Herman Li Says DragonForce Are “Almost Finished” Writing Their New Album

It looks like DragonForce are almost done with the writing process for their new album. Herman Li confirmed the news during an appearance on Nuclear Blast’s “Saturday Night Lockdown.”

Li said the following:

“We played our first show [in support of our eighth full-length LP, ‘Extreme Power Metal’] on the album release date [last September], which was on TwitchCon, which is a Twitch convention. And we got that streamed to, like, 1.7 million people. Everything started out great — it was awesome. We had a sold-out tour happening. Everything was going well. We were gonna film a music video for every single DRAGONFORCE song on the album, and we got halfway through it, and COVID-19 happened. So the tour stopped. And some videos, we can’t complete them. We filmed all of it, but we need some more footage. So we’ve got videos on hold now. And instead, we’re writing a new album. Why not? Just like everybody — you just write a new album when you’re sitting at home. And strangely enough, it’s almost finished. [Laughs]”

He also added:

“The way DRAGONFORCE work is the only time you can write is when you’re not touring. So if we don’t write something now and work on something now, we can never finish it, because the touring starts next March at the moment. I looked at my dates and [went], ‘When is this gonna stop?’ And I kind of thought, ‘Well, is it really gonna start next March?’ Depending on the country. So, it’s, like, we’ve gotta get this album recorded — most of it — before the touring starts. You basically have to finish it before the touring starts — that’s my view. That’s only possible, obviously, if you can record yourself, and we always record most of the album ourselves.”

[via Blabbermouth]

DragonForce Announce Rescheduled U.S. Dates

DragonForce have officially announced the rescheduled dates for their U.S. tour. The trek is now scheduled to take place in March 2021. Here’s the dates:

03/12 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
03/13 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/19 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/20 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
03/21 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
03/23 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/24 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/26 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

DragonForce Working On New Music

Since virtually everyone is stuck at home right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, DragonForce are using their time to work on new music. Herman Li confirmed the news during a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar.

Li said the following:

“We were originally not planning to work on any new songs. I was supposed to still be on tour right now. But we actually started writing new songs already. You have to take that time away to write new songs. Now that we’ve been sort of forced away, we’ve started to write new songs together. So we’re already working on songs for a new album which isn’t going to be out for ages.”

He also added that he doesn’t mind the current downtime:

“I’ll be honest with you, the virus has not been a good thing, but I’m happy this has happened in a really strange way. Don’t take it the wrong way, but it’s like, given me a moment of breathing space to be at home.

I have so many things to do and I couldn’t do it — I had no time to do it between touring. Now the world seems to have slowed down for a moment and it has given me time to catch up on stuff.

I don’t know if people can relate to it but I am living in Los Angeles right now, as opposed to living in Europe. Everything is a bit slower in Europe, you have more time to relax and vacation and it feels like you have more downtime to yourself. Being in the U.S., you don’t really get that. It’s kind of slowed down altogether and people are coming together. It reminds me of living back in Europe.”

DragonForce Postpone Remaining U.S. Dates

DragonForce have postponed the remaining shows on their U.S. tour with Unleash The Archers and Visions Of Atlantis due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rescheduled dates are expected to be announced soon.

DragonForce Drummer Gee Anzalone To Miss U.S. Tour Due To Health Issues

DragonForce drummer Gee Anzalone will be missing the band’s U.S. tour after being hospitalized for Myocarditis. Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra, etc.) will be filling in.

The band commented:

“Everyone please send Gee a get well message!

DragonForce are sad to announce that drummer Gee Anzalone will not be performing on the upcoming US tour. Gee has been hospitalised for Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. Virtuoso drummer Aquiles Priester (Angra, Tony MacAlpine) will perform on the upcoming Dragonforce US Tour while Gee recovers.”

Guitarist Herman Li added:

“We will miss our brother Gee on the upcoming US tour, but health is most important. We wish Gee a speedy recovery and we know he will be back on tour with us soon. We want to thank our friend Aquiles for stepping up and helping us out on short notice.”

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

DragonForce:

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.