Saturday, 11 September 2010

CD Review: Inhuman Rampage, by Dragonforce (2006)

Proving that there is a speed that is too fast, and a length that is too long, Dragonforce combine too fast and too long and produce an unmitigated disaster.

It is a disservice to the band, but Inhuman Rampage sounds like it was recorded at one speed and then mixed and mastered at twice that speed. There is a point when speed for the sake of speed is only impressive for eight-year-olds, and Dragonforce find that point and force their way past it to camp permanently on the wrong side of the beats-per-minute dial. Everything is fast to the point of sounding mechanical, most of all the maniacal and monotonous drums that come across as, indeed, inhuman.

The inclusion of Through The Fire And Flames as the most difficult track on Guitar Hero III gave Dragonforce their fifteen minutes of fame, and established them as firm members of the one-hit-wonder metal club. Through The Fire And Flames is good, but unfortunately for the album, Inhuman Rampage contains very little else of value.

The other seven tracks are too long, too fast, too fragmented, and too repetitive, with endless tales of majestic battlefields, glory, and steel. Manowar trampled all over this territory more than two decades ago, and they did it at an actually enjoyable pace.

Small segments of Through The Fire And Flames show up in various forms throughout all the other songs, confirming Dragonforce as that most useless breed of pony, the type with one trick.


ZP Theart - Vocals
Herman Li - Guitars
Sam Totman - Guitars
Vadim Pruzhanov - Keyboards
Dave Mackintosh - Drums

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. Through The Fire And Flames - 8
2. Revolution Deathsquad - 6
3. Storming The Burning Fields - 6
4. Operation Ground And Pound - 5
5. Body Breakdown - 6
6. Cry For Eternity - 7
7. The Flame Of Youth - 7
8. Trail Of Broken Hearts - 6

Average: 6.38

Produced by Sam Totman, Herman Li, Vadim Pruzhanov.
Mixed by Karl Groom, Sam Totman, Herman Li, and Vadim Pruzhanov.
Engineered by Karl Groom and Herman Li.
Mastered by Eberhard Kohler.

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