Dragonlord (US Black/thrash metal band)
Dragonlord is an American symphonic black metal band that was formed in 2001 as a side project by Eric Peterson & Steve DiGiorgio of Testament, and Steve Smyth of Nevermore. The band is a result of Eric Peterson's interest in darker music, and not being able to do that with Testament he formed Dragonlord. The band combines elements of black metal (screeching vocals, keyboards) with some thrash guitar influences. Lyrical themes vary, either about the rage of a dragon (hence the name), death, war, lost love, Satanic or otherwise anti-religious themes (common in black metal), or combinations.
DiGiorgio later left the group and was replaced by former Testament bassist Derrick Ramirez. Former Psypheria member Lyle Livingston plays keyboards for the band, and Jon Allen is their drummer.
They have released two CDs, Rapture in 2001 and Black Wings of Destiny in 2005. The band is currently working on a third album.
Eric Peterson, recently announced that DragonLord will be recording a new album as soon as he returns from the UK Download Festival with Testament in August.
In 2009, Eric Peterson released the following statement via Kerrang magazine:
In 2010, Eric Peterson issued another statement via Terrorizer magazine:
On March 7, 2012, Dragonlord was signed to Spinefarm/Universal Records.
As of October 2013, according to Eric Peterson, Dragonlord is recording a new album, "Dominion", which is set to release in early 2016. In April 2015, it was announced "Dominion" is currently in the mixing stage.