Extreme Power Metal

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Extreme Power Metal
DragonForce Extreme Power Metal album cover art.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 September 2019 (2019-09-27)
StudioMix Unlimited, Los Angeles
Genre
Length52:50
LabelearMUSIC, Metal Blade, JVC Victor
ProducerDamien Rainaud
DragonForce chronology
Reaching into Infinity
(2017)
Extreme Power Metal
(2019)
Singles from Extreme Power Metal
  1. "Highway to Oblivion"
    Released: 30 July 2019
  2. "Heart Demolition"
    Released: 27 August 2019
  3. "Razorblade Meltdown"
    Released: 23 September 2019

Extreme Power Metal is the eighth studio album by British power metal band DragonForce, released on 27 September 2019.[3] It is the band's last studio album to feature longtime bassist Frédéric Leclercq[4] and the first not to feature longtime keyboardist Vadim Pruzhanov, who left the band in 2018;[5] Epica keyboardist Coen Janssen recorded keyboards for the album while the band searched for a permanent replacement.[3] The lead single "Highway to Oblivion" was released on 30 July 2019.[5] The band will embark on a world tour in support of the album following its release.[6]

Recording[edit]

The band recorded the album with producer and Once Human's bassist Damien Rainaud at Mix Unlimited in Los Angeles.[7] Part of the recording was also livestreamed on guitarist Herman Li's Twitch.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Highway to Oblivion"Sam TotmanTotman6:48
2."Cosmic Power of the Infinite Shred Machine"TotmanTotman6:36
3."The Last Dragonborn"Totman
  • Totman
  • Coen Janssen
6:12
4."Heart Demolition"Frédéric LeclercqLeclercq5:39
5."Troopers of the Stars"TotmanTotman5:03
6."Razorblade Meltdown"TotmanTotman4:45
7."Strangers"
  • Leclercq
  • Totman
Leclercq4:29
8."In a Skyforged Dream"LeclercqLeclercq4:45
9."Remembrance Day"
  • Totman
  • Marc Hudson
Totman5:10
10."My Heart Will Go On" (Celine Dion cover)Will JenningsJames Horner3:23
Total length:52:50

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the band's website.[10]

Band members

  • Marc Hudson – lead and backing vocals
  • Sam Totman – guitars, backing vocals
  • Herman Li – guitars, backing vocals
  • Frédéric Leclercq – bass, guitars,[11] backing vocals, guitar solo on "Behind the Mirror of Death"[12]
  • Gee Anzalone – drums, backing vocals

Additional musicians

  • Coen Janssen – keyboards, piano, orchestration
  • Emily Ovenden – backing vocals
  • Clive Nolan – backing vocals
  • Kalen Chase Musmecci – backing vocals
  • Steve Francis, Ross Mallon, Josh O'Brien, Paul Roberts, Tim Mekalick – additional backing vocals on "Troopers of the Stars"[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 87
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 42
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 145
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 158
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 34
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[18] 26
Scottish Albums (OCC)[19] 21
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 29
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 93

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawson, Dom. "CD Reviews - Extreme Power Metal Dragonforce". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Jonathan (25 September 2019). "DragonForce - Extreme Power Metal (Album Review)". Sonic Perspectives. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "DRAGONFORCE Reveals Details Of New Album 'Extreme Power Metal', Launches Video For 'Highway To Oblivion'". Blabbermouth.net. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  4. ^ "DRAGONFORCE: Frédéric Leclercq lascia la band". metalpit.it (in Italian). 14 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b Divita, Joe (30 July 2019). "DragonForce Announce New Album, Debut 'Highway to Oblivion' Video". Loudwire. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  6. ^ "DRAGONFORCE Reveals Details Of New Album 'Extreme Power Metal', Launches Video For 'Highway To Oblivion'". heavy-metal.it. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  7. ^ "DRAGONFORCE Unveil Epic "Highway To Oblivion" Music Video, Announce New Album Extreme Power Metal". Metal Injection. 30 July 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  8. ^ Bienstock, Richard (30 July 2019). "DragonForce Detail New Studio Album, 'Extreme Power Metal,' Share First Single". Guitar World. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  9. ^ http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/GQCS-90758?s_ssid=e332355d8bd4cbdfe2
  10. ^ "Extreme Power Metal". dragonforce.com. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  11. ^ a b DragonForce (27 September 2019). Extreme Power Metal (liner notes).
  12. ^ "New album is coming along great". Facebook. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  13. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #545". auspOp. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2019-10-07" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 October 2019.