DragonForce were the metal sensation of 2006, making their mark right across the globe with a colossal run of shows to promote one of the year's most remarkable releases.
'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 the UK's Metal Hammer magazine. "How DragonForce will ever top this album remains to be seen," agreed its gobsmacked sister title, Classic Rock. "It makes Manowar sound like St Winifred's Girls School Choir." Kerrang! had already got in on the act, declaring: "DragonForce are only getting bigger. Prepare for the onslaught."
But it wasn't just Britain that fell under the band's spell. Magazines from France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Japan and more joined them, and Germany's Rock Hard astutely predicted: "DragonForce could become the first British metal band in ages to reap respect from all over the world."
The six-man wrecking crew will have notched up 3 World Tours, including North America no less than four times for 'Inhuman Rampage', winning kudos from peers and influences alike, accumulating several shelves full of awards along the way, and sending audiences wild with an explosive musical style that features the band members favourite elements from all styles of music from rock, metal all the way to early 90's video games music; a unique style that in the absence of anything more descriptive they like to call 'extreme power metal'.
'Inhuman Rampage' is the third DragonForce album, following 'Valley Of The Damned' (2003) and 'Sonic Firestorm' (2004). Those first two records were well received in their own right, but the band's current disc ï¿½ the first to be marketed by Roadrunner Records in the UK, N. America and Australia ï¿½ is the one that really thrust them to international contention.
DragonForce began touring the third album even before its release, breaking their duck Stateside by headlining ï¿½ and, more importantly, filling ï¿½ clubs of varying sizes. In many cases, tickets for these dates sold out within a week. There were unusual scenes in Los Angeles, Sunset Boulevard being temporarily closed down as swarms of DragonForce fans departed the Whisky A Go Go in post-gig, sword-waving euphoria. The group's growing reputation quickly led to a prize spot on the main stage of the US Ozzfest.
After a break for Christmas and New Year, DragonForce return to the road in St Petersburg, Russia, on 9th February, 2007. Some basic song ideas for album number four are already in place, but before anything serious can be done with them there's the serious matter of another 6 week long N. American tour with Killswitch Engage. After more gigs in mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the band then hitch onto the summer festival circuit. For latest details, go to: www.dragonforce.com.
No two ways about it: the 'Inhuman Rampage' continues.