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'''''If you were looking for the VideoGame, go [[VideoGame/DragonForce here]].'''''

->''Proud and so glorious''
->''Standing before of us''
->''Our swords will shine bright in the sky''
->''When united we come''
->''To the land of the sun''
->''With the heart of a dragon we ride''
-->--"Heart of a Dragon"

->"PAIN! DRAGONS! RAMPAGING! FIRE! MORE DRAGONS! FLYING! SUFFERING! [[TheRuntAtTheEnd ONE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED DRAGON THAT WAS LEFT BEHIND!]]"
-->--'''Rexisfed''', Website/ScoreHero

''[=DragonForce=]'' ([[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture sic]]) are a British band famed for their epic fantasy lyrics and energetic, over-the-top style of extreme power metal. On the other hand, they're also quite widely hated for having songs with similar structure and writing, and being perceived by some as stereotyping PowerMetal as nothing more than super fast guitars, double bass drums and high pitched vocals about dragons, as well as various false accusations that they digitally speed up their playing and the occasional ItsPopularNowItSucks. They're best known for [[ThatOneBoss their appearance]] in ''GuitarHero 3''.

In March 2010, the group [[CreativeDifferences parted ways]] with singer [=ZP=] Theart. The group announced an open audition via Website/YouTube for his replacement, and after screening thousands of applicants, selected in March 2011 native Englishman Marc Hudson as his replacement. The group's first album with Hudson was released in early 2012.

Not to be confused with the SegaSaturn game ''VideoGame/DragonForce'', although said game was the inspiration for their name - they're [[OneOfUs self-confessed video game geeks]] (hence video game-like sound effects in their songs).
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!!Albums:
* ''Valley of the Damned'' (2000/2003)
* ''Sonic Firestorm'' (2004)
* ''Inhuman Rampage'' (2006)
* ''Ultra Beatdown'' (2008)
* ''Twilight Dementia'' (live album) (2010)
* ''The Power Within'' (2012)
* ''Maximum Overload'' (2014)

!!The group's current lineup consists of:
* Marc Hudson, of Oxford, England, on vocals.
* Frédéric Leclercq, French-born. Plays bass and provides harsh backing vocals.
* Herman "Shred" Li, guitar, born in Hong Kong. Often performs his solos [[DramaticWind standing directly in front of a giant fan.]]
* Vadim Pruzhanov, of the Ukraine. Plays keyboards and various electronics, including a {{Theremin}}, turntable, and Kaoss Pad.
* Sam Totman, guitarist and principal songwriter, born in England but raised in New Zealand.
* Gee Anzalone of Turin, Italy on drums.

!!Former members include:
* ZP Theart, lead vocals, born in South Africa. Extremely charismatic. Note that "ZP" are not initials, but rather ''[[AwesomeMcCoolName his actual first name]]''. After his departure from Dragonforce, he formed his own band, ''I AM I''.
* Adrian Lambert, bassist, from England.
* Dave "Compact Dynamo" Mackintosh, of Glasgow, Scotland, on drums.
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!They provide examples of:

