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Dragonforce Premiere New Song on Loudwire!


New Album Maximum Overload Due in August

Dragonforce will release Maximum Overload in the US on August 19th via Metal Blade Records.  Maximum Overload is available for pre-order in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats at  While there, be sure to check out the band’s new video for the song “The Game.”


Today, Dragonforce ~ 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  ~ unveils the second single from their upcoming masterpiece, premiering “Defenders” exclusively via Loudwire.  Get an insight into guitarist Herman Li’s thoughts on the song and get a first listen here. 

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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, as they’ve 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. 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.

Frederic Leclercq

Frederic Leclercq

Maximum Overload features a couple of surprises, notably guest appearances on some of the songs by 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 a 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 3 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”!