Through the Fire and Flames
|"Through the Fire and Flames"|
|Single by DragonForce|
|from the album Inhuman Rampage|
|Released||3 August 2006|
|Genre||Power metal, speed metal|
|Length||5:00 (Radio/video edit)|
7:22 (Album version)
|Songwriter(s)||Sam Totman and ZP Theart|
|Producer(s)||Sam Totman, Herman Li, Vadim Pruzhanov|
|DragonForce singles chronology|
"Through the Fire and Flames" is a song by English power metal band DragonForce. The song is acclaimed as the most successful song by the band. The song is a single as well as the opening track from DragonForce's third album, Inhuman Rampage, and features rapid twin guitar solos by Herman Li and Sam Totman.
The song peaked at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #61 on the Canadian Hot 100 in 2008. It also enjoyed briefly renewed popularity in March 2015 when a cover version uploaded to YouTube went viral, sending the song to number 13 on the Rock Songs chart. It has sold 1.1 million copies in the United States alone and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
"Through the Fire and Flames" has also appeared in several video games. It is often considered the most difficult song to appear in the Guitar Hero rhythm game series, first appearing as an unlockable bonus song in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, then again with full band support in the main setlist of Guitar Hero: Smash Hits. It is a playable song in Konami's band session arcade games GuitarFreaks and DrumMania V6, and part of the soundtrack for Brütal Legend. It is also one of the most popular songs used by Audiosurf players. The song was also made available for download for Rock Band 3 on 29 March 2011 for both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which can utilize real musical instruments.
Composing and recording
This song is written in the key of C minor (but in standard E tuning), and just like most other DragonForce songs it is written in a fast tempo of 200 beats per minute with a common time signature (170bpm in the first half of the guitar solo). During the recording of the song, guitarist Herman Li broke one of his guitar strings. Despite this, the band decided to keep this recording and left it on the final album version.
The track was used in the first music video by DragonForce. For the video, a shortened version of the song was used, lasting only five minutes.
The simple video primarily shows the band performing the song in a dark room illuminated by amber lights. After the rapid intro riff, guitarist Herman Li holds onto his Ibanez S series guitar with just the whammy bar. During the guitar solos, the camera focuses on Li and Sam Totman alone, with an inset shot of the current player's fretboard. During Li's solos, Totman stands to Li's left drinking. At the start of the solo, a Pac-Man sound is played by Li, after which he throws the whammy bar he used to make this sound into the air.
The song appears on two compilation albums: The short version of the song, misnamed as "Through the Fire and the Flames", appears on MTV2 Headbanger's Ball: The Revenge, released on 11 April 2006. The full version of the song appears on Salvation, Vol. 1, released on 23 October 2007.
- "DragonForce - Through The Fire And Flames - Music Charts". 13 February 2008.
- White, Emily (13 March 2015). "Brandi Carlile Scores Multiple Career Highs on Rock Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- "American certifications – DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flames". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- "Audiosurf". Audiosurf. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
- Herman Li. DragonForce!. Blender.com Online Video Channel. Event occurs at 2:45-3:02. Archived from the original (Flash) on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
...at the end of the song we actually break the string. I broke the string and in the album we left it there
- "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball: The Revenge > Overview". Allmusic Guide. All Media Group. Retrieved 7 April 2008.
- "Salvation, Vol. 1 > Overview". Allmusic Guide. All Media Group. Retrieved 7 April 2008.