Review: DragonForce - The Power Within
Of course, the sound of DragonForce itself is far from perfect. There is definitely a definitive structure to many DragonForce songs and it's always a groan-inducing sound of clattering drums and widdling solos and rushed chugging from pre-teen guitar icons Herman Li and Sam Totman. While the performance of the album's big hit Cry Thunder and Seasons does divert a little from this continuous structure, the overall thought when hearing the battle metal marching is that there isn't really much on offer that couldn't be heard from Turisas and Sabaton. (Even if the lineup for the latter has been totally re-vamped.) Furthermore, there's little on The Power Within to suggest their music is being aimed for more sophisticated ears and there are a lot of moments where the maturity and sophistication levels of DragonForce make listening to Black Veil Brides feel like listening to Gojira.
It's obvious that DragonForce have gained a considerable fan base over their thirteen year career and certainly if you are a fan, then this is a crucial album to purchase, showing another step up being brought to their sound to further hone it to perfection. But if you're a major cynic that dislikes them like myself, it's just another album of similar sounding songs by that band that are well known for having that song on Guitar Hero III. Honestly, they're well known because Through the Fire and Flames has been called the hardest songs to play on any Guitar Hero game. I'd love to see some Necrophagist songs making an appearance in those games. Then where would DragonForce be?
DragonForce's The Power Within is out now via Essential Music. The band will tour the UK in September with Alestorm, The Defiled and Cavorts.