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Extremely extreme power metal extremity :)
October 21, 2008
Nine songs that largely sound the same, the problems with Dragonforce (at least up until Ultrabeatdown) have been well documented but heck, this is the debut so it's pretty easy to forgive them. The manic double time delivery reminds me of much Euro product and certainly the power metal bands of Europe from the late 90's and early 00's had inspired these boys. For example think Stratovarius' double time obsession but with more heft due to more mid range and bottom end noise being utilised for a less prissy and more ballsy end product. The screeching and soaring guitar solos are in place even at this early stage, let's face it they are really what this band is based around. ZP Thearts' vocals are good, they fit the bands genre perfectly and he has gotten stronger over the years, really stamping his authority on proceedings come Inhuman Rampage though here he's mixed a bit far back.
The production isn't too bad given the presumably limited budget and big ups to the band for being so involved in aspects of the project such as recording, mixing etc. The effort that went into this thing does somewhat prove that while they may act like it's all a joke they work hard, which was already obvious from the musicianship of the two guitarists. Nobody gets that speedy without hours and hours of practice. Daily.
If you're still not sure if you want to sink your teeth into this aural assault, I'd recommend listening to samples of Disciples of Babylon or Heart of a Dragon. Oh, and if your still not 100% sure what this band probably sound like, the first track is an instrumental called Invocation of Apocalyptic Evil. There, that should set you right