“Inhuman Rampage” by Dragonforce

Artist: Dragonforce
Title: “Inhuman Rampage”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 6/20/2006
Genre: Sonic Power Metal
Rating: 8/10

“Faster than a speeding bullet” seems to no longer solely define pop culture’s “Man Of Steel”; as now it stands incredibly true of the UK’s Sonic Power Metal sensations DRAGONFORCE! You really cannot explain the band all that easily, while the music holds its core origin in Melodic Power Metal, they mix elements of Thrash much like Annihilator did in their early years. The end result is very simply a brand of Metal that requires you wear a seatbelt as you listen. Normally with fast paced Metal you owe it all to consistent rhythm runs on the guitar while the drummer does blast beats of quick syncopations that are similar. With Dragonforce, the shredding is the combined might of Herman Li and Sam Totman who don’t just play quick rhythms but instead choose to push the limits of science with their leads during the solo breaks and across the length of the bands songs. Underneath their riveting riffs is the drumming of Dave Mackintosh, a quality player thundering along with some great double bass on practically every song. Playing this band too loud in your stereo might cause heart palpitations based on Dave’s playing level. Vadim Pruzhanov on keyboards adds an interesting high tech video game/progressive feel to the band. They are clearly musicians who enjoy not only pushing the envelope on what they can do and how fast, but to have fun as they do. As you listen to the album there is a good chance that you will feel that this approach as well.

Of course a band like this needs a singer who can not only keep up with everyone but also command the charge into Metal glory. Dragonforce has such a presence in lead singer ZP Theart, whose melodic and powerful range suit this band to perfection; when you hear him sing there are moments you feel he is constantly pushing himself to the limit to be as fast as his band mates. He has a high vocal range and the other members of the group provide some great backups making the overall sound of the band a lot fuller than you would normally expect from a Power Metal band of this type. Highlights on the recording for me were “Through The Fire And Flames”, “Operation Ground And Pound”, and “Revolution Deathsquad”. Personally I felt those numbers sending me for the oxygen tanks after they completed. Be aware that Dragonforce songs tend to run over 6.5 minutes in most cases so its quite an assault on you in terms of sonic quality. The group does choose to close the record with a slower number, “Trail Of Broken Hearts”, and it’s a fitting closer after such a great album. This third release comes to us care of Roadrunner Records where I am sure they will find a great amount of exposure and fan appreciation. There is a video for “Through The Fire And Flames” included as well making this a little more worthwhile to pick up. So, on your mark, get set and go racing into Metal history with Dragonforce. It’s surely a ride you will not soon forget.

Track List:
1. Through The Fire And Flames
2. Revolution Deathsquad
3. Storming The Burning Fields
4. Operation Ground And Pound
5. Body Breakdown
6. Cry For Eternity
7. The Flame Of Youth
8. Trail Of Broken Hearts
9. Through The Fire And The Flames – video

Official Web site: www.dragonforce.com

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