Noisey set out to grill DragonForce‘s Herman Li on his and former members of the band’s past outfit, Demoniac. That group broke up in 1999 but had a number of discriminatory tracks (see below) including “N*ggerslut“, “Hatred Is Purity” and “Kill All The F*ggots (Death Squad Anthem)“.
Li said of the band:
“…We started that, me and my friend, back in New Zealand in the 1990s. It was when I was 18 or something. We were having a laugh basically. We just sort of thought “Oh, let’s play some black metal” because we didn’t know any good singers so we couldn’t do any other kind of music except for black metal, death metal. It was just kind of a big joke really.
Our first record was all serious, Satan this, Satan that, and we did quite well with that. The second one kind of turned into NOFX crossed with black metal, and then the third one got into power metal so it was like power metal crossed with black metal, and no one really got it basically.”
Li later said of the band:
“We had a bit of a twisted sense of humor. We were just having a laugh.”
“To put it simply, it was us having a laugh and all the dodgy stuff like that was mostly our old drummer. It was just a laugh and it was a long time ago so it’s not really a big deal.”
DragonForce have a new album titled “Maximum Overload” due on August 19th.