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!”

Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Nine Inch Nails, Etc. Set For 2022 Hellfest Open Air Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 Hellfest Open Air Festival. That event will take place in Clisson, France on June 17-19 and June 23-26.

Here’s the artists set to perform:

June 17:

Mainstage 01:

Deftones
Dropkick Murphys
The Offspring
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
The Distillers
The Inspector Cluzo
The Wildhearts
Frog Leap

Mainstage 02:

Volbeat
Five Finger Death Punch
Opeth
Mastodon
Shinedown
Leprous
SOEN
Ego Kill Talent
Laura Cox

Warzone:

Suicidal Tendencies
Powerflo
Youth Of Today
Cro-Mags
Dog Eat Dog
Rudeboy (plays Urban Dance Squad)
Slapshot
Higher Power
In Other Climes

Valley:

Electric Wizard
Baroness
High On Fire
Witchcraft
Black Mountain
Elder
ASG
Greenleaf
Abrahma

Altar:

Obituary
Death To All
At The Gates
Grave
Gatecreeper
Cadaver
Enforced
Necrowretch
Tremplin Voice Of Hell

Temple:

Mayhem
Abbath
Rotting Christ
Primordial
The Great Old Ones
Seth
Mephorash
Numen
Tremplin Voice Of Hell

June 18:

Mainstage 01:

Faith No More
Megadeth
Rival Sons
Heaven Shall Burn
Knocked Loose
Crystal Lake
Fire From The Gods

Mainstage 02:

Deep Purple
Airbourne
Steel Panther
Alestorm
The Darkness
L7
The Dead Daises
Galactic Empire
Joyous Wolf

Warzone:

Social Distortion
Anti-Flag
Agnostic Front
Reverend Horton Heat
The Toy Dolls
Frustration
Guerilla Poubelle
Lion’s Law
Grade 2

Valley:

Envy
Mono And The Jo Quail Quartet
OM
Pelican
3TEETH
The Picturebooks
Me And That Man
Duel
Point Mort

Altar:

Sepultura
Sacred Reich
Flotsam And Jetsam
Exciter
Loudblast
Xentrix
Rectal Smegma
Brutal Sphincter
Karras

Temple:

Vreid (“1184” show)
Skald
Ensiferum
Taake
Kampfar
Einherjer
Helheim
Aktarum
Artus

June 19:

Mainstage 01:

Avenged Sevenfold
Korn
Maximum The Hormone
Code Orange
Jinjer
Lacuna Coil
Kontrust
Deadly Apples

Mainstage 02:

Judas Priest
Running Wild
Down
Michael Schenker
Doro
Battle Beast
Sortilege
Tempt

Warzone:

Walls Of Jericho
While She Sleeps
Deez Nuts
Counterparts
Jesus Piece
Moscow Death Brigade
Landmvrks
Glassbone

Valley:

Killing Joke
Perturbator
Life Of Agony
Red Fang
Twin Temple
Inter Arma
Lysistrata
Vile Creature
Ecstatic Vision

Altar:

Devin Townsend (by request set)
Coroner
Dying Fetus
Misery Index
Monuments
Ingested
Dyscarnate
Exocrine

Temple:

Watain
Alcest
Belzebubs
Borknagar
Gaahls Wyrd
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber
Numenorean
Penitence Onrique
Deliverance

June 23:

Mainstage 01:

Scorpions
Whitesnake
UFO
Thunder
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons

Mainstage 02:

Wardruna
Helloween
Danko Jones
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

Warzone:

Rise Against
Turnstile
Of Mice & Men
Dragged Under
Worst Doubt

Valley:

Hangman’s Chair
Lowrider
IV And The Strange Band
Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel

Altar:

Therion
Septicflesh
Insomnium
Tribulation
Crown

Temple:

Heilung
Zeal & Ardor

June 24:

Mainstage 01:

Nine Inch Nails
Ministry
Skinny Puppy
Killing Joke
HEALTH
Youth Code

Mainstage 02:

Alice Cooper
Megadeth
Kreator
DragonForce
Blues Pills
Crisix
Disconnected

Warzone:

Bad Religion
Goldfinger
Millencolin
Opium du Peuple
Pogo Car Crash Control
Justin(e)
Dirty Fonzy
The Baboon Show
Sons Of Flaherty

