8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
it shocked and amazed,
This review is from: Sonic Firestorm (Audio CD)
This was one of the first power metal albums I ever had, and one of the bands that sold me on the genre. Say what you like about Dragonforce, but you can't deny the genius of this little album right here. At the time, Dragonforce took a well established and classic sound and played it about 500rpm faster then anyone then anyone else. Simple, but effective. But it's not all about speed or the astonishing level of technical prowess (and believe me, this is some of the best guitar playing you're likely to hear this century). The band fill out their sound with some very memorable melodies, be they guitar or keyboard, and Mr. Theart's Journey-style vocal lines get stuck inside the listeners head for years and just beg to be sung along to. It's these infectious melodies combined with the breakneck speed and superhuman musicianship that really make Sonic Firestorm worth getting into, despite the rather simple and repetative song structures that make up a good 90% of the album.
The thorn amongst these roses is the lack of diversity - all songs (save the token ballad) blast along at a million miles an hour with each bridge, chorus, solo and breakdown comimg in at a very predictable time - and thats why i can't give the band a top 5 star rating. Shame, as maybe one or two mid gallopers or a slower rocker might have done this album wonders. But at the end of the day the quality of the music is enough to get these lads through.
I wasn't too impressed with the albums that came after this - they kinda sacrificed all at the alter of technicallity - but Sonic Firestorm is one classy and speedy beast of a power metal album and, in my humble opinion, the best Dragonforce has given us so far and always has a place in my metal collection.