Due to "unforeseen circumstances," London-based "extreme power metal" band DRAGONFORCE will not be able to gain entry to the U.S. this time around to play the show at New York City's CBGBs on November 22. "The band are as stunned by this news as their fans who have waited a long time to see them will be," reads a posting on teh group's web site. "The band have vowed that they will be back, however, and sincerely apologise for this disappointment, which was entirely beyond their control. DRAGONFORCE are still scheduled to play the Quebec International Metal Fest in Canada on November 20th."
As previously reported, a brand-new DRAGONFORCE track, entitled "Through the Fire and Flames", is available for download at this location. The song comes off the band's upcoming third album, "Inhuman Rampage", due on January 9, 2006. The follow-up to 2004's "Sonic Firestorm" was recorded at Thin Ice Studios in Virginia Water (Surrey) and guitarist Herman Li's own studio in West London between April and September, while production duties were shared between Li, fellow axeman Sam Totman and keyboard player Vadim Pruzhanov.
The album will be released on CD and picture vinyl, with the CD featuring an enhanced section and other surprise goodies.
DRAGONFORCE recently parted ways with bassist Adrian Lambert and are currently seeking a replacement. Former HEAVENLY/current MALADAPTIVE guitarist Frederic Leclercq will fill in on a temporary basis for their upcoming show in Canada.