Soundwave Festival today announced that epic metal outfit DragonForce has been forced to cancel its scheduled appearance due to the delay in completing their new album.
DragonForce guitarist Sam Totman commented: "It's bitterly disappointing for us not to be able to play our debut Soundwave in 2012 because we were so looking forward to it and were going to kick off the World Tour there. The problem is we've only just finished the actual recording of the new album and now have the mastering, videos and a ton of worldwide promo to do. The album recording was already running late when Marc (Hudson, the band's new singer) contracted laryngitis a couple of months back which meant he couldn't finish his vocals in the studio on time and pushed the album release date back even further. Australia has always been great to us and we can 100% assure our Aussie fans that we will be touring there at some point in 2012, we just have to move our touring plans around a little to accommodate the delay. The good news is the album is sounding awesome and we are all eager for our fans to hear it and we hope everyone has a great Soundwave!"
The new DragonForce album will be released in Australia through 3Wise Records spring 2012.
Continued the Soundwave publicity department: "As irreplaceable as DragonForce are, it would be wrong to take a band from the line up without adding another…. or two more. Therefore, we are excited to welcome Grammy award winners Switchfoot and Goth metal pioneers Paradise Lost as the final two bands on the monstrous Soundwave Festival line up."