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DRAGONFORCE Announce North American Spring Tour; HOLY GRAIL, HUNTRESS To Support

March 8th, 2012
Dragonforce 2011


European power metallers DRAGONFORCE will release their new album The Power Within in the UK on April 15th via the band’s own Electric Generation Recordings, distributed by Essential Music. A North American release is set for April 17th by Roadrunner Records.

The band have announced plans to return to North America for a spring tour. This outing marks the band’s first full trek with brand new singer Marc Hudson, who also makes his recorded debut on The Power Within.

Hudson premiered his voice at a series of intimate North American gigs last fall. The performances were met with much praise and approval from the band’s diehard fan base. Now the vocalist will be able to showcase his pipes to other parts of the country and beyond, where a similar reaction is expected for this talented up ‘n comer with undeniable chops.

The tour kicks off April 21st at the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and makes several stops on the East Coast before winding through Canada and into the Midwest before wrapping out west on May 11th in Anaheim, CA. L.A.-based metal warriors HOLY GRAIL, and HUNTRESS, a five-piece metal band lead by vocalist Jill Janus, who delivers an unparalleled four-octave range thanks to her opera background, will provide support on this run.

Tour dates:

21 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
22 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
23 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
25 – Montreal, QC – Le National
26 – London, ON – London Music Hall
27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
28 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
29 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre

1 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
2 – Calgary, AB – Republik
4 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
5 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
6 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
8 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
11 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

Dragonforce recently announced a series of in-store signings with HMV, commencing in London on the release date of Sunday, April 15th together with a special, one-off album launch show in Birmingham.

The full in-store signing itinerary is:

15 at 12:00pm – HMV London
16 at 5:00pm – HMV Glasgow
17 at 5:00pm – HMV Manchester
18 at 5:00pm – HMV Birmingham
19 at 5:00pm – HMV Bristol
The Power Within full tracklisting is as follows:

‘Holding On’
‘Fallen World’
‘Cry Thunder’
‘Give Me the Night’
‘Wings of Liberty’
‘Heart of the Storm’
‘Die By the Sword’
‘Last Man Stands’
‘Seasons’ (Acoustic Version)

Roadrunner has made available the track ‘Fallen World’ for free download at this location.

There will also be a digital and vinyl version featuring bonus tracks ‘Cry Thunder (Live Rehearsal)’, ‘Heart of the Storm (Alternative Chorus Version)’ and ‘Avant La Tempête (Instrumental)’, plus an exclusive box set featuring:

CD Version
Access Code for Bonus Material plus
DragonForce Flag,
DF Flashlight/Bottle Opener,
Set of 6 DF Beer Mats featuring band cartoons by Frederic Leclercq.

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February 10th, 2012

WORCESTER, Mass. – Metal phenoms DragonForce will kick off their North American tour at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 21.


The London-based group will release their fifth studio album “The Power Within” – band’s first release with new singer Marc Hudson – on April 17, just days before the show.


“We are really excited to be playing the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival again, especially as it’s the North American launch show for the new album,” said guitarist Sam Totman. “Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to see new singer Marc Hudson in action will witness what a great singer he is! It’s been a long time since we last played the festival and are looking forward to seeing old friends again and giving everyone a great show.”


DragonForce has gained a cult-like status in the metal community, growing from relative unknowns in the United States to an impossible-to-ignore.


The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.


The complete lineup for Friday includes The Black Dahlia Murder, The Acacia Strain, Oceano (final show), All Shall Perish, Nile, Skeletonwitch, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Molotov Solution, The Contortionist, Conducting From The Grave, Fit For An Autopsy, Hour of Penance, Legion, Lionheart, First Blood, Gaza, Reign Supreme, Incendiary, Palehorse, Longshot, Rude Awakening, XFocus MindsX, and CDC.
Saturday’s lineup is All That Remains, DragonForce, Overkill, Iwrestledabearonce, Protest the Hero, Periphery, Structures, Elitist, Suidakra, Hung, Diamond Plate, Trumpet The Harlot, Bane, Shipwreck, Cruel Hand, The Mongoloids, God Forbid, Naysayer, Rotting Out, Cockpunch, The Greenery, Expire, Wrong Answer, Revenge, and Manners.
Sunday will close out the weekend with Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, Vanna, For Today, Chelsea Grin, Attila, MyChildren MyBride, Texas In July, Volumes, Like Moths To Flames, The Air I Breathe, Glass Cloud, Sleeping Giant, Stick To Your Guns, On Broken Wings, For The Fallen Dreams, In The Midst Of Lions, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights, Counterparts, Gideon, Fire In The Skies, Recon, and To Speak Of Wolves.


