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Long running Grammy-nominated extreme melodic power metal band DragonForce release their seventh album, Reaching Into
Infinity, on May 19. Once again recorded with Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork), the producer extraordinaire
who helmed the UK-based groups now three-year-old previous record Maximum Overload, it will be available
via earMUSIC in Europe, Metal Blade Records in the United States and Roadrunner in Japan.
Reaching Into Infinity introduces Italian drummer Gee Anzalone, who joined the band for their first ever best-of
collection, Killer Elite: The Hits, The Highs, The Vids, released in 2016. Its the third DragonForce album
to feature frontman Marc Hudson, whose reign at the mic now enters its sixth year.
Marc is becoming more and more involved with the writing process, especially in the lyrics, acknowledges guitarist
Herman Li. Mostly, though, these songs came from Frédéric [Leclercq, bassist] and Sam [Totman, guitarist].
Musically speaking, Reaching Into Infinity continues where DragonForce left off with Maximum Overload,
the bands faster material becoming even faster still, while the melodic parts head even further in that particular direction.
The band offer no apologies for the inclusion of a 1980s rock-style ballad entitled Silence and, at the other
end of the spectrum, theres even an 11-minute multi-tempoed monster called The Edge Of The World.
The Edge Of The World is DragonForces longest ever song, says Li proudly. In some ways,
this album is more epic than anything weve done before.
The Edge Of The World is extremely ambitious, channelling growled vocals from Hudson and fusing them with a stunning
arrangement that twists and turns like the proverbial dragons tail. The Force go prog-rock, anyone?
Why not? Li responds. Marcs favourite style of music is prog, and Im a massive fan of Dream
Theater, so theres an element of that going on. With each album that we make, the band reveals more and more if its
influences, constantly adding to what we can do.
We have proven that playing fast is something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into
our music, Fred elaborates. Its great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I
really wanted to experiment with Marcs vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality.
The title corresponds with the albums highly impressive sleeve art, which features a dragon bursting through a wormhole
into a hi-tech, futuristic cityscape.
The dragon represents us DragonForce and a form of music thats been around for a very long time,
emerging into an outside world thats infinitely more crazy and chaotic than it was ten years ago, Li explains,
using considerable understatement. Everyone is saying that theres no future and theres a lot of fear and
uncertainty, especially for younger people, but our music is an escape from it all.
The bulk of the album was laid down at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, though additional parts were cut in studios around
the UK and in California. They had to be Since Killer Elite its been non-stop for us,
Adds Leclercq: We flew out, played a festival, headed back into the studio, then went back out again. It was very intense
and tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic, and lost my temper a few times
I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best.
Expect many of these songs to become firm live favourites, particularly the super-fast Midnight Madness (feted
as the albums second video track), when DragonForce hit the road again. As usual, their itinerary will take them to
the four corners of the world