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DRAGONFORCE Confirms Singer's Departure - Mar. 9, 2010
As first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET yesterday, British extreme epic power metallers DRAGONFORCE have now officially confirmed the departure of lead singer ZP Theart.

"It is with great regret that DRAGONFORCE announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart," the group writes in a statement. "This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wishes ZP great success with his future projects.

"While the creative core members have begun writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist."

"We are looking for a powerful, melodic singer to write a new chapter of DRAGONFORCE with us," added guitarist Herman Li.

Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply by following the instructions at this location.

DRAGONFORCE's latest album, 2008's "Ultra Beatdown", sold 24,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart.

DRAGONFORCE had its first two studio albums — "Valley Of The Damned" and "Sonic Firestorm" — reissued on February 22, 2010 via Spinefarm Records U.K. Both titles were made available with updated packaging and bonus audio/DVD content, some of it exclusive to these releases.

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posted by : tempsoundsolutions
3/9/2010 3:16:02 AM
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herman li has got really pretty hair.


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posted by : elwiz
3/9/2010 3:25:56 AM
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I'm not what you'd call a dragonforce fan but I saw 'em at some shitty festival years ago and the singer was fucking dreadful. Didn't hit a note the whole set. I've heard other people say he's pretty good so perhaps his monitor wasn't working or something. Either way the guy seems like an epic douche.


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COMMENT | Terrible
posted by : displeasedron
3/9/2010 3:33:02 AM
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This is terrible news. The singer is awesome, he has an amazing voice. Shame they did not get along.
Graspop gig some years ago was very good. I watch the DVD frequently.


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posted by : Mingleton
3/9/2010 4:04:24 AM
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Fuck Dragonforce up their stupid asses!

Imma make em eat our shit, then shit out our shit, then eat their shit which is made up of our shit that we made them eat!


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COMMENT | Awe
posted by : All_Points_Bulletin
3/9/2010 4:26:34 AM
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who the hell cares


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posted by : metalheaduntilimdead
3/9/2010 4:28:05 AM
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Goddang, I'm eating breakfast!!!!!!


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COMMENT | 'creative core members have begun writing the fifth album'
posted by : Peg The Minger
3/9/2010 5:05:04 AM
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Translation:

Herman is once again plunging his Cubase riff bucket
and will shortly present those the rest of the 'band' with a full click and drag 'concept album'. In the mean time, we need a new singer who does not mind being told what to do.

Once they have recorded his vision, completed several interviews on a creative process none of them were involved with and Sam has bought a new hat for his 'parting' this reformed ham of an album will be availble for general consumption


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posted by : sicksick6
3/9/2010 5:25:40 AM
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pah! why did they even have a singer anyway with all that pointless guitar wanking. a shit band. terrible live band aswell. saw them twice now. got worse each time.

maybe they will all quit.


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posted by : SCAMBOOGERY
3/9/2010 5:27:49 AM
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always thought they were a studio band, live they sucked major balls. all of the pitch-shifted wankery just sounded fake and unnatural, and the zp sounded like he had his nuts in a vice. all of their songs sound the same. power-happy-go-lucky metal must DIE!


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posted by : ROLLERBOY69
3/9/2010 6:51:51 AM
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I never thought they were that great live but they were decent, changing singers seems like a very bad idea.


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posted by : Mingleton
3/9/2010 7:22:25 AM
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"Goddang, I'm eating breakfast!!!!!!"

Bahahaha!!!!


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posted by : EL PENDEJO
3/9/2010 7:25:57 AM
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Never cared for this singer at all. In fact he's the reason I never bought any of their stuff.


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COMMENT | Don't worry about it.
posted by : Another Generic Username 666
3/9/2010 7:32:21 AM
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I'm going to sing for them. Once they hear my rendition of "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley", I'm an easy in. Then you will hear the greatest Yngwee inspired swords and sorcery 1980s fantasy epic power metal yet!


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posted by : syko kyd
3/9/2010 7:50:28 AM
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im wondering what musical direction ZP wanted to go into that the other members were so strongly against. Hopefully they can find a new singer and it doesnt turn into another velvet revolver case.


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posted by : theyearsofdecay
3/9/2010 8:03:54 AM
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I can close my eyes and imagine their songs... generic, but a decent listen


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COMMENT | awesome
posted by : HMFF
3/9/2010 8:08:48 AM
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So at least I know this is not a forum for 16 yo kids playing guitar hero.

I saw them live in 07 and they kicked ass, since the whole guitar hero effect, they have become really bad... their last album was dreadful, but their first 3 albums are truly a breakthrough in metal.

So can't dismiss a band with such talent that easily....


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COMMENT | As always...
posted by : tenhundredchicago
3/9/2010 8:09:44 AM
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...get Tim 'Ripper' Owens and be done with it.


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posted by : MK
3/9/2010 8:31:12 AM
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What does that dude's shirt say in the left of the picture?


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COMMENT | dfrc
posted by : metalgoose
3/9/2010 8:52:12 AM
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Excellent band and unique songs. Great live, saw them in 2009. Losers always complain.


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posted by : PMK
3/9/2010 11:16:36 AM
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Wow, didn't see that coming. I guess he was tired of being embarrassed every night on stage due to Herman and what's his face's horrid performances..


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posted by : evilcracker666
3/9/2010 3:31:07 PM
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they really should drop the d&d bullshit and play some real fucking metal. the guitarists clearly have the speed down now just do something unique and get a singer that's not trying to be the next bruce. iron maiden owns the operatic shit, don't even try to top it.


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COMMENT | sucks
posted by : double_talking_jive
3/9/2010 4:35:43 PM
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singer was awesome. I liked the band more for the singing style..


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posted by : EVH5150
3/9/2010 8:49:11 PM
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Wow... I didn't realize that Dragonforce were Poms...

Well, there you go...


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COMMENT | Dragonforce sucks
posted by : dingus82
3/10/2010 12:07:55 PM
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"...always thought they were a studio band, live they sucked major balls. all of the pitch-shifted wankery just sounded fake and unnatural"

Dude, you nailed it. Their sound sound is so fake and overproduced to the point where they can't replicate it live. They can't even pull off the studio recorded solos live.

If you ask me, they are a gimmick band. People have listened, chuckled at how over the top they sound, laughed at their silly music videos, played along on guitar hero, and have now moved on.

Unfortunately for Dragonforce, the gimmick is up.


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COMMENT | DAVID ST HUBBINS SHOULD JOIN
posted by : du3873
3/12/2010 10:35:15 AM
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finally a band I couldn't give 2 shits about loses a member

THERE IS A GOD



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