“Frontman Marc Hudson’s awe-inspiring voice is given plenty of room to soar, while the music incorporates riffs and tones from thrash and death metal, giving the songs a heaviness never present before.”
– 4/5 stars, Alternative Press Magazine
Last week saw the release of the new album from DRAGONFORCE “Maximum Overload” their Metal Blade Records debut “Maximum Overload“. Today the album has debuted on multiple Billboard Charts. The album was #62 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #10 on the Billboard Independent Music Chart, #7 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart, and #19 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.
DRAGONFORCE on their chart positions and plans to return to North America:
“Thanks to all the fans that picked up the new album ‘Maximum Overload’. Some of you believe this to be the best DRAGONFORCE album yet. We can’t wait to take the Maximum Overload World Tour to North America in 2015!”
“Maximum Overload” was produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus is the band’s first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.
“Maximum Overload” features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. “We’ve always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!” added bassist Frederic Leclercq.
The album also features an all time first for DRAGONFORCE…a cover song! Guitarist Sam Totman explained: “Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we’ve always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down ‘Ring Of Fire’ by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we’ve DRAGONFORCE-ized it”!
DRAGONFORCE’s take on “Ring of Fire” can be streamed HERE.
The second single from “Maximum Overload”, “Defenders” is streaming HERE.
“Maximum Overload” is available at metalblade.com/dragonforce, in CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats! While you are there be sure to check out the first single and video from the album “The Game”.