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Sonic Firestorm

DragonForce - Sonic Firestorm
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 50 ratings
2004 Ratings: #273
Liked by 8 people
May 11, 2004 / Release Date
LP / Format
Power Metal / Genre
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What this CD lacks in originality, it usually makes up for in terms of passion, energy, and craftsmanship.

If you're going to get a DragonForce album, this is the one to get.

Clearly DRAGONFORCE are leagues above some of the squealing dross that lurks in the lower reaches of the melodic power metal scene.


disgusting user rating


Fury of the Storm, one of the most epic songs, and Soldiers of the Wasteland, the song with the best guitar solo period. Nothing compares. Plus Dragonforce songs are all energized with epic fantasy background. The reason I bring that up is because the intro of My Spirit Will Go On. Everytime I hear that, I can imagine a canyon like place where the hero and villain stand in front of each other, preparing for the final battle. However the other songs in unison decrease the score a little, but ... read more


Fun and straightforward. Contrarily to what is believed, the songs aren't as complex as they are thought to be, apart from the solos (obviously). The guitars during the verses and hooks mostly alternate between some fast picking or power chords, leaving space for soaring vocal melodies. The drumming is also very direct to the point. It's fast but that's about it. Nonetheless, a fun record.

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Added on: September 19, 2018