Red Dynasty were formed as Eastbound Train by Chong Feng (bass), Xiyao Chen (Guzheng, keyboards), Marx Zhou (guitar) and Tie Yu (drums). Chong Feng and Marx Zhou had previously played together in Pink Spiders. Tie Yu left the band (and Hamilton), returning to his native China, and the remaining three changed their name on the advice of an Auckland record company who believed Eastbound Train did not have enough impact. While Eastbound Train was primarily a covers band, Red Dynasty wrote originals, playing a mix of western pop/rock and traditional Chinese music. Justin Deng became drummer for the band in August 2006. In 2006 they performed at the Summer Festival at Hamilton Gardens, and in that year two articles appeared on them in the Waikato Times.
Red Dynasty released two albums, the first recorded in China in December 2006 (Red Metal Music Suite; released February 2007) and another recorded in New Zealand in 2008. A number of recordings exist by the band on their website and at amplifier. They describe their music as Chinese classical symphonic metal.
In mid-2009 they changed their name to DragonSoul. Members at this time were Chong Feng (Chinese Ruan, bass), Xiyao Chen (Chinese Guzheng, Erhu, keyboards), Connal Jefferies (guitar) and Emanuel Comer (drums). They competed at Band Experiments 2009, coming runner up in their heat. The band were active until 2010. Chong Feng, Emanuel Comer and Xiyau Chen also played in a traditional Chinese ensemble New Nature.
- Dragon Soul MySpace page
- Battle of ChangBan video, YouTube
- Interview of band on Chinese TV, Youtube (Chinese)
- Band Website (Chinese)
- Band discussion board on SkyKiwi(Chinese)
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