DragonForce Premiere Demo of New Song, “Defenders,” and Announce New Album


UK Metal titans DragonForce are nearing completion of their sixth studio album entitled Maximum Overload. Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band’s first-ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

In anticipation, the group has teamed with Revolver to premiere the demo of a new song, “Defenders.” Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

Maximum Overload will be the band’s debut album for new label Ear Music, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th, and in North America on Metal Blade Records on August 19th.

Maximum Overload features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. “We’ve always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!”comments bassist Frederic Leclercq.

The album also features another all-time first for DragonForce: a cover song. Guitarist Sam Totman explains, “Just before the last Australian tour, our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we’ve always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down three songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down ‘Ring Of Fire’ by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we’ve DragonForce-ized it!”

Maximum Overload will be released on Standard CD, standard digital version, special edition CD with 5 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD, special edition digital version, and on vinyl.

Pre-orders, videos, and new music will be available at metalblade.com this summer. A full World Tour in support of the new album will commence in the UK in September 2014.


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  • Dom Spizzirri

    I have no idea how I feel about this. I think I lost the hype for the whole Dragonforce thing a long time ago.

  • Rob Bethune

    at first i didnt like the new vocalists sound, but the sound really broke in nicely with the last album, and holy fuck! this sounds almost thrashy at the intro! cant wait to hear the rest of the album

  • jimharris

    as a coworker once said to me “There’s only so many open pastures one can ride through”

  • Daniel Davis

    I actually kinda dug this. Not too original or anything, but it’s fun enough

  • Matt

    in the intro, wow thats a fucking TRASH!

  • slim pickins

    Excellent! You’d never mistake that for anyone else.