Dragonforce – Maximum Overload

album by:
Dragonforce
Version:
CD
Price:
10.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On July 31, 2014
Last modified:July 31, 2014

Summary:

I have to say I really like this album. Okay at times it feels like they're playing ridiculously fast for the sake of it, but it's a very good power metal album and is well worth a listen.

Dragonforce - Maximum OverloadBritish Power Metal band Dragonforce release their sixth album in August.  Entitled Maximum Overload, it’s their second album with their current singer Marc Hudson, and will be followed by a Headline tour of the UK – and unlike many bands that announce a “UK tour”, this one isn’t jsut dates in England – they’ve got dates in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (plus a Dublin date), and they’re playing a wide range of places – it’s nice to see a band touring outside the usual few large places – London, Birmigham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Brief comments on a few tracks….

Opening track, “The Game” features Trivium’s Matt Heafy making a guest appearance and is the first song to be released from the album – check out the video below and see what you think.

While Dragonforce are known for their listeringly fast guitar playing, they do play some slower stuff too, and one of those songs is “The sun is dead”.  It’s not a slow song – more mid-paced, but the slower guitar playing really does sound good – you need a break from the ridiculously fast stuff sometimes and this does the job perfectly.

“Extraction zone” is another fast song, but alongside the usual guitars and keyboards there’s another element added – video game sound effects (from the original Donkey Kong I believe).

The last track on the album is one that surprised me – it’s a cover of the Johnny Cash song, “Ring of fire”.  Before I listened to it I couldn’t quite see how it would work – trying to do a power metal version of a country song could have turned out awful or brilliant.  Happily it was the latter – it’s worked better than I imagined and really works well as a metal song.

I have to say I really like this album.  Okay at times it feels like they’re playing ridiculously fast for the sake of it, but it’s a very good power metal album and is well worth a listen.

“Maximum overload” will be released on 18th August 2014


Track listing:

1. The game
2. Tomorrow’s kings
3. No more
4. Three hammers
5. Symphony of the night
6. The sun is dead
7. Defenders
8. Extraction zone
9. City of gold
10. Ring of fire

UK headline tour
17 SEP    EDINBURGH Liquid Room
18 SEP    ABERDEEN Lemon Tree
19 SEP    GLASGOW King Tuts
20 SEP    BELFAST Limelight 2
21 SEP    DUBLIN Whelan’s
23 SEP    CARLISLE Brickyard
24 SEP    MIDDLESBRO’ Empire
25 SEP    MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
26 SEP    STOKE Sugarmill
27 SEP    BIRMINGHAM Institute
30 SEP    BRIGHTON The Haunt
01 OCT    SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
02 OCT    PLYMOUTH White Rabbit
03 OCT    BRIDGEND Hobo’s
04 OCT    BRISTOL The Thekla
07 OCT    LEEDS Brundenell
08 OCT    NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
09 OCT    COLCHESTER Arts Centre
10 OCT    NORWICH Waterfront
11 OCT    LONDON Bush Hall

I have to say I really like this album. Okay at times it feels like they're playing ridiculously fast for the sake of it, but it's a very good power metal album and is well worth a listen.

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.
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