British extreme epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE will embark on the European leg of their Ultra Beatdown tour in January with special guests TURISAS.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Jan. 28 - Netherlands, Tilburg - 013
Jan. 29 - Netherlands, Amsterdam - Melkweg Max
Jan. 30 - Belgium, Hasselt - MOD
Jan. 31 - France, Paris - Elysee Montmartre
Feb. 02 - France, Bordeaux - Barbie
Feb. 03 - Spain, Barcelona - Apolo
Feb. 05 - Portugal, Lisbon - Cine Teatro Corrios
Feb. 06 - Spain, Madrid - Heineken
Feb. 07 - Spain, Bergara - Jam
Feb. 09 - Italy, Milan - Alcatraz
Feb. 10 - Switzerland, Pratteln - Z7
Feb. 12 - Hungary, Budapest - A38
Feb. 13 - Austria, Vienna - Szene
Feb. 14 - Slovenia, Maribor - Stuk
Feb. 16 - Germany, Munich - Backstage
Feb. 17 - Germany, Stuttgart - Die Rohre
Feb. 19 - France, Strasbourg - La Laiterie
Feb. 20 - Germany, Cologne - Underworld
Feb. 21 - Germany, Hamburg - Knust
Feb. 22 - Germany, Berlin - Kato
Feb. 24 - Denmark, Copenhagen - Vega
Feb. 25 - Sweden, Gothenburg - Brewhouse
Feb. 27 - Norway, Oslo - John Dee
Feb. 28 - Sweden, Stockholm - Tyrol
Mar. 02 - Finland, Helsinki - Tavastia
Mar. 03 - Finland, Oulu - Teatria
Kerrang! magazine recently spoke to DRAGONFORCE guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman about the group's forthcoming album, "Ultra Beatdown". Watch the five-minute chat below.
DRAGONFORCE has posted a new song, "Heroes Of Our Time", on its MySpace page. The track comes off "Ultra Beatdown", which is scheduled for release on August 25 via Roadrunner Records.
"Ultra Beatdown" track listing:
01. Heroes Of Our Time
02. The Fire Still Burns
03. Reasons To Live
04. Scars Of Yesterday
05. Heartbreak Armageddon
06. The Last Journey Home
07. Inside The Winter Storm
08. The Warrior Inside
In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, DRAGONFORCE guitarist Sam Totman stated about the group's new material, "It's not going to be majorly different. But hopefully the melodies will be nicer, the guitar solos will be better, the production will be better. You just try to improve in every area." Vocalist ZP Theart added, "There isn't much to change, but yet there is. The last three albums have been very much guitar-orientated, and this one probably will be as well, but I want to try to do some extra coloring in with the vocals."
Asked if the songs will be faster, guitarist Herman Li replied, "Bands always say, 'Our new album is faster and heavier,' and then it's never true, so we're not gonna say that. But playing fast just works for us. People who say we play too fast are probably right, but guess what? There's a million other bands that play slow. People listen to DRAGONFORCE and go to the show because they know that we're doing something other bands aren't doing."