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Aweful name for a decent album.,
This review is from: Ultra Beatdown [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
When I first heard the name of this album I cringed, when I saw the cover art for the case I began to worry about what this album would turn out like. The problem with Dragonforce is that most people fall into two ways of thinking, either they hate them and everything that they have done (sometimes for no other reason than that they have read some stuff on the internet forums and decided that they do not like the band without even hearing them)or they love everything Dragonforce have ever done (I myself am one of these people, except for track 6 on Ultra beatdown, that particular song is a pile of...).
So the album itself is a good album, better than Inhuman Rampage yet still nowhere near as good as Sonic Firestorm or VoTD. First time I listened to it all the way through I really didn't know what to make of it, it was somewhere between power metal and the sound track to a megaman or F-Zero game and not all too impressive. However second time I listened to it I liked it a lot better, the songs are well put together, they are fun and show that they are doing something different to the other albums, the songs are alot more creative mixing up the placement of verses, chorus, bridges and any other bits that have been added.
ZP's vocals sound much better, he is hitting nicer notes and displaying some great melody lines. The guitar's are what they always are really, alot of great riffs and solos yet still seem to be clinging to what they have done on the other 'force albums. Some of the keyboard parts are...interesting, they seem to be getting more to do on this album. On previous albums they often got consigned to the background (except in the ballads), on Ultra Beatdown Vadim seems to get alot more opportunities to play about with the keys and for the most part it has come out great. Drums...are...fast that is the greatest compliment I can think of really. Ok fair enough there are alot of great fills and they give a good solid backing to the songs, but with the guitars and keys flying all over the place in the songs it feels like the drums are just being used as a glorified metronome rather than as a powerful instrument, which is strange because listening to Sonic Firestorm the drums in that were well played, well placed and had some ingeniously creative parts. Don't get me wrong i am not saying that the drums are bad, far from it in fact; it is just that they could have been so much more on this album.
Overall view of this album is that it is a good album, and even better when you are drunk, but Dragonforce seem like they could give so much more. They are defiantly progressing into a genuinely brilliant band but seem to be taking detours along the way, but that is fair enough they are still a great band who make bitchin' songs and I will love their music and listen to it until I die (except track 6 "A flame for freedom").