* ArcWords: 'Fire', 'Sword' and '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA9lPZSkuDE So far away]]' are popular enough to inspire {{drinking game}}s.
* AudienceParticipationSong: The chorus of "Heart of a Dragon", as quoted above, is a sing-along. Also, ZP usually [[strike:has]] had the crowd sing along to part of "Through the Fire and Flames".
* AutoTune: A line or two in various songs, used for effect. Example: At 2:41-2:45 in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEF-qFYDt6M&t=2m41s this video]]
* BreakupSong: "Seasons", written by Frederic. It's about recovering in the aftermath of a particularly rough breakup.
** Different from most breakup songs, in that instead of being about the singer missing their lover, reminiscing on how great they were together, or being hateful and wishing they had never met them, the ultimate theme behind "Seasons" seems to be more about picking oneself up and moving on with life. Pretty impressive for a band known best for singing about swords, fire, and dragons!
* BreatherEpisode: Each of the group's albums features one PowerBallad as a counterpart to the rest of their music: "Starfire", "Dawn Over a New World", "Trail of Broken Hearts", and "A Flame For Freedom".
* CaptainObvious: "Our swords are made of STEEL" from "Cry Of The Brave". Yeah, that's usually what swords are made of...
** Except when they're made of bronze or Iron, and considering their usual themes, it's not impossible to think this song takes place in a time/place where iron or bronze is more common...
* ChangedForTheVideo: The video version of "Through the Fire and Flame" is only 5 minutes long while the original version is 7 minutes long.
* ClusterBleepBomb: During one of the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xS-DfETmykA#t=347s Making of The Power Within]]" videos, Frederic delivers a profanity-laden rant in French after repeatedly failing at one particular section of a song.
* ClusterFBomb: The new live album ''Twilight Dementia'' has a surprising amount of cursing in between the songs; it's especially surprising since their actual songs never use any language harsher than "damn", "hell", and "whore".
** It happens quite often during their live performances, where they will change their lyrics on the fly, such as changing "Now here we stand with their blood on our hands" to "Now here we stand with our cocks in our hands". ZP used to do this all the time, but Marc usually sings the lyrics as they were written.
* CreativeDifferences: The band stated that ZP leaving "is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion".
* DarkestHour: Used often in the lyrics. Come to think of it, their lyrics are either this, or InUniverse CrowningMomentOfAwesome. ''There is no such thing as moderation''.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Through the Fire and Flames", anyone?
** "In flames we'll now forever burn eternally" from "The Flame of Youth".
* {{Determinator}}: Almost every one of their songs is such from the [=POV=] of such a character.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: One of their songs is very reminiscent of that level in the very first ''DawnOfWar'' where you storm a corrupted temple.
* DontTryThisAtHome: Unless you would want a short-lived career as a professional guitarist, marked by severe repetitive stress injuries on your hands and wrists, never, ever attempt to teach yourself how to play guitar by playing along to Herman Li's guitar work - there are only ''a few'' guitarists who can play as fast and as precise as him, and you're most probably not one of them.
* DrugsAreBad: "Give Me the Night" is about a man whose life has been ruined by his drug addiction.
* EpicRocking: Most of their songs clock in at around seven minutes long and are half guitar solo. The above-mentioned "Strike of the Ninja" is noteworthy for being the group's first recorded song to run ''less'' than five minutes.
** And "Strike of the Ninja" isn't even a [=DragonForce=] song. It's originally from Sam's joke band side project, Shadow Warriors.
** They've stepped away from this a bit for ''The Power Within'', averaging about 5 minutes per song and reset their record for shortest song with ''Fallen World'', which is only 4:07.
* FunWithForeignLanguages: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_6BJ30Ztbs During a show in Finland.]] the band had Marc read out a list of what were allegedly helpful and useful phrases in Finnish. They were actually swear words and things like "I'm gay", "I like men", or "[[TeenyWeenie I have a small penis.]]"
