Power Within (Vinyl) Import
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The Power Within is the sound of that refreshed band with a new lease of life. It is the band's most varied outing to date. Featuring both their fastest songs so far no mean feat if you're DragonForce! as well as songs like "Cry Thunder," which see the band bringing their sound into a more restrained territory pace-wise without sacrificing intensity or hooks. DragonForce have thrown out their rulebook, taking a new approach to how they compose and structure their songs. They've refined and distilled what they do, improving and focusing their songwriting skills into an even broader palette.
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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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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!
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.
This is by far the most diverse and refined Dragonforce album yet. All you have to do is go back and listen to a few songs from Valley of the Damned or Sonic Firestorm and then listen to one of the new songs from this album and you will be blown away by the difference (not that any of the older songs are bad, I am still a big fan of them).
There is a little something for everyone to like from this album,it has a good mix of different tempos and rhythms. I know that a lot of people have been a bit skeptical of the new singer, but he does an awesome job. He brings so much more to the table than ZP did, and he is one of the main reasons why The Power Within is so great.
All in all, this a much, MUCH better sounding album than the past ones. If The Power Within does not make you a Dragonforce fan, nothing else will.