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Album Review: DragonForce – Maximum Overload

df-maximum-overload-cover600-300x300Label:  Metal Blade (North America)

Songs:  15 on the special edition

Length – 71 minutes on the special edition

Albums:  This is their sixth studio album

Release Date:  19 Aug 2014 (North America), 18 Aug 2014 (Europe)

Nationality – United Kingdom

If there is one thing you can count on with DragonForce, it’s their speed and enthusiasm blended into fantasy-based power metal with a hint of geeky gamer musical references.  Is that one thing or multiple things?  Anyway, what does that mean for the new album?  In short, more of the same, but there are some subtle differences on “Maximum Overload” that might reel you back in if you thought their previous album, “The Power Within (2012),” signaled the beginning of the end due to the introduction of a new vocalist and extreme consistency. Read the rest of this entry

Full Album Streams: The Power Within by Dragonforce

Dragonforce are a love ’em hate ’em band.  Me, as you probably have guessed, I love ’em.  Hitting stores today is their new album The Power Within and it introduces new vocalist Mark Hudson.

While the new guy has some chops and fits the band well, I think that previous vocalist Z.P. Theart had a bit more balls in his voice.  The album is still chock full of raging power metal riffing and over-the-moon soloing by Herman Li and Sam Totman.  The drumming by  Dave Mackintosh continues to be outstanding also keeping the overdrive pace of the record going.

Unfortunately this stream is limited, so check it out while you still can.  AOL Music usually leaves streams up for about a week, so if you want to hear this before you buy, jump on it ASAP.  Click the album cover below to go to the stream.  Enjoy and let us know what you thought.  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Dragonforce - The Power Within

Theme Thrusday- Happy Metal

I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the stereotype that all metal is dark and angry and that people who avidly listen to the metal are the same.  Well, as you all know, that is not the case with most metal heads.  Of course there are those who fit perfectly into that stereotype, but more often than not, that’s not the case.  Like mostly everyone else in the world we like to laugh, smile, and be merry, we’re a happy people.

It’s true that a lot of metal albums are full of anger and sorrow, and that’s cool.  A lot of music portrays anger and sorrow, even in pop and jazz music, but the extreme nature of metal intensifies it.  It’s normal to enjoy songs about the stated feelings, just about everyone does.  But like any good thing, moderation, moderation, moderation.  And moderation does exist in metal.  Not all metal has to do with anger and hate, the vast majority of the songs deal with various other subjects including love and happiness.  So, if the extreme nature of metal can intensify the anger and hate emotions, inversely it can intensify happiness and joy.  So today I bring you a nice little list of metal bands, albums, and songs that make me a Happy Metal Guy™.  I hope that this list puts a smile on your face and makes you merry(and maybe even introduces you to some new music).  This list is just the tip of the iceberg on metal songs that could make someone happy, what are your favorite Happy Metal bands, albums, and songs?  Peace Love and Metal!!!!!

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