** And in Montreal, Quebec they had him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_SysskWzFc do the same in Québécois French.]]
* GenreBusting: Both the band and metal fans in general have trouble putting their specific style into a particular genre. The band calls it "Extreme Power Metal", while metal fans find it to be a mix of typical Power Metal and Speed Metal mixed with Chiptunes.
* GlorySeeker
* HeavyMithril: Lots of their songs are about sticking it to Satan and assaults on evil temples.
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Herman Li And Sam Totman Can Breathe In Space]]: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSt3lQ0aETw commercial]] they did for Capital One shows them rocking out on an asteroid. See also: SpaceIsNoisy
* HotBlooded: In a [[PowerMetal genre]] that is almost as HotBlooded as the SuperRobot one, they manage to be one of the most loud bands.
* ICallItVera: Vadim's keytar is named "BATMAM", after an acronym used by the band to describe Sam Totman: Bitter And Twisted Middle Aged Man.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Despite the name of the band, dragons are rarely mentioned in their songs.
* LargeHam: ZP Theart. Just listen to them live.
* LoudnessWar
* LyricalDissonance: There's a surprising amount of darkness and death hidden underneath all the upbeat, uplifting music - though usually offset by some {{Determinator}}-esque lines commonly apparent in their songs.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNcX4dFvcHs&feature=related "Once In A Lifetime"]] sounds pretty uplifting, and the chorus is pretty encouraging. The verses, however...
-->''In minds of society, we all live in harmony.''
-->''Truth is that we all die in vain.''
** "Once In A Lifetime" also includes the line "Violent fury of firestorming death".
** Also extremely obvious in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA7uEh2jYe4 "Black Winter Night"]]. While it is slightly less uplifting than many other Dragonforce songs, it is still a fairly happy-sounding song, which heavily conflicts with its lyrics:
-->''No more hope''
-->''As we raise our hands to the sky''
-->''No more dreams''
-->''As the rivers run dry...''
** And later in the song:
-->''No more tomorrow...''
-->''Dying of sorrow...''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPdFjZX1s_Y "Last Man Stands"]] is one of their happiest sounding songs, and yet it features lyrics regarding humanity nuking itself and prayers in vain and barren desolation.
* MadLibMetalLyrics: They really take this UpToEleven.
* ManlyTears: [=DragonForce=]'s songs use the words 'tears' and 'cry' within their lyrics frequently, but this has more to do with the fantastical, over-the-top and epic settings and situations they sing about than trying to pull [[TearJerker Tear Jerkers]] from their audience.
* MultinationalTeam: Every member of the band comes from a different country, though they identify themselves as "[=DragonForce=] from London, England".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: [[strike:Virtually]] '''''Anything''''' can be made [[ThemeMusicPowerUp more epic]] with the addition of a [=DragonForce=] song.
* OneOfUs: [=DragonForce=] is known for having put in video game sounds into their songs, notably PacMan into Through The Fire And Flames. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYJQ8TzI4t0 Their music video for The Last Journey Home]] is particularly blatant in clearly showing VideoGames tropes just for the hell of it.
* PachelbelsCanonProgression: The chorus and instrumental parts of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlkVK0ZVkkw "Valley of the Damned"]].
* PowerBallad: [[OnceAnEpisode One per album]] - "Trail of Broken Hearts", "Starfire", "Dawn over a New World", and "A Flame for Freedom". Subverted in their most recent album, wherein it doesn't have a full power ballad, but instead the first portions of "Wings of Liberty" and "Last Man Stands" are power ballads.
* PowerMetal: They like to call themselves "Extreme Power Metal."
** They could be more accurately called "Speed Power Metal".
** Or "Epic Speed Power Metal", or "Extreme Speed Power metal".
* PromotedFanboy: Marc Hudson, who won the contest to replace ZP Theart after he left the band.
* RapunzelHair: [[http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/2233/lc4f7f87cdff20762148f09qm1.jpg Herman Li.]]
* RatedMForManly: Even Chuck Norris sheds a manly tear when ''Starfire'' plays, and their themes are about war and heroes and other hypermasculine pursuits.
