Explains the British publication, "'Twilight Dementia' marks the culmination of an 11-year career for DragonForce that has so far garnered four studio albums and recognition as one of the world's premier power metal acts. Recorded throughout the band's most recent world tour, the two-disc set reflects a cross section of the 'Force canon to date, drawing on their 2003 debut album 'Valley Of The Damned', fan favourites from 'Sonic Firestorm', third album 'Inhuman Rampage' and 2008's 'Ultra Beatdown' . With the departure of vocalist ZP Theart from the band earlier in 2010, DragonForce are now set to progress to the next level of what will surely be a many platformed career. Here, Herman Li gives TG the lowdown on their killer new live album..."
Check out an excerpt of the Q&A below, and go right here for the whole feature.
Twilight Dementia is out now! Get your copy online at this location, and check out "My Spirit Will Go On" from the high-octane live album at the very bottom of this news post.
How do you get from recording a live show to the finished product?
"We had the Digidesign Avid Venue desk feeding into the Pro Tools HD system and recorded all the instruments direct to hard drive, so it's pretty easy actually. The hardest part was listening back to every single show, because we've already played the songs a million times and then we had to listen to them a million times. Everyone in the band had input into that part of the process.
"We each had a sheet of paper with the setlist from every single show. Everyone had to listen to the songs – there was no escape! – and give each song a mark out of 10. We then collated all the scores and chose the best ones to be on the album. When we were on the tour, sometimes we would say, 'Tonight we'll concentrate on this particular song for sure', and made sure that we play it and jump and run around a bit less, so there was a plan while we were doing it. We could listen back to it the next day and be sure that we had it.
"But certain songs didn't make it; 'Revolution Deathsquad', for example. We played it a few times, but when we listened back we decided it wasn't good enough. It just didn't sound as alive as the rest of the songs. Of course, we could have just overdubbed it, but we didn't want to do that. 'Heart Of A Dragon' was another one that didn't make it. So for all the fans that were wondering why those songs aren't on the album, that's the answer.
"After we picked the songs we gave them to [producer] Karl Groom, who we always work with on our studio albums. As we're so close to the songs, we really need a second opinion, so after Karl has mixed it how he thinks it should sound, I will go in and make my adjustments, like making the keyboard louder for a certain section for example."
You guys are well known for your onstage antics. Any memorable moments from this tour?
"A few times we did '[Through The] Fire And Flames' as an encore, but I would be singing, Fred would be playing the drums and Sam would be playing the bass, and so on. Each time we did it, everyone had to have a turn of each instrument. It sounded like an absolute racket! Luckily, we didn't put any of that on the live album.I know people have done it before, but we did it even worse!"
"Actually, there was one funny moment in Canada. I think it was a sold-out show and usually when it's really packed I'll do a stage dive. This particular time I dived in, everyone moved out of the way and I landed flat on my back… but that wasn't the worst part. Everyone was trying to pull me up but they were standing on my hair. I'm screaming, 'Stop!' But they couldn't hear because the band was still playing. That was a bit of drama!"