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Release date: 15 April 2012
Style: Power metal

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8.1 | 231 votes

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01. Holding On
02. Fallen World
03. Cry Thunder
04. Give Me The Night
05. Wings Of Liberty
06. Seasons
07. Heart Of The Storm
08. Die By The Sword
09. Last Man Stands
10. Seasons [acoustic version]
11. Cry Thunder [Live rehearsal] [digital edition bonus]
12. Heart Of The Storm [alternative chorus version] [digital edition bonus]
13. Avant La Tempête [digital edition bonus]

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Additional info
There will also be a digital and vinyl version featuring bonus tracks "Cry Thunder" (Live Rehearsal), "Heart Of The Storm" (Alternative Chorus Version) and "Avant La Tempête" (Instrumental), plus an exclusive box set featuring: CD version, access code for bonus material, plus DragonForce flag, DF flashlight/bottle opener and a set of 6 DF beer mats featuring band cartoons by bassist Frédéric Leclercq.

Guest review by
Nemo Atkins

Rating:
8.3
DragonForce are one of those bands who everyone seems to know about, yet next to no one admits to like. I'll admit, before The Power Within was released, I was in this group: Inhuman Rampage bored me to death and I didn't want to touch anything else they'd released because I'd heard that there wasn't a lot of variety in them. As such, I was prepared to dismiss this album, which wasn't helped by "Fallen World" sounding so much like a typical DragonForce song that I barely noticed the new singer. And then "Cry Thunder" was released...well, that changed everything, as I genuinely loved that song and made me eager to get it. Now I have this album, I have to say that I'm very glad that I got it, as it's very good: in fact, I would be prepared to argue that it is one of the best power metal releases for 2012.

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published 30.07.2012 | Comments (3)

Guest review by
Darth Revan

Rating:
9.0
Ah Dragonforce, the band that gets pulverized with so much flak you'd think they're modern day Metallica... Or Anal Cunt during any period of recording. Dragonforce were actually the first band I listened to on my own initiative, and because of that, I've always had a soft spot for them, but suffice it to say, I'm well aware that most metalheads you'll ask don't like them. Will this album change their minds? Maybe. It's refreshing, but still definitely Dragonforce.

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published 28.11.2013 | Comments (3)

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StratoDan1990 - 26.04.2012 at 11:15  
Rating: 9 This is the best release by Dragonforce (and quite a surprising one!) OK it's still in the style of Dragonforce, but at least these songs have a bit more originality and flow.

The new singer fits well, the musicianship is better - Overall it's a good and impressive effort. Kudos!

Far better than Ultra Letdown.
Nemo Atkins - 27.04.2012 at 23:04  
  Call me wrong, but I think this is the only DragonForce album for which the comments have been almost completely positive. Well, I ain't gonna break that streak: I love this album. Sure, there is some stuff on it that doesn't work as well as the band clearly wanted it to and, at points, some old habits do resurface, but, on the whole, it is a very good album that shows decent progress (which, considering DragonForce's reputation, is particularly impressive). Hope they continue this new direction: if they do, I might be prepared to call myself a DragonForce fan in future.
vezzy - 27.04.2012 at 23:17  
  Aw shit, it is the apocalypse.

I might check this out, but to be honest, I haven't been listening to any new releases all year (sans a couple), so doubtful.
Lit. - 04.05.2012 at 18:38  
  Well, I think we found our biggest surprise for this year's MS awards.
Slayer666 - 04.05.2012 at 18:44  
  What a typically DragonForce-ish album title.
Angelic Storm - 07.05.2012 at 22:43  
  I was in no rush to hear new Dragonforce material, and so had this album in the category of: "I'll get to it when I get to it".

Dragonforce are a band that are generally roundly derided and ridiculed around these parts (probably overdone, though not totally without justification), so I was very surprised to see the amount of positive comments towards the new album here.

After finally having my first listen to it, can I go along with the overwhelmingly positive vibe for this new DF work? Well, I've long felt that Dragonforce are a band with a huge amount of potential due to the obvious talent of the band members. But generally, their material has suffered a lot from constant OTT theatrics, which has made much of their songs seem more like a showcase for the outrageous guitar showboating of Herman and Sam, than real, cohesive songs.

What I can say is, this album is definitely, without doubt, a step (and quite a big step to be fair) in the right direction of the band finally fulfilling the promise they've always shown, but never really fully delivered on. In saying that, there is still quite some room for improvement, and the issues that plagued previous DF albums (with the possible exception of the debut), whilst definitely hemmed in, do still rear up ocassionally to detract, rather than add to the songs.

