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UK Metal titans DRAGONFORCE have completed their sixth studio album entitled‚ 'Maximum Overload'.
Produced by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios in Örebro and Varberg, Sweden, the new opus will be the band’s first ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.
Maximum Overload will be the band’s debut album for new label earMusic, part of the German Edel music group, who will release the album in the UK on August 18th.
Mainly written by guitarist Sam Totman and bass player Frédéric Leclercq‚ 'Maximum Overload' is the second album with new vocalist Marc Hudson who replaced the bands original singer for the last album, ‘The Power Within’. Formed in 1999 and based in London the band is very well known for its long and fast guitar solos, fantasy-based lyrics and electronic sounds in their music to add to their retro video game-influenced sound.
“Working with Jens gave us a different perspective on the songs and a different sound dynamic. We always previously recorded in our own studios but recording in Sweden made us focus and maybe drove us harder, Jens certainly did, he doesn‘t believe in days off!“ said guitar maestro Herman Li.
“The album title and album cover artwork is inspired by the constant bombardment of information we are subjected to during our daily lives“ Li added. “We were in an airport departure lounge surrounded by TV screens, flight information screens and advertising screens. We then looked around and no one was saying a word, they were all looking at more screens on tablets, laptops and mobile phones, there‘s no escaping it, it‘s complete information overload!“
‘Maximum Overload‘ features a couple of surprises, notably a guest appearance on some of the songs from Trivium’s Matt Heafy. “We‘ve always gotten on really well with the Trivium guys and it was great when Matt had a couple of days to spare and agreed to weigh in on some of the songs!“ added Frederic Leclercq.
The album also features an all time first for DragonForce.....a cover version! Sam Totman explained “Just before the last Australian tour our manager suggested it might be interesting to do a cover for the next album, something we‘ve always refused even to consider. Because we had all had a couple beers every band member wrote down 3 songs each and we compared them all, just for a laugh. I wrote down ‘Ring Of Fire‘ by Johnny Cash, an idea which the rest of the band loved, so we‘ve Dragon-Force-ized it!“ Tracklisting
1. The Game 2. Tomorrow’s Kings 3. No More 4. Three Hammers 5. Symphony of the Night 6. The Sun is Dead 7. Defenders 8. Extraction Zone 9. City of Gold 10. Ring of Fire
Bonus Tracks 11. Power and Glory 12. You’re Not Alone 13. Chemical Interference 14. Fight to Be Free 15. Galactic Astro Domination (Remixed) Bonus DVD (25 mins) - Documentary: A New Found Force - Cry Thunder (Live at Loud Park ’12)
Top Customer Reviews
For me, I lost interest with their fourth album, Ultra Beatdown. It was all a bit too much, the bombastic solos overwhelmed the songs. It was tiring to listen to, where as the previous albums were energising. So I drifted away.
I gave their fifth album, The Power Within, a listen, and whilst I enjoyed the arguably simpler song structure, with a greater focus on riffs than overly-twiddly solos, it didn't quite gel. Marc Hudson, who replaced ZP Theart, was undeniably a good vocalist, but he seemed slightly out of place.
All of which is a pre-amble to say, Maximum Overload surprised me with just how good it is.
Marc Hudson now sounds right at home. Maximum Overload has obviously been written with his strengths in mind. The choruses soar, and his impressive range is given a good work out. The album continues from where The Power Within left off, with the band focusing on shorter songs compared to their earlier albums. To me, this creates a tighter, more focused sound. The twiddly solos remain (it is Dragonforce, after all), but now they're well judged, not too self-indulgent. Compared to Inhuman Rampage and Ultra Beatdown, the songs seem more riff focused, as opposed to constant guitar show boating and feature a greater variance in tempo. The ultra fast songs Dragonforce are known for remain, but easing off the pedal at times is a strength, not a weakness.
Dragonforce are often criticised for not advancing their sound, but I find that incorrect.Read more ›
My only complaint: I miss the lengthy tracks i loved to sink my teeth into, I loved this previous albums.... IE: Sonic Firestorm's Soldiers of the Wasteland. though this isn't really going to subtract from my rating.
Overall: I Love this album :) continue to kick ass Dragonforce!!
Some bands have one fast guitarist...DragonForce have TWO and that is what makes their songs exciting to listen to.
If you are a DragonForce fan you will like this, if not, it is a good place to start. As a band, DragonForce are peaking right now!!
The new record Maximum Overload during the listen through I noticed a few things they've tried to experiment with their sound while keeping the traditional Dragonforce sound. Marc's vocals have significantly improved he seems to have found his comfort zone within the band and it comes across with this record. Herman and Sam's guitars still as awesome as ever some really great tracks on this record including 3 featuring guest vocals by Matt Heafy (Trivium).
All in all a great record, great tracks would give a higher rating if possible if your a Dragonforce fan pick this up but also a great record if your a metal fan who's not familiar with the band
On Maximum Overload, DragonForce take what the The Power Within attempted and refreshingly combine the trademark DragonForce sound with plenty of new elements. A lot of the songs such as 'Defenders' are riff-driven and then combined with the DragonForce shred-fest to keep old fans contempt while still adding a new dimension to their songs. Symphony of the Night incorporates a Children of Bodom harpsichord sound and it really works well! The vocals are also taken to the next level with some incredibly high notes from Marc with very catchy lyrics. Personal favourites include The Game, No More, Three Hammers and the aforementioned songs.
I give the album 4 stars because some of the songs are average and boring. What they were thinking with Extraction Zone is beyond me, for 2 minutes it's DragonForce and then all of a sudden it's elevator music/bluesy rock.
Other than that though, highly recommended for old fans and new fans!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loud, great instrumental talent shows throughout album. Great buy!Published 2 months ago by The Cottam Family
Not sure bad album at all, while traditionally guitarists Herman and Sam wrote the vast majority of the the lyrics the rest of the band had a lot more involvement in that aspect... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kieran Early
Who's buying this for 40 quid I love dragonforce but it's a tenner at my local shopPublished 5 months ago by jamie steven negus
The first time I heard dragonforce, about 4 years ago, I was blown away. Since then there has not been a day that I haven't listened. This album does not dissapoint. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Starchaser
came with a t shirt waaaaay to small, doesnt give an option to choose size.Published 11 months ago by iain weir
I didn't like this album instantly, unlike Inhuman Rampage which I loved from the first beat. However, I decided to play the album through three times before making a judgement. Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. Joyce