The Return of the Nintendo Metal
DragonForce’s new album, Reaching into Infinity, was released last May. It’s a phenomenal record and very worth listening to for metal fans. We just got our copy in the mail and as I was looking through the insert booklet, I noticed something in the “Special Thanks” section. While the other band members gave shout outs to their family and friends, vocalist Marc Hudson acknowledged five particular individuals.
Yes. The frontman of DragonForce used his space in the album to thank five video game characters. Marth, Mega Man, Cloud, Lucario and R.O.B. Fire Emblem, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, Pokemon and a notorious NES accessory. Quite a random selection but they have one thing in common. They are all in Super Smash Bros., Nintendo’s hit four-player fighting game. That’s right, Marc Hudson plays Smash Bros. and these five are most likely his mains. Awesome.
DragonForce and Their Love for Video Games
DragonForce, a power metal band from London, England, was formed in 1999. Although they have already amassed a respective following, their popularity exploded when their song Through the Fire and Flames was included in Guitar Hero 3. Since then, people labeled their music “Nintendo metal,” a moniker Dragonforce invited by emulating video game noises. Since then, the band has been open about their love for video games.
Guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman have been known to pepper their guitar solos with sound effects from games like Pacman and Galaga. Bassist Frédéric Leclercq has a Sonic the Hedgehog guitar in his collection and Sam Totman has been spotted wearing video game and retro related shirts in their performances. A few of their songs are straight up tributes to certain games like Symphony of the Night and Curse of Darkness for Castlevania and Wings of Liberty for StarCraft.
Reaching Into Infinity
Reaching Into Infinity, their seventh studio album, was released on May 19, 2017. It is the first studio album to feature Gee Anzalone on drums and the second produced by Jens Bogren. This is the band’s longest standard edition studio album at 60 minutes and 46 seconds, beating Ultra Beatdown by over two minutes. The album also features the song The Edge of the World, which is DragonForce’s longest song to date at 11 minutes and 3 seconds.
It’s always nice to see famous people show their appreciation for video games.