Dragonforce, Alestorm, The Defiled & Cavorts (14+ show) - Mandela Hall
Thursday 27th September 2012 20:00

English Power-Metal titans Dragonforce return to Belfast to headline Mandela Hall on 27th September 2012, supporting their 5th studio LP. Entitled “The Power Within”, the ten track monster is the bands fifth studio album, and first with new singer Marc Hudson in the fold. Support from Alestorm, The Defiled & Cavorts Tickets go on sale Wednesday 4th April from www.shine.net, The Kitten Bar, Ticketmaster & QUBSU priced £19.50. This is a 14+ show.


Artists » Dragonforce

DragonForce is a Power Metal band that was formed in 1999, from the remnants of black metal band Demoniac under the name of DragonHeart. However, the band soon changed its name to DragonForce before releasing any commercial albums due to possible commercial issues with Brazilian band Dragonheart. Their career began with publishing of songs on the first incarnation of MP3.com, claiming the top of the site's heavy metal charts. The hit song Valley of the Damned reached over 500,000 downloads in the first few months.

Despite this, two of the original members, Steve Williams and Steve Scott left the band to form power metal outfit Power Quest.

The band has enjoyed increasing popularity over the years, publishing four albums and touring extensively while supporting artists such as Helloween, W.A.S.P. and Iron Maiden. Their 2005 tour in support of the Sonic Firestorm album included support from Angra and Mendeed during their passage through the UK.

On October 28, 2005 bassist Adrian Lambert announced his departure from the band. (Lambert later revealed in an interview that he had left due to musical differences with Herman Li and Sam Totman). Less than a month after Lambert's departure, on November 23th 2005, DragonForce was signed to Roadrunner Records which released their album Inhuman Rampage in 2006. Lambert was replaced in 2006 by Frédéric Leclercq, who was made an official member after a performance on tour.

DragonForce's Through the Fire and Flames is featured as an unlockable bonus song in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for PS2, XBOX360, PS3, Wii & PC. Not including downloadable content, it has been widely perceived as the hardest song in the Guitar Hero franchise.

DragonForce Line-up

ZP Theart – Lead and backing vocals
Herman Li – Lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Sam Totman – Lead and rhythm electric guitars, backing vocals
Vadim Pruzhanov – Keyboards, Piano, backing vocals
Dave Mackintosh – Drums, backing vocals
Frédéric Leclercq – Bass, backing vocals Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Top Tracks:

  1. Through the Fire and Flames
  2. Fury of the Storm
  3. Revolution Deathsquad
  4. Operation Ground And Pound
  5. My Spirit Will Go On
  6. Storming The Burning Fields
  7. Cry For Eternity
  8. Body Breakdown
  9. Soldiers of the Wasteland
  10. Valley Of The Damned

Top Albums:

  1. Inhuman Rampage
  2. Sonic Firestorm
  3. Valley of the Damned
  4. Ultra Beatdown
  5. The Valley of the Damned
  6. The Power Within
  7. Inhuman Rampage [Special Edition]
  8. Twilight Dementia
  9. Maximum Overload
  10. undefined

Artists » Alestorm

Alestorm is a folk metal band from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, and as a result have been dubbed a pirate metal band on a popular heavy metal related website. They refer to their genre as "True Scottish Pirate Metal".

The band formed under the name Battleheart in 2004. After releasing two EPs, they were signed by Napalm Records in 2007 and renamed themselves Alestorm. Their debut album was released on 25 January 2008. The band's third album, Back Through Time, was released in June 2011.

Originally starting out as a two piece band Gavin Harper and Christopher Bowes, Battleheart recorded an independent EP in Gavin's home studio in early 2006. The band was soon rounded out after some early rotation by bassist Dani Evans and drummer Doug Swierczek. Battleheart played their first live show only five days after the members had all met together for the first time.

A second EP was recorded the same year, with Evans now featuring in the recording line-up (the drums were again programmed). Later in the year, the song "Set Sail And Conquer" from the EP was featured on Metal Hammer's "Battle Metal V" cd with other such bands as Týr, Firewind, Hammerfall and Blind Guardian.

In early 2007, drummer Doug Swierczek departed from the band and was replaced by the band's friend Ian Wilson of the band Catharist. Later in the year the band changed their name to Alestorm and were signed by Napalm Records. A debut album, "Captain Morgan's Revenge" was released in early 2008. The song "Captain Morgan's Revenge" was also featured on "Metal Hammer's Battle Metal VI".

