Dragonforce have always been at the forefront of the power metal scene, catapulting themselves forward with their unique songwriting style. The dual guitar solos of Herman Li and Sam Totman are frequently broken down to sound something like chiptune, but never stray too far from a power metal formula. This kind of experimentation has kept them as some of the most well know and relevant power metal bands, and now, they’ve even pioneered a new style of guitar playing altogether: the underwater solo! Well, kind of…
Dragonforce are currently on a tour for their 6th studio album, Maximum Overload, and one of the stops on their tour involved the Full Metal Cruise, which also bands like Alestorm (of course) and Hammerfall. During the cruise, which ran from April 11th to April 16th, some crazy stuff was bound to happen; it’s only natural when you stick a couple hundred metal heads on one cruise ship. Herman Li, Dragonforce’s guitarist, was the one who delivered one of the craziest things, however, during his performance of Through the Fire and the Flames, when he jumped into a pool during his solo and started playing underwater! The whole thing was luckily caught on video, and even includes a clip at the beginning that shows how he was able to do it.
You can watch the video here:
The guitar may not have been fully underwater, but it’s still impressive nonetheless. Not only is Through the Fire and the Flames a technically impressive song to play, it must be made infinitely harder when you’ve got your entire head underwater. It should also be noted that, not only was the record set for an underwater guitar solo, but this may have been the single dirtiest pool in recorded history! Such is the way of things when you have a bunch of people jumping in with their clothes on, but still, it doesn’t look very enjoyable to go for a swim in, let alone play a guitar solo in. Regardless, congrats Herman for making everything look so easy!