DragonForce
Inhuman Rampage


4.0
excellent

Review

by atalackofwrds USER (7 Reviews)
October 20th, 2006 | 39 replies | 3,953 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Inhuman Rampage is DragonForce's answer to over thought, shitty power metal. As Revolver put it, "DragonForce are Power Metal Saviors."

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

In the September 2006 issue of Revolver magazine, Dragonforce was referred to as "Power Metal Saviors", and I agree. Dragonforce is bringing back the speed and atmosphere that several power metal bands today are lacking. The amount of talent that each member of DragonForce possesses is awe inspiring, in fact, it's jaw dropping. On the newest album, Inhuman Rampage, DragonForce flew their musical muscles and put out one of the best power metal albums to date.

DragonForce is...
ZP Theart (Lead Vocals)
Herman Li (Guitars and Backing Vocals)
Sam Totman (Guitars and Backing Vocals)
Vadim Pruzhanov (Keyboards and Backing Vocals)
Dave Mackintosh (Drums and Backing Vocals)
Fred Leclercq (Bass and Vocals) - DID NOT PLAY ON THIS ALBUM

On Inhuman Rampage, almost every aspect of DragonForce's game got stepped up. Everything from the vocals to the shred-fests of Herman and Sam are flawless and executed with pinpoint accuracy. The atmosphere on songs like "Through the Fire and Flames" and "Revolution Deathsquad" will leave you quivering in their wake. They are very simply some of the best power metal songs I have ever heard.

Now this is not to say that DragonForce's past material is bad, it's just that Inhuman Rampage is that damn good. The vocal work by ZP is very very good, his range is nothing short of incredible. Several times on the album you will hear him reach into his falsetto and hit notes that are out of the range of any "normal" person. His lyrics are also nothing to complain about. As in past DF albums, his lyrics are full of battlefield and distant land imagery. It sounds like a dull, childish subject, but DF is able to pull it off with ease.

The instrumental work on this album is also phenomenal. Herman and Sam play riffs on every song that would qualify as solos for any other band. The solos they are able to create are also astonishing, sometimes they go off for 3 minutes and have shred-offs. However, don't think that they use mindless shredding as a scapegoat to avoid making meaningful solos, the solos are menaingful. They stay in key, compliment the song, and are not always played at finger blistering speeds. They show their dexterity on songs like "Trail of Broken Hearts" by playing soft leads over Vadim's simple yet effective piano work. Speaking of Vadim, he too show's his talent on Inhuman Rampage. On "Through the Fire and Flames" he plays a fast, intricate synth. riff right before the vocals begin, and uses his synth. to add a very mysterious element to the song. He is also able to make excellent use of his piano skills on the song "Trail of Broken Hearts." His piano part is nothing out of the ordinary, but it suites the song's need, and works in incredibly well with the rest of the band. As for drums, they are very, very fast throughout the entire album. The drum tracks are not overpowering, which I was surpirsed with, consider so many bands today turn up the drum volume to an annoying level. However I now must drop some bad news...the drumming is all more or less the same thing. It does vary very little from track to track, but that's the thing...very very little. And as for the bass, it's mostly inaudible, but not because it means any less, they just did not have a bassist to record on this album. They needed to hire someone to play, but when it's audible it's worth a listen...which I suppose you'e already realized isn't very often.

The way the songs are all put together are also very original. There are some songs with the ABABCB song structure, but DF seem to be breaking away from that. Songs like "Body Breakdown" and "Through the Fire and Flames" have solo breaks almost in between, well, everything...and the bridge and ending of almost the songs go through several different riffs and tempos. This makes for one hell of a power metal thrill ride.

My Opinion:
1) Through the Fire and Flames - 9
2) Revolution Deathsquad - 8
3) Storming the Burning Fields - 8
4) Operation Ground and Pound - 8
5) Body Breakdown - 7
6) Cry for Eternity - 7
7) The Flame of Youth - 8
8) Trail of Broken Hearts - 7



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MrKite
October 20th 2006



5020 Comments


i find this band terribly cheesy.

Oddsen
October 20th 2006



1127 Comments


I liked the review.

Neoteric
October 20th 2006



3243 Comments


Good job mate.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 20th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

After seeing Dragonforce live on their Inhuman Rampage tour, I appreciate this album so much more than I did before.

Good review, but I think there are plenty of power metal bands that have speed and atmopshere in their music.

Shattered_Future
October 20th 2006



1540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. The novelty of this band has worn off on me, but I'll listen to them once in a while. They should learn to change their writing style a bit though...it all blends together after 3 albums.

Angmar
October 20th 2006



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i like dragonforce they quite underrated

Shattered_Future
October 20th 2006



1540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why do they suck? Cause they "sound gay" or some other half assed nonexcuse that makes you seem like a dumbass?

Angmar
October 20th 2006



2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yah thats punkbass for u... a dumbass

ToWhatEnd
October 20th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice avatar stevo. And nice review to you as well sir.

Otisbum
October 20th 2006



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice review.
How did the bassist not play on the album? He can be heard clearly in some parts of Body Breakdown.
And I've always wondered, who does the screaming in the background?

metallicaman8
October 20th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty nice review. I'm thinking of reviewing this one muh-self.

Operation Ground And Pound is the best song on here IMO.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 20th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The bassist does the screaming, atleast at live shows.

Otisbum
October 20th 2006



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

'Kay, thanks Mike.

atalackofwrds
October 20th 2006



69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks alot for the comments guys, they're really helping me out...however I'm pretty sure Fred didn't play on this album. if anyone knows for sure let me know and i'll try and change it.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 20th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

According to BNR Metal, the bassist on this album was Adrian Lambert.

Otisbum
October 20th 2006



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@Mike: Well that solves me and ata's problems. Cool.

punkbass0327
October 20th 2006



2 Comments


Well to back up my comment, they sing about Dragons. That's enough to have them right there. Also, every song sounds the same because they are nothing more than guitar wankers. WTF? How do I have 1 comment? I was at like 420!This Message Edited On 10.20.06

Otisbum
October 20th 2006



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

They sing about dragons because a few of their songs are written involving the Dungeons and Dragons game (or so I've heard).

And maybe the admins deleted all your bs posts?

metallicaman8
October 20th 2006



4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well to back up my comment, they sing about Dragons. That's enough to have them right there.


There's your problem right there. Metal isn't really a very lyric orientated genre. Clearly being a punk fan I could see how lyrics would be important to you, but to the typical metalhead they really don't matter. What we want to hear from a metal album is fast playing, shredding solos. Good vocals are also important, but vocals and lyrics are two different things. So, pretty much it's not so much what they're singing about, it's how it sounds.

ToWhatEnd
October 20th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't listen to metallicaman though, he really doesn't listen to metal :lol:



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