Power metal giants Dragonforce have finished writing the new album after “The Power Within”, and will enter Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden in May to start laying down tracks. This will be their first album with vocalist Marc Hudson, who replaced ZP Theart 2 years ago and has since fronted the band through major headlining shows and tours. The new album will be produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, The Devin Townsend Project, Amon Amarth, Soilwork)
Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li commented, “Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic Dragonforce music ever written. With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the Dragonforce sound to the next level and beyond!”
When asked by Metal Traveller about Hudson’s integration into the band, Li said, “I don’t know if it was easy or hard, but we definitely spent a lot of time to make sure he integrated well in the band. Before he joined the band, we jammed, we rehearsed, we went to the studio and recorded some demos together — just to see how it’s like, to understand his personality. After he joined the band, we didn’t want him to be like, ‘Hi Marc, welcome to the band, record the songs in studio and see you on tour.’ You have to be a real family, so we jammed and rehearsed a lot, and that really helped him to integrate the band. The first show he had to play with the band was with Iron Maiden, in front of 20,000 people. I didn’t tell Marc until the warmup gig two weeks before.”
About whether Marc was involved in making any of the new songs, Li responded, “Most of the music was already composed when we were auditioning him. After he joined the band, we had to change the voice a little bit to get the best out of his voice. We found out that he can sing very high, but also really low at the same time. So in certain songs, we explored his low range, like ‘Seasons’ or ‘Give Me The Night’, on which he goes from low to high. Then we tried to explore the high register, like in ‘Holding On’.”
Looks like Dragonforce fans can look forward to some new material of power metal epicness soon!
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