DragonForce
Inhuman Rampage


2.5
average

Review

by wikuk USER (24 Reviews)
September 21st, 2006 | 31 replies | 7,146 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fast and cheesy. That's all that this band stands for. Might be good, might be bad...

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

Dragonforce – Inhuman Rampage

Herman Li = Guitarist/backing vocals
Sam Totman = Guitarist/backing vocals
ZP Hearth = Vocals
Dave Mackintosh = Drums/backing vocals
Vadim Pruzhanov = Keyboards/backing vocals
Fred Leclercq = Bass/backing vocals


This extreme power metal band is the successor of the computer game sound only a few bands tried to control. They took the Nintendo sounds and made it into a song. To be more exact, they are Sonic. If Sonic: the Hedgehog would be a band, he’d be this band. Incredible fast, with lots of happy high-pitched sounds throughout. Lots of weird noises between the riffs, and the never-ending stamina. That’s basically what this band stands for. It’s Dragonforce and it will stay Dragonforce.

Dragonforce equals speed. Whether you like them or not, you can’t deny that the two guitarists are incredible fast. The drummer backs them up with great and speedy blast beats with sometimes a great fill throughout. The bass and keyboard are less heard through the album, but if they get their shine on the spotlight, they go nuts. A perfect example would be Body Breakdown. Between all the guitars solo’s there are some gems of 3 solo’s. One of the keyboard, one of the bass and one combined with the guitarists. It’s short though, but still kick@ss. Then we have left the last member, the vocalist. He is the only one who doesn’t rely his talent on speed (thank god) but more on range. He is a typical power metal vocalist, which means cheesy lyrics, cheesy vocals but great range. That’s the problem though of the vocalist. I like many power metal bands such as Helloween or Hammerfall, so I am aware with cheesiness. ZP Theart however just crossed the line, it’s too much for me, I can’t handle it anymore and turn my eyes around. Why? I don’t know, but you understand my point, he is too cheesy. When those members are brought together, you have Dragonforce. Speedy and cheesy. That sounds great, but the final product is somewhat too overblown. Overblown and dull at the same time.

The biggest problem to me is the fact that the album is incredible repetive. Although every song is monstrous with the big solo parts and the high speed, the songs packed together as an album is a less appreciated result. Most of the riffs sound similar to each other, and I wouldn’t even be surprised when I found out that they used same riffs in different songs. I know, the riffs are very interesting (or fantastic), no doubt, but it’s less brilliant when it’s used over and over again. The solo’s that made Dragonforce famous are overrated if you’d ask me. Of course, there can’t possibly be any faster guitarist, but just like the riff-problem, they barely change their solo attitude. It’s all fast, happy, and the same.

Like I said, it all sounds the same. Songs as The Flame Of Youht and Through The Fire And Flames barely have any differences. They both have the same build-ups, solo lengths, riffs and solos and cheesy vocals. Almost every song is just like that, with some minor changes. Operation Ground And Pound starts with a Chinese-influenced intro that stands alone in the track, and also has a chorus that shows some emotion. Woah! Yet, the other 6 minutes drag on too long, especially the solo parts and bridges. Storming The Burning Fields is somewhat laidback compared to the other songs, and Body Breakdown features a bass and keyboard solo. That’s also a thing I wonder. If there are such big solo parts, why are they mainly conquered by the guitarists? Doesn’t the bassist and keyboard-player want to show their skills. The skills they have, but barely show? It seems so. This is however not a big negative point, there are already enough solo’s to worry about the keyboard and bass.

The biggest surprise is probably the final song. Trail Of Broken Hearts starts with a truly beautiful piano sided with a short guitar solo. When the verse starts you know that this is not the average Dragonforce you’re used to. Although the over-the-top cheesy vocals and high guitars are present, there are some major differences that makes this song a standout of the album. Firstly, the speed is low, very low. It’s as slow as a ballad, but still holds the power like the other songs do. Secondly, the guitars take a step backwards. Yes, of course there is a 1 minute solo part in it, but that’s already 2 to 3 minutes less than the other songs. That’s good to see, if Dragonforce would look to this song for inspiration when making their next album, I will be the first one to pick the CD up.

I don’t know what to do with this album. While I enjoy the incredible solo’s, I fall to sleep because of the repetive guitar riffs. I enjoy the high speed throughout the album, but sometimes cringe when hearing the vocals. If anybody would ask my opinion of Dragonforce I would say: Awesome as a single song, but lame as an album. That’s why I put the average rating on it.

