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Dragonlord Schedule Shows In California
April 20, 2009
California black metallers Dragonlord have announced two headlining shows coming up! The band is scheduled to perform April 24 in Alameda, CA and April 25 in Fresno, CA.

Frontman Eric Peterson commented on the upcoming shows: “These Dragonlord shows coming up are a rare breed, as we haven’t had much time for the band to play live lately due to my schedule with Testament. It's always a rush to jump into the Dragonlord character, and we've been playing Alameda's ‘Roosters Roadhouse’ a lot lately. It seems to be our new Covenant and home away from home. Also, for the first time, we are bringing our Atmospheric Black Thrash Metal to Fresno's ‘The Crossroads’ for the first time…They'll be all ‘Born to Darkness’!”

Dragonlord is the black metal side project of Testament founder and guitarist Eric Peterson. The shows will be a warm-up for Peterson’s upcoming North American headlining tour with Testament, which kicks off May 2 (See Flyer below). Dean Guitars has produced the Eric PetersonOld Skull’ Flying V Signature guitar, which is on sale now. For more info on Eric Peterson’s signature guitar, visit http://www.deanguitars.com/home.php.

Dragonlord shows:
4/24/09 – Alameda, CA – Roosters Roadhouse - 8:00PM - $10
4/25/09 – Frenso, CA – The Crossroads - 8:00PM - $15

For more info on Dragonlord, visit http://www.myspace.com/dragonlord.
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Members Of Testament To Play Hometown New Years Eve Show
November 24, 2008
Members of Bay Area thrash legends Testament plan to ring in the New Year with a special hometown show! The band will be performing at Fat City in San Francisco on December 31. The other bands will include Dublin Death Patrol, Dragonlord, and fellow local thrashers Laaz Rockit.

“It’s gonna be a fun party with a bunch of friends,” says singer Chuck Billy. “It’ll be our band, my side project, Eric’s side project, and our friends from Laaz Rockit. We thought it was a good idea for all us friends to get together and jam, even if Alex is away playing with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We’ll be able to play some stuff with Glen Drover. The show is gonna rock from start to finish, so make sure to get there early!”

Guitarist Eric Peterson also commented on the show: “We’re excited to play New Year’s Eve in our hometown. We haven’t played there in a while, and we decided to play in a smaller club to have more a of a friend/party vibe. Be sure to get there early as my side project Dragonlord goes on first!”

Show Details:
8PM @ Fat City in San Francisco
314 11th street @ Folsom,
San Francisco, California 94103

For more info visit www.myspace.com/testamentlegions.
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Dragonlord: New Tour Dates Announced
August 31, 2006
Dragonlord the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; Testament), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-Cradle Of Filth), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingston (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; Sadus, ex-Testament) has lined up the following dates:

Sep. 06 - Bourbon Street Bar & Grill - Concord, CA
Sep. 07 - Kennel Club - Sacramento, CA
Sep. 08 - Tremors - Riverside,CA
Sep. 09 - Heartland Masonic - El Cajon, CA
Sep. 10 - Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA

Thrash Domination Fest 2006 in Japan w/ Venom, Death Angel, Sodom, Onslaught:

Sep. 16 - Club Citta - Kanagawa, JPN
Sep. 17 - Club Citta - Kanagawa, JPN
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Dragonlord's Gian Pyres: 'It's Business As Usual'
July 6, 2006
Former Cradle Of Filth and current Dragonlord guitarist Gian Pyres has fully recovered from the tendonitis in his left hand which forced Dragonlord to cancel their summer U.S. tour.

Says Pyres: What fucking tendonitis?? I tried picking the axe up after this time of resting... and I didnt seem to feel the old pain return! I've healed now fully and it's business as usual folks. My guitar is plugged the fuck in and ready to lay waste to your lives once more."

Dragonlord is the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; Testament), Pyres, Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingston (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; Sadus, ex-Testament).

As previously reported, Dragonlord have been added to the upcoming Thrash Domination 2006 two-day mini-festival, set to take place on September 16-17 at Club Citta in Tokyo, Japan. Also scheduled to appear are Venom, Death Angel, Sodom and Onslaught.

Dragonlord's sophomore album, 'Black Wings of Destiny', was released in the U.S. in October 2005 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's 'Rapture' (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordstrm (Hammerfall, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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Dragonlord- "Until the End" Video Posted Online
May 19, 2006
DRAGONLORD's video for the song "Until the End", directed by Chad Michael Ward, has been posted online at this location.

As previously reported, the "Until the End" clip will be included on the upcoming re-release of DRAGONLORD's latest CD, "Black Wings of Destiny", due later in the year via Escapi Music.

