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Maximum Overload Import

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00KBEXYOY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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Maximum Overload delivers. It's a big change as far as overall sound goes for Dragonforce, but as someone who's been a fan since Valley of the Damned, this is arguably the most intricate and notable release in the band's career. The Power Within wasn't bad, took me a wee bit of time to adjust to Marc Hudson's vocals. Thing is, it still felt like oldschool Dragonforce with a new singer. That's not the case here. This album is a lot better tailored to Hudson's vocal abilities, and it makes me really appreciate him that much more.

As I said previously, I'm a fan of the band, have been almost since the beginning. That said though, I'll be the first to admit that previous albums could get a bit "formulaic". I think that's what makes me appreciate this album so much, it breaks the mold. There is some REALLY well written stuff to be found here, like the standout track "The Sun Is Dead", my personal favorite track.

It's worth a listen to be sure, it delivers if you're willing to give it a shot.
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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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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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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. Haters of DragonForce are still going to hate this of course and some of their own fans may well hate it too because in recent years since adding Marc Hudson on vocals they have changed things up a bit with songwriting/song length and added more styles and tempos to their sound and ...(gasp!)...added some diversity to their music and to their lyrics. It's still DragonForce though! They still have all the speed, power and melody and epic feel to their music that made them well known to begin with. I think this album is great from start to finish. The finish being a hyper speed cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of fire" which I admit sounds like a weird idea but the song is actually awesome. Maximum Overload is Probably the best sounding DF album in terms of production as well. I have nothing bad to say about this album. I think DragonForce sounds better than ever since Marc joined the band and their last two albums with him singing are fantastic. BUY THIS ALBUM!
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