DRAGONFORCE Begin Work On New Album, Announce Japanese Tour

November 21, 2003

London-based power metallers DRAGONFORCE have started work on the follow-up to their debut album, "Valley Of The Damned", released earlier this year.

The majority of the recording is taking place at Thin Ice Studios, Virginia Water, Surrey, England with producer Karl Groom, while all the guitars are being recorded at guitarist Herman Li's own private studio in West London.

Li, Z.P. Theart (vocals),Sam Totman (guitars),and Vadim Pruzhanov (keyboards) have now been joined by new bassist Adrian Lambert and drummer David Mackintosh (also with BAL-SAGOTH).

Said Li, "We are working hard every day in the studio, and I can tell you that the new album will exceed the boundaries of melodic, speed power metal."

The new, as-yet-untitled album will be released on the Noise Records label on March 22, 2004.

In other news, DRAGONFORCE will be heading out on their debut Japanese tour late January 2004 as special guests of German legends HELLOWEEN.

The tour dates are:

Jan. 31 – Fukuoka, JAP @ Zepp Fukuoka
Feb. 02 – Nagoya, JAP @ Diamond Hall
Feb. 03 – Osaka, JAP @ Namba Hatch
Feb. 05 – Tokyo, JAP @ AX

Commented Li, "We are proud to be invited to play Japan with only one album under our belt, and we just can't wait to bring our brand of over-the-top hyper speed live performance to our Japanese fans."

From Japan, the band travel to Taiwan for promotional duties.

Upon returning from Southeast Asia, DRAGONFORCE will play a one-off, pre-album release show at London's Underworld on Friday, February 13 with special guests, French symphonic power metal band and label mates HEAVENLY.

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