Sound — 9
Dragonforce is a band based almost entirely on it's speed and precision, a band that has produced some of the most technical music since bands like Tool or Dream Theater. Their unique sound builds upon Sam Totman and Herman Li's lightning fast, and sometimes cheezy, dual guitar work. The guitar solos are epic and blazingly fast, yet most of the songs tend to sound very similar to one another. However, the keyboarding is stepped up a notch as Vadim takes his musical prowess to a new level on the album. While the band hasn't changed it's sound since Sonic Firestorm, they still create one of the most original sounds in music today.
Lyrics — 6
There is undoubtable fanasty and epic stories about mystical creatures, video game adventures, and the subject matter of a typical Dio song. Although they may not be the most creative lyrics, the background singing adds melody and harmony to the already uplifting and inspirational song tones. While not the most original songwriter, ZP Theart follows in the footsteps of Dio, Helloween, and Maiden (in terms of singing/songwriting).
Overall Impression — 8
Placing themselves in the "extreme metal" genre is actually a reasonable call by the band. Dragonforce plays with such agility and accuracy; they really have created their own genre. Those who are more satisfied by simply technicality as opposed to true musicianship should buy this album immediately. Inhuman Rampage marks the beginning of a new genre: the self-entitled "extreme metal" genre that compares gracefully to Trivium and In Flames.