Dragonforce: New Album Artwork

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

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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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    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.
    pucci6d6
    [quote]article wrote: extreme epic power metallers [/quote So when I first heard of Dragonforce, someone told me they were 'power metal.' Then one of the members of the bands say they are 'extreme power metal.' Now they are 'extreme epic power metal.' WTF Dragonforce. WTF music. WTF world.
    Langerz1991
    well i think i'll be different and say that the art work looks pretty cool =) But to those who say they suck live coz you've watched a poorly recorded cameraphone video of them live on youtube then well you just idots...saw them at defenders of the faith and they put on a great show!
    Red33
    That's Cool Artwork....shame all the songs sound like they're going to be the same.
    Creep_C-1
    is this a record for 3rd graders to listen to while they play with transformers or what. lol such a joke band
    timi_hendrix
    So basically what they're saying is "This album will be different, well not really, it's the same, and it's not better than our others" So it's the same album they've released three times already. OH GOODY!
    aimtobethebest
    their way of writing music which is "hey i like that riff, lets speed it up in the studio and use it in every song" buggs the crap out of me
    xHellbound
    I can't wait! DragonForce is the best X-treme Epic Fail Power Rangers Metal band ever!
    HellrzngPinhead
    I also love how every single song they "write" consists of some lame ass on a neverending journey somewhere, but they never actually tell you where they are going. I'll be they're going to return their copy of Ultra Beatdown.
    HellrzngPinhead
    Is there any band in existence these hacks DON'T rip off? Way to start dipping into the KMFDM-eqsue ideas there.
    sunofnothing4
    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.
    C-C Beatroot
    Horrible artwork! I think it's yucky, partly because the font used is one I used to muck around with when I was like 12 so it seems really amateurish to me but that's just me :\
    gr1170
    And here is the one thing I greatly admire about Dragonfore. They know their "thing" is they play fast. They don't deny that or try to do differentlly, they know some people hate it, they don't care. Their not trying to encampus every single genre, they know what their good at and just try to improve on that, unlike other bands who try to do things they cant do or deny they are somthing they are.
    Armagedn
    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...
    emo=Fights=yay
    i concur with gr1170, except i actually really like dragonforce, as for the artwork..... uh for some reason its a banned website, living in a muslim country doesnt help. Can some one please just give a basic description of what it is.
    The_String_Man
    WTF Heartbreak Armageddon? Whats next Breakup Apocalypse? Nah anyways aside from the song titles a nice power metal band.
    XHAIL
    gr1170 wrote: And here is the one thing I greatly admire about Dragonfore. They know their "thing" is they play fast. They don't deny that or try to do differentlly, they know some people hate it, they don't care. Their not trying to encampus every single genre, they know what their good at and just try to improve on that, unlike other bands who try to do things they cant do or deny they are somthing they are.
    damn you beat me to it
    Dave Gilmour
    The_String_Man wrote: WTF Heartbreak Armageddon? Whats next Breakup Apocalypse? Nah anyways aside from the song titles a nice power metal band.
    HAHAHAHA Exactly what I was thinking man!!!! lmao
    silhouettica
    Oh wow, can their artwork get anymore rediculous? I mean, I know that their music sounds like a video game, but why are they making it look like one too?
    ele1122
    You know, why does everyone say they make horrible music because they suck live? I love their albums, yet I realize that they can't even play them live. But guess what? I'm never seeing them live, so I'll continue listening to their albums. Besides, Dragonforce are what got me into power metal. ^_^
    AmpleSteak
    These guy play too much games... Ultra beatdown that sounds like something from halo...
    Jet_Black88
    Anyone ever see the "Dragonforce greatest hits" video on youtube? That's exactly how I feel about Dragonforce. They're so lame you can't help but enjoy the hilarity of it all.
    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...
    Goose183
    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
    lexaah
    epic powermetallers... right... well their skills are just as epic with photoshop, damn that thing is ugly
    Jacob6293
    ultra beatdown sounds worse than death magnetic. and 8 songs isn't enough for a full album. in my opinion, you need at least 10. oh well, i'm not gonna buy it anyway. all their shit sounds the same.
    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.
    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.
    assparade69
    not trying to be a dick (i guess i kind of am) but, seriously, who here actually enjoys hearing their stuff?
    leon390
    lol, watch, their new music video will just be scenes from megaman.
    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.