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DragonForce - Valley Of The Damned 2003 Sanctuary/Noise Records - Reviewed by IcedMojo

Track Listing
1. Invocation of the Apocalyptic Evil
2. Valley of the Damned
3. Black Fire
4. Black Winter Night
5. Starfire
6. Disciples of Babylon
7. Revelations
8. Evening Star
9. Heart of a Dragon
A band once known as Dragonheart (so why did they change their name? you tell me!) but that is not important now, what is important is Valley Of The Damned, currently residing on Sanctuary/Noise Records www.noiserecords.com.

These guys kick some major ass. With brilliant guitar riffs and awesome solos (some of the best I have heard), this speed/power metal band should have great things ahead.

You can check out Black Winter Night as well as the phenomenal cover art at www.dragonforce.com. The song showcases the many talents of the band. However, I am going to vote Black Fire as my favorite track.

Now, going out on a limb, I would have to say Valley Of The Damned is easily in my top 5 CDs of 2003.


--IcedMojo 10.16.03
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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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: DRAGONFORCE
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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Maximum OverloadDragonforce
2014
Greg Watson7/31/2014
Sonic FirestormDragonforce
2004
Ken Pierce10/20/2005
Sonic FirestormDragonforce
2004
Anthony Burke3/3/2004
Valley Of The DamnedDragonforce
2003
Anthony Burke10/15/2003


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: DRAGONFORCE
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
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2017
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