I’ve no doubt that this review is going to raise quite a few eyebrows and especially in the RHAPSODY camp but at long last there’s a band that are surely destined to take the Epic Metal crown from the Italian masters. You see what we have in ‘’Sonic Firestorm’’ is an album that radiates pure head bangin’ fist in the air Heavy Metal. It has an abundance of lightning fast guitar riffs and solos, swirling keyboards and soaring vocals and grandiose choruses.
Make no bones about it but DRAGONFORCE are going to be a major name in the coming months and years.
For a band only two albums into their career DRAGONFORCE are quick learners forging their native UK Metal influences of MAIDEN and THE PRIEST with latter day Metal heroes such as RHAPSODY and LOST HORIZON and not forgetting MANOWAR and HELLOWEEN, with a dash of Prog chucked in, they have devised a quite simply breathtaking Metal album. What becomes apparent very early on is the musicianship. Not since the glory days of Tipton and Downing has British Metal had such a convincing lead guitar attack. Throw in the dexterity and ultra speed of early HELLOWEEN pair Kai Hansen and Micheal Weikath and you will begin to appreciate just how good Herman Li and Sam Totman are. The vocals of ZP Theart’s are right up their amongst the greats of Power Metal. His voice swoops and soars amongst the thundering rhythm of Adrian Lambert and Dave Mackintosh.
With each song clocking in at over five minutes there’s a lot of Metal to be had here. Solo after solo lashes out from a maelstrom of tight riffing and bombastic drumming. Stand out tracks include the Epic and I mean Epic ‘’Soldiers Of The Wasteland’’ which I am sure a certain Mr Steve Harris would love to have written. Add in the pulsating opener ‘’My Spirit Will Go On’’, ‘’Dawn Over A New World’’ and ‘’Prepare For War’’ you are in a delirious state of Metallic narcosis.
Fans of True Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Trad Metal, Battle Metal whatever type of bloody Metal you’re into then DRAGONFORCE are not to be missed on any account. (Online June 15, 2004)