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DragonForce is a band that was formed in 1999, from the remnants of band Demoniac under the name of DragonHeart. However, the band soon changed its name to DragonForce before releasing any commercial albums due to possible commercial issues with Brazilian band DragonHeart. Their career began with publishing of songs on the first incarnation of MP3.com, claiming the top of the site’s heavy charts. The hit song Valley Of The Damned reached over 500,000 downloads in the first few months.

Despite this, two of the original members, Steve Williams and Steve Scott left the band to form power metal outfit Power Quest.

The band has enjoyed increasing popularity over the years, publishing four albums and touring extensively while supporting artists such as Helloween, W.A.S.P. and Iron Maiden. Their 2005 tour in support of the Sonic Firestorm album included support from Angra and Mendeed during their passage through the UK.

On October 28, 2005 bassist Adrian Lambert announced his departure from the band. (Lambert later revealed in an interview that he had left due to musical differences with Herman Li and Sam Totman). Less than a month after Lambert’s departure, on November 23th 2005, DragonForce was signed to Roadrunner Records which released their album Inhuman Rampage in 2006. Lambert was replaced in 2006 by Frédéric Leclercq, who was made an official member after a performance on tour.

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  • Meat_Wolf

    I can apply the potential 'bad bitrate' filter, I speak of the production regardless of it. It's obvious to me the drums are very poorly done.

    Yesterday 1:02pm Reply
  • Schander

    Perhaps they're not so StudioForce anymore.

    Yesterday 1:25am Reply
  • kalasjnikov

    If you listen to The Game you can hear the production is significantly better. The other songs are from some leaked source, the production will definately be better on the "real" album.

    Yesterday 7:21pm Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    After some spins I can say the melodies are overall good but that's the only thing that's good. The production is lame, the drums are absolutely horrendous. Is this really Jens Bogren? The drum patterns are just totally generic, nothing close to the proud galloping of Sonic Firestorm or Inhuman Rampage. Where are the leads? Everything is circling around vocal harmonies and this is an extremely bad pick because Marc is definitely inferior to ZP and I agree, 'sounds way too whiny/annoying'. Hitting the highs just for the sake of it is pointless if you have no power in your voice. Where are the arrangements? Everything is simplistic and very basical. And yea, no keyboard solos.

    Yesterday 6:08pm Reply
  • kalasjnikov

    listen closely to the solo starting @ 2.12 in Ring of fire. It's the same melody as the song Highwayman (The highwaymen). Funny :)

    28 Jul 8:50pm Reply
  • AxiomXIII

    the new album isnt that good so far. not so many catchy moments like in their prevous releases. best songs are The Game, Defenders, Sun is dead and Three hammers. hpefully the bonus tracks are somewhat good

    28 Jul 4:02pm Reply
  • kalasjnikov

    I think TPW will be the only good album from the Hudson era. His voice was ok for one album and it gave the band a fresh start since ZP couldn't sing properly anymore... sure Marc can hit the high notes, but he sounds way too whiny/annoying. Also it seems like Sam/herman completely have lost their ability to erite catchy guitarsolos. The leads/intros are forgettable at best. The choruses are just... well, GENERIC sums up the whole album. I'll give it a 5/10 for them trying some riffs, and for The Game, Defenders and Ring of fire being OK songs. Guess I'll have to enjoy the previous five albums until they get their stuff together again. Are there btw any keyboard solos at all? :/

    28 Jul 1:17pm Reply
  • BeIieve

    Too many boring moments for me to say its a good album overall

    28 Jul 1:01am Reply
  • Pil4ko_

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMsXrIK-uss Good Noite!

    27 Jul 2:50am Reply
  • tienxcore

    Symphony of the night and the sun is dead are probably their best Hudson era songs hell maybe even just their best songs period

    27 Jul 12:34am Reply
  • Elysium_

    It's a bit different from their previous albums, but that's why I like it. This is exactly what I wanted them to do. And Marc sounds so much better than ZP. Haven't been listening to them for many years but I had to check this out and it was worth it. The Sun is Dead might just be one of their best songs ever.

    27 Jul 12:08am Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    Not sure what to think of it so far, the drums productionis horrific regardless the quality and the slower songs in the middle are just mostly a waste. Still there are some good tracks and also there would be a lot of bonus tracks so let's wait until then.

    24 Jul 4:06pm Reply
  • ScaryTundra

    Prefer the old DragonForce but Maximum Overload is so amazing!

    24 Jul 2:36pm Reply
  • siavash1996

    Well, it leaked.

    24 Jul 7:37am Reply
  • MosherSam13

    LOOK MOM, I'M TROLLING THE DRAGONFORCE LAST.FM PAGE, EVEN THOUGH I LIKE THEM LOLOLOLOLOL

    23 Jul 10:55am Reply
  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at metal4.de. "Maximum Overload" gets 9 out of 10! http://www.metal4.de/review/dragonforce-maximum-overload/

    21 Jul 10:23am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    v Listen to Fallen World, it's hysterical

    20 Jul 6:44am Reply
  • Porpse

    DRAGON FORCE IS NOT SPEED METAL

    19 Jul 3:25pm Reply
  • MaidenTek

    Blah, now they start to be metalcore and bring a guy from Trivium to howl like a hungry beast. That's not Dragonforce anymore, I used to like this band a lot (their old stuff, looong time ago). The only good thing about it is that Herman and his solos are still there. Since the new singer came, now it's only Dragonfail.

    19 Jul 9:39am Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    dragonforce solos are one-of-a-kind, for good or for bad, so in that sense they're pretty unique

    17 Jul 7:51pm Reply
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