DragonForce
Reaching into Infinity


4.0
excellent

Review

by TundraL5Z USER (2 Reviews)
May 19th, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: DragonForce incorporates a more progressive edge to their sound, perhaps allowing them to actually "Reach Into Infinity"

DragonForce has always been a band that you can listen to from time to time, and not take too seriously. In fact, the band doesnt take themselves too seriously when composing their music, that is we have the insanity that is "Inhuman Rampage" and "Ultra Beatdown" which are very much video game inspired records, there are also many sections of their songs that are near impossible to play realistically on guitar and this where their gimmick i feel really goes hand-in-hand with DF. Their known as the band that features incredibly impressive musicianship but at the same time falls into the category in which all of their songs sound unfortunately very similar. (Verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-breakdown-chorus).

Fortunately however with this new record "Reaching Into Infinity" DragonForce have really stepped out of their box that they are so well known to be shackled into and this time are incorporating a more progressive edge to their sound, something that we have not seen from DragonForce from any of their previous releases. The first single they dropped from the album "Judgement Day" features a keyboard section that sounds like something Dream Theater would incorporate into one of their progressive suites, followed by of course a face melting solo from mr. Herman Lee and Sam Totman (This is a reoccurring theme in the album, but you already knew that cause its DragonForce). The next song they released "Curse of Darkness" features an intro that is quite epic and something we havent heard from the band until this album.
A ballad is even featured in this record called "Silence" which is really quite beautiful followed by a solo that really fits with the whole mood of the song. Brand new elements that DragonForce have never touched are littered all over this record with each song feeling unique and making it become its own, which their previous songs did not have as they all sort of blended together. Bridges, breakdowns etc. are unique and very out of the norm for the traditional DF agenda.

And if you thought this progressive onslaught where just subtle nods in all of these songs, here we have their longest song DragonForce has ever written to date "The Edge of the World" with a run time of over 11 minutes long, this behemoth of a track cuts itself into a couple sections with sort of a traditional DragonForce structure in the beginning, but then progressing into almost a Death Metal song with some impressive growls from their bassist Frédéric Leclercq, if you thought DragonForce was a one trick poney, listen to this song and i assure you that you will be very mistaken.

Overall with this blending of the DragonForce sound we all know in with these progressive elements, it has resulted in something that is much more interesting than anything they have released in recent times and guitar solo fanatics will not be dissapointed with this album, although there are some cliches that are always prominent in DragonForce, i do think this release as a whole is some of DragonForces best work to date,


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PsychicChris (4)
Reaching into Infinity isn’t too dramatically different from its predecessors, but I don’t think...

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Essentially, an hour long fanfare....


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Mabbitt
May 19th 2017


1551 Comments


A couple of grammar issues throughout the review, but the point still gets across. Edge of the World just might be my new favorite Dragonforce song.

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TundraL5Z
May 19th 2017


135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, apologies about those mistakes...

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Toondude10
May 19th 2017


11095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surprisingly dug this a lot. It's actually their best album imo.

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2017


10476 Comments


Good review, slightly cringey summary but it fits the DF cheese I guess. Will check this album, enjoyed their last one quite a lot.

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Redeemer28
May 20th 2017


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is absolutely fantastic! Surprisingly their best, they sound very mature and every song has something to remember. Marc has really become the vocalist to take Dragonforce to the next level, but everyone sounds in peak form on this album. You got absolute headbangers in Astral Empire, Ashes of the Dawn and War!, absolute DF craziness in Midnight Madness and Land of Shattered Dreams, a beautiful and emotional ballad in Silence, a solid single in Judgment Day.



The icing on the cake comes in the form of an epic in The Edge of the World, which I can easily consider one of the best songs they wrote. I would consider Our Final Stand as a hidden gem here, absolutely dig it. They can only get better from here, and it is looking really good for them. Even their cover of Evil Dead is splendid. Amazing stuff.

Intothepit
May 20th 2017


3392 Comments


^Marc from Dragonforce

thomasdavidge
May 21st 2017


83 Comments


Stttttooooooooopppppp.

Kalopsia
May 21st 2017


1469 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ZP Theart >>>>>>>>>> Marc Hudson







Toondude10
May 21st 2017


11095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm legitimately contemplating on buying this.

Hellscythe
May 21st 2017


1912 Comments


is this good? surely this can't actually be good.

Toondude10
May 21st 2017


11095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll say this, there isn't as much wank as their previous albums.

TundraL5Z
May 22nd 2017


135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you like some good o'l power metal, i dont see why you wont like this

Pebster49
May 23rd 2017


3004 Comments


Expecting to hear a hilarious wank fest, but instead got very good music. So far, digging this

dfevil085
May 23rd 2017


905 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Was not expecting how good the Edge of The World was going to be.

frozencarl
May 25th 2017


117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can't wait to see them in July 8)

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peartnoy
May 28th 2017


1347 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really didn't like the singles that much. I really really liked Maximum Overload so i'll still check this out (rating is my prediction).

AaroN911
June 2nd 2017


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I enjoyed the first half of Maximum Overload quite much, excited to see what this brings!

Toondude10
June 11th 2017


11095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

btw, that's Marc doing the death growls on The Edge of The World, not Fredreic.

Dmax28
July 9th 2017


358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dragonforce is a lot of fun on their current North American tour. I just saw them in SF. Once Human is a worthy opener as well. Go to a show if you can!

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2017


920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'm honestly impressed these guys are still going.



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