Released: 2006, Sanctuary Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Dragonforce is a British act and INHUMAN RAMPAGE is their third album. If you’re into the whole power metal genre you should be familiar with these guys but if you’re not I can say that Dragonforce plays some really intense power metal and can only be classified as a high speed power metal band. All of the power metal ingredients are included as paddling drumplay and twin-guitar play and somehow they have managed to incorporate keyboards without even remotely slowing down the music.
The main part of this album was recorded in Thin Ice Studios in Surrey and in the guitarist Herman Li’s own studio in West London but some of the guitar sections were recorded in hotel rooms while the band warmed up for gigs when they were doing the tour for their SONIC FIRESTORM album. The members have self produced the CD and because of that the production sounds totally brilliant and they have managed to take out the essence of the music in a perfect way. It seems like Dragonforce lacks a bassplayer but have hired on Adrian Lambert for that task.
Even if there’s only 8 tracks on the album it clocks in at one hour so you get a lot of music for your money. The more you listen to INHUMAN RAMPAGE the more you want to hear and at the end of the album you long for more. The band has only one problem. The songs are great but I can’t remember one single chorus when I push the stop button and the songs also have a tendency to sound alike. 7 of the songs are high energy power metal and the final one is a ballad called “Trail Of Broken Hearts”. The ballad is a welcome pause from all the other songs it’s only unfortunate that it ends the album and should have been placed in the middle instead.
With INHUMAN RAMPAGE Dragonforce has taken the power metal genre a step further and even reinvented it a bit. I’d guess that this band is going to make it big in the future. I saw the band when they were in Sweden a few weeks ago and the material worked even better live.
Killer tracks “Revolution Deathsquad”, “Storming The Burning Fields”, “Body Breakdown”, “Trail Of Broken Hearts”.