British epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE have announced plans to return to North America for a spring tour. This outing marks the band's first trek with brand new singer Marc Hudson, who also makes his recorded debut on "The Power Within". The album lands at retail on April 17 via Roadrunner Records.
Hudson premiered his voice at a series of intimate North American shows last October. The performances were met with much praise and approval from the band's diehard fanbase. Now the vocalist will be able to showcase his pipes to other parts of the country and beyond, where a similar reaction is expected for this talented up-and-comer with undeniable chops.
The tour kicks off April 21 at the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts and makes several stops on the East Coast before winding through Canada and into the Midwest before wrapping out west on May 11 in Anaheim, California. L.A.-based metal warriors HOLY GRAIL, and HUNTRESS, a five-piece metal band lead by vocalist Jill Janus, who delivers an unparalleled four-octave range thanks to her opera background, will provide support on this run.
Pre-orders for "The Power Within" are available as of today. You can pre-order "The Power Within" bundle and receive an exclusive autographed poster and a download of the album the day before it's available in stores.
The dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Apr. 22 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Apr. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
Apr. 25 - Montreal, QC - Le National
Apr. 26 - London, ON - London Music Hall
Apr. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Apr. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Apr. 29 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
May 01 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
May 02 - Calgary, AB - Republik
May 04 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
May 05 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 06 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
May 08 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
May 10 - Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
May 11 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
"The Power Within" will be released in the U.K. on April 16 via the band's own Electric Generation Recordings, distributed by Essential Music.
DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li recently stated about "The Power Within", "The last two years have been the most fun we ever had making an album. Through writing, jamming and touring together, we have built this incredible energy and it has been fully captured on the new album.
"This time around we've really brought our metal side to the surface and made some of the best music of our career. From the fastest song we've ever recorded ['Fallen World'] to the slower songs, and some things you would never expect from us, this is by far the most diverse DRAGONFORCE album yet."
Li added, "This is an exciting new era for DRAGONFORCE with Marc joining the band, so we figured this was an ideal time to take full control of our own destiny and establish our own record label for Europe. It's all hands on deck running it, but a great buzz!"
"The Power Within" track listing:
01. Holding On
02. Fallen World
03. Cry Thunder
04. Give Me The Night
05. Wings of Liberty
07. Heart Of The Storm
08. Die By The Sword
09. Last Man Stands
10. Seasons (acoustic version)
There will also be a digital and vinyl version featuring bonus tracks "Cry Thunder (Live Rehearsal)", "Heart of the Storm (Alternative Chorus Version)" and "Avant La Tempête (Instrumental)", plus an exclusive box set featuring:
* CD Version
* Access Code for Bonus Material plus
* DRAGONFORCE Flag,
* DF Flashlight/Bottle Opener,
* Set of 6 DF Beer Mats featuring band cartoons by bassist Frédéric Leclercq.
DRAGONFORCE has announced a series of in-store signings with HMV, commencing in London on the release date of their new album, "The Power Within", of Sunday, April 15 along with a special, one-off album launch show in Birmingham.
The full in-store signing schedule:
April 15 at 12.00 p.m. - HMV London
April 16 at 5.00 p.m. - HMV Glasgow
April 17 at 5.00 p.m. - HMV Manchester
April 18 at 5.00 p.m. - HMV Birmingham
April 19 at 5.00 p.m. - HMV Bristol
Following the Birmingham signing on April 18, DRAGONFORCE will play an intimate "Kerrang! Live" show at The Temple Room within the HMV Institute. This will be the band's only U.K. appearance until their full U.K. tour later in the year.
"Fallen World" audio stream: