Power metal shredders Dragonforce are set to embark on their global trek “Maximum Overload Tour” on January 27 in Munich, Germany, and will spend most of the 2015’s first half on the road across the world.
The band is currently promoting their latest studio album “Maximum Overload”, released in August 2014 as the sixth effort in the band’s opus. Rich with classic DF guitar mastery and dizzying axe shredding, the record was met with nothing but kudos and positive remarks from metal aficionados.
Following the brief one-week Europe kick-off, the concert trek will take an eastern detour with a string of dates in Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia throughout February. Taking no brakes, the group will indeed take on a maximum overload by flying all the way to Brazil as early as three days after the final Aussie date.
Up next are Scandinavia, Russia, Mexico, Canada, and the good ole US of A. Additionally, several summer dates in Europe have already been scheduled, so stay tuned.
Dragonforce Cheap/Discounted Tickets 2015
Dragonforce Schedule 2015
#Apr 27, 8:00PM, Baltimore (MD), Baltimore Soundstage#
#Apr 28, 7:30PM, Philadelphia (PA), Trocadero#
#Apr 29, 8:00PM, New York (NY), Marlin Room at Webster Hall#
#May 01, 7:00PM, Worcester (MA), Worcester Palladium#
#May 02, 7:00PM, Montreal (Canada), Metropolis#
#May 03, 7:00PM, Toronto (Canada), Phoenix Concert Theatre#
#May 05, 7:00PM, Columbus (OH), Newport Music Hall#
#May 06, 7:30PM, Joliet (IL), Mojoe’s of Joliet#
#May 07, 8:30PM, Minneapolis (MN), Mill City Nights#
#May 09, 7:00PM, Winnipeg (Canada), Garrick Centre At The Marlborough#
#May 10, 7:00PM, Saskatoon (Canada), Louis’ Pub#
#May 11, 7:00PM, Calgary (Canada), MacEwan Hall#
#May 12, 7:00PM, Edmonton (Canada), Union Hall#
#May 14, 8:00PM, San Francisco (CA), The Regency Ballroom#
#May 15, 8:00PM, Anaheim (CA), The Grove of Anaheim#
#May 16, 8:00PM, Tempe (AZ), Marquee Theatre#
#May 18, 8:00PM, Denver (CO), Ogden Theatre#
#May 20, Time TBA, Austin (TX), Emo’s East#
#May 21, 8:00PM, New Orleans (LA), The Civic Theatre#
#May 22, 8:00PM, Birmingham (AL), Iron City#
#May 23, 7:30PM, Orlando (FL), House Of Blues#
The epic journey of UK’s favorite power metal tour de force called DragonForce began at the turn of millennia, in the year of 1999 in the capital of London. Formed by guitar duo Herman Li and Sam Totman under the name of DragonHeart, the act was quick to find its spot in the thriving metal scene with dizzyingly fast guitar solos and classic heavy metal punch.
The band’s lineup suffered many changes throughout the years, but the most notable musician of the remaining members is certainly original vocalist ZP Theart, who spent over a decade in the band, ultimately departing in 2010.
Apart from the distinctive guitar duo, the current lineup also consist of keyboardist Vadim Pruzhanov, who’s been in the band since 2001, bassist Frederic Leclercq (joined in 2004), drummer Gee Anzalone (joined in 2014), and vocalist Marc Hudson.
The group kicked it off somewhat humbly, yet quite strong for the local underground scene. Their debut album, 2003’s “Valley of the Damned,” established them as a crowd favorite and a metal brand of its own. Far from the mainstream success, the DF pack kept reeling in a passionate cult following, even reaching notable chart positions in Japan.
The band’s second studio album “Sonic Firestorm” spawned a 2004 hit single “Fury of the Storm,” but it wasn’t until 2006 and their third solo effort “Inhuman Rampage” that the success truly knocked on DragonForce’s door.
Featuring the group’s staple hit number “Through the Fire and Flames,” the band became instantly recognizable for stupendous virtuosity and over the top fantasy themes. Oddly enough, the mainstream success didn’t exactly come through the single alone; it was the immensely popular “Guitar Hero” game that opened the floodgates. The song was listed as one of the highest-difficulty level songs, a true synonym of ultimate shredding, earning the DF fold nothing but immense popularity.
Tours with such notable acts as Slipknot and Disturbed were quick to follow, as well as many festival appearances. But the Force train had no intention of slowing down, and quickly buckled down in the studio to work on their next effort.
“Ultra Beatdown” saw its release in August 2008, fetching positive reviews and even a Grammy nomination. It ultimately became the band’s highest-charting release to date, reaching spot No. 18 on the UK Albums Chart. Additionally, it was also the final effort with Theart on vocals. In March 2010, many fans were saddened to hear that due to “insurmountable differences of musical opinion,” the singer decided to quit the band for good.
A live album called “Twilight Dementia” was presented the same year, but it took the band a little while to recuperate and find the new vocalist. Theart’s replacement came in the form of Marc Hudson, who officially joined DragonForce in 2011.
Switching back to full speed ahead, the group released “The Power Within” in 2012 and “Maximum Overload” in 2014, delivering more of the signature vibe and groove the fans have been yearning for.
Thanks to their extreme attitude, DragonForce have forged a style that is bound to grab attention. Whether its branded “Nintendo metal” or “Bon Jovi on speed,” those fast-paced, arpeggio-fuelled, bleeping, high-pitched tones are a thing to recognize from miles away, and that is by all accounts no mean feat. It’s a dangerous world out there, but “through the fire and flames, we carry on.”