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  • Vinyl (18 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: earMUSIC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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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!“

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr Hickman on 3 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Dragonforce are a band I've know of for quite a while, first hearing Sonic Firestorm (their second album) well before a certain computer game brought them to the attention of wider audience. Their first three albums were outstanding fun.

For me, I lost interest with their fourth album, Ultra Beatdown. It was all a bit too much, the bombastic solos overwhelmed the songs. It was tiring to listen to, where as the previous albums were energising. So I drifted away.

I gave their fifth album, The Power Within, a listen, and whilst I enjoyed the arguably simpler song structure, with a greater focus on riffs than overly-twiddly solos, it didn't quite gel. Marc Hudson, who replaced ZP Theart, was undeniably a good vocalist, but he seemed slightly out of place.

All of which is a pre-amble to say, Maximum Overload surprised me with just how good it is.

Marc Hudson now sounds right at home. Maximum Overload has obviously been written with his strengths in mind. The choruses soar, and his impressive range is given a good work out. The album continues from where The Power Within left off, with the band focusing on shorter songs compared to their earlier albums. To me, this creates a tighter, more focused sound. The twiddly solos remain (it is Dragonforce, after all), but now they're well judged, not too self-indulgent. Compared to Inhuman Rampage and Ultra Beatdown, the songs seem more riff focused, as opposed to constant guitar show boating and feature a greater variance in tempo. The ultra fast songs Dragonforce are known for remain, but easing off the pedal at times is a strength, not a weakness.

Dragonforce are often criticised for not advancing their sound, but I find that incorrect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Hussain on 18 Aug. 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss Ashley Deveney on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BenE33 on 24 Aug. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr M. R. Thornton on 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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