This modern Heavy-Metal outfit, originally started out in the late '90s,
under the name of Dragonheart, with ZP Theart on vocals, Herman Li and
Sam Totman on guitars, Steve Williams on keyboards, Steve Scott on bass
and Didier Almouzni on drums.
Though based in London, ENGLAND, the group have roots in Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, Ukraine and with the addition of bassist Frédéric Leclercq, France.
They changed their name to Dragonforce before releasing any full albums;
their first was "Valley Of The Damned", issued on Sanctuary
Records in February 2003; at that time the line-up consisted of ZP Theart,
Li, Totman, Almouzni, new bassist Adrian Lambert and new keyboard player
"Sonic Firestorm" followed in May 2004, the band's second album was recorded with David Mackintosh on drums.
In October of the next year, the band parted ways with bassist Adrian Lambert; Frédéric Leclercq was tapped as his replacement. The band toured relentlessly around the world throughout their career, sharing the stage with the likes of Killswitch Engage, Halford, Chimaira among others and winning kudos from peers and influences alike, accumulating several shelves full of awards along the way and sending audiences wild with an explosive musical style that features the band members favourite elements from all styles of music from Rock, Metal all the way to early '90s' video games music; a unique style that in the absence of anything more descriptive they like to call “extreme-power-Metal”.
In early 2006 Dragonforce delivered their third studio record, "Inhuman Rampage", peaking at #5 on the U.S. Top Independent Albums chart and reaching the #103 position on The Billboard 200; it includes the breakthrough single, "Through The Fire And Flames", which became their first Billboard Hot 100 cracker.
Two years later, the group released "Ultra Beatdown", it performed well on the charts managing to enter the top 20 in Britain, Australia, U.S. and Canada. The disc contained the minor hit single "Heroes Of Our Time".
The London-based juggernaut put out "The Power Within" in April 2012; the 10-track set is the sextet's fifth studio album and first with new singer Marc Hudson in the fold. Released via the band's own Electric Generation Recordings, distributed by Essential Music in U.K. and Roadrunner Records in North America, the album includes the single "Cry Thunder".