DragonForce
Ultra Beatdown


4.0
excellent

Review

by psycho888999 USER (20 Reviews)
December 8th, 2008 | 98 replies | 6,048 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: HYPERSPEED!!

3 of 8 thought this review was well written

As a closet Dragonforce fanboy, I am obliged to come out of the closet and give them a four. For anybody that actually knows me in person, I like to pass myself off as a tr00 kvlt person who enjoys bands such as Bishop of Hexen and Darkthrone, but I'm actually quite open minded and enjoy mainstream bands such as this.

Now that I have my confession out of the way, let's get on to actually reviewing the album. It's been said that all of Dragonforce's songs sound the same, but upon closer inspection, you could hear the pseudo-complexity of baroque era classical music in there. There's also some Maiden worship in here, but if anything, it's masked by the sheer speed and 'wall of notes' nature of the guitars.

The band has evolved quite a bit on this album. They have actually decided to add slow parts into their songs, like 'Inside the Winter Storm' and ' Reasons to Live', which gives the music a little bit more variety. Although they have not dispensed with their precious triplet one-two kick drums, they HAVE implemented some rhythmic experimentation, namely using a variation of the beat from Metallica's 'Whiplash' in the latter part of 'Heroes of our Time' and 'Reasons to Live'.

I could go on for hours praising them, but what people REALLY want to hear is some actual critiques on the album, so I'll do my best to sum it up. I have always held the suspicion that Dragonforce writes their songs by simply widdling around on the black keys of a piano, which pretty much constitutes to the majority of their sound to the uninitiated ear. I have done some scrutinizing analyzing and same up with the conclusion that that do actually DO write their songs with conviction and actual structure- the only problem is that they overdo it- much like every single song on every single one of their albums. This overkill is the reason all their songs sound the same- if only they were to hold back a little bit, they would sound a little more tasteful.
Speaking of taste, the video game noises are really quite grating on the ears, and that contributes to the utter tastelessness of Dragonforce albums. On this album, they rule supreme, and that REALLY got on my nerves.
The real controversy surrounding this band, however, are the two guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. They play well beyond their abilities, detracting from their live performances and making them look like incompetents. The point is, they would have fared much better if they didn't set such high standards for themselves. They should leave the uber shredding to Mohammend Suicmez and Yngwie Malmsteen.

There is a paradox though, because their weaknesses also double as their selling points. You buy Dragonforce albums BECAUSE the songs sound consistant, happy and stupidly fun. I don't know anybody that buys Dragonforce for spiritual introspection- try Death or Isis for that stuff. They buy their stuff because they want a soundtrack to the Final Fantasy/ Lord of the Rings crossover in their heads- endless swordplay and magic to the hyperspeed Mozart-on-crack soundtrack to a happy apocalypse. The videogame noises, as much as I hate to admit it, actually add to their sound- completing the fantasy anime feel that their songs create.

This review might sound like an overall review of Dragonforce itself, but seriously, do you NEED multiple reviews for four albums that sound exactly the same? I would even go so far as to say Dragonforce made one album in four different parts- epic sounding hyperspeed fantasy metal with video game influences is all I can say. If you like your music fun, EPIC, (and I emphasize this word here) , fast, cheesy, and prone to the invocation of RPG battle visions, then this album and Dragonforce are for you. Personally, I love Dragonforce, warts and all, and this album is another welcome addition to a fanboy's collection. :)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2008



17914 Comments


you like dragonforce holy shit that is pretty open-minded

Bleak123
December 8th 2008



1902 Comments


yeah your minds basically gaping wide open right now, you should get that fixed. you don't want dragonforce penetrating too oftenThis Message Edited On 12.08.08

AtavanHalen
December 8th 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Okay, dude, what? No!

SKUDstorm
December 8th 2008



136 Comments


Why must you always use the term "troo kvlt"? Speak like a normal human being. And secondly boring and repetitive band is boring and repetitive. Dragonforce is nothing special at all and not near worth a 4.This Message Edited On 12.08.08

Phantom
December 8th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's been said that all of Dragonforce's songs sound the same, but upon closer inspection, you could hear the pseudo-complexity of baroque era classical music in there.

Lol no. First part is truth though.

renegadestrings
December 8th 2008



1416 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"They buy their stuff because they want a soundtrack to the Final Fantasy/ Lord of the Rings crossover in their heads"

fallacy. I buy their stuff to annoy the shit out of my nerdass roomate who wishes life were a final fantasy/lord of the rings crossover

foreverendeared
December 8th 2008



14678 Comments


you suck for submitting two reviews in a row

psycho888999
December 8th 2008



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For the submitting two reviews in a row part, I was bored at 4 am in the morning. -_-

Gore
December 8th 2008



332 Comments


Just...no

poweroftheweez
December 8th 2008



1289 Comments


lol
like half this review is talking about the things that suck about dragonforce.

Zippermouth
December 8th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

it's masked by the sheer speed and 'wall of notes' nature of the guitars.

typo here, it should read 'wall of shit'


Nagrarok
December 8th 2008



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Haha. A 4 for Ultra Beatdown. Haha.

The band has evolved quite a bit on this album. They have actually decided to add slow parts into their songs, like 'Inside the Winter Storm' and ' Reasons to Live', which gives the music a little bit more variety.

That does NOT make it any better.

I'm actually quite open minded and enjoy mainstream bands such as this.

Uhmm... I cannot think of any reasons to call Dragonforce mainstream. 3 Doors Down and Nickelback are examples of mainstream bands. This? No.
This Message Edited On 12.08.08

Zippermouth
December 8th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Songs on Guitar Hero=Mainstream^ (most of the time)

Poet
December 8th 2008



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

To be really mainstream you have to be on the radio. I haven't heard Dragonforce on the radio (well Sirius and XM don't count because I've heard all kinds of underground bands on there).

ninjuice
December 8th 2008



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think Dragonforce are being recognized in the mainstream, but they're not a mainstream band per se.
At first I want to think this is a joke, but it also seems kinda clear it's not.

Zippermouth
December 8th 2008



1305 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Well maybe not so much mainstream, but they are extremely well known (and hated).

Satana
December 8th 2008



204 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Valley of the damned is a great album..this sucks ass

A7XEric
December 8th 2008



300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eh this album was a pretty big letdown. None of the material is bad, but the only 2 exceptional songs are Heroes of Our Time and Reasons to Live which is probably one of the best songs in their whole catalog of songs. Everything else on here is just generic Dragonforce.

Thor
December 8th 2008



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

As a closet Dragonforce fanboy, I am obliged to come out of the closet and give them a four. For anybody that actually knows me in person, I like to pass myself off as a tr00 kvlt person who enjoys bands such as Bishop of Hexen and Darkthrone, but I'm actually quite open minded and enjoy mainstream bands such as this.

Pretty much the worst introductory paragraph I've read in a while

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Lunarfall
December 8th 2008



3177 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

First 2 albums are so much better



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