Dragonforce

To the uninitiated, Dragonforce’s vital statistics might come as a surprise, but to those acquainted with the band’s lightspeed power metal, their success is hard earned...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 12 May 2014
  • min read
To the uninitiated, Dragonforce’s vital statistics might come as a surprise, but to those acquainted with the band’s lightspeed power metal, their success is hard earned.

The six-piece have been together since 1999 and from humble beginnings in the British hard rock scene they have gone on to become a million-selling, globetrotting, Grammy nominated mega-band.

Their long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-based lyrics and retro video game-influenced sound has won them more than 1.7 million ‘likes’ on Facebook and a best-selling Dragonforce edition of Guitar Hero.

The band’s impressive rise began with an early foray into the world of free downloads – when the internet was still young and MySpace had not even launched.

Their first mp3 release instantly caught the metal zeitgeist, receiving millions of downloads and catapulting them into the stratosphere.

But the band’s DIY approach did not stop at online promotion; they have also steadfastly maintained ownership of their musical direction and production.

Having spent their early days on Sanctuary’s Noise Records label, they partnered with metal behemoth Roadrunner Records to distribute their last two albums.

Now, having established their own label – Electric Generation Recordings – the band are preparing to release their seventh studio album. Entitled Maximum Overload, it’s scheduled for release in the UK on 18 August.

A UK tour will follow shortly after. For more information please visit www.dragonforce.com/tours/

https://www.facebook.com/dragonforce