Origin: England  
Genres: Power Metal
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DragonForce

"DragonForce is the World's Fastest Melodic Speed Power Metal Newcomer!", proudly stated this band's official website once upon a time. Whether actually true or not, that one statement sums up DragonForce as well as any, as melodic speed power metal is the order of the day here, with the trump card being that these guys simply play really, really fast. The band formed in 1999 in London, England (hardly a hot spot for this kind of metal), with their debut album sporting a nice mixture of members from the world over (France, Ukraine, South Africa, Hong Kong, and England). Once one gets past the dizzying tempo of most of the numbers, there's not a lot to differentiate DragonForce from the horde of Gamma Ray-styled bands, as Valley Of The Damned features plenty of happy singalong choruses, rollicking guitar riffs, and double-bass drumming that fans of this genre have heard countless times before and yet cannot get enough of. High marks go to the guitar tandem of Herman Li and Sam Totman, as there are some impressive leads on display here, again with the sheer speed of it all being the most impressive part of all. They've built nicely on that debut, with a string of successful albums released over the last decade.

Recent album: Extreme Power Metal, released on September 27, 2019.

Current Members

Marc Hudson

vocals

Herman Li

guitars (ex-Demoniac)

Sam Totman

guitars (ex-Demoniac, ex-Power Quest)

Vadim Pruzhanov

keyboards

Gee Anzalone

drums

Former Members/Guests

ZP Theart

vocals (Skid Row, ex-Tank (Tucker/Evans version))

Diccon Harper (guest)

bass (Pagan Altar, ex-Voice Of Destruction)

Adrian Lambert

bass (Biomechanical, ex-Intense)

Frederic Leclercq

bass (ex-Heavenly, Kreator, Menace, Sinsaenum)

Didier Almouzni

drums (Razor Of Occam)

Dave Mackintosh

drums (ex-Bal-Sagoth)



Discography



Valley Of The Damned  
2003 Noise
  1. Invocation of the Apocalyptic Evil
  2. Valley of the Damned
  3. Black Fire
  4. Black Winter Night
  5. Starfire
  6. Disciples of Babylon
  7. Revelations
  8. Evening Star
  9. Heart of a Dragon
  • ZP Theart
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Diccon Harper
  • Vadim Pruzhanov
  • Didier Almouzni
2003 Readers' Album #49




Sonic Firestorm  
2004 Noise
  1. My Spirit Will Go On
  2. Fury of the Storm
  3. Fields of Despair
  4. Dawn Over a New World
  5. Above the Winter Moonlight
  6. Soldiers of the Wasteland
  7. Prepare for War
  8. Once In a Lifetime
  • ZP Theart
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Adrian Lambert
  • Vadim Pruzhanov
  • Dave Mackintosh
2004 Readers' Album #36




Inhuman Rampage  
2006 Noise
  1. Through The Fire And Flames
  2. Revolution Deathsquad
  3. Storming The Burning Fields
  4. Operation Ground And Pound
  5. Body Breakdown
  6. Cry For Eternity
  7. The Flame Of Youth
  8. Trail Of Broken Hearts
  • ZP Theart
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Adrian Lambert
  • Vadim Pruzhanov
  • Dave Mackintosh
2006 Readers' Album #10




Ultra Beatdown  
2008 Roadrunner
  1. Heroes of Our Time
  2. The Fire Still Burns
  3. Reasons to Live
  4. Heartbreak Armageddon
  5. The Last Journey Home
  6. A Flame for Freedom
  7. Inside the Winter Storm
  8. The Warrior Inside
  • ZP Theart
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Frederic Leclercq
  • Vadim Pruzhanov
  • Dave Mackintosh
2008 Readers' Album #30




Twilight Dementia  LIVE
2010 Roadrunner
  1. Heroes of Our Time
  2. Operation Ground and Pound
  3. Reasons to Live
  4. Fury of the Storm
  5. Fields of Despair
  6. Starfire
  7. Soldiers of the Wasteland
  8. My Spirit Will Go on
  9. Where Dragons Rule
  10. The Last Journey Home
  11. Valley of the Damned
  12. Strike of the Ninja
  13. Through the Fire and Flames
  • ZP Theart
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Frederic Leclercq
  • Vadim Pruzhanov
  • Dave Mackintosh



The Power Within  
2012 Electric Gen.
  1. Holding On
  2. Fallen World
  3. Cry Thunder
  4. Give Me The Night
  5. Wings of Liberty
  6. Seasons
  7. Heart Of The Storm
  8. Die By The Sword
  9. Last Man Stands
  10. Seasons (acoustic version)
  • Marc Hudson
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Frederic Leclercq
  • Vadim Pruzhanov
  • Dave Mackintosh
2012 Readers' Album #76




Maximum Overload  
2014 earMUSIC
  1. The Game
  2. Tomorrow King
  3. No More
  4. Three Hammers
  5. Symphony of the Night
  6. The Sun Is Dead
  7. Defenders
  8. Extraction Zone
  9. City of Gold
  10. Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover)
  11. Reaching Into Infinity
  12. Ashes Of The Dawn
  13. Judgement Day
  14. Astral Empire
  15. Curse Of Darkness
  16. Silence
  17. Midnight Madness
  18. WAR!
  19. Land Of Shattered Dreams
  20. The eDGE OF THE wORLD
  21. Our Final Stand
  • Marc Hudson
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Frederic Leclercq
  • Vadim Pruzhanov
  • Dave Mackintosh



Reaching Into Infinity  
2017
  • Marc Hudson
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Frederic Leclercq
  • Gee Anzalone



Extreme Power Metal  
2019 earMUSIC
  1. Highway to Oblivion
  2. Cosmic Power of the Infinite Shred Machine
  3. The Last Dragonborn
  4. Heart Demolition
  5. Troopers of the Stars
  6. Razorblade Meltdown
  7. Strangers
  8. In a Skyforged Dream
  9. Rememberance Day
  10. My Heart Will Go On
  • Marc Hudson
  • Herman Li
  • Sam Totman
  • Frederic Leclercq
  • Gee Anzalone




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