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DragonForce - Reaching Into Infinity

Published May 24 2017

=Staff's pick

Reaching Into Infinity
Ashes Of The Dawn*
Judgement Day
Astral Empires*
Curse Of Darkness
Midnight Madness
Land Of Shattered Dreams
The Edge Of The World
Our Final Stand

Genre Power Metal
Marc Hudson
Tracks 11
Sam Totman
Running time 61 Min.
Herman Li
Label earMusic
Frédéric Leclercq
Release May 19, 2017
Gee Anzalone
Country England, et al.
Vadim Pruzhanov
Producer Jens Bogren
Similar bands -

Not everything is the same when the extreme power metallers DragonForce put out their new record Reaching Into Infinity. Most things remain pretty similar to before, such as the fast playing in general, the melodic aspect, the structure of the choruses and the guitar solos as an energetic outlet, but they have also sometimes changed the construction of the songs and created different kinds of bridges as well as tried to create new stuff sonically from time to time.

Perhaps I'm just looking intensively for fragments that could make this unit come out fresh once again, because, honestly, how many fast songs can a band actually write and record without ending up in the same vein? They have however put together one of their most brutal songs ever, WAR!, which isn't just an ordinary DragonForce fast song, but more a thrash metal thing and definitely an attempt to show another side of the band where the music comes out in a fuller sphere with power striking from every direction and where Hudson, without taking it too far, brings forth a new dimension of his singing with a more aggressive vent partially.

Nevertheless do they stay very solid with captivating melodies in a speedy territory and it's always a little bit interesting to check out what they're up to on every record regarding their guitar play and to see to what extent it's possible to further develop that explosive playing, since, as you probably know, they early on were taking stuff to sort of a near maximum then and there weren't at that point in time so many new highs to reach from there without going backwards into a more tranquil mode.

Besides the, in my opinion, kind of bland effort Ultra Beatdown from 2008, I think that this band always puts out good quality records and Reaching Into Infinity definitely ends up in that section too. It's not amazingly awesome and if you're quite familiar with this unit before, this record won't revolutionize your taste in music in any way, yet you will probably find it a little intriguing and that this one meets your personal requirements of a good album. If you on the contrary can't stand a mix of really fast, melodic and catchy stuff you will most likely hate everything about this effort, so in that case, don't even bother listening to this one.

See also review of: Maximum Overload , In The Line Of Fire…Larger Than Live , The Power Within , Ultra Beatdown , Inhuman Rampage , Sonic Firestorm , Valley Of The Damned








7 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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