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DRAGONFORCE
VALLEY OF THE DAMNED
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Dragonforce plays the kind of metal that Dungeon and Dragons wish they had as a soundtrack, as the band's nine-track endeavor has a slew of treble charged guitar virtuoso work wrapped inside keyboard laden harmonies and soprano metal singing. Taking pages from the majestic power metal swagger of bands like Helloween, Jag Panzer, and countless others, Dragonforce's speed metal precision and operatic overtones make the sappy, Broadway-esque metal ballad "Starfire" seem out of place at first, yet if you hear the album in all of its melodic splendor, it begins to make a lot of sense, to the point that you wonder when the Medieval garb and helpless maidens will appear.
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- Mike SOS