The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.
Tickets are on sale now.  Ticket prices are: $40 (Friday), $45 (Saturday), and $40 (Sunday) or $115 (three-day pass). Two special VIP fan packages are also being offered through Sound Rink (


Sponsors this year include All In Merch, Monster, Tama, Ibanez, Zildjian, Metal Blade Records, Break Thru Music, Shook Clothing, Planet Wave, d’addario, Pro Mark, Evans., In Tune guitar picks, R&D Express, SSV Silver Surfer Vaporizers, and Hails & Horns.


Performers are subject to change.

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DragonForce Cancel Oct.18th Los Angeles Show

October 18th, 2011
Dragonforce 2011

Dragonforce 2011

Due to circumstances beyond their control, DragonForce have been forced to cancel their sold-out show at Los Angeles’ Troubadour on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The show would have been the live debut of brand new singer Marc Hudson. However, upon his arrival in LA on Saturday evening, he fell ill, contracting a virus which is preventing him from performing. Hudson made the valiant effort to try and salvage the show, consulting with a  doctor last night for the final time. He was told that there was no way he could possibly perform in his condition.

The band is incredibly frustrated to come all this way, only to be tripped at the last minute. DragonForce extends its apologies to all the LA fans they were looking forward to playing for but the situation is completely and entirely out of their control.

The band’s Toronto and New York City performances slated for later this week should go on as planned.

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DRAGONFORCE Reveal New Singer

March 2nd, 2011
Dragonforce 2011

Dragonforce 2011

UK based metal heroes DRAGONFORCE have announced that their long search for a new vocalist is finally over. After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, the shredmasters supreme welcome 23-year-old Marc Hudson to the band to fill the boots left by ZP Theart, who parted ways with the band in March of last year.

“I’m really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family,” said Hudson. “It’s always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I’m going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!”

Born in Oxford England, Hudson was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Hudson has been building his vocal skills, gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.

Said founding member and guitarist Herman Li: “After almost a year of searching around the globe, it’s great to be able to finally tell our fans the good news. Marc’s expressive and melodic vocals are sounding phenomenal on the new songs, adding another dimension to the DragonForce sound that I am sure all the fans will love.”

The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France. The follow up to 2008’s hugely successful Ultra Beatdown album will be highly anticipated, with top 10 and top 20 chart positions all over the world and a Grammy Nomination in the United States setting the precedent. With Hudson brought into the fold, the band is enjoying an injection of enthusiasm and hunger that sees DRAGONFORCE prepared to return more focused and determined than ever before.

“Everyone in the band is extremely excited about how the new material is shaping up.” Continued Li. “We haven’t felt this kind of energy in the band for a long time. We can’t wait to unleash the next DragonForce album later this year.”

The new album is expected to hit the shelves in September, with a full world tour to follow.


You can check out Hudson’s audition video below. The band is currently recording the follow up to 2008’s Ultra Beatdown.

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MetalCamp 2009 – Tolmin, Slovenia, 02/07/2009 – 08/07/2009

September 17th, 2009

Metal Camp 2009

Tolmin, Slovenia

2 July – 8 July 2009

All live pics by HannTu and Arto Lehtinen

Other pics by HannTu, Arto Lehtinen and Trease

Reviews by HannTu, Trease, Arto Lehtinen and Terry Douglas


For the first time ever, Metal-Rules brings you coverage of the one and only true metal holiday in the world: Metal Camp in Slovenia. Be warned, there’s pages and pages of reviews, press conferences and especially tons of high quality pictures ahead; but what can you expect from a week long festival of sheer awesomeness? Read on, if you dare…

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Dragonforce / Turisas – Astoria, London

October 6th, 2008


with Turisas


The Astoria, London

3rd October 2008

All pics and live review by HannTu

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Winter NAMM 2008

February 16th, 2008

Winter NAMM 2008

ANAHEIM, California, USA

January 17-20, 2008

Article & Pictures by Robert Williams 

Winter NAMM 2008

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The Black Crusade: Old Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland

December 28th, 2007

Machine Head -Trivium – DragonForce – Arch Enemy – Shadows Fall

The 14 of December 2007
The Old Ice Hall
Helsinki Finland

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Killswitch Engage / DragonForce / Chimaira Live In Vancouver: March 28, 2007

April 9th, 2007

Killswitch Engage / DragonForce / Chimaira
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
PNE Forum
Vancouver, BC  Canada

***Review & Live Photos By Lord of The Wasteland

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DragonForce / All That Remains / HORSE The Band – Live In Vancouver: Sept. 12, 2006

October 7th, 2006

DragonForce/All That Remains/HORSE The Band
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The Croatian Cultural Center
Vancouver, BC  Canada

***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland

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Herman Li of DragonForce

April 12th, 2006

Herman Li is one of the guitarists from extreme power metal group DragonForce, and recently took the time to answer some of my questions.

* Interview by Shaq

* Pictures provided by Chipster Entertainment


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