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What do you get when you merge heavy metal, power pop and 8-bit video game music? Why, DragonForce, of course.
Ukrainian keyboardist Vadim Pruzhanov has been there almost from the get-go, appearing on the debut album Valley of the Damned and everything since. Citing influences like Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest and Pantera, he tears into the keys at lightening speeds. He has also been known to fire up a Theremin and strap on an Ibanez.
His singular keyboard style is responsible for the band’s signature ‘Nintendo metal’ style. It is nothing short of deranged.