We previously covered the news the Dragonforce had parted way with ZP Theart and were searching for a new singer. Today, the band announced that their long search for a new vocalist is finally over. After entries from thousands of hopefuls across the globe, the shredmasters welcome 23-year-old Marc Hudson to the band.
“I’m really excited about being a part of the DragonForce family,” said Hudson. “It’s always been my dream to dedicate my life to making music. I’m going to bring all the power and emotion I can to the songs, and help make the killer new record the fans have been waiting for!”
Born in Oxford England, Hudson was picked from the thousands of applications via a number of impressive video auditions and live performances, which left the rest of the band in no doubt that they’d found their man. Since the age of 16, Hudson has been building his vocal skills, gigging with bands in the UK underground scene, developing a powerful style with influences which include Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske and Sebastian Bach.
Said founding member and guitarist Herman Li: “After almost a year of searching around the globe, it’s great to be able to finally tell our fans the good news. Marc’s expressive and melodic vocals are sounding phenomenal on the new songs, adding another dimension to the DragonForce sound that I am sure all the fans will love.”
Dragonforce has been working on a new album since early 2010, recording in various studios in California, London and the South of France. Hudson has huge shoes to fill, especially with 2008’s hugely successful Ultra Beatdown album earning top 10 and top 20 chart positions all over the world and a Grammy Nomination in the U.S.
The new album is expected to hit the shelves later this year in September, with a full world tour to follow.