Heroes of Our Time

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"Heroes of Our Time"
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Single by DragonForce
from the album Ultra Beatdown
Released4 July 2008
Genre Power metal, speed metal
Length4:58(Radio/video edit)
4:16 (Alternative radio edit)
7:14 (Album version)
Label Roadrunner, Universal
Songwriter(s) Sam Totman, Herman Li
DragonForce singles chronology
"Revolution Deathsquad"
"Heroes of Our Time"
"The Last Journey Home"
Music video
Heroes of Our Time on YouTube

"Heroes of Our Time" is a song by English power metal band DragonForce. The song was released as the first single from their fourth album Ultra Beatdown . It was first released via web streaming on their official MySpace profile on 4 July 2008. [1] On 8 July 2008 the music video was released for on-line viewing with the shortened time of 4:57. [2] On 15 July 2008 the single was released for download on iTunes. [3] On 21 August 2008 it was made available as a download to play on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock alongside "Revolution Deathsquad" and "Operation Ground and Pound". [4] On 3 December 2008 "Heroes of Our Time" was officially announced as a nominee for the Grammy Award for "Best Metal Performance". [5]

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