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Well, not quite. I've been listening to Heavy Metal since I was 4 years old, my sister gave me a Diamond Head LP and I started getting deeper and deeper into the hole. The first album I bought was a 7" 'Haunting The Chapel' by Slayer and since then I was converted. I am nearly 19 now, which means that I have been listening to Heavy Metal for nearly 15 years...
... And I have never heard anything like this, this album is beyond excellent. Think Helloween + Dream Theater x Yngwie Malmsteen - Hair Metal + About 10x Faster = Dragonforce. If this band keeps doing what they're doing, getting more airplay and getting more attention as a whole, they could be one of the greatest Heavy Metal bands of all time.
I first heard of them whilst I was searching through mp3.com for Blind Guardian songs, and it turns out that their song 'Valley Of The Damned' had been at the top of the Power Metal charts for just about a year. So, out of curiosity, I downloaded the song. I think the best thing about it was the fact that it was their demo, I wanted to hear a full-length album with better production... So here I am about one year later and it's finally here.
The guitars are diabolical in a good way, how they can play those harmonies are beyond me and I've been playing 5 hours everyday for the past 9 years. The drumming is amazing...That's all I can say really. The bass... In order to keep up with the rhythm and drumming, well, it has to be good. The vocals match perfectly. The lyrics are your typical Power Metal stuff (dragons, swords, battles etc) but that makes no difference to me because the album is purely and simply amazing.
Postive Things - Everything.
Negative Things - Nothing.
I know it's only January and the first month of the year, but I have already made this number 1 album of the year.
If you are any serious and decent Heavy Metal fan, you have got to get this!
I do have a couple of complaints though, which is why I haven't given it 5 stars.
The first, Heart of the Dragon is soooooo incredibly cheesey.
Second of all, they need much more variety. It's a cliche but most of the songs really do sound the same. Fortunately, it is a damn good sound but nevertheless I would hope that on the next album they have a bit more variety.
I do have one complaint though, the lyrics to the songs are a little cheesy, but you can barely hear the vocals (which are great if you pay attention) through the awesome guitar-playing and double-bass pedal of the drums.
I suggest you buy this album now, put it in your car CD-player, drive up and down your street and blast it so the whole neighborhood can hear, then buy it for themselves!
Up until today I had never heard of them, but I was shopping and the CD was playing in the store. Asked what band it was an immediatey bought this album and it's excellent. While not normally a fan of power metal I enjoyed this because it seems to fuse a lot of ideas together and comes up with a truly fantastic sound. One minute I can sit and enjoy the melody of the song and the next I was headbanging away.
Dragonforce is the type of band you should listen to while climbing a mountain or building a pyramid. It's fast, loud and almost feel-good in a way. The lyrics (unlike say, Sepultura) don't bring out aggression but instead a desire to keep going and inspire. While not a flawless album I still have to give it 5 stars. It's a diamond in the granite of underrated bands. Buy it.
After a brief intro, the band plunges into the title track. Filled with catchy hooks, soaring vocals and superb drumming, this song will instantly become stuck in your head, only to leave when you listen to one of the other tracks. As soon as the song reaches the solos, your jaw will have hit the floor as you try to take in the sheer talent of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. This formula is used to great effect on the all the other songs on the album. On one occasion, in "Disciples of Babylon", they even manage to fit an experimental interlude into the middle of the song, before continuing with the, you guessed it, catchy chorus.
It seems compulsory within the genre to put a ballad on your album, and the majority of these are usually too embarassing to listen to (see "Mother Gaia" on Stratovarius's 'Infinity album' as an example). Fortunately, "Starfire" is one of the best songs on the album, and the best Power Metal ballad that this reviewer has ever heard. Opening with a gorgeous piano intro, it progresses into an insanely catchy chorus and a sublime acoustic guitar solo. An excellent vocal performance from ZP Theart rounds the whole thing off. A real "lighters in the air" moment. The only below–par moment is the closing track "Heart of a Dragon". Whilst certainly not a bad song, the excessive cheesiness is likely to put a few listeners off, but get past that (which Rhapsody fans will find especially easy) and you have another top quality track.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With the obvious talent and potential to become one of the greatest power metal bands of all time, the thing that makes DragonForce stand out the most is also the thing that annoys... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Martin
This is just a quick review as I listen to this album again. It really is excellent. You can't ask any more of a debut power metal album. Read morePublished 21 months ago by C. Nicholls
Sit down headphones on lights off, and wind it up and just listen to that guitar and drum its mind blowing!!Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by ERIC SQUIRES
I have been listening to heavy rock for over 40 years, Dragonforce are there with the best of them Jim GeddesPublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by james geddes
This album is fantastic nothing lest it down at all. Herman Li and Sam Totman have gone all out to produse this gem of an album from Invocation of Apocalyptic Evil's gripping... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2011 by Amazon Customer
I cannot recommend this album highly enough if you are into your hard rock If you are concerned about what is fashionable, current and hip and 'whether my friends would like it',... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2009 by Matthew Thorpe