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Herman Li (fl. 2000s) Born in Hong Kong, a guitarist in the power metal band DragonForce.

After having played in a number of underground metal/rock bands in London, Herman Li decided to form a band instead of joining one. Li has finally found the right musicians together to take the music he loves to another level in the form of a Power Metal band, DragonForce (previously known as Dragonheart). As well as touring with DragonForce, Li has also given guitar clinics on his own approach to the instrument.

Herman Li is a self-taught guitarist. His work is technical and is often very fast. Li plays with Ibanez guitars. He’s left-handed, but he couldn’t afford a left-handed guitar, so he plays a right-handed guitar. He also draws influences from “video game” music and mimics sounds from popular retro games in his songs.

Their 2004 album Sonic Firestorm earned Li the “Dimebag Darrell Award For Best Young Shredder” at the 2004 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, which he accepted dragging the other members Sam Totman, Vadim Pruzhanov, ZP Theart and Dave Mackintosh onto the stage alongside.

Li is known for his signature guitar solos, wherein he switches hands, using his right for fretting and his left for “shredding”. He also uses a Digitech Whammy Pedal and Wah Pedal To create some of his signature guitar sounds.

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  • Pheneks


    10 Jul 2012 Reply
  • scapino


    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    He is objectively the greatest musician to ever live.

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • triplagchillout

    saw him playing live yesterday..he threw his plectrum at me...ahahah...truly an amazing experience..great artist..great performer

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • el_bentse

    herman the german

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • R-Chizzle14

    I don't get it - when people overrate somebody - the proper response is not "he sucks". That's just anger and childish stupidity. Ignorant elitism rearing its ugly head - people who believe that if they think a guitarist that people like, sucks, then they must have the most amazing taste on the planet! Unfortunately, what it ends up being is another tool who follows trends of metal heads and ends up liking guitarists for the wrong reasons - justifying their hatred for a mainstreamed and over-loved guitarist as evidence that they must have spectacular ears to be able determine that a popular guitarist is tricking tons of people into liking them. That's definitely it.

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Rektologen

    "He is the third best/fastest player in the world. so get ur facts right before posting dumbass comments" And you talk about getting right facts

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • runfromhellfire

    even 3x of petrucci's speed

    7 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Mujuma

    "Fastest Shredder", "Fastest Guitar Player", Kids, Sound Enhancement Pedals are NOT Technical nor are they BRUTAL or fast. He should play with chopsticks, loser. Any Kid who follows after this guy should be embarassed. Billy Ray Cyrus has more structure and techniquality than this pile of rice.

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
  • FreezingFears

    Most technical guitar virtuoso ever.

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • heavy25

    He fucking sucks [3].

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Metalhead59

    Awesome shredder...

    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • scapino

    lol disco

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • super_ruben09

    No he isn't. I like him, but I can easily name 10 guitarists better then Mustaine (and Ri).

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • super_ruben09

    "He is the third best/fastest player in the world." - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHA

    21 Sep 2009 Reply
  • ValseOfDeath

    He fucking sucks [2].

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ichbinimba

    Hurensohn = wurzelsepp69

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • wurzelsepp69

    he fucking sucks......

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • XRiSTO-

    Luca Turilli slays Herman Li. Do not make stupid, retarded replies to this because it's the truth

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Deathhead120

    Herman Li is a fucking legend none of u know wot ur talkin bout cos i actually know Herman Li so stop trying to be smart. He is the third best/fastest player in the world. so get ur facts right before posting dumbass comments

    17 Apr 2009 Reply
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