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Valley of the Damned

Dragonforce Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0031SSAM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...! 28 Jan 2003
By Marc
Format:Audio CD
I'm left speechless.
Well, not quite. I've been listening to Heavy Metal since I was 4 years old, my sister gave me a Diamond Head LP and I started getting deeper and deeper into the hole. The first album I bought was a 7" 'Haunting The Chapel' by Slayer and since then I was converted. I am nearly 19 now, which means that I have been listening to Heavy Metal for nearly 15 years...
... And I have never heard anything like this, this album is beyond excellent. Think Helloween + Dream Theater x Yngwie Malmsteen - Hair Metal + About 10x Faster = Dragonforce. If this band keeps doing what they're doing, getting more airplay and getting more attention as a whole, they could be one of the greatest Heavy Metal bands of all time.
I first heard of them whilst I was searching through mp3.com for Blind Guardian songs, and it turns out that their song 'Valley Of The Damned' had been at the top of the Power Metal charts for just about a year. So, out of curiosity, I downloaded the song. I think the best thing about it was the fact that it was their demo, I wanted to hear a full-length album with better production... So here I am about one year later and it's finally here.
The guitars are diabolical in a good way, how they can play those harmonies are beyond me and I've been playing 5 hours everyday for the past 9 years. The drumming is amazing...That's all I can say really. The bass... In order to keep up with the rhythm and drumming, well, it has to be good. The vocals match perfectly. The lyrics are your typical Power Metal stuff (dragons, swords, battles etc) but that makes no difference to me because the album is purely and simply amazing.
Postive Things - Everything.
Negative Things - Nothing.
I know it's only January and the first month of the year, but I have already made this number 1 album of the year.
If you are any serious and decent Heavy Metal fan, you have got to get this!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 19 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
An absolutely brilliant debut album. Great vocals and mind blowingly fast guitar and drum work combine to make an incredibly heavy yet still melodic album.
I do have a couple of complaints though, which is why I haven't given it 5 stars.
The first, Heart of the Dragon is soooooo incredibly cheesey.
Second of all, they need much more variety. It's a cliche but most of the songs really do sound the same. Fortunately, it is a damn good sound but nevertheless I would hope that on the next album they have a bit more variety.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind-blowing album 5 Nov 2004
By Redbox
Format:Audio CD
This album is absolutely mind-blowing. It's the debut album from UK Power-Metal band Dragonforce. Combining face-melting solos from guitarist Herman 'The Shred' Lee, gut-busting drumming, it merges to form a mind-blowing finished product. It's the sort of music you can picture listening to in a huge fan-filled stadium, lights flashing and you standing there with your mouth open gawping in amazement.
I do have one complaint though, the lyrics to the songs are a little cheesy, but you can barely hear the vocals (which are great if you pay attention) through the awesome guitar-playing and double-bass pedal of the drums.
I suggest you buy this album now, put it in your car CD-player, drive up and down your street and blast it so the whole neighborhood can hear, then buy it for themselves!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Gods 17 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
Dragonforce's first true album and their best to date, whilst their other two albums have been excellent, they lack the full on raw energy and passion of their debut. Coupling unmatched technical musicianship and a vocalist with a seemingly unending range, this band are not only original but unrivalled in their genre. Every second of this album is pure ecstasy to listen to, it is THE must own album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best UK power metal album ever. 16 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
The UK Power Metal scene has always been pretty poor when compared to mainland Europe, not only in quality, but also in quantity. Whilst DragonForce can only add one to the number of British bands playing this style of music, one listen to this, their first official release, will restore anyone's faith in the scene.
After a brief intro, the band plunges into the title track. Filled with catchy hooks, soaring vocals and superb drumming, this song will instantly become stuck in your head, only to leave when you listen to one of the other tracks. As soon as the song reaches the solos, your jaw will have hit the floor as you try to take in the sheer talent of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. This formula is used to great effect on the all the other songs on the album. On one occasion, in "Disciples of Babylon", they even manage to fit an experimental interlude into the middle of the song, before continuing with the, you guessed it, catchy chorus.
It seems compulsory within the genre to put a ballad on your album, and the majority of these are usually too embarassing to listen to (see "Mother Gaia" on Stratovarius's 'Infinity album' as an example). Fortunately, "Starfire" is one of the best songs on the album, and the best Power Metal ballad that this reviewer has ever heard. Opening with a gorgeous piano intro, it progresses into an insanely catchy chorus and a sublime acoustic guitar solo. An excellent vocal performance from ZP Theart rounds the whole thing off. A real "lighters in the air" moment. The only below–par moment is the closing track "Heart of a Dragon". Whilst certainly not a bad song, the excessive cheesiness is likely to put a few listeners off, but get past that (which Rhapsody fans will find especially easy) and you have another top quality track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent
Sit down headphones on lights off, and wind it up and just listen to that guitar and drum its mind blowing!!
Published 17 months ago by ERIC SQUIRES
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
I have been listening to heavy rock for over 40 years, Dragonforce are there with the best of them Jim Geddes
Published 19 months ago by james geddes
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best speed metal album ever prodused
This album is fantastic nothing lest it down at all. Herman Li and Sam Totman have gone all out to produse this gem of an album from Invocation of Apocalyptic Evil's gripping... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Shock and Awe
I cannot recommend this album highly enough if you are into your hard rock If you are concerned about what is fashionable, current and hip and 'whether my friends would like it',... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2009 by Matthew Thorpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Stonking debut
A good first album from one of my favourite bands of the moment. I have all 4 albums and all are slightly different. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by The Chief
3.0 out of 5 stars High Speed Sonic Assault
This is the first album release by the British Speed-Metal outfit and hints at better things to come but fails to impress in it's own right. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2009 by Fergal Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST METAL BAND I EVER GOT INTO AND LOVE 'EM!!!!
This was the last album i bought of Dragonforce (the first being Inhuman Rampage) this is dragonforce's best album it's totally different to their other albums it's breathtaking... Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2008 by Sandra O'Hagan
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Supersonic Cheese
On balance I think I pretty much agree with the various other reviews listed to-date. Yes, the lyrics are melodramatic Sword & Sorcery; and yes, the songs tend to sound similar in... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2006 by ESP
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy metal to the max!
Dragonforce are one incredible metal band. With face melting solos and excellent lyrics this is the type of album where you'll love every song.
Published on 18 July 2006 by Lorien
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good.
How would I describe Dragonforce? Well, take the lyrical depth and singing of Iron Maiden...speed it up (a lot)... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2005
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