Through the Fire and Flames

Through the Fire and Flames

Infobox Single
Name=Through the Fire and Flames
Artist=DragonForce
from Album=Inhuman Rampage
B-side=
Released=August 3, 2006
Format=Compact disc
Recorded=
Genre=Power metal
Length=7:21 (Album Version)
4:59 (Edit)
Label=Sanctuary (UK)
Roadrunner (US)
Writer=Sam Totman
ZP Theart
Producer=
Certification=
Chart position=
Last single="Fury of the Storm"
(2005)
This single="Through the Fire and Flames"
(2006)
Next single="Operation Ground and Pound"
(2006)
"Through the Fire and Flames" is the most successful single by the British power metal band DragonForce. The song is the first track from DragonForce's third album, "Inhuman Rampage", and features rapid twin guitar solos by Herman Li and Sam Totman.

The song peaked at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #61 on the Canadian Hot 100. [cite web |url=http://acharts.us/song/31416 |title=DragonForce - Through The Fire And Flames - Music Charts |date=2008-02-13] The song has appeared on two compilation albums, is an unlockable bonus song in the rhythm game "", and is one of the most popular songs used by Audiosurf players.

Composing and recording

The song is in the key of C minor, changes to F major in the bridge, and ends the song back in its original key.fact|Considering the amount of back-and-forth over what key the song is in, I think we need a source for this one|date=September 2008

During the recording of the song, guitarist Herman Li broke one of his guitar strings.cite video |people=Herman Li |title=DragonForce! |url=http://www.blender.com/Dragonforce!/video/599.aspx |format=Flash |publisher=Blender.com Online Video Channel |accessdate=2008-01-01 |time=2:45-3:02 |quote="...at the end of the song we actually break the string. I broke the string and in the album we left it there"] Despite this, the band decided to keep this recording and left it on the final album version. The album version was recorded in sections and combined to make the final song.

Music video

The track was used in the first music video by DragonForce. For the video, a shortened version of the song was used, lasting only 4 minutes and 59 seconds. The video shows the band playing on a darkened stage.

During the guitar solos, the camera focuses on Herman Li and Sam Totman, with an inset shot of whoever is currently playing. During Herman Li's solos, Totman stands to Herman's left drinking. At the start of the solo, a Pac-Man sound is played by Herman, after which the whammy bar that was used to make this sound is thrown in the air.

Pictures of all sides of the band members are shown. At the very end, the camera zooms away from the band, the same way it zooms into them at the beginning.

The music video circulated through YouTube and various music video channels, including MTV2, and was shown on monitor screens during the band's performances at Ozzfest 2006. It has been viewed more than 18 million times as of October 2008.

Compilation appearances

The song appears on two compilation albums: The short version of the song, misnamed as "Through the Fire and "the" Flames", appears on "MTV2 Headbanger's Ball: The Revenge", released on April 11, 2006. [cite web |url=http://www.allmusicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0zftxqldldae |title=MTV2 Headbanger's Ball: The Revenge > Overview |accessdate=2008-04-07 |work=Allmusic Guide |publisher=All Media Group] The full version of the song appears on "Salvation, Vol. 1", released on October 23, 2007. [cite web |url=http://www.allmusicguide.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kxfyxz9hld0e |title=Salvation, Vol. 1 > Overview |accessdate=2008-04-07 |work=Allmusic Guide |publisher=All Media Group]

Video game appearances

"Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock"

