British speed metal merchants Dragonforce have been experimenting on different sounds on their forthcoming album Maximum Overload.
Dragonforce speed into 'thrashier' territory
Vocalist Marc Hudson says Maximum Overload shows the band's sound is evolving and credits producer Jens Bogren and bassist Frederic Leclercq with the changes
Speaking with Norway’s Metal Express Radio, vocalist Marc Hudson revealed Dragonforce’s sound was evolving and the band weren’t afraid to mix things up on the new album.
He says: “The last two albums have been quite different to the previous ones. There’s a formula we’re following because we are melodic speed metal, so we can’t slow down. But we’ve got Jens Bogren as our producer, who’s worked with Symphony X and Opeth, and he’s had an influence on this album.
“We recently released The Game and we did a demo for Metal Hammer called Defenders. Both those songs have a thrashy sort of feel to them and that’s definitely come from bassist Frederic Leclercq and Jens.
“Although we have to stick to what we’re good at, we're able to move around, evolve and change the sound here and there. We’ve got the classic Dragonforce power metal stuff through to some thrashier moments. There’s progressive stuff, too.”
Hudson took over vocal duties from ZP Theart in 2011 and says the group have been adapting around his vocal style.
“Because I’ve got a different sound to ZP Theart, we’re able to adapt things to suit me," he revealed. "There might be something I can sing that they weren’t expecting, so we can change vocal melodies and put my own feel into it.”
Maximum Overload is the follow up to 2012’s The Power Within and will be Dragonforce’s sixth album. The recording will be released in Europe on Aug 18 and in North America on Aug 19. The band commence a UK tour on Sept 17 in Edinburgh.
Dragonforce Maximum Overload UK Tour dates
Sept 17: Edinburgh Liquid Room
Sept 18: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Sept 19: Glasgow King Tut’s
Sept 20: Belfast Limelight 2
Sept 21: Dublin Whelan’s
Sept 23: Carlisle Brickyard
Sept 24: Middlesbrough Empire
Sept 25: Manchester Deaf Institute
Sept 26: Stoke Sugarmill
Sept 27: Birmingham Temple
Sept 30: Brighton The Haunt
Oct 01: Southampton Joiners
Oct 02: Plymouth White Rabbit
Oct 03: Bridgend Hobo’s
Oct 04: Bristol The Thekla
Oct 07: Leeds Brudenell
Oct 08: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Oct 09: Colchester Arts Centre
Oct 10: Norwich Waterfront
Oct 11: London Bush Hall