7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2007
Such an underrated band, people will instantly think of "Dragonforce" when you hear the name, but the fact is these guys know how to write AMAZING Progressive Powermetal.....and people who like the genre should buy this now.....Its Heavy, Melodic, memorable....one of the best of 06
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2010
Unfortunately due to their name, they can be sometimes confused with the mainstream "Dragonforce", however their sound differs greatly in being that it is amazing (sorry, Dragonforce's first 2 albums were the only good ones).
Dragonland is fast paced Power Metal, yet still very Melodic/Symphonic, however you'd want to say it. Their music is more classifiable in the "Fantasy" subgenre which makes them very melodic in their chorus, vibrant in their solos, and ridiculous anecdotal in their lyrics. For Dragonland it works in their favor, the music along with the lyrics tell the story complementing each other whilst doing so. The vocals are absolutely incredible reminiscing of Tobias Sammett of "Avantasia," or Lance King of "Pyramaze", his vocals soar with the guitars and keyboards. There are also growling vocals on this album, but they are mostly harmonized with clean vocals, which sounds amazing, .ie: "Mercenary", "Wintersun."
Like any fantasy album, this includes orchestral compositions that tell the story of a traveler who ends up in dire danger, etc, etc...
Overall, this album/group is fantastic at what they compose, and it's one of my favorite genre's of Power Metal. Dragonland is for people who enjoy "Rhapsody of Fire", "Fairyland", "Luca Turilli's Dreamquest", and "Therion". Symphonic, Epic, Melodic, Atmospheric, all the ingredients needed to make an amazing Fantasy Power Metal album. Give this album a listen, then you'll ultimately purchase it...That was my fate, hahaha!!
Favorite Songs (No Order):
4. All Book of Shadows
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
I think Dragonland has progressed in both production and song-writing with each album and rate Astronomy as probably their best so far, with the latest (Under The Grey Banner), just a tad below.
I think this album displays the full breadth of their repertoire, bringing power metal, infused with proficient progressive here and there to keep things interesting, some nice ballad material, a little adapted classical, plus concept fantasy. Overall, it's an album that merits multiple plays and one which in my opinion, will stand the test of time. For anyone who likes heavy guitars and drums, melody, plus drama and atmosphere in their Metal music, I recommend you have a listen!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2010
Im not much of a reviewer, but I can't believe nobody else has reviewed this album. This is an album power metal, and symphonic metal fans should know about!! By the name, some people may think these guys are a Dragonforce derivative band, not so!! These guys have roots in Swedish Melodic Death Metal of the mid 90's. With a desire for greater expression, than that genre would allow, they formed Dragonland, in I believe, 1999. A Power Metal based band with many, many influences, including; Power Metal, Thrash, Melodic Death, Symphonic, 80's melodic metal, 80's film theme music, and on. This is their fourth release, and in my opinion their best. It was actually put out in 2006. It amazes me that it took almost 4 years for something this brilliant to make it's way to Amazon! (Only in the metal starved U.S.)
This is a truly spectacular album, not a dud in the bunch, perfect from start to finish! The 2nd, and 3rd listens, are when it really came alive for me. So much to listen to. Creative heavy guitar riffage, soaring clean melodic vocals, virtuostic (yes, a new word!) solo guitar work, hammering double bass, varied musical interludes, with the background of symphonic grander. There are even a few guest death shrieks, and growls, which in this case are awesome.
From the majestic opener "Super Nova", to the Spanish stylings of "Cassiopia", to the thrashy "Contact", to the melodic title track "Astronomy" to the Gothenburgishness (yes, another new word) of "Antimatter" to the neoclassical "Beethoven's Nightmare", to the 80's "Too Late for Sorrow", to the melodic deathishness (yes, even another new word!) of "Perfect Direction", to the all out symphonic 4 song finally blowout, this is an album that simply can't get boring.
This is truly, a one of a kind epic not to be missed. If you like fresh modern power metal, symphonic metal, melodic metal, or love aspects of the Gothenburg sound, but with clean powerful melodic vocals, you must get this CD !!!!!! Gothenburg Power Metal, at it's best!!!!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2009
This is the second Dragonland album I got my hands on. The fisrt being Starfall. I thought there was absolutly no way they could possibly top that effort. This Astronomy album not only tops it, it completely crushes it, a straight 10 from beginning to end. I disagree with the previous review about the two supposed week songs. They are just as powerful as this entire album is amazing. This music truly is a one of kind, it's very special, and no one will be able to duplicate it again. These guys are the Bachs, The Bethovens, and The Mozarts of this genre of music. There are no words to describe it other than INCREDIBLE POWER METAL. I have nothing to even compare it to. You will not be dissapointed if you are lucky enough to find Starfall and Astronomy. These two albums represent the pinnacle of Dragonland.
Keep on rockin my friends