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Maximum Overload [Import]

DragonforceAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Marc Hudson – Vocals
Herman Li – Guitars
Sam Totman – Guitars
Frédéric Leclercq – Bass
Vadim Pruzhanov – Keyboards
Dave Mackintosh - Drums

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00KBEXYOY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best since the new singer, and perhaps overall August 19, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This release is their best since they got the new singer. My first reaction after a couple of listens is that I'm going to like it better than any of theirs except perhaps the how-can-you-possibly-top-this Sonic Firestorm.

The songs on this release are shorter; the 8- to 10- minute epics of their earlier years are no more. The trade-off is that they are clearly better musicians now, and the production is better, with excellent sound. My only quibble is that I'd like to hear the bass a little more clearly.

The music is still DragonForce. There is plenty of melody, no detuned guitars, no growling. There are slow passages, but there is plenty of mind-blowingly fast dazzling guitar work, only in this release there is much less of the straight scales and arpeggios that we heard on their past releases. What we get here is much more actual melodic development and complexity.. plus a few places where my ears perked up and I said, "wait a minute, this is DragonForce??" (and not because those parts were slow or soft...). You'll see.

Anyway, I've been a DragonForce fan since I first encountered Through the Fire and the Flames on Guitar Hero III and promptly bought all their releases then available. I still play Sonic Firestorm several times per week (excellent workout or work music). Everyone has to evolve and change, or they'd stagnate. I like DragonForce's direction with this release a lot. Solidly recommended.

The remake of "Ring of Fire" is excellent (and it's kind of hilarious to hear it at DragonForce speed)! I wonder what Johnny Cash would have thought of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy as a pizza, but just as tasty August 29, 2014
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Iron Maiden. Judas Priest. Helloween. Blind Guardian. In Flames. Children Of Bodom. Slayer. Metallica. Megadeth. Dream Theater. Yngwie Malmsteen. These are all obviously heavy sources of influence for Dragonforce. But anybody that knows the first thing about heavy metal music knows that all of these bands are mere launch-pads for DF, because the U.K.-based extreme power/speed metal collective actually has a sound that, while not completely all their own, is very unique and inventive. It boasts miles and miles of spectacular solo skills, blazing leads, and propulsive thrash riffs, in addition to its usual truckload of overtly cheesy lyricism and soaring melodic vocals. But Dragonforce's sound differentiates from that of most modern day power metallists mainly in that it overflows with mind-boggling, face-ripping, head-spinning musicianship, including impossibly technical guitar work, and an airtight interplay between it and the rhythm section.

But the sixth full-length studio effort from the much-ballyhooed sextet is much different from anything else that they have ever recorded before, except for maybe 2012's "The Power Within." (See, that two-year old album marked a bit of a turning point for Dragonforce, as it was the first to feature a song that was mid-tempo without being ballad-esque.) So while the speeds remain blistering for much of the duration of the fifty-minute playing time, DF do occasionally ease off of the gas pedal, exploring various other tempos and moods, and toggling back and forth between them and the band's usual cut-throat speed metal policy.

As a result of this increasingly intelligent songwriting, the individual track identity has also gone way up this time around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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While their Power Within album remains my 1st favorite, this album definitely lives up to its name. My favorite songs within are Three Hammers, Symphony of the Night (makes me want to play Castlevania), and Ring of Fire. They strove for a different sount and most certainly succeeded in shaking it up. Their passion is still as ever present in this work as with their past works! I hope others who buy this album enjoy it as much as I do!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Dragonforce. August 23, 2014
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This album is closer in style and sound to their earlier albums than the Power Within. The band seems to be more confident in the lead singer and took full advantage of vis vocal range and power. There aren't slower tempo songs like Seasons on this album but there is a return to the experimentation with different musical styles in the guitar solos similar to those in Ultra Beatdown. I was skeptical about the cover of the Johnny Cash classic Ring of Fire. The more I listen to it, it is becoming one of my favorite tracks. The bonus tracks are good and not remixes of the regular tracks so they are a real plus. My only complaint is that the drum track seems a little muted compared to previous album. Bottom line, this is a Dragonforce album. Melodic, great vocals, incredible guitar and drums, and insane speed. If you are new to this band, you need to listen to the album multiple times before you form a real impression. There are so many great elements, it can overwhelm you. If, like me, you are a long time fan, crank up the volume and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This album shows where DragonForce is going with their new singer and drummer. This album also includes a cover by the band, "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash. It's a fantastic version while stays true to the band's strengths and the albums' overall tone. Every track is uplifting, like an 80's rock anthem on speed which is utterly whimsical. They do use an abundance of solo's now on every track but that's what makes DragonForce brilliant which may confuse new listeners. Worth a purchase indeed, as a fan of metal or a fan of rock it is utterly enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but underwhelming.
Definitely better than their last album. A must for Dragonforce fans. The direction of this album is much less epic and fantastic and more "real life" for lack of a... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by ltimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonforce deliver again!
Great album! Been waiting for this to happen! DVD is a great bonus! Have to be a Dragonforce fan to really appreciate.
Published 5 days ago by Shawn L. Besel
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Husband loves this CD. He had to buy it as soon as it came out and it was easy to buy online and download.
Published 6 days ago by TL07
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonforce is one of the best Metal bands of all time!
I am so happy I bought this album. Dragonforce is an awesome band full of excellent musicians. I could not tell you which is the best song on this release because there's so many... Read more
Published 7 days ago by W. Gregg Henwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome.
Published 18 days ago by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Dragonforce Release
Dragonforce is back and doing what they do best: playing really fast, tight, melodic power metal that will make your head spin with epic riffs. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Kenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I am not going to do some huge detailed review here but if you are a fan of energetic, melodic metal then this album belongs in your collection. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jeffrey Lebowski
1.0 out of 5 stars add void this album
Worst dragonforce album ever
Published 24 days ago by Dn1026
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing album, full of good surprises, a must have for Dragonforce fans!!
Published 24 days ago by Luis Fernando Queme
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Dragonforce 2.0 is pretty awesome!
UK power metal band (and Guitar Hero legends) Dragonforce returned this year with a new album, their sixth overall, titled Maximum Overload. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Justin G.
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