Pure Grain TV conducted an interview with guitarist guitarist Sam Totman of British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE on October 20, 2011 at the Opera House in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.
Due to circumstances beyond their control, DRAGONFORCE was forced to cancel the October 18 sold-out gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, California. The concert would have been the U.S. live debut of DRAGONFORCE's new singer Marc Hudson, who joined the band earlier this year. However, upon his arrival in L.A. three days before the gig, Marc fell ill, contracting a virus which prevented him from performing. Hudson made the valiant effort to try and salvage the show, consulting with a doctor on October 17 for the final time. He was told that there was no way he could possibly perform in his condition.
DRAGONFORCE's return to the U.S. after a two-year absence was meant to give fans a unique opportunity to preview the band's new singer and brand new songs from their highly anticipated forthcoming album before moving to the big stage with full production on their world tour which commences early 2012.
After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, DRAGONFORCE in March welcomed 23-year-old Marc Hudson to the band to fill the boots left by ZP Theart, who parted ways with the group in March of last year.
Born in Oxford England, Marc was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they'd found their man. Since the age of 16, Marc has been building his vocal skills gigging with bands in the U.K. underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.
The band has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France. The follow-up to 2008's hugely successful "Ultra Beatdown" album will be highly anticipated, with top 10 and top 20 chart positions all over the world and a Grammy nomination in the United States setting the precedent. With Marc brought into the fold, the band is enjoying an injection of enthusiasm and hunger that sees DRAGONFORCE prepared to return more focused and determined than ever before.