Metal Obsession conducted an interview with British epic metallers DRAGONFORCE during this year’s Soundwave festival in Australia. You can now watch the chat below.
DRAGONFORCE‘s new album, “The Power Within”, sold 5,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 74 on The Billboard 200 chart.
DRAGONFORCE‘s previous CD, “Ultra Beatdown”, opened with 24,000 units back in September 2008 to land at No. 18.
DRAGONFORCE‘s 2012 North American headlining tour marked the band’s first trek with new singer Marc Hudson, who also makes his recorded debut on “The Power Within”.
“The Power Within” was released in the U.K. on April 16, 2012 via the band’s own Electric Generation Recordings, distributed by Essential Music.
Asked if it was difficult to integrate Hudson into the band, DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li told Metal Traveller: “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.”
Regarding whether Marc was involved in composing the new songs, Li said: “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’.”