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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
Special edition contains three bonus tracks as well as a making of the
album and a special behind the scenes making of Herman Li s guitar. 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.
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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!!!
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...
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.Read more ›
What sets this band apart from others like it (epic, speed, metal, whatever) for me is their positive energy, upbeat lyrics, and tendency to stick to major keys (rare in metal). While the argument that many of their songs tend to sound the same has validity, this particular album stands out as a unique entry in their catalog. What sets Ultra Beatdown apart from their other albums is a stronger synthesizer presence and an overall slower pace (this latter comment should be taken in context, they are a speed metal group so slow for them is still pretty fast). The songs on this album seem to value style over substance, which is not to detract from their other albums but there are more stand-out tunes (IMO) on this album. "Heroes of Our Time" is a great opening, standing second in their repertoire only to the infamous opening tune "Through the Fire and the Flames". "A Flame For Freedom" is another song that really stuck in my mind from the first listen, sounding very much like a hymn in some places, like a national ballad in others. Throughout the entire album, you can hear various rhythmic cues and vocal melodies that don't appear in much of their other work.
If you can, spare the extra buck or so for the bonus tracks. They aren't the best, but having a Dragonforce song under 7 minutes is so rare that "Strike of the Ninja" is worth getting just for that reason.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've bought this Album Ithink 2wice in my Life still makes me feel AlivePublished 21 months ago by Matthew Gray
Bought it again for EPM. Totes legit. The seller did their job.Published 23 months ago by Fay Williamson
I was super pumped to get this and it arrived quickly. This band is really great so you should definitely give a listen!Published on February 6, 2014 by Elizabeth
cant go wrong if youre a dragonforce fan. theres even a ninja song on this one.the making of dvd is ok even tho its not very long.Published on December 16, 2013 by jason m.
If you're a sucker for vocal melodies like I am, you should like this album. Yes, the lyrics are ridiculous; and personally I could do without the long guitar solos and fast... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Dave
The songs are awesome and I bought this CD cause I had listened to them before and wanted to put them on my music player. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by Rene
The fourth album (and last with original frontman ZP Theart) from the UK's Dragonforce, "Ultra Beatdown," delivers more of the band's patented goodies. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by A. Stutheit
Fun album by Dragonforce. They can seem to get redundant on occasion, but their music is fun. And Amazon had a great price on the album.Published on December 28, 2012 by Austen Broome