"Through the Fire and Flames" is a playable bonus track in the video game "". The song is unlocked and played automatically during the credits after the player finishes the game on any difficulty level. Several reviews have listed the song as the most difficult in the "Guitar Hero" series,cite video |people=Herman Li |date=2007-11-22 |title=Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - with Herman Li |url=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eul8oprrjU0 |medium=YouTube video |accessdate=2008-01-22] [cite web |url=http://www.gamecritics.com/guitar-hero-iii-legends-of-rock-review |title="Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" – Review |accessdate=2008-02-21 |last=Bracken |first=Mike |date=2008-01-22 |publisher=Gamecritics.com |quote="Players with a genuine masochistic streak will have a great time trying to five star DragonForce's "Through the Fire and the Flames" on expert—and you thought "Free Bird" [the final encore in Guitar Hero II] was hard."] a title confirmed by Guinness World Records. [cite book |title=Guinness World records 2008: Gamer's edition |year=2008 |publisher=Guinness World Records |location=London |isbn=9781904994213 |oclc=212382509 |pages= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote=Page number] In a promotional video for "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock", Herman Li was shown playing the game version of the song on the Hard difficulty level, but completed only 2% of the song before failing. When challenging the song on the Expert difficulty level (the highest level in the game), the loading screen for the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions of the game will display the message "Good Luck.", while completing the song on Expert difficulty on the Xbox 360 earns "The Inhuman achievement", [cite web |url=http://www.xbox360achievements.org/achievements.php?gameID=393 |title=Guitar Hero III Achievement List |accessdate=2008-04-08 |publisher=Xbox360Achievements.org] a nod to the album.Fact|date=September 2008

The difficulty is due to the complex hammer-ons and pull-offs, and the extremely fast, intricate solos, including one that lasts for two minutes and four seconds.Fact|date=June 2008 The song contains the second-fastest stream of notes in the entire series, with two sections of the song reaching an average speed of 26.67 notes per second; these sections are second only to a very small ascending stream of notes in Santana's "Black Magic Woman", which reaches 28.6 NPS [ [http://www.scorehero.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=41379 "Interesting Info About Guitar Hero"] ; see the "Which songs have the fastest section of atleastsic three notes?" sectionVerify credibility|date=July 2008] Verify credibility|date=July 2008 The player must also play samples of keyboard and computerized noises included in the song.Fact|date=June 2008 There are 3,722 notes in the song. [cite web |url=http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s17/strikebowler585/blah5/IMG_1212.jpg|title=Image of Notes Hit/Total Notes |accessdate=2008-08-28 |author=Strikebowler585 |work=ImageVerify credibility|date=August 2008] Verify credibility|date=August 2008

Following the inclusion of "Through the Fire and Flames" in "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock", sales of DragonForce CDs increased in one week by 126%. [cite news |first=Dominic |last=Wells |title=Games that rock |url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article3000338.ece |work=The Times |date=2007-12-08 |accessdate=2008-02-25] Digital sales of the song, recorded by Nielsen SoundScan, increased from 2,000 per week to 10,000 per week almost immediately after the game's release, and almost reached 40,000 per week by the end of 2007.cite web |url=http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm/pk/view/cd/NAA/cdid/993147/pid/302766 |title=Aerosmith plugs into ‘"Guitar Hero"’ popularity |date=2008-02-12 |accessdate=2008-02-19 |first=Mike |last=Snider |quote="Downloads of relative newcomer DragonForce's Through the Fire and Flames, selling fewer than 2,000 weekly, rose to more than 10,000 after GH III's release and approached 40,000 the week ending Dec. 30"] The song was listed as #4 on GameInformer's "Top Ten Villains of '07" list. [cite web |url=http://www.gamespot.com/pages/forums/show_msgs.php?topic_id=26109567 |title=Forums - System Wars - Game Informers Tops of 2007 |accessdate=2008-06-22 |date=2007-12-20Verify credibility|date=July 2008] Verify credibility|date=July 2008

Audiosurf

Following the release of the puzzle/rhythm video game Audiosurf on 15 February 2008, "Through the Fire and Flames" became listed as one of the game's most popular songs. Throughout February and March, the song was listed in the top five "Most Played Songs" on the game's official website.cite web |url=http://www.audio-surf.com/ |title=Most Played Songs - Audiosurf: Ride Your Music |accessdate=2008-02-29 |archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/5VxqfxFeT |archivedate=2008-02-29 |quote=
"Most Played Songs
1 12 - still alive: jonathan coulton and glados
2 audiosurf overture: pedro macedo camacho
3 through the fire and flames: dragonforce"
]

One review has attributed the popularity of the song in "Audiosurf" to its appearance in "Guitar Hero III". [cite web |url=http://www.trustedreviews.com/gaming/review/2008/02/21/Audiosurf-Music-adapting-Puzzle-Racer/p3 |title=Audiosurf - Music-adapting Puzzle Racer |last=Andrews |first=Stuart |date=2008-02-21 |accessdate=2008-03-22]

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