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DRAGONFORCE (Herman Li): “Albums Take Forever To Make Due To Delays”

Published / Tue 13 Dec 2022

DRAGONFORCE's Herman Li:

Photo: DRAGONFORCE’s Herman Li: “Albums Take Forever To Make Due To Delays”  /  Credit: Alterna2

In a recent interview with Metal Sucks, Dragonforce guitarist Herman Li confirmed that the powerhouse metal band had finished writing their new album amidst the pandemic chaos. This makes them one of many bands to have utilized this unusual period for creative development and songwriting inspiration.

Speaking about the album, Herman Li stated:

I can’t tell you anything just yet. Not until it’s done, at least. Because things change all the time, and the pieces are constantly moving, shifting, and changing,” Li said. “Even though it’s written, there are always going to be surprises in terms of what’s going to happen to it. But I can tell you that we are slowly working on it.

And the reason is that the music industry is changing quickly now with streaming and everything. With all the changes, releases take a long time to set up — longer than they used to be — so I don’t know.

I can tell you that I don’t want to mix the album and then have it sit there because it’s taking forever due to delays, and then no one gets to hear it. I’d rather give it away for free before that happens, but that’s not even a guarantee anymore. So, to maximize the potential of the album’s success, I’ve got to plan ahead. So, I don’t know. It’ll come out whenever, maybe next year, or maybe the year after. Stay tuned.

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Dragonforce’s last LP ‘Extreme Power Metal’ was released in 2019, they released their debut album Valley Of The Damned in 2003,  Sonic Firestorm in 2005 and broke into the mainstream in 2006 with Inhuman Rampage with the hit single “Through The Fire And Flames” propelling them to stardom via the popularity of the song on Guitar Hero at the time.


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