Fan-filmed video footage of DRAGONFORCE performing a full-speed cover version of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" on October 1 in Tucson, Arizona can be seen below. The studio version of the song appears on DRAGONFORCE's eighth full-length album, "Extreme Power Metal", which was released on September 27. The CD was produced in Los Angeles, California by Damien Rainaud at Mix Unlimited and was also recorded, in part, on guitarist Herman Li's livestream channel on Twitch with participation from the fans.
Li told Dead Press! about DRAGONFORCE's decision to record "My Heart Will Go On", which was the theme to the most romantic scene in the movie "Titanic": "It was about making an epic song on every DRAGONFORCE album, and it fits in well with the whole theme of the album and the fun artwork and just having fun with it. It's really catchy and people like it."
Regarding "Extreme Power Metal", Li said: "This album again combines the best of DRAGONFORCE in an even bigger, more epic way than we have ever done before. We are so excited for fans to hear it." Following the departure of Vadim Pruzhanov from the band last year, the keyboards of this new album were performed by Coen Janssen of symphonic metal titan EPICA, bringing a new dimension into a DRAGONFORCE album. Guitarist Sam Totman says: "We worked really closely with Coen on this new album. We are so happy with what he has brought into this new album. Every fan will be so happy to hear his majestic playing."
DRAGONFORCE recently parted ways with longtime bassist Frédéric Leclercq.
Leclercq, who became an official member of DRAGONFORCE in 2006, played his last show with the band in August at Elb-Riot in Hamburg, Germany.
Playing bass for DRAGONFORCE on the current tour is Rainaud, who has previously toured and recorded with ONCE HUMAN.