Power Within / Ltd Ed Boxset Box set
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Top Customer Reviews
Dragonforce were clearly were looking for someone to not just fill ZP's shoes, but also to bring something new to the table, which Marc does fantastically. Some of the best tracks include, Cry Thunder, Fallen World, Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Storm.
Why 4 out of 5 stars? The album definitely feels like it's treading old ground, Dragonforce are still reusing lyrics lyrics from previous albums and the overall composition of a few tracks feels extremely familiar. Personally I wanted to hear more tracks like Cry Thunder, the classic power metal sound they were going for mixed with the fantastic vocals and guitar playing of Herman and Sam worked really well. That said the rest of the album is still top notch, the blazingly fast guitar solos, arcade sound interludes and epic song compositions are tighter than ever, making it some of the bands best work to date.
I'd definitely recommend seeing Dragonforce at one of their live shows, hearing the classics with Marc's own style at the 100 clubs was an amazing experience.
The Power Within is instantly recognizable as DragonForce, even with a new singer, and isn't really doing anything wildly revolutionairy in terms of the bands sound. There's no forays into prog rock, no avante grade black metal or anything like that. It's as ot always has been - cheesy power metal with poppy choruses and air-guitar inducing solos. However, Power Within does sees the band moving away from the all out technical, self-indulgent and in my view souless sounds of Ultra Beatdown back to a much more memorable and melodically focused style ala Sonic Firestorm and Valley of the Damned. Don't get me wrong, the band still rip it up with reckless abandon, with some ridiculously fast rumming, face-melting solos and the kind of instrumental skill that gives mere mortals nosebleeds.Read more ›
The old 'all Dragonforce songs sound the same' philosophy to me only half exists in this album. While they retain what made them great to listen too, its easy to see they are trying new things. 'Cry Thunder' is the best example of this! The melody to me seems to have a slight Irish kick to it and simply sounds brilliant (music video of said song here(...) )
I have a feeling that a reason some of their songs in this particular album sound similar to previous years is simply to reassure fans that the new singer hasn't tampered with what made them famous. Personal opinion, but I seem to prefer Marc over ZP, despite still liking ZP.
One last note, the acoustic version at the end actually shocked me as I have never heard them play anything like that before, it was a brilliant shortened version of the song Seasons (shortened due to the fact breaking into solo in acoustic probably doesn't sound the same!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first saw these guys at download and really wanted their album but I was unable to download it on iTunes so I bought the cd here, it was fast and is exactly what you'd expectPublished on 27 May 2014 by becky
This record is now on my MP3 and is a great play. They still have that very fast pace and sound.Published on 4 Jan. 2014 by bowlsjohn
Saw Dragonforce on the Download Festival on TV. Liked what I heard and bought this. I was not disappointed. I have since purchased more of their albums, every one great.Published on 7 Oct. 2013 by diesel
Dragonforce are back with a new singer, at first its hard for you to adjust to the new singer but he can hit the notes
this album is the shortest Dragonforce album with songs... Read more
But they have thinned the hum buker too much & the lyrics are too close to the previous album. Not bad though.Published on 20 Aug. 2013 by Waqar
Bought for my sons and they love it !!!!! The talent of the artists is admirable. The sound of their pieces are well put together.Published on 6 Aug. 2013 by The Cottam Family
I hadn't heard of Dragonforce before until I saw them at the Download Festival. This album is brilliant. I look forward to buying more of their albums.Published on 2 Aug. 2013 by mandy proctor