DragonForce, the superlative metal sensation of recent years, has made their mark across the globe with a colossal run of shows to promote one of the genres most remarkable releases. The band’s recent release, “Inhuman Rampage,“left the press in a state of critical meltdown. “While most bands want to be bigger than Metallica, DragonForce have the capacity to exceed Star Wars,“ gushed UK magazine, Metal Hammer. “How DragonForce will ever top this album remains to be seen,“ agreed Metal Hammer’s gobsmacked sister publication, Kerrang! “DragonForce is only getting bigger. Prepare for the onslaught.“
The six-man wrecking crew notched three World Tours with 240 shows in 26 countries including North America no less than four times for “Inhuman Rampage,“ winning kudos from peers and influences alike and accumulating several shelves full of awards along the way.
“This time around we were able to make videos, and more and more TV channels around the world ended up playing them,“ explains guitarist Herman Li, referring to the popular promos for “Through The Fire And Flames“ and “Operation Ground And Pound.“ “It meant that people could hear the music and decide for themselves,“ he adds. “The magazines finally started to take quite an interest in us, too.“ The group’s growing reputation quickly led to a prize spot on the main stage of the US Ozzfest.
Once Ozzfest was over, the band left for another coast-to-coast, headlining U.S. tour, including sold out shows at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles and the Nokia Theater in New York’s Times Square. In addition to touring the United States, the group was twice invited to play the main stage at the UK’s prestigious Download Festival, in the summer of 2006 and 2007. The band also made three visits to Japan including sold out shows at Tokyo’s Loud Park Festival, and their debut tour of Australia also sold out.
“There has been a huge leap,“ acknowledges Li. “Something I noticed on the last UK tour is that we’d grown more on that tour than over both the previous two albums. That’s partly because we had our own production and more control over technical things that used to go wrong, but mostly it’s because we’ve grown as a band.“
As 2006 drew to a close, Li and fellow guitarist Sam Totman made a strong showing in the annual Guitar World readers’ poll. The shred-tastic duo took home prizes in four categories - Best New Talent, Best Metal, Best Riff, and, Best Shredders. Not to be left out, readers also hailed “Through the Fire and Flames“ as Guitar Solo of the Year. EV is proud to include DragonForce in its family of endorsers as the DragonForce phenomenon gets set to blaze even more trails around the world!