<strong>DragonForce</strong> is a <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/tag/power%20metal" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">power metal</a> band that was formed in 1999, from the remnants of <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/tag/black%20metal" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">black metal</a> band <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Demoniac" class="bbcode_artist">Demoniac</a> under the name of DragonHeart. However, the band soon changed its name to <strong>DragonForce</strong> before releasing any commercial albums due to possible commercial issues with Brazilian band <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/DragonHeart" class="bbcode_artist">DragonHeart</a>. Their career began with publishing of songs on the first incarnation of MP3.com, claiming the top of the site's heavy <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/tag/metal" class="bbcode_tag" rel="tag">metal</a> charts. The hit song <a target='_blank' title="DragonForce &ndash; Valley Of The Damned" href="http://www.last.fm/music/DragonForce/_/Valley+Of+The+Damned" class="bbcode_track">Valley Of The Damned</a> 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 <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Power+Quest" class="bbcode_artist">Power Quest</a>. The band has enjoyed increasing popularity over the years, publishing four albums and touring extensively while supporting artists such as <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Helloween" class="bbcode_artist">Helloween</a>, <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/W.A.S.P." class="bbcode_artist">W.A.S.P.</a> and <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Iron+Maiden" class="bbcode_artist">Iron Maiden</a>. Their 2005 tour in support of the <a target='_blank' title="DragonForce - Sonic Firestorm" href="http://www.last.fm/music/DragonForce/Sonic+Firestorm" class="bbcode_album">Sonic Firestorm</a> album included support from <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Angra" class="bbcode_artist">Angra</a> and <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/music/Mendeed" class="bbcode_artist">Mendeed</a> 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, <strong>DragonForce</strong> was signed to <a target='_blank' href="http://www.last.fm/label/Roadrunner+Records" class="bbcode_label">Roadrunner Records</a> which released their album <a target='_blank' title="DragonForce - Inhuman Rampage" href="http://www.last.fm/music/DragonForce/Inhuman+Rampage" class="bbcode_album">Inhuman Rampage</a> in 2006. Lambert was replaced in 2006 by Frédéric Leclercq, who was made an official member after a performance on tour. DragonForce's <a target='_blank' title="DragonForce &ndash; Through the Fire and Flames" href="http://www.last.fm/music/DragonForce/_/Through+the+Fire+and+Flames" class="bbcode_track">Through the Fire and Flames</a> is featured as an unlockable bonus song in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for PS2, XBOX360, PS3, Wii &amp; 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 User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.