Release date: 18 August 2014
Style: Power metal

Rating:

8.1 | 127 votes

Owners:

98 have it
31 want it


01. The Game
02. Tomorrow's Kings
03. No More
04. Three Hammers
05. Symphony Of The Night
06. The Sun Is Dead
07. Defenders
08. Extraction Zone
09. City Of Gold
10. Ring Of Fire [Johnny Cash cover]
11. Power and Glory [Special Edition bonus]
12. You're Not Alone [Special Edition bonus]
13. Chemical Interference [Special Edition bonus]
14. Fight to Be Free [Shadow Warriors cover] [Special Edition bonus]
15. Summer's End [Japanese bonus]
16. Galactic Astro Domination [Remixed] [Special Edition bonus]

Review
Lyrics (16)


Line-up
Marc Hudson - vocals
Herman Li - guitars, backing vocals
Ian Samuel "Sam" Totman - guitars, backing vocals
Frédéric Leclercq - bass, guitars, backing vocals
Vadim Pruzhanov - keyboards, backing vocals

Additional musicians
Dave Mackintosh - drums
Matthew Kiichi "Matt" Heafy - vocals
Clive Nolan - backing vocals
Emily Alice Ovenden - backing vocals
Mattias Frändå - additional programming
Ulf Beijstan - additional choirs
Ronny Milianowicz - additional choirs


Additional info
Produced by Jens Bogren.

Staff review by
R Lewis

Rating:
8.5
Some wise guy in some forum recently said "Sure, DragonForce only has one song, but it's catchy as hell."

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published 10.08.2014 | Comments (23)

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Spanishkiller - 06.06.2014 at 14:58  
  CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!

Oh, actually I can
RavenEffect - 06.06.2014 at 15:49  
  No hope for this one
Necrodamus - 14.06.2014 at 08:15  
  "Symphony of the Night," wonder if they were playing Castlevania when writing this...lol
Sword_Chant - 28.07.2014 at 11:53  
Rating: 9 The album leaked apparently, don't know if it's any good or not though.

Edit: With all the bonus tracks this is just as good as the last album, if not better.
Paw!! - 28.07.2014 at 14:44  
 
Written by RavenEffect on 06.06.2014 at 15:49

No hope for this one

lol. I have same feeling
RavenEffect - 28.07.2014 at 16:14  
  Dont get me wrong, I used to like Dragonforce a lot. From the period when they were called DragonHeart to Sonic Firestorm, it used to be a cool band but everything after Inhuman Rampage sounded like a satire of the whole power metal genre
Ganondox - 28.07.2014 at 18:01  
  From "The Game" it sounds much better than most their material.
JunN_Vai - 04.08.2014 at 10:53  
  Two drummer ??
Troy Killjoy - 04.08.2014 at 16:06  
 
Written by JunN_Vai on 04.08.2014 at 10:53
Two drummer ??

No, just the one. An editing error that's been fixed.
Boxcar Willy - 10.08.2014 at 18:47  
  This band is a living joke.
Lit. - 11.08.2014 at 03:54  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.08.2014 at 18:47

This band is a living joke.

So what does that say about the multitude of bands this year that aren't "living jokes" releasing albums inferior to this?
Boxcar Willy - 11.08.2014 at 06:53  
 
Written by Lit. on 11.08.2014 at 03:54

Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.08.2014 at 18:47

This band is a living joke.

So what does that say about the multitude of bands this year that aren't "living jokes" releasing albums inferior to this?

Living jokes of a joke.

Jokeption.

Really though, the first track released and the Johnny cash cover are just atrociously bad, like the review says "one song wonders" and I couldn't agree more(even tho it's not the reviewers opinion) I haven't heard the full album (but seriously, d I really need to?) but so far the only album this year that's on par/worse than this is maybe Wovenwar's debut.
DreamingDesire - 12.08.2014 at 23:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Necrodamus on 14.06.2014 at 08:15

"Symphony of the Night," wonder if they were playing Castlevania when writing this...lol


Same thought here, with these guys being massive gamers I wouldn't put it past them
Troy Killjoy - 13.08.2014 at 01:56  
  They might not be everyone's ideal version of what a metal band should be but they've carved out a niche in the power metal scene, and that on its own is no small feat. Credit where it's due. I think the music sucks and that's why I don't bother listening to it but I wouldn't be so quick to label these guys a joke. They're professional musicians who make a fair amount of money doing what they do (ie. living the dream of probably millions of people). I'd be alright being labeled a joke by teenagers on a metal forum if it meant touring the world, performing my music on stage, and probably getting laid on the regular.

Maybe I'm a sellout though.
Karlabos - 13.08.2014 at 02:15  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 13.08.2014 at 01:56

I'd be alright being labeled a joke by teenagers on a metal forum if it meant touring the world, performing my music on stage, and probably getting laid on the regular.

