DRAGONFORCE's "Through The Fire And Flames" was certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) on May 23 for accumulating 1 million certified units. According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.
This past March, the "Through The Fire And Flames" music video reached a new milestone: It surpassed one hundred million views on YouTube — DRAGONFORCE's first music video to do so.
"Through The Fire And Flames", the leadoff track from 2006's "Inhuman Rampage" album, sparked a watershed moment in DRAGONFORCE's career. The song's inclusion in the "Guitar Hero" video game catapulted the band's international profile and inspired multitudes of gamers to try to keep up with guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman's lighting-fast riffs. In honor of its massive popularity, "Guitar Hero Live" included the song in its "Shred-A-Thon" on GHTV.
"It was a great feeling to see our music was heard by so many people around the world, and people were completely freaking out over it," Li recalled of when "Through The Fire And Flames" was at the height of its popularity. "We definitely do not make three-minute long, commercial music. A seven-minute, fast, melodic metal song with long guitar solos and crazy retro video games sounds became totally cool. We were getting recognized everywhere we went, from Best Buy to airport security. A couple TSA officers once asked to see my fingers. They wanted to see the fingers that recorded 'Through The Fire And Flames'!"
Congratulations are in order as DragonForce and Aerosmith/Run-D.M.C. have just received platinum song certifications while Godsmack nabbed a gold certification from the RIAA.
In 2006, when DragonForce unleashed "Through the Fire and Flames," it captured the ears of a young generation of metalheads who were awestruck by the absurdity of Herman Li and Sam Totman's ambitious guitar solos.
On May 23, the song was officially certified platinum after having gone gold in 2008. "Through the Fire and Flames" also reached an impressive milestone on YouTube recently, hitting 100 million views back in March.
Somewhat surprisingly, the groundbreaking rap-rock collaboration between Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. on "Walk This Way," had not reached platinum status until May 23. The single was certified gold in 1993.
England's power metal icons DragonForce have just revealed the details of their eighth studio album, Extreme Power Metal. It comes out Sept. 27 on Metal Blade and to tide fans over, they've released the first song off the record, "Highway to Oblivion," which can be heard below.
DragonForce embrace a cinematic approach to the album opener, utilizing electronic beats and melodies with a dramatic vocal buildup before an explosion of theatrical guitars enter the fray. There's a balance between dizzying speed and a comparatively mid-tempo gallop supported by an enchanting synth-driven atmosphere.
As for the video, it'll give you Tron flashbacks.
"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," Herman Li said of the forthcoming 10-track effort which includes a cover of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," which dominated the charts thanks to the Titanic film.
"Highway to Oblivion" is also now available for play in the "rhythm shooter" virtual reality game Audica. The video game features the edited version of the track (for which the music video was made) as well as the full seven-minute version.
Epica keyboardist Coen Janssen played on the album following the 2018 departure of longtime keyboard player Vadim Pruzhanov, who had been with the band since 2001.
"We worked really closely with Coen on this new album," said guitarist Sam Totman. "We are so happy with what he has brought into this new album. Every fan will be so happy to hear his majestic playing."
From our new album 'Extreme Power Metal' out Friday 27th September 2019!
The official music video for DRAGONFORCE's new single, "Heart Demolition", can be seen below. Directed by the Mase Brothers, the clip utilizes a classic arcade game look while the song features DRAGONFORCE's signature uplifting melodies and furious guitar solos.
Guitarist Herman Li said: "The fans are really going to like this video because it's classic DRAGONFORCE: big choruses and a tribute to the Sega Mega-Drive console. The haters are going to like it even more because you'll get to see Sam Totman without his hat on for the first time in 10 years, showing off how bald he has become!"
DragonForce might have the most interesting song you'll hear all day, with the band deciding to put their stamp on Celine Dion's mega '90s ballad "My Heart Will Go On."
Knowing DragonForce, you can expect it won't be the sweeping ballad that commanded the airwaves but rather, it's now a speed metal anthem. You can listen to the band infuse this adult contemporary classic with a jolt of pure speed metal.
Speaking with Dead Press, guitarist Herman Li stated of the cover, "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."