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News - Dragonforce

Image: Dragonforce, Pitriff, NewsDRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li and new vocalist Marc Hudson are featured in a new interview with Niclas Müller-Hansen at Sweden's Metalshrine. An excerpt is available below:

Q: Do you consider this album more different than the previous ones? How do you look at it?

Herman Li: "I think it´s definitely a different type of dynamics than the last album. I mean, we definitely touch on different kind of musical ways that we haven´t done before. The speed is obviously still there, but we´ve expanded our boundaries on this album. We´ve actually broken our own rules book as we said we would never do certain things in Dragonforce, and we actually did."

Q: What would you say was the major difference recording this album now, compared to when you recorded the first Dragonforce album? Does it get easier or harder or more technical or is it just the same?

Herman Li: "Oh, it´s totally different now. The game has totally changed. Now I think we did about 90 % of the production or recording in my studio instead of being split 50/50 in the past, like on our last album and on our first album it was even less. I´ve learned so much about production and on how we record and how to do things. It´s not even close. It´s like a demo band versus a real experienced band."

Q: These days with the technology it´s a lot of cut and paste. Like with the vocals, you can take a word from that take and another from that take and put it all together. Is there a lot of that?

Herman Li: "I think what´s different on this album... I´ll take you back to the last album where we actually wrote the songs, went straight into the studio, recorded the songs, came out and learned the songs and went on tour. This time it was kind of reversed. We wrote the songs, we played the songs together like jamming out and find what works as a band together, before recording the songs. It´s a very different process. In the past we were fucking obsessive, checking the computer and making sure it was perfect, perfect, perfect. This time it was a fucking metal band. We recorded, it sounded great and I didn´t even look at the screen. That was a take and that´s where we were able to transfer the live, organic energy on this album that wasn´t on the last album."

Go to this location for the complete interview.

Dragonforce will release 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 via Roadrunner Records.

The Power Within full tracklisting is as follows:

'Holding On'
'Fallen World'
'Cry Thunder'
'Give Me the Night'
'Wings of Liberty'
'Seasons'
'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.

STORY USED COURTESY OF BRAVE WORDS

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