POSER!
Get out! You don't belong here
Lit. - 13.08.2014 at 02:35  
  Not that it matters, anyway. The album is indeed impressive from what I've heard, thereby proving Willy wrong once again.
psykometal - 13.08.2014 at 05:16  
  Tanner is a self-professed "Pop punk crusader". That entire genre is one big fat joke. I wouldn't take his opinion very seriously when he starts trash talking popular bands if I were y'all.
diamondblack - 13.08.2014 at 08:43  
Rating: 10 Never been a big fan of DragonForce but this new album is something special. Definitely more mature material then previous releases. 9+ :thumbup:
DragonSavior X10 - 18.08.2014 at 01:28  
  I was really nervous about their "Ring of Fire" cover, but after hearing it, I really like it. I'll have to pick this one up.
Ruchesko - 19.08.2014 at 04:15  
Rating: 7 Matt Heafy's presence on this album is a great definition of the term "unnecessary" - this is one band that'll never need the Cookie Monster treatment.

Stunning Cactus - 19.08.2014 at 11:24  
  I'm very impressed with the work on this. If people would put aside the "it's been done before" logic, they would realize that this is an incredibly solid and powerful power metal release. I personally dig some of the thrashy elements myself.
Lit. - 20.08.2014 at 02:19  
 
Written by Ruchesko on 19.08.2014 at 04:15

Matt Heafy's presence on this album is a great definition of the term "unnecessary" - this is one band that'll never need the Cookie Monster treatment.

Shows what you know. Matt did a decent job in this album, and by decent, I mean "he didn't ruin anything with his poppy cleans."
Ruchesko - 20.08.2014 at 02:27  
Rating: 7
Written by Lit. on 20.08.2014 at 02:19

Shows what you know. Matt did a decent job in this album, and by decent, I mean "he didn't ruin anything with his poppy cleans."

So are you of the opinion that "The Game" was somehow improved by him growling in the background?
Lit. - 20.08.2014 at 02:56  
 
Written by Ruchesko on 20.08.2014 at 02:27

So are you of the opinion that "The Game" was somehow improved by him growling in the background?


Along with Defenders and even No More, though that song was kinda doomed from the start.
M C Vice - 20.08.2014 at 06:59  
Rating: 7
Written by Lit. on 20.08.2014 at 02:19

Written by Ruchesko on 19.08.2014 at 04:15

Matt Heafy's presence on this album is a great definition of the term "unnecessary" - this is one band that'll never need the Cookie Monster treatment.

Shows what you know. Matt did a decent job in this album, and by decent, I mean "he didn't ruin anything with his poppy cleans."

Didn't add anything to it either. He's just... there.
Lethrokai - 26.08.2014 at 19:45  
Rating: 7 I am just glad that this wasn't an album solely made up of "let's play really fast solos the whole way through" and instead actually tried to be a proper power metal album. (even though it did have moments where it broke that trend)

There was actually some moments of pretty decent songwriting here. I was really pleasantly surprised by the string of songs from Three Hammers to Defenders.

As a power metal album, I wouldn't say it's anything too special, but it feels like Dragonforce have finally started to grow up a bit with their songwriting. It's definitely an improvement.
M C Vice - 28.08.2014 at 09:36  
Rating: 7 Bit mellow for Dragonforce, isn't it?
Flatulent Walrus - 28.08.2014 at 21:26  
  Crackin' album. Great guitar lines. Fun melodies. Hilariously cheesy lyrics.

Pretty much all I want in metal.
Boxcar Willy - 29.08.2014 at 03:26  
 
Written by psykometal on 13.08.2014 at 05:16

Tanner is a self-professed "Pop punk crusader". That entire genre is one big fat joke. I wouldn't take his opinion very seriously when he starts trash talking popular bands if I were y'all.

And power metal isn't?
psykometal - 29.08.2014 at 03:31  
  Power metal is much more highly regarded and respected than pop-punk ever will be. Pop-punk is a phase, highly doubt it's going to stand the test of time and last for another 2 or 3+ decades.
MarioCalnSnchez - 10.09.2014 at 16:39  
Rating: 9 Really good album
Spacerunner - 15.09.2014 at 23:40  
  Finally they stopped playing instruments and started playing music. Second good album in a row and definitly their best one.
The Galactican - 27.09.2014 at 02:57  
 
Written by DreamingDesire on 12.08.2014 at 23:15

Written by Necrodamus on 14.06.2014 at 08:15

"Symphony of the Night," wonder if they were playing Castlevania when writing this...lol


Same thought here, with these guys being massive gamers I wouldn't put it past them


I think it is definitely a Castlevania song. I found an interview from a couple years back where Frederic Leclercq mentions playing Castlevania, and the lyrics also reference vampires.

I was never much into these guys but I am enjoying this record a lot, even more so knowing they write songs about video games.
Lethrokai - 10.10.2014 at 17:39  
Rating: 7 Surprisingly, it's alright.

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