Inhuman Rampage review by DragonForce

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  • Released: Jan 9, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (202 votes)
DragonForce: Inhuman Rampage

Sound — 10
I really appreciate the sound of the guitar amps they use in correlation to the keyboards because it ads an almost mystical effect to the music. Herman and Sam are amazing guitarists and in my book are in the guitarist hall of fame. Their solos in all of the songs are all spectacular but the best ones are in Through the Fire and Flames and Operation Ground and Pound. The keyboardist is quite excellent as well and the drummer is very good at playing fast.

Lyrics — 9
The singer has a higher voice than most metal vocalists which is an interesting change of pace. The intensity of the vocals is nowhere near as violent as that of Exhumed or others so when you hear him sing about battling through life and waging rival wars, it gives a very interesting perspective as to what the band is really trying to comunicate to the listener.

Overall Impression — 9
They sound more or less like Hammerfall or even Iron Maiden at times which would appeal to classic metallers. The best songs for me are within the first four and they are Through the Fire and Flames, Revolution Deathsquad, and Operation Ground and Pound. They all add a quick and fast paced start to the first half of the only 8 track album. I wish there were more songs.

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    A7Xrulz wrote: Dragonforce is like the gods of solos
    ... WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! sorry, but no. truly great solo examples (i'll stick to metal here): melodic: opeth musical: opeth, dream theater s**t yourself fast: dream theater, john petrucci, impelliteri, living colour (cult of personality anyone? its so thick because of his eq, not his playing, trust me. excellent band), buckethead, paul gilbert... not dragonforce. fast? yes. musical? hell no. i personally find that for dragonforce solos tend to be defined as any section longer than 15 seconds where there is no singing. its fast, yes, but hardly musical, imo. its a bunch of semi-random notes played as fast as possible. so fast, in fact, that he can't play it with good technique. ever watched one of their vids? sloppy technique everywhere. they use studio tricks so it doesnt sound so sloppy when they're in the studio. and being drunk when you go onstage doesn't help. i've seen petrucci play licks faster than any dragonforce vid, and his fingers are far more precise in their movements. so precise, in fact, it gives the illusion that he's playing kinda slow. i don't have a problem with the lyrics from a subject standpoint, but i just don't feel like they're the best the band could put out either. if you want fast notes, sure, this is for you. yngwie is good for that too (HATE nonstop scale patterns!!!). personally, i'll stick with stuff that has a feel to its notes other than speed. come to think of it, i wonder what they'd sound like if they played something slower? could be interesting...
    swing life away
    every body needs to look past the [cheesy[ singing and appreciate the how the fast guitar and drums have melodic sounds