Through the Fire and Flames

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"Through the Fire and Flames"
Through the Fire and Flames Single.jpg
Single by DragonForce
from the album Inhuman Rampage
Released 3 August 2006
Format CD single
Recorded 2005
Genre Power metal, speed metal
Length 5:00 (Radio/video edit)
7:22 (Album version)
Label Sanctuary/Roadrunner (UK)
Roadrunner/Universal (US)
Songwriter(s) Sam Totman and ZP Theart
Producer(s) Sam Totman, Herman Li, Vadim Pruzhanov
DragonForce singles chronology
"Fury of the Storm"
(2005)
"Through the Fire and Flames"
(2006)
"Operation Ground and Pound"
(2006)
"Fury of the Storm"
(2005)
"Through the Fire and Flames"
(2006)
"Operation Ground and Pound"
(2006)
Music video
"Through the Fire and Flames" on YouTube

"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.[1] 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.[2][3]

"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.[4] 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[edit]

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.[5] Despite this, the band decided to keep this recording and left it on the final album version.[5]

Music video[edit]

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.

During the guitar solos, the camera focuses on Herman Li and Sam Totman, with an inset shot of whoever is currently playing. During Herman Li's solos, Totman stands to Herman's left drinking. At the start of the solo, a Pac-Man sound is played by Herman, after which the whammy bar that was used to make this sound is thrown in the air.

The music video circulated through YouTube and various music video channels, including MTV2, and was shown on monitor screens during the band's performances at Ozzfest 2006.

Compilation appearances[edit]

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.[6] The full version of the song appears on Salvation, Vol. 1, released on 23 October 2007.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DragonForce - Through The Fire And Flames - Music Charts". 2008-02-13. 
  2. ^ White, Emily (2015-03-13). "Brandi Carlile Scores Multiple Career Highs on Rock Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  3. ^ "American certifications – DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flames". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Audiosurf". Audiosurf. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  5. ^ a b Herman Li. DragonForce! (Flash). Blender.com Online Video Channel. Event occurs at 2:45-3:02. Retrieved 2008-01-01. ...at the end of the song we actually break the string. I broke the string and in the album we left it there 
  6. ^ "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball: The Revenge > Overview". Allmusic Guide. All Media Group. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Salvation, Vol. 1 > Overview". Allmusic Guide. All Media Group. Retrieved 2008-04-07.