Reaching into Infinity

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Reaching into Infinity
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Studio album by
Released19 May 2017 (2017-05-19)
Genre
Length60:46
Label
ProducerJens Bogren
DragonForce chronology
Killer Elite: the Hits, the Highs, the Vids
(2016)
Reaching into Infinity
(2017)
Extreme Power Metal
(2019)
Singles from Reaching into Infinity
  1. "Judgement Day"
    Released: 30 March 2017[6]
  2. "Curse of Darkness"
    Released: 12 April 2017[7]
  3. "Ashes of the Dawn"
    Released: 15 May 2017[8]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[10]
Blabbermouth.net8/10 stars[2]
Metal Injection8/10 stars[1]

Reaching into Infinity is the seventh studio album by British power metal band DragonForce, released on 19 May 2017. It is the band's first studio album to feature drummer Gee Anzalone and the last to feature longtime keyboardist Vadim Pruzhanov.

A music video for "Ashes of the Dawn" was released on 15 May 2017, and a music video for "Midnight Madness" was released on 20 September 2017. Pruzhanov was not featured in either of these videos, nor in any of the shows that the band performed during and after the recording of the album. In a video published on his official YouTube channel, he explained that he wanted to have more time for his daughter and that due to contractual obligations, he had to choose between performing in all or none of the shows; as a result, he was absent from the album's promotional tour,[11] and he eventually left the band in May 2018.[12]

Songwriting and concept[edit]

The album was written largely by Sam Totman and Frédéric Leclercq,[13] with Vadim Pruzhanov contributing to one song and Marc Hudson contributing to some of the lyrics.[14]

Leclercq stated he listens more to traditional heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, black metal and progressive metal than he listens to power metal, which is why the album sounds different from the band's previous efforts.[15] When asked about Leclercq's songwriting work and the possible influence of his extreme metal side project Sinsaenum, Herman Li stated, "We try to make use of everyone's skills, which is something we didn’t do much at the beginning of the band. I don't think Sinsaenum made too much of a difference, because there are still so many ideas we haven't been able to put into Dragonforce yet, and if you introduce too many new ideas you lose focus. [...]"[16] The band at first wanted to have a guest for the harsh vocals, but they eventually had Hudson give it a try and they were happy with the result.[15]

Li described the album as their "most diverse" one[16] and also as "escapist", saying people are supposed to listen to it to temporarily get away from the "craziness of the world".[17] The album title was conceived to be a reference to how the band wish their music to take people from anywhere to any time.[18]

Reaching into Infinity is the band's longest studio album at 60:46. The album also features the band's longest song, at 11 minutes and 3 seconds, in "The Edge of the World". When asked about the inspiration for writing that song, Totman explained they had the idea from the title track of Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.[18] Hudson said that the song centres around the poem Epic of Gilgamesh.[19] Li also explained that "Silence" was written about a friend of Leclercq who committed suicide.[16]

Album cover[edit]

Li explained that the portal in the middle of the album's cover is a wormhole, symbolizing the energy of the band's music and the idea that people from anywhere in the world can reach different times through it, emphasising the album's escapist vibe. He also explained that the dragon in the cover represented the band's spirit.[18]

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded at a number of locations, including Fascination Street Studios, in Sweden; Lamerluser Studios, in London, United Kingdom; Dark Lane Studios, in Witney, United Kingdom; Evil1 Studios, in Charleville-Mézières, France; and Shredforce One Studios, in California, United States.[20] Instead of reserving some time to work exclusively on the album from beginning to end, the band intercalated studio commitments with their touring legs.[17] Leclercq commented:[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Reaching into Infinity" (Instrumental) Frédéric Leclercq1:25
2."Ashes of the Dawn"LeclercqLeclercq4:33
3."Judgement Day"Sam Totman
  • Totman
  • Vadim Pruzhanov
6:13
4."Astral Empire"
  • Totman
  • Leclercq
Leclercq5:24
5."Curse of Darkness"LeclercqLeclercq5:35
6."Silence"
  • Leclercq
  • Marc Hudson
Leclercq4:50
7."Midnight Madness"TotmanTotman6:21
8."WAR!"
  • Leclercq
  • Hudson
Leclercq5:19
9."Land of Shattered Dreams"Hudson
  • Totman
  • Leclercq
4:59
10."The Edge of the World"
  • Leclercq
  • Hudson
  • Totman
Leclercq11:03
11."Our Final Stand"
  • Leclercq
  • Hudson
Leclercq5:04

The special edition of the album also included a bonus DVD containing footage of the band's performance at Woodstock Festival Poland in 2016, available in a single angle and four camera multi-angles. It was also distributed individually in digital stores.[22]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 35
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 57
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 88
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 27
Japan International Albums (Oricon)[29] 14
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[30] 9
Scottish Albums (OCC)[31] 29
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 69
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[34] 11

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Reaching into Eternity - DRAGONFORCE". Blabbermouth.net. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
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  7. ^ "Curse of Darkness - Single". Apple Music. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Ashes of the Dawn - Single". Apple Music. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Reviews and Tracks for Reaching into Infinity by DragonForce". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Reaching into Infinity - DragonForce". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  11. ^ Pruzhanov, Vadim (3 May 2017). "Regarding my recent absence on tour with Dragonforce". Vadim Pruzhanov's official channel. Retrieved 25 May 2017 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Pruzhanov, Vadim (10 June 2019). "Many keep sending me messages asking where there i am still in Dragonforce..." Facebook. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
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  15. ^ a b "Interview with Frédéric Leclercq of Dragonforce 2017". The Classic Metal Show. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  16. ^ a b c Rees, Adam (29 June 2017). "Five minutes alone with DragonForce's Herman Li". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
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  19. ^ "DRAGONFORCE's Marc Hudson Discusses Epic "The Edge Of The World" – "It's Basically About The Epic Of Gilgamesh"". Retrieved 6 June 2018.
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  29. ^ "ドラゴンフォース - どらごんふぉーす". Oricon. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  30. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  31. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
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