crazy.

I couldn’t even work on my videos anymore because I was just thinking about the tour constantly, and I knew that I was gonna have some kind of mental breakdown sometime before or during the tour and I didn’t want that to happen, so I had to call off the tour.

It’s not one of my proudest moments, allowing myself to succumb to my anxieties – again – and of course I felt like a huge asshole to DragonForce after completely agreeing to do this, like, ‘Oh, yeah! DragonForce! I would love to tour with you!’ and then weeks later being, like, ‘Oh, sorry, oh, by the way, guys, I have crippling anxiety, so I’m not gonna be able to do it.’

This was 100% my decision. DragonForce wanted me to be there so bad, and I apologized so much for anyone who bought a ticket to come out to see DragonForce with me. I can’t say sorry enough.

But that’s why I want to be honest with you guys because I know a lot of you guys have dealt with anxiety and depression as well. And a lot of you even say that my videos helped you overcome that, which just blows my mind, but just know that you watching me is helping me cope with my anxiety as well, so we’re one in the same, man, we’re in the same boat.

And if I can help one person by admitting that then that means everything to me. Because I think people watch my videos and see this guy who is just full of confidence and just ready to take on the world…

Honestly, when I’m in front of a camera is the only time when I feel like that, so that’s why playing a live show in front of all these people, being in a tour bus after I’ve never toured – I’ve never even toured before – my first tour ever is with a famous band on a headlining tour…

That freaked me the hell out. As for DragonForce, what did they do after I bailed on them? They gave me a cameo in their new music video [‘Razorblade Meltdown‘].”

He also added:

“And I’ll admit, I watched DragonForce performing live on TwitchCon, wondering to myself what could have been because that could have been me on stage with them. Like, who knows what opportunity could have arisen by playing with DragonForce?

I mean, at the end of the day, I’d rather be a YouTuber anyways, but still, this would have been quite the thing to put on a resume, like, playing with DragonForce. I half-expected DragonForce to hate me after bailing the on them like that; they rightfully could have been, but instead, they were, like, ‘Hey Stevie, we understand. We’ve dealt with our own anxieties before as well.’

In fact, Herman Li even talked to me on the phone for over an hour, talking about his anxieties in the past as well. Anyone who looks up to Herman Li as a guitar god and just hopes that he’s the amazing person that he appears to be, I’m here to let you guys know that he is.

He’s the most genuine dude you will ever know. I still picked up my deluxe package of their new album so, I mean, I’m still supporting the band, of course, and we’re all on great terms but DragonForce, you gotta come to the East Coast, man. We want you here, man.

So that’s why I’m not sugarcoating this whole DragonForce thing. This is what happened; hopefully someday I can overcome this. Well, ain’t I a ray of sunshine today. [Laughs]”

[via Ultimate Guitar]

DragonForce Share “Extreme Power Metal” Album Sampler

DragonForce have shared a sampler featuring previews of all the tracks on their new album “Extreme Power Metal,” including their cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” You can check that out below. “Extreme Power Metal” will be released on September 27.

DragonForce Premiere Animated Video For “Razorblade Meltdown”

DragonForce have premiered an animated video for their new song “Razorblade Meltdown.” This track is from the band’s new album “Extreme Power Metal,” which will be released September 27.

DragonForce To Perform At “TwitchCon 2019”

DragonForce have announced that they will be performing at “TwitchCon 2019” in San Diego, CA on September 27. The show will take place during the opening ceremony at the Glitch Theatre and it will be streamed live on Twitch. Furthermore, the band will also be taking part in a meet and greet session at the J!NX booth. Signed copies of their new album “Extreme Power Metal” (out September 27) will be available at the booth as well. Herman Li commented:

“I’m extremely excited to be part of the Twitch opening ceremony and to throw the biggest metal album launch party of the year. Everyone’s invited! If you can’t make it in person, make sure you join the livestream.”

Ex-DragonForce Bassist Frédéric Leclercq Joins Kreator

Kreator have recruited Frédéric Leclercq (ex-DragonForce) as their new bassist. He will be replacing Christian “Speesy” Giesler in the group.

Leclercq commented:

“Joining Kreator is an honour as well as a huge step up in my musical journey. I’ve been friends with Mille for over 15 years and a lifelong Kreator fan; I have to pinch myself every day to believe that I’m now a part of one of the best and most influential bands in the genre. I look forward to the many adventures ahead and getting well acquainted with the legendary Kreator Hordes!”

Mille Petrozza added:

“Firstly, we would like to say thank you to Speesy for his time in Kreator over the last 25 years – we have accomplished so much, and I sincerely wish him the best in his future! A new chapter for Kreator beckons; Bienvenue Frederic Leclercq! Fred represents a new focus and hunger within Kreator and we’re extremely excited to have him a part of the Kreator family – not only is he an exceptional musician but a great human being which made the decision to have him join the band very easy! We begin in Chile and continue on to some explosive years ahead!”