The main positives of the album are the moments that contrast wildly with standard DF fare, in a way that adds a freshness and much needed variety to their sound. A perfect example of this is in the mid-section of "Give Me The Night" which features a bonecrushing (and totally un-power metal) riff, followed by a ghostly keyboard passage by Vadim, which hugely adds to the song, and gives it a very progressive touch. "Seasons" finds the overindulgence DF is known for almost completely reigned-in, giving way to a much more standard mid-paced brand of melodic metal that sounds so refreshing on a DF album, which also features a surprising, but awesome outro guitar solo by bassist Frederic (which sadly is given the fade-out treatment, and far too soon!). Who also penned the song completely on his own. Fred needs to write more material for DF! The acoustic version of this song is arguably even more great than the standard album version too.

"Die By The Sword" is another stand-out cut, with it's marauding riffing and captivating melodies, plus a very subdued solo that works so well for the song.

I'll give it another listen or two before giving a rating to it, but this album definitely gives me hopes that DF can finally deliver the goods that a band with their talents should be producing. This isn't the final product, but more improvements and cutting out the still niggling flaws could finally produce a classic power metal album by Dragonforce yet!
Illog1cal - 08.05.2012 at 20:11  
  I was really impressed by the solo in Die by the Sword, I did not think Herman could come up with something like that, its kind of beautiful.
Angelic Storm - 08.05.2012 at 23:01  
 
Written by Guest on 08.05.2012 at 20:11

I was really impressed by the solo in Die by the Sword, I did not think Herman could come up with something like that, its kind of beautiful.


The solo from 2:28-3:05 is played by Sam, then the rest of it is played by Herman.

When the guys play tastefully like that, I think that's far more a showcase for their talents, than the OTT stuff. The OTT stuff has it's place, but I really hope from now on, they use that sparingly.
Illog1cal - 15.05.2012 at 19:27  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 08.05.2012 at 23:01

Written by Guest on 08.05.2012 at 20:11

I was really impressed by the solo in Die by the Sword, I did not think Herman could come up with something like that, its kind of beautiful.


The solo from 2:28-3:05 is played by Sam, then the rest of it is played by Herman.

When the guys play tastefully like that, I think that's far more a showcase for their talents, than the OTT stuff. The OTT stuff has it's place, but I really hope from now on, they use that sparingly.


Ah sorry, I'm not really a big Dragonforce fan. I was impressed by Sam's part then, Herman's section was ok too.
Vikcen - 01.06.2012 at 23:07  
Rating: 9 Very good, i like very much, but still in my opinion Valley Of The Damned and Sonic Firestorm are better works.
Luneth - 02.06.2012 at 18:47  
Rating: 9 Just when I had given up on DF this comes out...I hope the Eldar Gods forgive me.
Baz Anderson - 08.07.2012 at 23:50  
  I only just got round to listening to this... I was originally put off by the new singer - but I'm glad I finally did listen to it. Fantastic album... "Die By The Sword" is so good.
Ellrohir - 31.08.2012 at 00:19  
  In the end it is not that bad, as i was afraid...still far from being really awesome...plus the new vocalist seems worse to me...
Paw!! - 08.09.2012 at 07:15  
  I'm very on fire to hear all song in this new album ! Marc ! Marc ! Marc !
Paw!! - 09.09.2012 at 14:20  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 08.07.2012 at 23:50

I only just got round to listening to this... I was originally put off by the new singer - but I'm glad I finally did listen to it. Fantastic album... "Die By The Sword" is so good.


You right , dude !! Die by sword is so good to listen !
sinister - 19.10.2012 at 21:58  
Rating: 10 This is in my opinion, the best album i have heard in 2012 so far with the new In Flames album coming in at a close second.
Sword_Chant - 20.12.2012 at 17:21  
Rating: 9
Written by sinister on 19.10.2012 at 21:58

This is in my opinion, the best album i have heard in 2012 so far with the new In Flames album coming in at a close second.


Hmmm, it's still taking a while for me to digest the new In Flames material lol. But I would agree this album was a very good 2012 release, a positive step in the right direction. But for me, the new Wintersun album is the best of 2012.
Darth Revan - 14.11.2013 at 05:12  
  This album is the best one they've had in their entire career. I had always thought Herman was the one pushing the excessive guitar wankery (Which isn't horrible... just way overdone with DF)... but if ZP having left the band causes them to release this, I'm starting to think it was him.
musicalkaratekid - 25.07.2014 at 16:28  
Rating: 7 I find this album on part with Dragonforce's first releases, but it's no better for me. The inclusion of the new vocalist has obviously given the band fresh ideas but what I personally like the most about "The Power Within" is how serious the musicianship and songwriting comes across. My personal highlights are "Cry Thunder" and "Die by the Sword".

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