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  • LP Record (April 24 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00729WITS
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Let me start off by stating that I am a huge fan of ZP Theart, so the idea of a DragonForce album without him seemed unlikely to impress at best. It did take me a couple of listen throughs to decide that yes, this band will survive the loss of their dynamic frontman.

And it IS a loss, both for his unique voice and writing skills, yet this album still has it all. Memorable songs, amazing vocal harmonies, tight musicianship, epic guitars and keys, a strong backbeat, and a lead vocal that absolutely soars above it all and occasionally leaves you breathless. Marc Hudson is a good fit for this group, he is an incredibly talented and stunning vocalist.

I am thoroughly delighted with this album, and I cannot wait to see what comes next from DragonForce!
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By Michael on Aug. 29 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Far better than any of their previous work. The new singer is amazing! Looking forward to seeing what comes next.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Dragonforce is back! April 17 2012
By Mete Tanyeri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dragonforce is a band that's commonly known for videogame metal or the type of band that loves to cram in a lot of noise as possible on their records. That's clearly evident when you listen to their previous records, the noise factor that is, and it may be hard to listen to sometimes. It's hard to soak in their musicial talents, so you'll find yourself often repeating the same songs again and again just to understand their language better and better, not to mention enjoy it more and more with each new listen.

That being said, Dragonforce's The Power Within is a different beast than their previous catalog. Here, they sound like a group that are focused and determined to create an album worth listening to. Sure, you'll get a couple of songs that are fast and full of fire; that's typical Dragonforce. But there are a few songs that are groovy and mid-tempo, something they've never done before. More importantly, they are some of the best songs the band has EVER written. When you start listening to songs like Cry Thunder or Seasons (which should be one of their singles, IMO), you will be quick to realize that they are catchy and will stay in your head within days. Even on the faster songs, they slowed down a lot and proved themselves to be musicians at heart. They only include their trademark sounds when appropriate and they get the job done. As for Marc Hudson, his voice fits like a glove; every song shines more brightly due to his amazing vocal performance. I applaud ZP Theart for what he accomplished with Dragonforce and will always respect him for his work, but what Marc Hudson did here is essentially a grand-slam for the band; they couldn't have chosen a better vocalist to take up the duties of a frontman that exhibits range and power within his vocals. He was the right choice, in the other words.

This is an album worth listening to and worth picking up. Highly recommended!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A welcome return Oct. 4 2012
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After ten whole, respectable years of existence, Dragonforce finally broke their routine of releasing a new album every two years. Indeed, in 2012, the London-based extreme power/speed metal collective kicked out full-length number five, but it was their first record in over four years, "The Power Within." But this lengthy hiatus was necessary because DF lost their original lead singer, ZP Theart, and then recruited a new vocalist in Marc Hudson in 2011 (and recorded said album with him). Fortunately, even though just the guitarists, Herman Li and Sam Totman, are the only two remaining founding members of the group now, Hudson's vocals fit in their Iron Maiden-meets-Judas Priest-meets Helloween-meets-Kamelot-meets-Metallica-meets In Flames sound like a glove. "The Power Within" begins with "Holding On," a prototypical (but still strong) Dragonforce opener where melodic, Bruce Dickinson-by way-of-James LaBrie vocals soar over furious picking and drumming. The above-mentioned axemen rip out buzzsaw riffing, and Judas Priest-y, screaming, shredding solos like it ain't no thing. The blistering-yet-simultaneously tuneful track is also of note for featuring -- in true Dragonforce fashion -- a grumbling bass line, catchy, sing-songy vocal refrain, and keyboard solo near the end. There are a few borderline experimental moments found in this record, though. One example of such is the succeeding "Fallen World," which is presumably the fastest and fiercest thing Dragonforce have ever captured on tape (yet, at least), reportedly clocking in at a whopping 220 B.P.M., and boasting pounding blast beats and brutal, seven-string riffing and Slayer-esque soloing throughout. Another example is song number three, "Cry Thunder," the first ever DF song that is mid-tempo without being a ballad. It is an industrial-strength, chugging stomper, even if it does feature the usual gratuitous amounts of lengthy, ripping, and technical solos and symphonic-sounding keyboard runs. Back on more familiar and traditional ground, "Give Me The Night" is a scorching piece of full-on thrash metal that finds Li and Totman effortlessly trading-off terrific, wrist-spraining solos (few songs have done this so successfully since Megadeth's 1990 classic, "Hangar 18.") And even the bassist, Frederic Leclercq, gets in the action here, tossing in an exceptional bass solo near the end. Other standouts include "Wings Of Liberty," a part ballad/part blistering fast seven-plus-minute-long epic; the propulsive speed metal riffs, thudding thrash beats, prominent keyboards, and fiery, twiddly solos of "Heart Of The Storm"; and the wailing, air-guitar-able solos and soaring, skyscraper harmonies of "Last Man Stands." And, of course, one must not forget to mention the beautiful acoustic strumming and warm, harmonized crooning found in "Seasons," an epically melodic, entirely unplugged ballad that brings the set to a fittingly memorable close. A welcome return from Dragonforce.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
CRY THUNDER..... April 17 2012
By METAL MANIAC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I agree with Mete., the first to post the review for this album. In my opinion this is also one of their best albums. They appear to be more technical, and the vocals are much better then the previous one. I hope they'll stay together as a band because the chemistry seems to show a lot of improvements. Cry Thunder should be their best song ever, and the next one should be "DIE BY THE SWORD", which has a great CHORUS part which could be clasified as an anthem song, great for concerts!!! Buy the album, its worth spending the money on it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
jacobyw June 1 2013
By jacobyw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you like the previous dragon force albums or just power metal in general then you will love this one. It will grow on you I promise
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amazing April 20 2012
By eternalgreenknight - Published on Amazon.com
I've waited a while to say, "hurry up and take my money" to the computer for a new DragonForce album. I've loved them for years, and was unsure of them swapping singers... but knew they would work hard to get someone who could fit. They snagged a good one! Every member of the band is the absolute best at what they do, and they all synch together perfectly at a million miles an hour! This is some great high energy stuff. They put a lot of hard work and heart into it and it shows. They're back, and as full of energy as ever!

For those unfamiliar with DragonForce, they are an epic metal band. No screaming or cookie monster on acid growling here. The technical proficiency, as always, is pulled off with spirit and energy, from the non-stop machine gun drumming, to the incredible guitar solos and duets (go check out some youtube videos and you'll see shredding like you've never seen it before), it's all amazing and epic. Each song depicts an epic struggle, and is energizing. The Special Edition came with bonus material... and it's good too. If I had one gripe, "CRY THUNDER" is stuck in my head, but it beats the heck out of anything mainstream that gets stuck in your head. I would have liked to hear the new singer do a couple of older songs as bonus... but I'm sure that will come in time- for now, he's shown he can hack it. I mean, there's only so much awesome you can fit into an album!

Give Me The Night, Wings Of Liberty, Heart Of The Storm, Die By The Sword, Last Man Stands... all favorites I can listen to over and over.

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