Valley:

Atari Teenage Riot
New Model Army
Earth
Godflesh
AA. Williams
Human Impact
Stöner
Okkultokrati
As A New Revolt

Altar:

Decapitated
Deeds Of Flesh
Legions Of The Damned
Gama Bomb
Benighted
Dropdead
Teethgrinder
Yarotz

Temple:

Enslaved
Marduk
Moonspell
Ihsahn
Hjelvik
Dirty Shirt & The Transylvanian Folkcore Orchestra
Gaerea
Neige Morte

June 25:

Mainstage 01:

Guns N’ Roses
Airbourne
Myles Kennedy
Gary Clark Jr
Ayron Jones
Michael Monroe
Dirty Honey

Mainstage 02:

Nightwish
Epica
Blind Guardian
Eluveitie
Symphony X
Gloryhammer
Diamante
Existance

Warzone:

The Exploited
Discharge
Touché Amoré
The Rumjacks
Xibalba
Stereotypical Working Class
Martyrdöd
Hawser

Valley:

Converge: Bloodmoon
Kadavar
Villagers Of Ioannina City
Hällas
My Own Private Alaska
Molasses
Slift
Untitled With Drums

Altar:

Katatonia
My Dying Bride
Draconian
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Sorcerer
Betraying The Martyrs
Humanity’s Last Breath
Nero di Marte
Dropdead Chaos

Temple:

In Extremo
Moonsorrow
Myrkur
Folkesange
Igorrr
Arcturus
Conjurer
Fejd
Autarkh
Les Chants De Nihil

June 26:

Mainstage 01:

Metallica
Black Label Society
Avatar
Ugly Kid Joe
Alien Weaponry
Bokassa
Spiritbox

Mainstage 02:

Sabaton
Bring Me The Horizon
Tagada Jones
Ill Niño
Novelists

Warzone:

Hatebreed
Suicide Silence
Madball
Lionheart
Terror
Crowbar
Judiciary
Year Of The Knife
Clowns

Valley:

Monster Magnet
The Obsessed
Eyehategod
Thou
Ufommamut
Regarde Les Hommes Tomber vs. Hangman’s Chair
Year Of No Light
The Atomic Bitchwax
20 Seconds Falling Man

Altar:

Carcass
Napalm Death
Destruction
Vltimas
Blood Incantation
Demilich
Carnation
High Command

Temple:

Mercyful Fate
Triptykon
MGLA
Archgoat
Cult Of Fire
Midnight
Svart Crown
Nytt Land
Sordide

Hellfest organizers commented:

“Hellbangers,

What can we say except that we are proud (and excited) to finally unveil the long-awaited line up of our anniversary edition! Keeping such a line up as a secret for several weeks has been no easy task, especially in the last few days…

It’s been more than 16 months since our work rhythm was turned upside down by the arrival of this virus, since the live music industry was extinguished. Despite this, our confidence has never been affected and we have kept working with a positive mindset.

The frustration of two years without a festival has led us to dream even bigger about our reunion! In 2022, we are offering a new and unique format spread over 10 days! Never done before, this formula will, without a doubt, remain in the history of so-called “extreme” music! Twice as historic, because this formula is meant to exist only in 2022 and will not happen again in the years to come.

After a first weekend from 17 to 19th June 2022, we double the fun with an additional weekend from 23rd to 26th June! A real marathon that will see no less than 350 artists on 6 stages!

As usual, the festival does not deviate from its principles: you will see artists capable of performing in stadiums, with artists who are usually playing in smaller venues, and for some even in pub caves. Punk, Heavy, Black, Hardcore, Death, Stoner, Pagan, Power, we have done our best to put together what we believe to be the “edition of the century”.

No need to list the program in detail as you are not, and for the second year, headbanging at the festival right now. You can find out all this by yourself, at home or with your friends, enjoying our virtual edition “Hellfest From Home“! (More information over here : fromhome.hellfest.fr)

This exceptional edition is also an opportunity for us to thank the pass holders who have been waiting for more than 2 years. Your loyalty and trust have kept us going and we do not have enough words to thank you. It seemed fair to us that you should access the ticket sale 24 hours before the public sale in order for you to obtain your ticket for sure.

