Sound — 10
These guys are crazy. I've been hearing about Dragonforce for quite a while now, but I didn't buy Sonic Firestorm until Inhuman Rampage had come up. I wasn't disappointed in the least. It's a thrill to listen to such incredible musicianship. The sound of Dragonforce is really like no other. They are most definately a metal band, yet there are elements of eighties hard rock, classical music, and even video game music.
Lyrics — 7
ZP Theart is an amazing vocalist, if only he was singing better lyrics. The one thing that I cannot stand about Dragonforce is they're undeniable, for lack of better word, nerdiness. I mean, they're called Dragonforce, for christ's sake! With song titles like Soldiers of the Wasteland, Prepare For War, and Fields Of Despair, you get the distinct impression that these guys play Dungeons and Dragons regularly. The one good thing that I can say for the lyrics is that they are decidedly positive, such as the chorus to "Fury Of The Storm": "Into the fires of forever, we will fly through the heavens, with the power of the universe we stand strong together!" Most metal lyrics out there are all gloom and doom, and then comes dragonforce singing about "standing strong together!"
Overall Impression — 9
Dragonforce, hands down, is one of the most talented bands out there. Herman Li and Sam Totman are reminiscent of a double dose of Yngwie, while ZP Theart kicks anyone in the metal genre's ass except perhaps Bruce Dickinson and a few others. Dave Mackintosh must be in excellent shape, because I get exhausted just listening to his constant double bass and lightning-fast fills. The best songs on the album, for me, are Fury Of The Storm and Once In A Lifetime. I love their excellent musicianship and incredible speed. If this were stolen or lost I would go and buy inhuman rampage, because this is on my iPod.