Top 3 tracks

1. Trail Of Broken Hearts
2. Storming The Burning Fields
3. Revolution Deathsquad

Songs that I don’t care for

- Operation Ground And Pound (the intro is cool though)
- The Flame Of Youth
- Cry For Eternity (yeah, this songs seems like eternity)



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wikuk
September 21st 2006



1110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sup! Here is my improved version of it, I hope it's good enough

wikuk
September 21st 2006



1110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I noticed. Stupid me, I'll edit it right away.

CanonInD
September 21st 2006



359 Comments


ah much better

Otisbum
September 21st 2006



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice review, and ZP's vocals are starting to grow on me.

SCREAM!
September 21st 2006



9979 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No Through The Fire And Flames on the top 3?
Other than that, nice review

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

MyRamona
September 21st 2006



1074 Comments


Nice overview of the album, the only thing I can say about Dragonforce is despite the musical greatness, it is very samey.This Message Edited On 09.21.06

f_u_c_t
September 21st 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wow nice review. I actually completely agree with this review.
The first time I listened to this album I dug it, but it was nothing but downhill from there.This Message Edited On 09.21.06

ToWhatEnd
September 21st 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I have since lowered my rating of this album, dig the sound but at times it is a little too much.

Edit: What a jerk I am leaving a comment and not even saying how much I enjoyed the review, nice work and much better than last time.This Message Edited On 09.21.06

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 21st 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Great review! You explained yourself well.

I like DragonForce and I'm seeing them on the weekend.
The only thing I can't stand about their albums is that nearly all of their songs are at least 6 minutes long. It's difficult to listen to it all in one sitting.This Message Edited On 09.21.06

jimay333
September 21st 2006



433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You used the word cheese too much. And your obviously not a musician if you can't apreciate the solos. Other than than, well written. IMO Trail Of Broken Hearts is their worst song and the rest is awesome. My favourite is Revolution Deathsquad followed closelly by Through The Fire and Flames.

Kage
September 21st 2006



1173 Comments


Great review. I'm glad you decided to stick around.

Intransit
September 21st 2006



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good work, but I think this is a really fun album outside of Trail of Broken Hearts. I just hate it when power metal bands go all cheesy and slow.

Lunarfall
September 21st 2006



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

IMO, Trial of Broken Hearts is one of their best songs (Starfire is a bit better though). I hate the second half of the album overall; Body Breakdown (except that super bridge part), Cry for Eternity and The Flame of Youth (though I like the chorus) aren't that great. Lost Souls in Endless Time (bonus japanese track) is better than the three mentioned. Song order, from best to worst (IMO, obviously):

Revolution Deathsquad
Trail of Broken Hearts
Through the Fire and Flames
Operation Ground and Pound
Lost Souls in Endless Time
Storming the Burning Fields
Body Breakdown
The Flame of Youth
Cry for Eternity

I'm tempted to change to 3.5, but I think i'm being too harsh, but with a 4, I think i'm being too lenient. Dammit.

EDIT: Oh, additionally, their new bassists suck ass. Their old bassist, which is the one who recorded this album with them, played the slap part. I'm not sure if their new bassist can do that, because he picks exclusively and hasn't really done anything outstanding, while the old one finger picked.This Message Edited On 09.21.06This Message Edited On 09.21.06

Lunarfall
September 21st 2006



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The song is boring. I'm trying to like it, but it's not happening.

wikuk
September 22nd 2006



1110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You used the word cheese too much. And your obviously not a musician if you can't apreciate the solos.

I used cheesy very much in the album, because that's whats this album about. Cheesiness and speed.

And what the fu&ck are you telling me that I have to be a musician to like the solo's. I AM a musician, I just don't like the fact that the solo's are the same in each song. Besides that, I'm more into the slower solo songs, solo's that I can follow :P

Acey
September 22nd 2006



2578 Comments


very nice review

i heard a few songs by these guys, and they were good. i might check into this, because of the mixed reviews.

Lunarfall
September 22nd 2006



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Look into Sonic Firestorm or Valley of the Damned first, those are superior to this one.

XSebbyMcMuffinX
September 23rd 2006



339 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If you have to be a musician to enjoy the solos, something is wrong with the solos.

Romanticide
September 27th 2006



16 Comments


i just bought it, its just ok.

the first listen makes all the songs sound the same.

Cry for Eternity would be my fav.

Acey
September 28th 2006



2578 Comments


i have heard 'Through the Fire and the Flames' and loved it, and another song off of their last CD



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