ARTIST:

DRAGONFORCE

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

EXTREME POWER METAL

(2019)
LABEL:

EAR MUSIC

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

TAGS:
Epic, High-pitched vocals, Technical
"With "Extreme Power Metal", Dragonforce is trying to regain a past glory by coming up with old recipes but fails in this endeavour and only offers rare good moments."
NOISE (01.11.2019)  
2/5
(0) opinions from our readers (0) comment(s)

After a successful debut, Dragonforce has seen its popularity decline. At the same time he has gained in maturity and proposed more built albums forgetting the search for a speed record. "Reaching Into Infinity" looked like a centerpiece in his discography. Two years later, the band comes back with an eighth album that we hope will confirm this entry into adulthood. That being said, and even before listening, there is a doubt about this idea. Between a terrible title, "Extreme Power Metal" and a video game-like cover with flashy colors, there is an unfortunate impression to see the band go back in time to the "Ultra Beatdown" era.

This feeling will soon be confirmed when listening. Dragonforce has turned back the clock while ignoring recent significant developments. Sam Totman has regained control of the composition and this is strongly felt. The guitarist signs most of the tracks and proposes songs where the technical overkill is total with in addition to the sound effects worthy of video games of the 80s quite repulsive. For this purpose, "Highway To Oblivion", "Troopers Of The Stars" or "Razorblade Meltdown" and "Cosmic Power Of The Infinite Shred Machine" easily cause nausea. Marc Hudson sings well but he doesn't save songs without musical research as it was on the last two records.

In fact, there is not much left to save. When Fred Leclercq takes over, he helps to avoid this overbidding. So "Strangers" is very pleasant with an effective AOR side, real good melodies, an excellent chorus and a rhythm that makes you want to get moving. 'Heart Demolition' and 'In A Skyforged Dream' are fast, they have breathtaking solos but without ever losing sight of the melodic aspects. Finally we will also notice "Remembrance Day" which evokes a happy metal catchy close to Freedom Call for a pleasant result. 

With "Extreme Power Metal", Dragonforce is trying to regain a past glory by coming up with old recipes but fails in this endeavour and only offers rare good moments. Listening to it, we can better understand why Fred Leclerc chose to leave the band before the album's release.


More informations on http://www.dragonforce.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Highway to Oblivion
02. Cosmic Power of the Infinite Shred Machine
03. The Last Dragonborn
04. Heart Demolition
05. Troopers of the Stars
06. Razorblade Meltdown
07. Strangers
08. In a Skyforged Dream
09. Remembrance Day
10. My Heart Will Go On

LINEUP:
Frédéric Leclercq: Basse
Gee Anzalone: Batterie
Herman Li: Guitares
Marc Hudson: Chant
Sam Totman: Guitares
   
(0) OPINION(S) FROM OUR READERS    
Top of the page
   
(0) COMMENT(S)    
 
 
Top of the page
READERS
-/5 (0 view(s))
STAFF:
3/5 (2 view(s))
MY RATING
 
LAST ARTICLE
DRAGONFORCE - PARIS - FEBRUARY 2020
Fun, geek and Heavy Metal!
 
OTHER REVIEWS
KNIGHT AREA: D-day (2019)
PROGRESSIVE ROCK - A new album, a new recipe, and a paying bet for the Dutch who sign with "D-Day" a beautiful album of effective and melodic symphonic progressive metal.
VOYAGER: Colours In The Sun (2019)
PROGRESSIVE METAL - Dominated by Daniel Estrin's enchanting pop voice, "Colours In The Sun" is a concentrate of sunny pop metal tracks with catchy choruses of dreadful effectiveness.
 
STREAMING
 
 
OTHER(S) REVIEWS ABOUT DRAGONFORCE
DRAGONFORCE_Reaching-Into-Infinity
Reaching Into Infinity (2017)
4/5
4.3/5
EAR MUSIC / MELODIC METAL
DRAGONFORCE_Maximum-Overload
Maximum Overload (2014)
3/5
5/5
VERYCORDS / MELODIC METAL
DRAGONFORCE_The-Power-Within
The Power Within (2012)
2/5
-/5
WARNER / MELODIC METAL
DRAGONFORCE_Ultra-Beatdown
Ultra Beatdown (2008)
2/5
4/5
ROADRUNNER RECORDS / MELODIC METAL
 
F.A.Q. / You found a bug / Terms Of Use
Music Waves - Rock (Progressive, Alternative...), Hard Rock (AOR, Melodic,...) & Metal (heavy, progressive, melodic, ...) Media
Reviews, News, Interviews, Advices, Promotion, Releases, Concerts
© Music Waves | 2003 - 2021