Sonic Firestorm review by DragonForce

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  • Released: May 11, 2004
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (81 votes)
DragonForce: Sonic Firestorm

Sound — 10
After "Valley Of The Damned", I didn't know what DF could do next. "Sonic Firestorm" is without a doubt a whole new level from their first album. The level of extreme and speed has increased greatly with powerful vocal melodies and as always amazing guitar harmonies and solos. The sound has matured and the production is top notch. Songs like "Fury Of The Storm" showcases amazing fretwork by Herman and Sam and we also meet Dave Mackintosh, the new and reigning drummer of the band. The ballad "Dawn Over A New World" presents some beautiful piano playing by Vadim. The Japanese import adds the bonus song "Cry of the Brave" which is an amazing and powerful song that should've been left on the regualr edition because it has some powerfully expressive verses and solos and some rapid, quick piano arpeggios. Overall, Dragonforce defined their sound as an extreme power metal band with this album.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are great as usual but take a different approach than "Valey." Songs like "Above The Winter Moonlight" and "Once In A Lietime" are fun to sing along too and most of the album features catchy verses. The lyrics are not as fantasy lyrical as "Valley," but they are none the less great though they also have the feeling of that you've heard them before.

Overall Impression — 10
This album defines extreme power metal. It's truly a step up from Dragonforce's debut album and while being not as impacting as "Valley," it surpasses it in every aspect. The overall tone of the album presents DF the way we see them today as being energetic and talented.

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    good guitarists, but saying herman is better than sam or vice versa is like comparing the guys from judas priest. they play very similarly, unlike smith and murray from iron maiden.
    $DIME RULES!!!$
    All you fags that think dragonforce suk can burn in hell DragonForce R the Best Goddamn band of the 00's And at least the lyrics are a change than all the deathy shit.
    s8n_buddy wrote: perkiset wrote: Herman Li, lead guitarist, shreds the hell out of his guitar in every solo. He is hands down one of the most talented guitarists alive. My Spirit Will Go On is likely his finest solo on the album. Herman Li IS great, but don't forget that Sam Totman shares pretty close to equal solo time with herman, so it should be dual praises. I don't know as I'd call herman the lead either, they both play lead parts, alot of times together to create sweet harmonies with the melody. rythem guitar is alot of times just added tracks on the recordings. totman is way better than li. its a fact.
    totman writes all the songs, vocals and everything so, y'know, in terms of ability sam is better
    why would you compare maidens music with DF??? its ****in unbelievable! Theyre so ****in different!
    ss311 wrote: What a lot of horsecrap: 'Singing about riding through the silver moon light to face the endless armies of evil'. Great guitarists though. Crap lyrics.
    Spot on!