Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown


Artist

Album

Ultra Beatdown

Label

Roadrunner Records

Year

2008

For Fans Of

Sonata Arctica – Hammerfall - Stratovarious

Summary

This isn’t music, it’s an adventure!

Rating

85 / 100
How does one even begin to describe the phenomenon known as Dragonforce? For those who haven’t heard the name before, first you need to crawl out of the dingy cave you have been living in and understand that the lead shred Herman Li makes the guitar sound like it was crafted for his personal use. Dragonforce also features members from across the globe including England, Scotland and the Ukraine.  SHINFO, yes I know.

I suppose it is also noteworthy to mention that Herman Li took out four awards for the Guitar World magazine Readers Poll in 2007 for ‘Best New Talent’ (winning by 70%), ‘Best Metal’, ‘Best Riff’ and ‘Best Shredders’. This gives a slight hint of what this bloke is capable of.  Oh, I would also recommend carrying extra underwear during this record, as it has been proven that some solos may result in a total loss of bowel control and motor movement.  

“Heroes Of Our” time opens up Ultra Beatdown with a maelstrom of solos straight of the bat (at the 10 second mark to be precise) and shows that these boys have definitely not toned down the now famous sound and are not shy about letting loose at any point in.  Plus, they sing about the important issues, and no I don’t mean true friends and family, I’m talking about sonic fires, raging storms and blackened nights.  Sweet.  

The pace is carried through on T”he Fire Still Burns” and could just be a hot contender for power metal anthem of 2008 with some awesome keyboard work backing up the solos and a very powerful chorus. “A Flame for Freedom” is the shortest track on the record spanning just over five minutes, which would be the longest track on most albums released now and provides some respite from the frantic guitar work and shows that Dragonforce are infact capable of producing sweet melodies super fast or mid pace.

Ultra Beatdown closes solidly with “The Warrior Inside”, and what a finale it is.  It’s hard not to be caught up with what can only be described as the cheesiest piece of keyboard greatness to grace a compact disc since Sonata Arctica’s “Silence” circa ‘01’.  The chorus is fantastic and will have you singing along in under two beers. 

Conclusion

Ultra Beatdown is tour de power metal force and has successfully improved upon ‘Inhuman Rampage’ with more ferocious and epic solos, how they did this, I have no idea.

Sure the guitar solos are over the top at almost every turn, but if this wasn’t the case you and your mates would be sitting at home saying they have toned down the sound and aren’t as good as they were before.


Tracklisting

01. Heroes of our time

02.  The fire still burns

03.  Reasons to live

04. Heartbreak Armageddon

05. The last journey home

06. A flame for freedom

07. Inside the winter storm

08. The Warrior insi

2 Responses to “Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown”

  1. darcySTUART

    personally power ANYTHING has never really appealed to me. i would give df some credit if they could half pull off one of their tracks up to speed live. but they cant.

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