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Maximum Overload [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition]

Dragonforce Audio CD
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Every year there are albums eagerly anticipated, be it from hot young names, established legends or – and this is usually the most exciting of all the categories – those bands you know are on the verge of greatness.

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: earMUSIC
  • ASIN: B00KBEXYOY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Game
2. Tomorrow's Kings
3. No More
4. Three Hammers
5. Symphony of the Night
6. The Sun is Dead
7. Defenders
8. Extraction Zone
9. City of Gold
10. Ring of Fire
11. Power and Glory
12. You're Not Alone
13. Chemical Interference
14. Fight to Be Free
15. Galactic Astro Domination (Remixed)

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UK Metal titans DRAGONFORCE have completed their sixth studio album entitled‚ 'Maximum Overload'.

Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band’s first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.

Maximum Overload will be the band’s debut album for new label earMusic, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th.

Mainly written by guitarist Sam Totman and bass player Frédéric Leclercq‚ 'Maximum Overload' is the second album with new vocalist Marc Hudson who replaced the bands original singer for the last album, ‘The Power Within’. Formed in 1999 and based in London the band is very well known for its long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-based lyrics and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.

“Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn‘t believe in days off!“ said guitar maestro Herman Li.

“The album title and album cover artwork is inspired by the constant bombardment of information we are subjected to during our daily lives“ Li added. “We were in an airport departure lounge surrounded by TV screens, flight information screens and advertising screens. We then looked around and no one was saying a word, they were all looking at more screens on tablets, laptops and mobile phones, there‘s no escaping it, it‘s complete information overload!“

‘Maximum Overload‘ features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. “We‘ve always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!“ added Frederic Leclercq.

The album also features an all time first for DragonForce.....a cover version! Sam Totman explained “Just before the last Australian tour our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we‘ve always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down ‘Ring Of Fire‘ by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we‘ve Dragon-Force-ized it!“ Tracklisting

1. The Game 2. Tomorrow’s Kings 3. No More 4. Three Hammers 5. Symphony of the Night 6. The Sun is Dead 7. Defenders 8. Extraction Zone 9. City of Gold 10. Ring of Fire

Bonus Tracks 11. Power and Glory 12. You’re Not Alone 13. Chemical Interference 14. Fight to Be Free 15. Galactic Astro Domination (Remixed) Bonus DVD (25 mins) - Documentary: A New Found Force - Cry Thunder (Live at Loud Park ’12)


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4.0 out of 5 stars Take Another Shot, Show Me What You Got! 24 Aug 2014
By BenE33
Format:Audio CD
After 2, I personally think, average albums in Ultra Beatdown which had amazing and terrible tracks in equal measure and The Power Within which was DragonForce trying something different with new singe Marc and not quite getting it right, DragonForce partially return back to their best!

On Maximum Overload, DragonForce take what the The Power Within attempted and refreshingly combine the trademark DragonForce sound with plenty of new elements. A lot of the songs such as 'Defenders' are riff-driven and then combined with the DragonForce shred-fest to keep old fans contempt while still adding a new dimension to their songs. Symphony of the Night incorporates a Children of Bodom harpsichord sound and it really works well! The vocals are also taken to the next level with some incredibly high notes from Marc with very catchy lyrics. Personal favourites include The Game, No More, Three Hammers and the aforementioned songs.

I give the album 4 stars because some of the songs are average and boring. What they were thinking with Extraction Zone is beyond me, for 2 minutes it's DragonForce and then all of a sudden it's elevator music/bluesy rock.

Other than that though, highly recommended for old fans and new fans!
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This was well worth waiting for, the pre realesed tracks from the album in my opinion were good but led to too many people disliking the album before it came out. I can report that the rest of this album is really good, a decent step forward for Marc Hudson from The Power Within album which I thought was really good aswell but here his vocals have matured more and grown, I feel he now has a more powerfull sounding vocal range than in The Power Within. Obviosuly I am like a few others who miss the ZP days of Dragonforce but thats not to say I should hate this new direction when in fact I thoroughly enjoy listening to this new album and I am growing to like Marc Hudsons vocals more and more now. Overall a very good album considering the amount of negativety against it with the release of a couple tracks before the album released.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Overload, MAXIMUM AWESOMENESS 22 Aug 2014
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When i started the 1st track of this album up i kinda worried they were going to lose some edge they're really known for, but.....i'm glad to say their awesome streak continues. I'll admit i discovered them in Guitar Hero III (Everyone has to discover music somewhere), and since getting Inhuman Rampage I've bought all the albums on CD because i really like their music and I'm glad this is no exception, even though this is the 2nd album with the new vocalist Marc Hudson, who did a fantastic job with "The Power Within"
My only complaint: I miss the lengthy tracks i loved to sink my teeth into, I loved this previous albums.... IE: Sonic Firestorm's Soldiers of the Wasteland. though this isn't really going to subtract from my rating.
Overall: I Love this album :) continue to kick ass Dragonforce!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Overload of Dragonforce 20 Aug 2014
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UK Power Metallers Dragonforce return with their latest release their 6th studio album but second with new vocalist Marc Hudson.
The new record Maximum Overload during the listen through I noticed a few things they've tried to experiment with their sound while keeping the traditional Dragonforce sound. Marc's vocals have significantly improved he seems to have found his comfort zone within the band and it comes across with this record. Herman and Sam's guitars still as awesome as ever some really great tracks on this record including 3 featuring guest vocals by Matt Heafy (Trivium).
All in all a great record, great tracks would give a higher rating if possible if your a Dragonforce fan pick this up but also a great record if your a metal fan who's not familiar with the band
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Not bad yes I rather like the new album it has lots of catchy memorable moments in it alot of it as can be expected is break neck fly past you so fast it sort of melds in to one type stuff but there are some really good vocals to add catchy moments to it the stand out part is the vocals as always with Dragonforce my favourite tracks are their unbelievable cover of Ring of Fire. Defenders extraction Zone, Three hammers. These are the ones that stood out after one listen but actually I almost named all the songs I got the box set version which comes with a T shirt yay and some random pictures as well and a poster and about a million bonus tracks All of which are pretty good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth Waiting For. 18 Aug 2014
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Waited a long time for this album which should have been out in early 2014. Still I now have it and boy it was worth waiting for the band and the new vocalist has done a really good job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonforce at their very best 19 Aug 2014
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This is the album all Dragonforce fans have been waiting for. It blends all successful elements from the other albums into 15 fantastic tracks. Tomorrows Kings, Three Hammers and Symphony of the Night are the stand out highlights for me. Each of the bonus tracks feels like a genuine album track not just a filler or bit of random music. The value for 20 is brilliant with the t shirt, image cards and poster as well as the limited edition. Highly recommended!
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