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The Power Within [CD]

Dragonforce Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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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 (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Electric Generation
  • ASIN: B00729WJOW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Holding On
2. Cry Thunder
3. Fallen World
4. Give Me the Night
5. Wings of Liberty
6. Seasons
7. Heart of the Storm
8. Die By the Sword
9. Last Man Stands
10. Seasons (Acoustic Version)

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London based metal superstars DRAGONFORCE have revealed details of their forthcoming new album. Entitled The Power Within , the ten track monster is the bands fifth studio album, and first with new singer Marc Hudson in the fold. DragonForce guitarist Herman Li said, The last two years have been the most fun we ever had making an album. Through writing, jamming and touring together, we have built this incredible energy and it has been fully captured on the new album. This time around we ve really brought our metal side to the surface and made some of the best music of our career. From the fastest song we ve ever recorded to the slower songs, and some things you would never expect from us, this is by far the most diverse DragonForce album yet. The Power Within will be released on April 16th 2012 via the band s own Electric Generation Recordings, distributed in Europe by Essential Music. Li added, This is an exciting new era for DragonForce with Marc joining the band, so we figured this was an ideal time to take full control of our own destiny and establish our own record label for Europe. It s all hands on deck running it, but a great buzz!

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Dragonforce - The Power Within - cod:3772

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar but Dragonforce still impress 18 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you were never a fan of Dragonforce, The Power Within probably won't change your mind, it's still full of lighting fast guitar solos, cheesy lyrics and amazing vocals but the addition of Marc Hudson's voice definitely adds a new shade to the album.

Dragonforce were clearly were looking for someone to not just fill ZP's shoes, but also to bring something new to the table, which Marc does fantastically. Some of the best tracks include, Cry Thunder, Fallen World, Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Storm.

Why 4 out of 5 stars? The album definitely feels like it's treading old ground, Dragonforce are still reusing lyrics lyrics from previous albums and the overall composition of a few tracks feels extremely familiar. Personally I wanted to hear more tracks like Cry Thunder, the classic power metal sound they were going for mixed with the fantastic vocals and guitar playing of Herman and Sam worked really well. That said the rest of the album is still top notch, the blazingly fast guitar solos, arcade sound interludes and epic song compositions are tighter than ever, making it some of the bands best work to date.

I'd definitely recommend seeing Dragonforce at one of their live shows, hearing the classics with Marc's own style at the 100 clubs was an amazing experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Ive been a huge DragonForce fan for years but I was quite apprehensive to see what Marc Hudson (The new singer) would bring to the table. I neednt have worried, this album is by far there best work. Marc is defiitely the superior vocalist and the variety within the album is a nice change. Songs like Cry Thunder and Seasons move away from the crazy speed metalish routes of the band and add a new dimension through slower but more epic sounding songs. They match this by bringing back some good old fashioned DragonForce style speed with songs like Fallen World. I enjoyed every second of this album and I thoruoghly recommend it to everyone who likes the lighter side of the metal scene :-)

Dan
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step back in the right direction. 30 April 2012
By Hedon
Format:Audio CD
I've always had a bit of a thing for Dragonforce. They were actually the first power metal band i really got into, and there's still a bit of a sweet spot for Valley of the Dammned and Sonic Firestorm in me. Their technical wizardry, blitzkreig speeds and unabashed champoinship of cheesy flower-power lyrics along with their wonderful melodies, infectious energy and positive vibe provided a nice respite from the heavier stuff I usually listen to. However, when Inhuman Rampage (basically a faster rehash of Sonic Firestorm) came around the corner, I was craving something with a bit more substance and had already moved onto Sontata Arctica, Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Heavenly, Dark Moor, Human Fortress and Secret Sphere among others. I couldn't stand Ultra Beatdown - to me it was just a pile of choatic, uncoordianted technicality for technicalities sake mush. But then after hearing Cry Thunder on the ol' Tube, I decided to give The Power Within a try... and I'm glad i did.

The Power Within is instantly recognizable as DragonForce, even with a new singer, and isn't really doing anything wildly revolutionairy in terms of the bands sound. There's no forays into prog rock, no avante grade black metal or anything like that. It's as ot always has been - cheesy power metal with poppy choruses and air-guitar inducing solos. However, Power Within does sees the band moving away from the all out technical, self-indulgent and in my view souless sounds of Ultra Beatdown back to a much more memorable and melodically focused style ala Sonic Firestorm and Valley of the Damned. Don't get me wrong, the band still rip it up with reckless abandon, with some ridiculously fast rumming, face-melting solos and the kind of instrumental skill that gives mere mortals nosebleeds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonforce riffs new notes 29 April 2012
By John L
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan and followed them for many years. First off, you can tell that they are changing the way they structure their songs by the fact only one song is 7 minutes long. You can also tell the structure has changed by listening to said 7 minute song as it isn't like their past long songs, its more broken down and works really well. The New singer is amazing and can hit the high notes well! Granted at one point the high note came out of no where but was still impressive none the less! His voice carries all the songs well and will be looking forward to new songs over the years from him!

The old 'all Dragonforce songs sound the same' philosophy to me only half exists in this album. While they retain what made them great to listen too, its easy to see they are trying new things. 'Cry Thunder' is the best example of this! The melody to me seems to have a slight Irish kick to it and simply sounds brilliant (music video of said song here(...) )

I have a feeling that a reason some of their songs in this particular album sound similar to previous years is simply to reassure fans that the new singer hasn't tampered with what made them famous. Personal opinion, but I seem to prefer Marc over ZP, despite still liking ZP.

One last note, the acoustic version at the end actually shocked me as I have never heard them play anything like that before, it was a brilliant shortened version of the song Seasons (shortened due to the fact breaking into solo in acoustic probably doesn't sound the same!).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Vocalist has settled in well.
This record is now on my MP3 and is a great play. They still have that very fast pace and sound.
Published 3 months ago by bowlsjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Saw Dragonforce on the Download Festival on TV. Liked what I heard and bought this. I was not disappointed. I have since purchased more of their albums, every one great.
Published 6 months ago by diesel
5.0 out of 5 stars back with new singer
Dragonforce are back with a new singer, at first its hard for you to adjust to the new singer but he can hit the notes
this album is the shortest Dragonforce album with songs... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alza
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
But they have thinned the hum buker too much & the lyrics are too close to the previous album. Not bad though.
Published 7 months ago by Waqar
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought for my sons and they love it !!!!! The talent of the artists is admirable. The sound of their pieces are well put together.
Published 8 months ago by Jonathan Cottam
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
I hadn't heard of Dragonforce before until I saw them at the Download Festival. This album is brilliant. I look forward to buying more of their albums.
Published 8 months ago by mandy proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars they rock!!!!
what can i say? this is an awesome album! i particularly like the new singer. he blends with the music without losing himself. wonderful!
Published 10 months ago by Ms. K. Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power to Cream
What can I say? Hardest metal known to man. Listen to this if you want your ear pussies to cream.
Published 11 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars the power within
this album by the notorious band dragonforce is outstanding, truth be told i was not sure if the new singer would be better than or equal to ZP Theart lets just say that i was... Read more
Published 15 months ago by militaryman18
5.0 out of 5 stars The best.
This, is amazing. Along with Amon Amarth and Dimmu Borgir these are my favourite band. Sheer skillage made to sound awesome. Love it.
Published 15 months ago by trevski
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