Sound — 10
That was the first word that could pop into my head when I heard the twin opening riffs of Herman Li and Sam Totman. They are quite possibly without a doubt some of if not the fastest guitar players on the planet. The opening song, "Through The Fire And Flames" really gets you into the album. What's cool about it is that you hear the harmony between the electric and acoustic guitar, which is rare in today's metal. The solos these two guys pull off are incomprehensible. It's like taking a Metallica or AC/DC (respectively two of my most favorite bands of all time) and putting them on fast forward. My favorite solo(s) on the album is probably the one on "Operation Ground And Pound". The last solo of Li is off the charts. When he said "our solos are incomprehensible to the human mind" he did nothing but speak the honest truth. Last but not least, I also tip my hat to the drummer and keyboardist, Dave Mackintosh and Vadim Pruzhanov, who lay down the most awesome rhythm sets in metal today.
Lyrics — 10
ZP Theart sings about one thing that I haven't heard any other lead singer except Bruce Dickenson of Iron Maiden sing about: fantasy. Not many singers sing about that sort of stuff anymore. Why not is what I want to know. I mean, it'a creative and it usually sounds very good. A lot of people say that he can't sing and that he shouldn't be fronting DragonForce. What I would like to know is, who could be better? At least he not like the rest of the other metal singers, who just scream their heads off and no one can tell what they are saying. Also, not many people know that Totman wrote nearly all of the songs on the album. This shows that a guitarist can be mind-blowing and write very creative songs.
Overall Impression — 10
The first time I heard DragonForce, it was on the 5 minute music video of the song "Operation Ground and Pound". It completely blew my mind away! These guys are not only fast, but they are incredible musicians. Li and Totman aren't like the other metal guitarists who just bash 3 chords and think it's cool and sounds amazing, and ZP doesn't just scream his head off like the other heavy metal singers. This band is not like any of the other metal bands out there. They are super talented and a "DragonForce" (sorry for the bad pun) to be reckoned with. I now have a new found respect for the new metal genre thanks to these guys (I am an enormous fan of 70's and 80's rock, such as AC/DC, my #1 favorite band, and Ted Nugent). They have opened my eyes to a whole new metal experience.