** Oh crap, someone, catch it and bottle it up! We need the [[Website/ChuckNorrisFacts cure of cancer]]!
* {{Retraux}}: The beginning half-minute or so of the bonus track on ''Ultra Beatdown'', [[FunWithAcronyms EPM]] ([[FridgeLogic see the]] PowerMetal [[FridgeLogic entry above]]), is done in 8-Bit chiptune style.
** As is the synth in the first verse of "Through The Fire and Flames".
* RousingSpeech: "Heroes of Our Time": "Call on us! The power in all of us! Forever more, with us! We are victorious! [[DoNotGoGentle And so aliiiiiiiive!]]"
* RuleOfCool: Quite possibly the driving force behind the entire band. Why the extravagantly long guitar solos? Why is every song about warriors charging into glorious battles at the end of the world? [[RefugeInAudacity Why]] [[SerialEscalation not?]]
* RuleOfThree: "THREE HAMMERS HIGH!" A three word phrase repeated thrice in each chorus.
* {{Sampling}}: The theme to ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' is played during the guitar solo in "Black Fire".
* SelfDeprecation: "Bleeding ears hear the cry!" anyone?
** Herman once joked that there should be a "[=DragonForce=] live version" cheat for ''Guitar Hero'', which allows players to make more mistakes.
* SelfPlagiarism: A ''lot'' of their songs sound alike, to the point that some people claim they only have ''one'' song.
* ShortRunInPeru: The group's albums are typically released in Japan a full week before the rest of the world gets them.
* ShoutOut: It's not uncommon for one song's lyrics to reference the title of another, or refer to a place described in an earlier song. For example, "Through the fire and the flames" is mentioned in the lyrics of Cry For Eternity.
** Also of interest, parts (''all'' parts, to some) of some songs very similar to others - if you've heard the chorus of Storming the Burning Fields, then Heroes of Our Time's intro will sound very familiar indeed. Also, the intro to My Spirit Will Go On is the same as Once in a Lifetime, only sped up quite a bit.
** Also, the intro to "Fields of Despair" is actually the Winning Run theme from Super Hang-On.
** There's a song on Maximum Overload called [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyoftheNight "Symphony of the Night"]].
* SirSwearsALot: ZP Theart, normally. Averted in their actual songs though.
* TheSomethingForce
* SubduedSection: Quite frequently.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Subverted in ''Evening Star.''
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth - completely averted.
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TruckDriversGearChange: Done rather unashamedly in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-bu1cV95e0#t=4m37s Heart of a Dragon]]". Also, "Fury of the Storm".
* WhamEpisode: It might fly over the heads of anyone not looking for deep messages in a PowerMetal song (i.e. most normal people) , but when you look at the lyrics of ''Scars of Yesterday'', it's pretty clearly about rape.
** That's not all. ''Heartbreak Armageddon'' is about a man spiraling into depression after being divorced, and ''Reasons to Live'' is about a counselor failing to prevent suicide. Wow.
*** All of these songs are from ''Ultra Beatdown'', making it something of a [[WhamEpisode Wham Album]]
** And from ''The Power Within'', "Give Me the Night" is about drug addiction and "Seasons" is a fairly dark BreakUpSong ([[EarnYourHappyEnding it has a hopeful ending, though]]).
* XMeetsY: Music/YngwieMalmsteen meets Music/MeltBanana
* TheXOfY: Used in some of their song titles: "Fury of the Storm", "Soldiers of the Wasteland", "Valley of the Damned", "The Flame of Youth", "Trail of Broken Hearts", "Scars of Yesterday", etc.
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!Tropes used in their music videos:
* {{BFG}}: The [[ArtificialHuman lady cyborg]] with AbsoluteCleavage on the cover of ''Ultra Beatdown'' is holding one.
* DeepImmersionGaming
* DesolationShot
* DramaticWind
* DressRehearsalVideo
* DudeLooksLikeALady: ZP in "Heroes Of Our Time".
* GreenScreen: Lampshaded when ZP Theart drinks a cup of coffee in front of one during "Operation Ground and Pound".
** All he does is sing, and it was the middle of one of the ridiculous guitar solos, what else is he gonna do?
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywxm6zLEjFY#t=3m30s Link]], about 3 minutes and 30 seconds in.
* KubrickStare: ZP is fond of this.
* LyricsVideoMismatch
* MusicalAssassin
* OnASoundStageAllAlong
* PerformanceVideo
* ThePowerOfRock: And how! The music video for "Operation Ground and Pound" has them fight off an ''alien invasion'' with the Power of Rock!
* ReflectiveEyes

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