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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
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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heroes of Our Time
  2. The Fire Still Burns
  3. Reasons to Live
  4. Heartbreak Armageddon
  5. The Last Journey Home
  6. A Flame for Freedom
  7. Inside the Winter Storm
  8. The Warrior Inside
  9. Strike Of The Ninja
  10. Scars Of Yesterday

Disc: 2

  1. Making of Ultra Beatdown
  2. Making of E-Gen - The Herman Lis signature Ibanez Guitar


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B001BEX4S4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Tough to top what is easily their most popular album in Inhuman Rampage but surprisingly Ultra Beatdown is even better. Plenty of stand out tracks from start to finish, All the way to the bonus tracks. Definitely worth owning.
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Simply put, I love this band. The energy, chops, and epic nature of their work astounds me every time I hear it. Now you know where I place this band in the grand scheme of metal groups: at the top.

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.
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