Inhuman Rampage review by DragonForce

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

Sound — 9
When I first bought this album, I had high expectations, because their previous album (Sonic Firestorm) is a power metal masterpiece. But I knew it was going to be a great album when I heard "Through the Fire and Flames". I perfect power metal anthem from the beginning to end. The musicianship is great (too bad Herman Li and Sam Totman are always drunk as a monkey live and sometimes mess up on their parts). ZP Theart displays the generic power metal voice which I love sooo much, dave displays so trememdous drumming which has to be fast to keep up with herman and sam. Vadim plays so excellent keys, the intro to Through the Fire and Flames is metal-horn worthy. The guitar is great, lots of nintento noices which adds to their music and making it that much more awesome. Herman and Sam played much more technical guitars then on their previous albums, but this sometimes causes them to screw up live, but hey, no ones perfect. Some great bass playing, exspecially in "Body Breakdown" by the ex-bass player Adrian Lambert, very skilled. And in a few of the songs you can hear some gutteral vocals courtosy of herman and sams ex-bandmate from their black metal days, Lindsay Dawson, which makes it even more unique from most power metal, which usually has only clean voices, but it works for the songs.

Lyrics — 9
There lyrics are pretty stereotypical power metal, but has their ever been anything wrong with that. I personally love the lyrics, they always get me fired up and ready for anything. Very fantasy themed about epic battles, quests, fighting demons, crushing evil. Songs usually don't have a particular theme to them, but it doesnt't do nething to make the songs worse, I personally love the lyrics, which are sung beautifully by south african ZP Theart (Yes, it's ZP, it does not "stand" for anything). He has a beautiful voice that adds to the music and makes dragonforce great.

Overall Impression — 10
If it wasn't for this album, power metal would not be becoming popular, this was the break-trough record power metal was waiting for. Now kids who are getting into dragonforce are discovering a world of fantasy and beauty and are discovering vetern power metal artists who deserve our praise, such as Blind Guardian, Galneryus, Stratovarius, etc. My favourite songs from the Album are "Storming Through The Burning Fields", "Through The Fire And Flames', and "Trail Of Broken Hearts". This CD is a must have for the power metal fan. If someone stole this CD, I'd rip out their heart.

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    what the band really needs is variety. their songs pretty much all have the same feel to them, and no matter how fast or technical they are, they all just tend to sound the same after a while. i am a DF fan, but i really think it would help if they just mixed it up a bit
    Through the Fire and the Flames is the only good song by them, plus, they remind me of the Power Rangers.
    Give_em Hell
    metal4me wrote: King ofKumbucha wrote: My friends and I dont use the word skill when talking about guitar anymore...we call it Dragonforce hahaha thats awesome, I'm going to have to talk to my friends about changing the word skill to Dragonforce too.
    you and me both i can get most of Trail of broken hearts
    Give_em Hell
    bimsterfls wrote: Herman is very repetitive and overated but I still love the band though they are really repetitive they just give me a feeling i don't get with other bands.
    herman could kick your ass at guitar you dumbshit queer