Dragonforce have revealed tempers frayed during the recording of their brand new album with the pressure on to make the perfect record.
But bass player Frédéric Leclercq has promised the band’s most diverse set yet after the band channeled their anger into the creative process at the heart of new long player Reaching Into Infinity.
Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their Killer Elite album.
“We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again,” explained Leclercq, who also handled the majority of songwriting on the new album.
“It was very intense and very tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic and I lost my temper a few times – I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best.”
For their seventh studio album, Dragonforce insist they have opened up their sound like never before – capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody.
“I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music,” added Leclercq. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!”
The first Dragonforce album to feature drummer Gee Anzalone is billed as fast, heavy and a whole lot of fun with the guitar dueling of Herman Li and Sam Totman guaranteeing the signature sound fans demand to hear.
The band will give fans their first taste of the new songs at an exclusive one-off show in Camden Town at London’s Black Heart on April 12.
Totman said: “This is going to be insane! We always like to kick things off with some intimate shows and this will be the smallest London show we’ve done since doing three consecutive weeks at The Barfly back in 2005. It’s going to be a wild, sweaty party!”
Tickets go on sale on February 10 and Leclercq added: “The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music.
“Today’s world is really crazy – there is fear of the future, uncertainty. But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people.”