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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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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B001BEX4RK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

On the way to selling over 300,000 albums and spawning a gold digital
single, DragonForce went from being one of metal s fastest bands to
a cultural phenomenon thanks to constant touring and a little game
called Guitar Hero. The song Through The Fire And Flames was
included in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and helped spread the
name and music of the band. Now, the band is back to deliver an
Ultra Beatdown to the unsuspecting public. This album takes off where
Inhuman Rampage left off, with soaring, epic vocals and lightning fast
guitar solos. Led by the single and incredible video, Heroes Of Our
Time, the album will continue to spread the name DragonForce from
message boards to schoolyards and beyond.

Customer Reviews

Ultra Beatdown follows the fast guitar solos and fantasy-based lyrics presented from draonforce's earlier works.
Andy H.
Ultra Beatdown is their only album I listen to from start to finish without skipping a song -- although I do usually end up repeating some of the songs a few times.
David Kramer
What's good here is the production has progressed still further, and the Dragonforce sound is fantastically slick, powerful and clean.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Noddy Holder on October 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is by far Dragonforce's best CD to date. Insane musicianship, great production and catchy choruses (YES, they're cheesey as hell, but they ARE catchy!)

I read a lot of negative stuff on these guys saying that they can't write decent songs (which I totally disagree with) and that the guitarists enhance their parts in the studio with multiple layering and Pro Tools gimmicks, but I have never seen any discussions on the drumming. How in the hell can a drummer play that fast and precise??? I used to be a thrash metal drummer (albeit not a very good one), and I simply cannot fathom the thought of any human being able to play a double kick that fast and handling intricate fills that quickly and perfectly. If anything, I think that the drumming is mostly computer programmed (even more so than the guitar parts)!

I also read a lot that they cannot pull this stuff off live. That may or may not be the case, but also remember that the Beatles stopped touring in '66 because they new that they couldn't re-create their studio stuff in a live atmosphere as well and no one held that against them. I have tix to see them live in November, so I guess I'll find out then.

All in all, I think that these guys are great for the metal community in general. Wouldn't you all rather see a long haired teenage kid in a Dragonforce t-shirt than sporting some lame rap or Emo band nonsense? Returning and keeping the faith!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Unknown Dude on January 3, 2009
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Obviously, Dragon Force has benefited from Guitar Hero. I am not a speed metal fan, but have really enjoyed this CD. The guitars are blazing, the lyrics are a string of fantasy cliches (fantasy as in style of writing), but I love it.

A listen to any sample will likely give you a good idea of whether or not this band is for you. I own Inhuman Rampage as well, but like Ultra Beatdown better.

Turn it up to 11 and rock out...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 1, 2008
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I like this album, I'll be happy enough to hear the songs at the Astoria concert on Friday (yay!) but this is not yet going to replace Inhuman Rampage or Sonic Firestorm at the top spot.

There are a lot of good reviews of this album here already. I'd like to second a couple of things...

1: Sure enough, these guys seem to have a bag of words like "Warriors, Eternity, Victorious, Freedom, Fire, Storm" and so on, and juggle them up to come up with their lyrics and song titles. I can live with it for now, but for how long can this continue?

2: Ah yes, the drumming. Another reviewer mentions that we all talk about the guitars, but what about the drumming? The drumming - real or machine or whatever it is - is just great on this album.

What I like about Dragonforce is that despite the blazing speed of it all and the general madness that is power metal gone mad... there are still tunes you can hum/sing/massacre, catchy hooks and melodies that would not be out of place in a pop song.

I also love the production and construction of Dragonforce songs... They begin powerfully, move through the song part to the monster solo/instrumental bits with grace, and end with a bang or a flourish.

This album sees Dragonforce trying a few more styles, getting a bit mellow in places, and some of the songs try several different moods along the way. This patchwork quality (which only works if you are writing "Bohemian Rhapsody") is where the album can come a little unstuck sometimes.

What's good here is the production has progressed still further, and the Dragonforce sound is fantastically slick, powerful and clean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick E. on July 10, 2009
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If you're already a Dragonforce fan, you'll want this one: while there are some (only a few, don't worry!) slow parts and Dragonforce tries out some new things, Ultra Beatdown is a great follow-up to Inhuman Rampage and keeps the Dragonforce formula of totally, gleefully, over the top speed metal intact. The melodies are still upbeat and catchy enough that I find myself whistling them absent-mindedly, and they still have clean lyrics etc.

If you're new to Dragonforce (maybe you tried to play their song on Guitar Hero III), Dragonforce is a little different from most other metal bands. They are extremely talented musically: from singer through instrumentalists, I have never heard another band capable of playing so fast, so long, and yet so melodically. On earlier releases, 2-, 3-, and even 4-minute long hyperspeed solos (guitar as well as bass and keyboard) were no rarity; on this release, they mix it up more but without losing who they are.

So if you - like me before I found Dragonforce - sometimes catch yourself wishing a solo you heard was just a bit (or a lot!) longer, or that a fast part of a song *was* most of the song, you're probably going to like Dragonforce a lot. Their singing is great too; some metal fans want growly and barely understandable, but I really like Dragonforce's singer as is, and he should be commended for keeping up with the rest of this apparently hyper-caffeinated outfit!

PS the bonus songs are worth getting, if only for the how-can-they-possibly-play-this-fast solo on the final song.
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Music - Need Recommendations - DragonForce
Try: Sonata Arctica, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Rhapsody, Manowar.
Nov 26, 2008 by Noddy Holder |  See all 2 posts
What is included on the 2nd disc?
I think typically this would be the reissue if the regular release came out first, so don't hold your breath on a re-release. I don't own it, but I know that this has two bonus tracks, and the dvd includes the making of the album, and I think a promotional video on the signature Ibanez guitars.
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