Although U.K. power metal band DragonForce is at work on the follow-up to its 2014 album Maximum Overload, it’s also taking time to celebrate its past. Greatest hits compilation Killer Elite — The Hits, The Highs, The Vids (due July 22 on Spinefarm Records) is the first such collection in the band’s 17-year career. According to guitarist Herman Li, the 22-track package is arriving now because it’s “the perfect time” since the group has six studio albums, a live set and a Blu-ray title to cull material from.
“This compilation brings the best of DragonForce together from the beginning up to now, so the new fans who are less familiar with our old material can check out the old stuff easier and vice versa,” says Li. “At the same time, we also get to play some of these songs we haven't played for so many years live again on this Killer Elite Tour."
“We wanted to show what we were known for in the first place. The unique sound — with the speed and the over-the-top style we do,” continues Li. “We also wanted to present the diverse side of the band, from slower, melodic songs to the 10-minute epic ‘Soldiers of the Wasteland’" from 2004’s Sonic Firestorm.