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DragonforceAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 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
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best since the new singer, and perhaps overall August 19, 2014
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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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2 of 2 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
5.0 out of 5 stars NO MORE August 19, 2014
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One of my favorite dragonforce albums this album is just a perfect example of what power metal should really be and it's dragonforce which makes it 10x better
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think, just buy it! August 21, 2014
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One of their best albums yet. I was introduced to Dragonforce (not to mention the genre) by the song Cry Thunder, which is already after the new vocalist Marc Hudson was on board. Even so, I went back through their old albums and ended up buying all of them, because I loved their style of music. I got to the point where I felt like the old vocalist was superior, so I wasn't sure what Maximum Overload would be like, and even after listening to the 30-second song previews here on Amazon during the pre-order period (which don't do the songs justice, btw), I was afraid that their style had changed too much so that I wouldn't like the new songs. Still, I went ahead and bought it, and I wasn't disappointed at all. Three Hammers and Symphony of the Night are already a couple of my favorites, and Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover) couldn't be more perfect!

Overall, this is a must-have album for all Dragonforce fans, and you'll definitely want the special edition album with 5 extra tracks. I do miss the longer tracks from older albums, as the tempo is typically so fast that the songs end up feeling shorter than they really are, so the extra tracks help balance that out. Also, the last one is a short and purely instrumental track, not sure what the story is behind it, but it basically amounts to an epic shredding solo, very nice way to top off the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy as a pizza, but just as tasty
Iron Maiden. Judas Priest. Helloween. Blind Guardian. In Flames. Children Of Bodom. Slayer. Metallica. Megadeth. Dream Theater. Yngwie Malmsteen. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Just get it
If you're even a passing fan of Dragonforce then you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Their new singer is quite good and I'm looking forward to future albums
Published 1 day ago by Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
Dragonforce has done it again they have made yet another amazing album and I can't wait for more in the future
Published 7 days ago by Zachary M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Song By Song REVIEW
This album will generate strong reviews and rightfully so. I won't bother blabbermouthing how great it is but instead focus on the songs.

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Published 8 days ago by Matthew Z. Coombs
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd
this is an awesome album its sonic melodic pure metal dont think just do it youll never regret it .
Published 8 days ago by psycho headhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars DragonForce is getting better with Mark Hudson on vocals
Killer album. This opinion is coming from an Iron Maiden, Rush, Dream Theater, Mastodon, Slayer among many others fan. DragonForce is getting better with Mark Hudson on vocals.
Published 9 days ago by Gary Spears
5.0 out of 5 stars and felt like the Dragonforce that I knew in loved was No ...
Was really upset that their original lead singer left, and felt like the Dragonforce that I knew in loved was No More~! Wow was I wrong! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Danser Grl
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