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10 Best Dragonforce Songs

Been on a Dragonforce kick for the first time in...a few years. But in rdoing some close listening, amid the flailing guitars and incessant rdrumming, there are some songs that do, in fact, sound a little rdifferent from the rest. Here are my picks for the ten that really rstand out.
10 Once In A Lifetime
Sonic Firestorm

A rather happy-sounding song, Once has some pretty silly parts, but the syncopated pre-chorus (with the "Once in a lifetime..." lyrics) is one of the better sequences the band has written, with its backbeat emphasis and rising vocal lines.
9 Black Winter Night
Valley of the Damned

Sounding much more uplifting than their minor-key marathons, Black Winter Night contains some really cheesy lyrics but some of my favorite drumming, as it has Almouzni behind the kit. The climax of the last chorus is also a super-epic moment, like I'm sure the band thinks every moment they write is.
8 Prepare for War
Sonic Firestorm

The verse/chorus aren't all that outstanding, but Prepare's middle section is a big departure in a great way. The piano-led bridge that lasts several minutes is a welcome departure and a showcase of what Dragonforce can come up with when they think just a little outside of the box.
7 Black Fire
Valley of the Damned

One of the band's shorter offerings, Black Fire is probably the most intense song they've yet produced (idgaf what they say about the new single). The length makes this one a shower rather than a grower like the uber-long songs, so it keeps its edge after repeated listens and is the closest thing to catchy they would produce until Strike of the Ninja.
6 Revolution Deathsquad
Inhuman Rampage

Far better than Through the Fire and Flames, Revolution has some of the best vocal lines and chorus the band has written. It also has those cool stops/hits thrown in the middle and end of the verse that make you want to fist-pump exactly three times before returning to your air guitar.
5 Fury of the Storm
Sonic Firestorm

The song that would become the template for everything afterwards, Fury of the Storm was a great song in 2004 and it still is. The problem is that it's written in - rather extended - popular song form (AABA with embellishments), which would become really boring when copied about two dozen times thereafter.
4 Reasons to Live
Ultra Beatdown

Don't even bother buying the album. This is the best song on it and the only one that really differentiates itself. There are about four or five different sections that build up to the chorus, and the delayed-gratification songwriting really makes the climax(es) that much more powerful. The strange dancey bridge section at first seems odd, but then falls into a pretty cool laid-back solo section that allows Li and Totman to show that they're capable of actually writing a solo instead of just creating fret diarrhea at 200 bpm.
3 Valley of the Damned
Valley of the Damned

Before they went totally apeshit, Dragonforce's guitar duo relied a lot on strummed power chords and tremolo riffing, but it works damned well here. Also, Didier Almouzni was a monster behind the kit and I rather prefer his more varied, fill-heavy style to the machine dynamics of Mackintosh.
2 Soldiers of the Wasteland
Sonic Firestorm

The galloping, rising bridge section is the best part of the song. For all its 10-minute girth, Soldiers stays fresh due to some cool harmonized riffs and Theart's best turn on the mic.
1 My Soul and My Spirit Will Go On
Sonic Firestorm

From the ominous, delay-laden intro to its perfectly timed double bass bombardments, My Soul is pretty much a perfect offering from the band. There's a less-intense middle section to take a breath, the signature crazy- ass soloing, and several memorable sections along the way. Effort like this would make the band's new stuff a lot more tolerable.
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