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Dragonforce-Sonic Firestorm 2004 Noise/Sanctuary Records reviewed by: IcedMojo

Track Listing
1. My Spirit Will Go On
2. Fury of the Storm
3. Fields of Despair
4. Dawn Over a New World
5. Above the Winter Moonlight
6. Soldiers of the Wasteland
7. Prepare for War
8. Once In a Lifetime
Dragonforce has done it again. With the release of the follow up to “Valley of the Damned” entitled “Sonic Firestorm”, the guys proved that they have more in their tanks than 1 good album.

Formed in 1999, under the name Dragonheart, they changed their name to Dragonforce in 2001 to avoid confusion.

This album is very fast, melodic, and heavy as hell at times, however, I do believe it lacks originality during a lot of the album. Am I saying that “Sonic Firestorm” is bad--definitely not. What I am saying is that it did not make me say “holy shit” like “Valley of the Damned” did.

Sure, it is faster and maybe even an attempt at more powerful, but somewhere along the way, they lost what set them apart from other melodic power metal groups. A lot of the album sounds like one long song that, at least, does get broken up with a cheesy (at best) ballad, “Dawn Over a New World”. It is not all bad though, with the pounding power of “My Spirit Will Go On”, “Fury of the Storm”, and “Above the Winter Moonlight” added by David Mackintosh (who replaced Didier Almouzni on drums), and guitar riffs and solos preformed by Herman Li and Sam Totman. Add keyboard works by Vadim Pruzhanov, and incredible vocal skill by ZP Theart, sounds of Edguy (or Avantasia, take your pick), Nightwish, and Stratovarius, there you have “Sonic Firestorm”!

My opinion and rating is 6.5/10. Musically, it is plain and not too interesting, however, I will recommend this album to those who like melodic power metal. You may see it different. Normally I do, so I guess I shocked myself that this album didn’t do much for me.

Extra: Herman Li has the longest hair I have ever seen on a guy.


--IcedMojo 03.03.04
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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