Dragonforce: New Album Artwork

British extreme epic power metallers Dragonforce will release their new album, "Ultra Beatdown", on August 25 via Roadrunner Records.

Dragonforce: New Album Artwork
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British extreme epic power metallers Dragonforce will release their new album, "Ultra Beatdown", on August 25 via Roadrunner Records. The cover artwork for the CD can be viewed here. In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Dragonforce guitarist Sam Totman stated about the group's new material, "It's not going to be majorly different. But hopefully the melodies will be nicer, the guitar solos will be better, the production will be better. You just try to improve in every area." Vocalist ZP Theart added, "There isn't much to change, but yet there is. The last three albums have been very much guitar-orientated, and this one probably will be as well, but I want to try to do some extra coloring in with the vocals." Asked if the songs will be faster, guitarist Herman Li replied, "Bands always say, 'Our new album is faster and heavier,' and then it's never true, so we're not gonna say that. But playing fast just works for us. People who say we play too fast are probably right, but guess what? There's a million other bands that play slow. People listen to Dragonforce and go to the show because they know that we're doing something other bands aren't doing." "Ultra Beatdown" track listing: 01. Heroes Of Our Time 02. The Fire Still Burns 03. Reasons To Live 04. Scars Of Yesterday 05. Heartbreak Armageddon 06. The Last Journey Home 07. Inside The Winter Storm 08. The Warrior Inside Dragonforce will head Stateside in late June for the start of the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem touring festival. The package kicks off in early July and is headlined by Roadrunner labelmates Slipknot. Dragonforce's last album, "Inhuman Rampage", is still romping out of stores on both sides of the pond, thanks in part to the inclusion of lead track "Through The Fire And Flames" as the "advanced" level on the top-selling Guitar Hero III computer game. Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    David_Bowie=GOD
    There's a million other bands that play slow. People listen to Dragonforce and go to the show because they know that we're doing something other bands aren't doing.
    And theres also a million bands better than Dragonforce. Its not about how fast you play, its about how GOOD you are and how GOOD you sound. Besides, they dont play that fast on the album really, its just processed effects from what I hear.
    DonCorleone72
    Armagedn wrote: I hate DragonForce. They don't include any originality or feeling at all into their music, and then they can't even do it again live. And they use almost exactly the same lyrics in every song. It's almost always something like: Across the burning plains and mountains high under the silver moonlight far from home we battle on. Warriors on fire! Or something ridiculous like that...
    agreed, it's been done before, by bands with much more talent
    DonCorleone72
    Goose183 wrote: CPace wrote: gayer than death magnetic lol i think what's happenin to metal is that bands don't know what to call their albums
    you can't make such a broad statement about metal by looking at the 2 metal bands with stuff on the charts
    Quinj
    RUSTDOGG666 wrote: charger356 wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: you all want to say I'm a tool for going onto an article and commenting and talking shit about it? fine whoever hates on this article and calling it ultra beatoff and studioforce is a tool as well. f*ck it we're all tools. so what? who cares? I don't think you're a tool because you like Dragonforce... I think you're a tool because you're throwing a hissy-fit over something not that important. I mean, everyone IS entitled to their own opinion... but, Christ. You're just making yourself look like a 13-year-old throwing a temper tantrum. I swear I was waiting for you to say "I know you are, but what am I?!" Anyhow, Dragonforce (in my opinion, RUSTDOGG) is just so cheesy that it's hard to listen to them for longer than 3 minutes. The song titles, the album art, the lyrics... it just seems very 80's metal-ish to me. I might would like them if they just tried to incorporate some of those aspects into more original material rather than copy it exactly. You know? That's why I don't necessarily care for them. yeah and my opinion is i can listen to dragonforce all day especially fire and the flames song. incubus i can't stand them for more than a minute and its like turn that shit off
    Who said anything about Incubus? :S Now see, now you sound like a silly 10 year old throwing a paddy. For Shame!
    diablomastabarb
    I wonder if they're going to artificially speed-up this album too? I hope they don't, then maybe Herman will actually be able to play it live.
    travd92
    sounds like they are trying to be cooler than death angel's song "sonic beatdown". no way thats happening.
    charger356
    Quinj wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: charger356 wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: you all want to say I'm a tool for going onto an article and commenting and talking shit about it? fine whoever hates on this article and calling it ultra beatoff and studioforce is a tool as well. f*ck it we're all tools. so what? who cares? I don't think you're a tool because you like Dragonforce... I think you're a tool because you're throwing a hissy-fit over something not that important. I mean, everyone IS entitled to their own opinion... but, Christ. You're just making yourself look like a 13-year-old throwing a temper tantrum. I swear I was waiting for you to say "I know you are, but what am I?!" Anyhow, Dragonforce (in my opinion, RUSTDOGG) is just so cheesy that it's hard to listen to them for longer than 3 minutes. The song titles, the album art, the lyrics... it just seems very 80's metal-ish to me. I might would like them if they just tried to incorporate some of those aspects into more original material rather than copy it exactly. You know? That's why I don't necessarily care for them. yeah and my opinion is i can listen to dragonforce all day especially fire and the flames song. incubus i can't stand them for more than a minute and its like turn that shit off Who said anything about Incubus? :S Now see, now you sound like a silly 10 year old throwing a paddy. For Shame!
    +1 Thank you. ha
    CapnKickass
    lzrdsixsix6 wrote: RUSTDOGG666 wrote: lzrdsixsix6 wrote: stfu dude no cares seriously yeah I kinda figured no one cares thats why I put who cares? in my comment. Idiot. then why even bother doing it you dramatic sack of shit?