We are aware that some of you, for professional, family or simply financial reasons, will not be able to attend this XXL edition. By going through (and only through!) our partner TICKETSWAP (please stop Viagogo and others…), you will be able to resell your pass for the weekend you are the least interested in, and thus make one more happy fan!

For all the others who will have the chance to live these 10 days of anthology with us, we promise that you will remember our reunion! As a bonus, we might even make you a nice “FINISHER” t-shirt so that this moment will remain engraved forever in your memories. Once in a lifetime celebration!

Last but not least, we could not finish without thanking all those who have supported us during these last months. Volunteers, intermittents, sponsors, service providers, media partners, people from Clisson, we are all eager to see you again and to live with you this future adventure, which promises to be historic!

Stay Strong. Stay Safe.

Hellfest Crew

Tickets info :

– Hellfest part 1 from June 17 to 19, 2022 /// 3-DAYS PASS : SOLD OUT (go to http://www.ticketswap.fr for a second-hand ticket)
– Hellfest part 1 from June 17 to 19, 2022 /// 1-DAY PASS : SOLD OUT (go to http://www.ticketswap.fr for a second-hand ticket)
– Hellfest part 2 from June 23 to 26, 2022 /// 4-DAYS PASS (289€ +fees) : PRESALE FOR 2020 PASS HOLDERS* – July 6 at 1:00 PM only on http://www.hellfest.fr
OFFICIAL TICKET SALE – July 7 at 1:00 PM only on http://www.hellfest.fr
– Hellfest part 2 from June 23 to 26, 2022 /// 1-DAY PASS (89€-105€ + fees) : OFFICIAL TICKET SALE – July 8 at 1:00 PM only on http://www.hellfest.fr

* A special presale will be organised on July 6 at 1:00 PM for 3-days pass holders of the postponed edition, pass only purchased via the official sale in October 2019.
Any ticket that has been re-sold via the official Ticketswap resale, or for which a refund has been claimed (in 2020 or 2021) will not be affected by this presale.”

Linkin Park, DragonForce, Chthonic, Etc. Members Speak Out On Anti-Asian Violence And Experiences With Racism

As part of a new piece for Heavy Consequence, members of Linkin Park, DragonForce, Chthonic, Sinergy, and more recently discussed anti-Asian violence and their experiences with racism. You can find the full article HERE and read some excerpts below.

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park):

“In general, just not having any Asian role models in music meant I didn’t have anyone to look up to in that way. But more specifically, our A&R once asked us to stop using a certain logo because it ‘looked like a sticker for an Asian car club.’”

Herman Li (Dragonforce):

“I remember doing a show with Atreyu, on an off day during Ozzfest, and someone threatened me and wanted to beat me up after the show was over. There was no real reason, it was just outside in the carpark.

“There aren’t that many Asian guitar players, Chinese [guitar players], it’s even less. Another experience, before Dragonforce got big, I used to get phone calls at my house almost every single day, sometimes at 4:00 a.m., sometimes at 7:00 p.m., of someone making a funny accent and insulting me and just prank calling me and it went on for months. I had to get the police involved, they couldn’t trace the number.

“All of these things that happened, but I was able to channel that energy to make a stronger self and to make Dragonforce more successful. I think the metal scene is in denial of racism in it. I have so many crazy stories but we don’t really talk about it and when I do interviews I’m not ever asked about it because they think it doesn’t exist.”

Freddie Lim (Chthonic):

“In 2013, when we toured the U.S., there were allegedly Chinese students who sent threatening letters to our booking agent and tour manager saying they will kill us when we’re onstage — that was a bad experience. But we decided to go on with the show and not give a shit about them. It could have been Chinese students studying in the U.S. or hired hands by the Chinese government – we’re not sure if it’s really Chinese students or not [who wrote the letters].”

Kimberly Goss (Sinergy):

“Recently I had someone tell me to, ‘Go back to North Korea you f**king gook’ in a direct message on Instagram. I remember one time on tour with another band I played in, some guys were harassing me outside the venue, mocking some Asian accent and laughing at me. Then they saw me onstage and asked for my autograph after the concert. I looked at them and did the same mock-Asian accent and said, ‘I no understand you.’ In person, it was rare, but online I definitely used to read comments from people referring to me with Asian slurs. They usually got shut down pretty fast by other fans, though, so that restored my faith in humanity.”

[via MetalSucks]