There is no denying that melodic Metal band, Dragonforce, is on the verge of marking their second decade of metal history while gearing up to release their highly-anticipated seventh studio album, ‘Reaching into Infinity’, that’ll help strengthen the claim. Time and time again, Dragonforce has combined their artistic prowess and classic metal electricity to charge and fill metal hearts with joy while their distinguished craft that punches you right in the face with powerful instrumentals takes listeners beyond the mundane. I caught up with bassist, Frédéric Leclercq, to discuss the upcoming release of ‘Reaching into Infinity’, his perception of the differences between touring in the states and overseas, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your seventh studio album, ‘Reaching into Infinity’. As all of your albums have had powerful titles and themes, tell us what your intention was with bringing this album to life.
Thank you! Well, the album title kinda always comes last. For this album we wanted to apply the same formula as we did for “Maximum Overload”, which was Sam and I co-writing all of the songs together, but somehow it didn’t work this time and we ended up writing separately, and I ended up writing most of the songs on the album. As far as intention, musically speaking, I personally wanted to expand the spectrum so to say, and I wanted to be more “metal” (not that weren’t already), in a classical sense. For the title, we were discussing the main goal of our music, and it’s escapism. Life around us is pretty sh*t. It’s a cliché but it’s true, and people more than ever need that escapism, and the power of music is to give you that escapism, and this power is infinite. That’s the concept.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans in support of ‘Reaching into Infinity’ that you can fill us in about?
We are still working on it! Some shows are already announced, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and this summer we are doing US festivals…we keep announcing more and more!
Your album artwork for ‘Reaching into Infinity’ is quite elaborate and rich in creativity. What artist did you work with and who created the concept?
His name is Caio Caldas. We have been working with him since “Maximum..”. As for the concept, I had this vision of a sort of post apocalyptic world, and our logo in the middle, then I kinda passed it on to Herman and Caio and they dealt with it and we ended up with this and it’s great! People are excited because there’s finally a dragon on the cover!
What has been the greatest thing about being a part of the Metal Blade Records family?
Metal Blade is legendary! Its an honour for us to be part of the family. They are taking good care of the band for the US.
There has always been a harmony and balance amongst the insane guitar solos and drumming amongst the band throughout your discography. What words of wisdom do you have to share for bands attempting to solidify more stable and fluid ground across the board?
Not easy, I don’t pretend to have the magic formula-and there isn’t a magic formula. I’d say concentrate on the song writing, on the melody, because that’s more important than being technical just for the sake of it. That’s what we are doing and have been doing since day one.
What is your favorite personal tattoo and tell us the artist that brought the piece to life.
A portrait of Perceval. It’s on my arm, originally a painting from Jean Delville. The tattoo artist is Shane Munce at Olde Media in Media, PA. I’ve known him for a long time now and he has done my very first real tattoo, “Les Tresors de Satan”, and also a dragon taken from the cover of the gamebook “Castle Death”, all on the same arm. I love Shane’s work, he is amazing!
What is the biggest difference that you have noticed between touring in the states vs. touring overseas?
The size of the bus, and the size of things in general. Everything’s bigger in the US. Apart from that it’s pretty much the same everywhere in the world. We play a show and have a good time. Crowds may differ slightly but in the end it’s always about having fun, and we always had fun in the US so I can’t wait to come back!
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thank you for reading this interview, I hope you will enjoy our new album, ‘Reaching into Infinity’. I’ve put a lot of myself into it, and we are all very proud with the result. See you soon on the road!!