    Stop calling each other names you *****s! ULTRA BEATDOWN ... OH YEAH! XD what is the chick on the cover holding? It confuses me.
    WillEaton
    hahahahaha they used FIRE and STORM again in the track names. What a joke.
    MeGaDeth2314
    lmfao. 'Extreme Epic Power Metallers.' hahahhahahaha. it would be so true, if you added 'Shitty' in front of the Extreme.
    GHOSTS
    The artwork's perfect. It's over the top and ridiculous, but it's totally badass. Fits Dragonforce really well.
    CoolDudeMorgasm
    I still don't understand why is 2008 the year of the extremely horrible metal album name...? Ultra Beatdown, Death Magnetic, Shogun... Why oh why?
    sneakydutch
    Ultra Beatdown..... Really? thats so funny I don't hate the band or anything but it is just such a stupid album name
    xXChimairaXx
    People listen to Dragonforce and go to the SHOW because they know that we're doing something other bands aren't doing."
    \ Not plural...such an asian.
    Quinj
    Captain Insano wrote: Ultra Beatdown? That has to be the worst album name I have ever heard.
    well, metallicas Death Magnetic is worse. But im looking forward to this album. More shreddy-wanking goodness
    leon390
    lol, watch, their new music video will just be scenes from megaman.
    aceofspades2k5
    Go to YouTube and watch the live videos of this band. I used to be amazed at how fast and precise they were, but live they absolutely SUCK! They are a total studio band, sadly...
    Amuro Jay
    lawlz, i think i shit a brick. this is what you need to do: take every DF song you have, overlay them together in some audio editing program, and... VIOLA! you have the new DF cd.
    rebeltildeth87
    title is weak, title font is even weaker, art work looks lame, and the song titles are beyond cliche power metal titles.
    deanedge4
    I agree with what everyone said about them being unoriginal and having cheese names. And to the guy who said he'd rather listen to Through The Fire and The Flames instead of Incubus... i pity your taste.
    boomtank
    AndyVanHalen wrote: holy damn sweet album title
    No, it's not sweet, unless you see sweet as in: 'Ooh!, sweet *****, i'd like to ride that!' How old are they, 36 months? I'd have chosen this title when I was still watching Power Rangers.
    [travis]
    MooshMooshMarc wrote: yay for another song with fire in the title
    I know, Really? Five bucks says all the songs are going to sound the same as usual.
    [travis]
    ghoulsnightout wrote: i hear that herman always is way to drunk to play his solos and that they just suck terribly live
    I'm not sure about Herman being drunk, he seems like a down to Earth kind of guy. But yeah they do suck live, I think they forget what notes they're suppose to play. Look them up on Youtube, and you'll see.
    James_Het_Rules
    they do suck terribly live
    just watch it. even i can play it right. i wonder what wonderful 3,000 bpm song they are going to put on this song that they can't play live.
    ghoulsnightout
    i hear that herman always is way to drunk to play his solos and that they just suck terribly live
    AerialOverdrive
    Armagedn wrote: I hate DragonForce. They don't include any originality or feeling at all into their music, and then they can't even do it again live. And they use almost exactly the same lyrics in every song. It's almost always something like: Across the burning plains and mountains high under the silver moonlight far from home we battle on. Warriors on fire! Or something ridiculous like that...
    Careful dude...if you don't copyright that, they'll probably use it lol Dragonforce is an example of six (i think) really good musicians but really bad composers
    Psychopathology
    The artwork is cool. I know a lot of people hate DragonForce, but they are a fun band to listen to.
    snaaake
    RUSTDOGG666 wrote: I thought man I wish I could play like that.
    So does Dragonforce.
    masterohumans
    please there are plenty of bands that can play faster. And they are intelligent enough not to do it all the time.
    TheAmenCorner89
    Who cares if its sped up in the studio or whatever? It's still enjoyable to listen to every now and then.
    JPetrucci25
    sunofnothing4 wrote: boomtank wrote: "Bands always say, 'Our new album is faster and heavier,' and then it's never true, so we're not gonna say that. LMFAO!!! Ofcourse it's never true, then the stones would play grindcore by now.
    hahaha they have like 60 albums lmao. yeah why you gonna tell the fans, this album wont be much different? im not a fan of this band, there song titles are cheesy, and so is the artwork. no wonder this bands fans are the younger generation
    angus_young_32
    their album art looks really stupid, the name is even worse, but worst of all is their shitty music
    acshadow25
    whilst they always go on about the melodies, i find the harmonies to same-y. its all Em-Bm-C-D sorta stuff ykno
    jshizznit
    Ha...Iron maiden with better guitar and more dragon slaying songs...i call it...DRAGONFORCE Fire??FIREE?!!FIRE!?!?!?!?FIRE!?!?!? !?
    Hexagram
    angus_young_32 wrote: their album art looks really stupid, the name is even worse, but worst of all is their shitty music
    stop talking about yourself like that
    lilscooter11
    I think some people need to learn to take their music on the chin and mellow out. I mean they're not a bunch of twats, in fact they are very humble. If you take it for what it is, then it's always a good listen. They have got the skills no doubt, but yeh the composition is a bit lacking haha. Vadim's keyboard solo on Protest the Hero's Limb from Limb always makes me laugh too xD
    gizmodious
    why does everyone hate dragonforce? they have 2 of the worlds greatest shredders in their band...