Valley Of The Damned
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|1. INVOCATION OF APOCALYPTIC EVIL|
|2. VALLEY OF THE DAMNED|
|3. BLACK FIRE|
|4. BLACK WINTER NIGHT|
|6. DISCIPLES OF BABYLON|
|8. EVENING STAR|
|9. HEART OF A DRAGON|
From the epic title track to the fist-pumping closer, the guitar pyrotechnics of herman li and sam totman light up the sky like a third world war. Vocalist zp theart has no qualms about emulating heroes like bruce dickinson (iron maiden) and michael kiske (helloween), but his lupine howls have a character all their own. Dragonforce plays faster than most bands in the genre - at the time they were hailed as the first speed metal pop group - but the production is precision-tuned and never muddy, allowing the giant slade and andrew w.k.-style choruses the room they need to explode.
Top Customer Reviews
Invocation of Apocolyptic Evil- throwaway track, no rating
Valley of the Damned- The original was a classic. This version however, was a tad overworked. It doesn't sound as polished as the original one. Still a decent track
Black Fire- This song hits you with speed and melody, and does not let up. A new (and great) song, not on the demo
Black Winter Night- Best track on the album. The demo version was kinda tame. This version adds in an incredible blasting keyboard section that almost literally knocked me off of my feet the first time I head it. Not to mention the speed is increased a lot from the demo.
Starfire- A great balad on the demo, also a victim of overmixing. For a first time listener, it's a wonderful ballad. For someone who knows the original, it's a bit of a letdown.
Disciples of Babylon- Very progressive sounding track, nice interlude, still keeps the speed and melody in tact.
Revelations- Probably the most forgettable track, sounds a lot like the title track, and once again, they overmixed the original version. Still, first time listeners will like it alot.
Evening Star- Haven't heard the original, but this track is great. The intro tricks you into thinking you're listening to another ballad. WRONG!!!! More speed, melody, and a subtle keyboard section work very well together
Heart of a Dragon- Great track to end the album with, memorize the refrain if you ever plan to go to a Dragonforce concert, as it screams sing along.Read more ›
Guitar, bass and synth are all incredibly strong, but like the vocals to a lesser extent, can be difficult to hear at times.
I think Dragonforce is a great band with an incredible amount of technical ability. I think their problem is they often let showcasing that technical ability get in the way of what is pleasing to the ear.
They are so fast that it was almost like listening to a death metal album! Yes you read me right, this POWER metal band's sound was akin to DEATH metal. And by that I mean it has that DM "wall of noise sound". Plus the drummer was from a DM band so that would explain a thing or two. But enough about DM I'm talking about Dragonforce here!
This album bleeds energy and talent. The guitarists must have spent time in an loony hospital in another lifetime (maybe even this one) because like I said before they are completely insane. Solos usually go on for 2 minutes but because of their manic playing it doesn't end up sounding boring in the least. The drummer is also out there. I don't believe I've heard this style of drumming on a power metal album before. There are also some keyboards but they don't really add much. The vocals are sufficient enough but they could be better.
With the exception of a ballad (a not so bad one at that) the album doesn't let up the speed much. The songs could have ended up all sounding the same but fantastic melodies keep this from happening.
Dragonforce are on the verge of becoming THE power metal band of this decade. If you like hyper fast metal that makes you feel like exploding do yourself a favor and purchase this album. You will not be dissapointed.
Most recent customer reviews
I would have to agree with what i have read.Dragonforce is a great band off to a great start.The singer is good but the sound of the band overpowers him. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by James De Costa
Imagine pulling the vocals out of "progressions of Power" by "Triumph" throw in a Hell of a lot more of the same notes and speed it up and put the vocals back... Read morePublished on April 7 2004
I don't think this world has yet seen a faster band....... At least in power metal. First off, I want to state that this band sounds a bit like Rhapsody + Lost Horizon. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2004 by Matt Stoessel
I thought that this CD would be new and refreshing after reading previous reviews. What I found was an attempt to be different but the results do not stand out. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004
ive never heard their demo, but i have heard this cd. it is amazing all the way through! Id have to say that the best tracks are Valley of the Damned, Black Winter Night, Starfire,... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by AndyPratt
I know pretty few about them. They are English, that is all I can tell you. This album is actually pretty cool. Valley of the damned is their best song, it really rocks. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003 by Dr. Stein
Dragonforce is an amazing band. Not one of their member is not a phenomenally skilled and talented musician. Don't bother with this album, though. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by Nate Gallant
THESE GUYS RULE.
I don't see how anyone could give this cd less than 5 stars.
If you know metal then get this cd and you will see what
i mean. Read more