DRAGONFORCE: 'Inhuman Rampage' To Receive U.S. Release Via ROADRUNNER

Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of U.K. power metal masters DRAGONFORCE. The band's Roadrunner U.S. debut, "Inhuman Rampage", was released in the U.K., mainland Europe and Japan on January 9, 2006 to critical raves and, in nearly three months, 30,000 copies in sales.

Since forming in London in 1999, DRAGONFORCE has taken European and Japanese audiences by storm. The brainchild of guitarists — Hong Kong-born Herman Li and New Zealander Sam Totman — along with South African émigré ZP Theart on vocals, DRAGONFORCE (then called DRAGONHEART) were quick to carve their name in stone with metal fans. The balance of the band — Dave Mackintosh (British), Vadim Pruzhanov (Ukranian) and Frederic Leclercq (French) — make DRAGONFORCE a true meeting of great international musical minds. 2003's debut album, "Valley of the Damned", set the stage and standard for a sound brimming with speed, technicality, catchiness and most importantly a lot of fun.

Along the trail of the 2005 European tour with IRON MAIDEN, fans started turning up at gigs, plastic swords and axes in hand, ready to revel in a sound as serious in approach as it is completely over the top. Now with the band's third album, "Inhuman Rampage", and a deal for North America with Roadrunner, DRAGONFORCE are set to become a major force on the worldwide metal scene. "You cannot liken DRAGONFORCE to anything that has come before in metal," states Roadrunner A&R man Mike Gitter. "Listening to DRAGONFORCE is almost overwhelming. The sheer energy, vibe and audacity of it all… every chord just oozes with the spirit of triumph!"

"As a new band, I was thrilled when we toured Japan on our debut album. When we were chosen to tour with IRON MAIDEN on our second album last year, I was equally fired up. Now, the most exciting of them all is signing with Roadrunner Records for our new album, 'Inhuman Rampage'!" says Herman Li. "We know our fans in North America have been waiting a long time for us. Here we come!"

"Inhuman Rampage" will be released in North America this summer on Roadrunner Records.


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