DRAGONLORD the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingstone (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT) have lined up the following dates during the coming months:

Jun. 23 - Bourbon Street - Concord, CA
Jun. 24 - Kennel Club - Sacramento, CA
Jun. 27 - Iliff Park Saloon - Aurora, CO
Jun. 29 - Mr. Kelly's Music Box - Chicago Heights, ILL
Jun. 30 - I-Rock Nightclub - Detroit, MI
Jul. 01 - Topcat's - Cleveland, OH
Jul. 02 - Vamp's - Toledo, OH
Jul. 03 - Pirate's Cove - Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 06 - Crazy Donkey - Long Island, NY
Jul. 07 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
Sep. 16 - Club Citta - Kanagawa, JPN
Sep. 17 - Club Citta - Kanagawa, JPN

"Black Wings of Destiny" was originally released in the U.S. in October 2005 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordstrm (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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HOME TOWN: Oakland
Eric Peterson - Vocals
Steve Smyth - Guitar
Gian Pyres - Guitar (Touring)
Derrick Ramirez - Bass
Jon Allen - Drums
Lyle Livingston - Keyboards

To blaze a new path into the dark unknown is a true test of the spirit. To conquer that path and pave the way for others is a grand achievement - one attempted by many but attained by precious few. Musical mastermind Eric Peterson, himself responsible for many grand achievements, remains at the forefront with his ability to lead the charge in new directions. Already an undeniable influence on every heavy metal guitarist on the planet, has succeeded in building yet another road into the future. With "BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY", the blackened majesty of DRAGONLORD has ascended to undeniably become America's preeminent symphonic black metal ensemble.

Borne from the mind of the founding Testament guitarist in 2001, DRAGONLORD's debut ("Rapture") drew astounding praise from all corners and demonstrated Peterson's deep commitment to exploring his darker musical passions. However, beneath all of the soaring accolades, the inevitable inquiries arose concerning the longevity and long-range vision of this new creation. Select live appearances helped to underscore their dedication, but as you will discover, "BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY" truly contains all of the answers.

This newest album proves to be a sharper and more fully-realized version of DRAGONLORD; sonically deeper and with greater nuanced detail than ever before. A contributing factor may be that Peterson gave more reign to his co-conspirators now that the band has taken full flight. Once again drummer Jon Allen and guitarist Steve Smyth have returned, and Peterson has recruited Derek Ramirez (who performed with Testament on the Demonic record) to properly fill the bass position following the departure of legendary journeyman Steve DiGiorgio. Also present once again is keyboardist Lyle Livingston, whose sophisticated orchestrations have progressed immensely from the debut. "The first record was basically all me, but everyone had a lot of ideas and I made it clear that those doors are definitely open," says Peterson. Also involved in the creative process were master lyricist Del James (Guns 'N Roses, Testament) and classical guru Charlie Storm. "It was a much more collaborative process this time," says Peterson. "All of the guys worked really hard on this record and it shows." The growth of the band unit becomes immediately evident in the rhythm section, as Allen's percussion duties in DRAGONLORD have progressed from a deadly whirlwind into a much more dynamic attack and bassist Ramirez proves to be an invaluable new asset with his ability to lock-in absolutely seamlessly.

Peterson and company took to European shores to record "BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY", joining noted producer Fredrik Nordstrom in Gothenburg, Sweden at his famous Studio Fredman. Tracks like the stunning "Sins Of Allegiance," the dark rocker "Until The End," and the Dante's Inferno-inspired "Revelations" are prime examples of not only the strength of the album, but also the bands far-reaching and rare ability to temper extreme fury with soaring majesty. Indeed, while the upper echelon of the US black metal scene bravely descends into raw chaos, never before has a band from these shores so ably captured the totality of the global black metal sound. The track "Sins Of Allegiance" proves a worthy example of that claim. The masterful epic sweeps through many shades of black along its journey, and remains one of Peterson's personal favorites. "It has so much detail in it," he says. "And it's perfect if you want to escape into our darkened world for a while."

Along with the growth of DRAGONLORD as a whole, the force and range of Peterson's vocal approach has greatly widened. During "Until The End", his clean vocals begin to introduce yet another impressive new asset of the band, and his gutsy singing performance on their version of Thin Lizzy's "Emerald" is truly impressive and unexpected. The curiously-chosen cover displays an entirely different side of DRAGONLORD, and while it isn't indicative of the band changing their style anytime soon, it leaves plenty of room to imagine what will come next. "The lyrics to "Emerald" fit the epic feel of the album," continues Peterson. "It may not 'fit' musically, but it shows that there are no limits. We plan on doing this for a long time and the future is wide open."

DRAGONLORD has committed to global touring, and Peterson promises a live performance that, along with the expected audio intensity, will be visually engaging as well. "We're definitely looking forward to getting on the road and seeing the reactions," he says. "It's going to surprise people!"

Indeed, with "BLACK WINGS OF DESTINY" opening this grand new chapter, the sonic conquest of the DRAGONLORD has only just begun.