5.0 out of 5 stars
It just gets better, 8 Mar 2009
When I first listened to this album, I thought it was very good. The cheese factor has been lessened slightly (just slightly), but all the best things about Dragonforce are still there: they can uplift you, make you smile, and most importantly, make you headbang and play the air guitar over riffs and solos that you wouldn't have a chance in hell of playing in real life.
As an album it represents a step forward for the band, musically speaking. The songs are more complex, in terms of song structure, tempo changes etc., which is quite refreshing. After repeated hearings a few songs in particular stand out as exceptional. The opening track is absolutely awesome, The Fire Still Burns is a classic anthemic Dragonforce track, and A Flame For Freedom is a fantastic one as well. Basically, if it's a Dragonforce song with something involving fire in the title, it's probably going to be good...
The bonus tracks are a nice little added extra, with Strike of the Ninja being less technically flashy than the DF norm, but still a great and catchy metal song in its own right. As for Scars of Yesterday, I love it. The intro reminded me strongly of Nobuo Uematsu's band The Black Mages. You can really see the influence they draw from video game music here
In conclusion, fudging awesome album, in my opinion their best yet. Go get it.