Dragonforce is a band that once you listen to one song, you kind of got the idea of what the rest of the discography will sound like. The same applies to this album. Unfortunately, despite the name, I didn't feel like I was brutalized by this album enough. First off, this album is Dragonforce. There is no mistaking it. It's fast, the higher-pitched vocals, the lyrics, and the video game-ish sound at times reinforce that idea. The problems with this album is that it just isn't catchy. With former songs like "Through the Fire and the Flames" and "My Spirit Will Go On", I was hoping for something equally as catchy and was sorely disappointed. The playing is great, don't get me wrong, but there's nothing that grabs me that makes me want to listen to it again. To make it worse, the songs are incredibly long. On the regular disk, 2 out of 8 songs are under 7 minutes, but those are 5-7 min also. The special edition has a few extra songs on it (2 I believe), and that is where I found the only song I truly enjoyed and listen to over and over again with "Strike of the Ninja", which is, in my opinion, the only catchy song on the album. So if you're a Dragonforce fan, than you might want to give it a listen, but if you're new to the power metal scene you will definately want to check out one of the previous albums first.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Its hard not to compare this to Inhuman Rampage, and in some ways this album fails. But this is by no means a bad one and i certaily dont regret buying it, its just not as catchy as Inhuman. Its missing a lot of the hooks that would get stuck in your head like Inhuman did. This album is probably their most technical so far which is why i would recomend this to somone who actually appreciates how talented this band is; and not just because of their cheesy, albeit, funny shenanigans and that blasted guitar hero game. Best track here is Last Journey Home.
I would recommend this to a friend