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DragonForce: “Defenders” Demo Track


In case you were wondering about the state of power metal, it’s still alive and kickin’ in the UK with sextet DragonForce – aka the masterminds behind Guitar Hero’s most arduous tracks – gearing up to release their sixth studio effort, Maximum Overload. As well as including a guest spot from none other than Trivium’s Matt Heafy, in another twist, Maximum Overload also packs a cover of the Johnny Cash classic, “Ring Of Fire” – a first for the band. “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 to even consider,” six-stringer Sam Totman explains. “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.”

Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band’s first ever album collaborating with an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom. “Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic,” says guitar maestro Herman Li. “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!”

Turning towards the album’s title and cover artwork, he adds that it was inspired by the constant barrage of information that we’re subjected to on a daily basis. “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!”

The band have provided us with the ultimate taste of their new record in the form of a demo version of “Defenders”, so behold the track in all of its fantastical metal glory.

Maximum Overload is out August 15 in Australia through 3Wise Records.




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