DRAGONFORCE - New Track "Defenders" Streaming

July 16, 2014, 7 days ago

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DragonForce have announced that they will be releasing Maximum Overload in North America on August 19th. The album will be out the day before in Europe (August 18th). Check out the new song, "Defenders", streaming below: The band recently launched a brand new video for "The Game", which was directed by XX. The video can be seen below, and fans can pre-order Maximum Overload on CD, digitally, and limited edition vinyl, here. Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band's first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom. Maximum Overload will be the band's debut album for new label Ear Music, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th, and in North America on Metal Blade Records on August 19th. "Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn't believe in days off!" said guitar maestro Herman Li. "The album title and album cover artwork is inspired by the constant bombardment of information we are subjected to during our daily lives" Li added. "We were in an airport departure lounge surrounded by TV screens, flight information screens and advertising screens. We then looked around and no one was saying a word, they were all looking at more screens on tablets, laptops and mobile phones, there's no escaping it, it's complete information overload!"
Maximum Overload features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium's Matt Heafy. "We've always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!" added bassist Frederic Leclercq. The album also features an all time first for DragonForce... a cover song! Guitarist Sam Totman explained: "Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we've always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down three songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down "Ring Of Fire" by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we've DragonForce-ized it"!
DragonForce is: Marc Hudson - Lead vocals Herman Li - Guitar, backing vocals Sam Totman - Guitar, backing vocals Frédéric Leclercq - Bass, backing vocals Vadim Pruzhanov - Keyboards, backing vocals Gee Anzalone - Drums, backing vocals
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