Longstanding perpetrators of all things shred and power metal, DragonForce have revealed information surrounding their newest set of studio recordings. Their seventh full-length ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ will be released May 19th 2017 via Metal Blade Records. It is the first to feature drummer Gee Anzalone, and retains the remainder of the lineup that recorded the last two albums, i.e. Marc Hudson (vocals), Herman Li and Sam Totman (guitar), Frédéric Leclercq (bass) and Vadim Pruzhanov (keyboards). Check out the artwork below.
DragonForce recorded the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, but also laid down tracks at Lamerluser Studios, (London, UK), Dark Lane Studios (Witney, UK), as well as the band’s own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mezieres, France and Shredforce One Studios (California).
“We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again,” explains bass player Frederic Leclercq, who also handled the majority of songwriting on this album.”It was very intense and very 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.”
“I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” Fred continues. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!”
The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music,” Fred concludes. “Today’s world is really crazy – there is fear of the future, uncertainty. But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people.”
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