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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Sam Totman (DragonForce)

Name: Ian Samuel Totman
Born: 26th April, 1974 (London, UK)

Profile: He is a guitarist and main songwriter for the power metal band "DragonForce". A great guitar player with plenty of feelings in both rhythm and leads.

History: He began playing classical guitar at the age of 9 with formal musical training for many years. When he was 15, he started to have interest in Rock & Metal music, soon he got his first electric guitar.

In 1993, he was part of the blackened power metal band "Demoniac" in New Zealand, during this time, the band struggled to achieve real fame at all despite albums and re-locating to London. Due to this departure, the band split sometime in late 1999, shortly after the album 'The Fire and the Wind' was released.

Totman and some of the former "Demoniac" members went on to form power metal band "DragonHeart", which later became known as "DragonForce". Keyboardist Steve Williams and bassist Steve Scott left "DragonHeart" to form "Power Quest" with whom Totman recorded on their demo and first album, 'Wings of Forever'. Sam also provided guest instrumentation on the band's following album, 'Neverworld'.

Totman is the primary songwriter of "DragonForce", writing both music and lyrics for a majority of their discography. He is also known for his energetic live performances, as he usually pulls off several stunts, such as 'Tornado Split Jump'

Influences: Bon Jovi, Metallica, Slayer and Iron Maiden

Axology: Ibanez STM - Sam Totman Signature Model, Ibanez VBT700 Custom V, Jackson Custom Flying V and Kramer Vanguard

Signature song(s): Through the Fire and Flames - DragonForce (Inhuman Rampage, 2006) and Heroes of Our Time - DragonForce (Ultra Beatdown, 2008)

Link(s): (Official website)

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