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