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DragonForce split with drummer Dave

Mackintosh moves on to focus on prog as former Kill Ritual man Gee Anzalone joins in his place

DragonForce have split with drummer Dave Mackintosh and brought in Kill Ritual sticksman Gee Anzalone as his replacement.

Mackintosh, who'd been with the band for 10 years, has decided to return to his first musical love. He says: "After much thought I have parted ways with DragonForce to pursue progressive rock. I wish the lads all the luck in the world.

"I will continue to tour and play with some of the greatest names in prog, and hope to see some familiar faces on the road. DF for ever!"

He'll make his final recorded appearance on the band's upcoming album, Maximum Overload, set for release on August 18.

Guitarist Herman Li says: "We've been through a lot with Dave and we want to thank him for everything he's contributed, both as a friend and a musician. We all wish him well with his new project."

Gee will play his first show with DragonForce on their UK tour, which kicks off in September.

Meanwhile, his former band Kill Ritual have launched a search for his replacement. The band's Steve Rice says: "We're proud of Gee and wish him all the best in his new endeavour – thanks for the good times, Gee! Now Kill Ritual is in need of a killer drummer to fill his shoe." Find out how to apply.

DragonForce UK tour

Sep 17: Edinburgh Liquid Room 

Sep 18: Aberdeen Lemon Tree 

Sep 19: Glasgow King Tuts 

Sep 20: Belfast Limelight 2 

Sep 21: Dublin Whelan's 

Sep 23: Carlisle Brickyard 

Sep 24: Middlesbrough Empire 

Sep 25: Manchester Deaf Institute 

Sep 26: Stoke Sugarmill 

Sep 27: Birmingham Temple 

Sep 30: Brighton The Haunt 

Oct 01: Southampton Joiners 

Oct 02: Plymouth White Rabbit 

Oct 03: Bridgend Hobo's 

Oct 04: Bristol Thekla 

Oct 07: Leeds Brudenell 

Oct 08: Nottingham Rescue Rooms 

Oct 09: Colchester Arts Centre 

Oct 10: Norwich Waterfront 

Oct 11: London Bush Hall

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