For every style of metal, there is a special group of bands hat represents them perfectly. Thrash has the titans of Slayer and Anthrax to carry on their name, and death metal has got Cannibal Corpse and Amon Amarth. Power metal, though? The first band I can think of is HammerFall, but right behind them comes DragonForce. Known for their speed and always having a sense of epicness, these Brits have always done an ace job, and their upcoming album is another delicious helping of power metal that only DragonForce could deliver.
Being the first DragonForce album to feature an actual fucking dragon, “Reaching into Infinity” had my attention right off the bat before hearing a single note. But then going into the work itself is the kind of thing that you can only ever ask for from DragonForce. This eleven track piece of excellence (not including the two bonus tracks) isn’t exactly groundbreaking material for this band, but goddamn it fucking entertains to no end. That’s the beauty I find with bands like DragonForce: they’ve got a formula that just constantly works consistently for them, and it’s the sort of thing that keeps people like me coming back for more and more. “Reaching into Infinity” is, in every sense of the term, a top notch DragonForce album in every single way. In addition to being an amazing feat for the band as a whole, this piece beautifully showcases the improving talents of their vocalist of now six years as he delivers his best performance to date, and a brand new drummer shows how magnificent he is. Speed, power, and a brilliant understanding of power metal all show once again with this record and is even more irrefutable proof that DragonForce are one of the kings of power metal, and their title is not to be challenged.
A record such as this is all we can come to expect from DragonForce as it’s simply spectacular. An hour long experience of pure speed metal mixed with melodies and fiery solos that absolutely grip the imagination to no end, this record is a trip that you can’t miss if you want one of the highlights of 2017. “Reaching into Infinity” is yet another bang up job that is sure to be added to one of the best that DragonForce has ever created amongst their already legendary discography.
“Reaching into Infinity” releases on May 19th via Metal Blade Records!
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