Ian Wilson left Alestorm following the release of the debut album due to scheduling conflicts. He was replaced by Alex Tabisz, but by August that year had rejoined the band. The following month founding member Gavin Harper departed after relocating to Finland. After a brief period of touring with Tim Shaw as his replacement, Dani Evans switched instruments from bass to guitar.

In April 2008 the single Heavy Metal Pirates was released as a digital download. Ian Wilson left Alestorm in June of that year as he was unable to commit fully to the band, and he was temporarily replaced by German Alex Tabisz. However, Wilson rejoined the band in late August, in time for a show at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow on August 29.

In September 2008, Bowes announced on Bloodstock's official forums that guitarist Gavin Harper had left the band due to "[Harper] no longer having the enthusiasm for Alestorm that he once had". Additionally, Gavin posted on Alestorm's Myspace referring to his departure. Tim Shaw was announced as Harper's replacement, but after a brief period of touring left the band. Dani Evans has since switched instruments from bass to guitar, and Gareth Murdock of Waylander has joined as the replacement bassist.

In late February 2009, after a second European support tour, the band embarked on the Pagan Knight's tour across North America with Týr and Suidakra.

From April to May 2009, Alestorm, Týr, Heidevolk, and Adorned Brood took part in another European tour, titled "Black Sails Over Europe". A tour CD was released by Napalm Records, containing new tracks from both Alestorm and Týr's new albums, along with four songs taken from both of Heidevolk's albums. Only 1,000 of these CDs were produced.

A second album, Black Sails at Midnight, was released in May 27, 2009. As with their first album, all the drums tracks were recorded by session drummer Migo Wagner but touring drummer Ian Wilson added some additional percussion. The special edition of the album came with a live dvd of the band's performance at the 2008 Wacken Festival. A music video was shot for the song "Keelhauled". Alestorm played two additional tours in 2009; Paganfest in Europe and Heathenfest in the United States.

In 2010, Alestorm played a few shows as guests on selected dates of the Paganfest tour through Europe. That tour was headlined by Finntroll and Eluveitie. From 17 to 20 June 2010, Alestorm played various shows around Australia. In late 2010, Alestorm toured the UK along with Sabaton,[19] (they also played together with Sabaton at their hometown festival of Falun named Rockstad: Falun during the 28–29 May) as well as playing at Hard Rock Hell: Road Trip in Ibiza. On 24 September, Alestorm played a new song from their third album called "Rum" live in Karlstad, Sweden in support of Sabaton's World War Tour. On 17 October, they played a cover of a Gloryhammer (a side project of keytarist Christopher Bowes) song called "The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee" in Brighton, England.

In order to promote their third studio album Back Through Time, Alestorm is going on a Back Through Time World Tour. The first part of the tour was held in Australia and New Zealand from 10 until 15 May.

Band members
Christopher Bowes – lead vocals, keyboards (2004–present)
Dani Evans – guitar (2006, 2008–present), bass guitar (2006–2008), backing vocals (2006–present)
Gareth Murdock – bass guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)
Peter Alcorn - drums (2010–present)

Former members
Ian Wilson – drums, percussion (2007–2008, 2008–2010)
Gavin Harper – guitar, backing vocals (2004–2008)
Tim Shaw – guitar, backing vocals (2008)
Doug Swierczek – drums (2006–2007)
Alex Tabisz – drums (2008)
Robin Hellier - lead vocals (2006) (during the Battleheart period) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Top Tracks:

  1. Keelhauled
  2. Leviathan
  3. Over the Seas
  4. Captain Morgan's Revenge
  5. Nancy the Tavern Wench
  6. Wolves of the Sea
  7. The Quest
  8. Pirate Song
  9. The Huntmaster
  10. That Famous Ol' Spiced

Top Albums:

  1. Black Sails at Midnight
  2. Captain Morgan's Revenge
  3. Back Through Time
  4. Captain Morgan´s Revenge
  5. Leviathan
  6. Sunset on the Golden Age
  7. Black Sails Over Europe
  8. Leviathan (EP)
  9. Live At The End Of The World
  10. Heavy Metal Pirates