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Dragonforce

Dragonforce

Date: Jul 28 2008

Themes: Alternative, Music

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Different types of music have certain moods attached to them. Punk is angry. Pop is either happy or sad. And metal is dark and evil…right?

The fast music played by Dragonforce actually isn’t dark at all. It could be described as epic or glorious. It’s sort of happy, but not the sort of happiness you feel when you’re in love. More like the feeling you get after you’ve defeated your greatest enemy.

Dragonforce has a new album called Ultra Beatdown, and the songs on it use the same formula of inhumanly fast drums and guitar and high-pitched vocals that is making this band more popular all the time.

Dialog

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Beren

Beren

Jason

Jason

Jason:  Dragonforce is this British band and they pretty much play faster than anyone else. The entire time it’s just ridiculously fast.

Beren:  Shredfest?

Jason:  Yeah. And lead guitar the entire time. It’s unbelievably good lead guitar. Like, guitar harmonies throughout the entire song at top speed.

Beren:  Oh my God.

Jason:  What’s funny is that when you hear about metal that’s really fast, you usually think of it being dark, thrash or something. But it’s like pure light. Everything is really happy and stuff, sort of.

Beren:  Whoa, weird.

Jason:  They have songs about glory and victory.

Beren:  What?

Jason:  Yeah!

Beren:  How do they look? What do they dress like? Are they like a theme band? Is it like fantasy metal?

Jason:  It is like fantasy metal, basically, but they don’t dress like anything all that different. They just have long hair and the typical kind of metal clothes.

Beren:  Hesh…totally heshers.

Jason:  Oh, they have the hardest song on Guitar Hero, which is why they blew up so much.

Beren:  OK, that makes sense. That’s awesome…the hardest song on Guitar Hero.

Jason:  It’s unbelievably good. The one thing I don’t like about Dragonforce is I don’t think they have that much heart. It’s so perfect that it’s almost like it’s not human. It’s almost like robot metal just because it’s so flawless.

 

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Discussion

Since Beren has never heard Dragonforce, Jason tries to describe their sound to her. Ultimately he agrees that they’re heshers who play fantasy metal, which means they’re influenced by Iron Maiden in addition to other bands. Of course they’re generally happier than most of them.

Most people who know Dragonforce know them from Guitar Hero. Their song “Through the Fire and Flames” is the hardest one on the game.

Can you think of another musical act that has an usual mood or tone for the type of music they play?

 

Comments

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Benjamin Elizondo

Mexico

I'm downloading one of their songs now to see what is like jaja.

04:37 PM Mar 13 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

I don’t know Dragonforce but I love rock

06:26 AM Nov 29 2008 |

tkr225

Taiwan

I have never heared about Dragonforce until I read this article. I go to internet to google it and find their vedios on YouTube. Their famous song"Through the fire and flames" sounds really good. The speed they paly the guitar is extremely fast. Really amazing!

07:33 PM Aug 08 2008 |

willkon

Germany

yes, of course !! today will you  get a beatifull smile

Laughing

 

many greetings

 

02:45 AM Aug 03 2008 |

BRUCE SUN

BRUCE SUN

China

THEY DRIVE ME CRAZY!!!

01:41 AM Aug 03 2008 |

NADER

NADER

Saudi Arabia

Hi everybody,Ian a new guest here Smile

Hi rehanna. I,m very please to meet you since you are from my country Cool

Could U tell me please What are U talking about Undecided

09:28 PM Aug 02 2008 |

韩承皓

韩承皓

China

your smile is very beautiful ,dear sister,I want to make friend with you !Thank you!

09:01 AM Aug 02 2008 |

willkon

Germany

 

 very nice,

I recommend it!!Laughing

 

03:52 AM Aug 01 2008 |

iei4every1

iei4every1

Indonesia

I'm coming. For me, any kinds of music are welcome. It blows our spirit out and guide our steps along the way out there. Sometimes, we can dance herewith. Have you ever tried Dangdut from Indonesia? The one and the only, awesome!

10:16 AM Jul 30 2008 |

susanking

susanking

China

i have never heard about this band, but it looks cool

07:02 AM Jul 30 2008 |

dearpesar

dearpesar

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hi

 

10:57 AM Jul 29 2008 |

nelbr

nelbr

Brazil

wow…i ve nerver heard about this guys too, i don't like heavy metal but those guys i liked…and i check on the youtube now…i wanna play Guitar Hero Smile lol

08:44 AM Jul 29 2008 |

magic1015

magic1015

China

hey the upstair!!!
they r not sucking ass ,they kick ass !!

05:31 AM Jul 29 2008 |

Lifer

Lifer

Mexico

Dragonforce sucks ass!!!! Some friend told me the same like gerleovip did: they're not that great live!

wanna hear some good shit ? ........EXODUS!!!!

03:51 PM Jul 28 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

I've never heard the band, i'm really curious to listen to it! But i know a brazilian band with a nice hard music, it's called RAIMUNDOS! great band! Has anyone ever heard its songs??   

12:50 PM Jul 28 2008 |

Michellita

Michellita

Brazil

Great lesson! I loved it! Dragonforce rocks!

09:38 AM Jul 28 2008 |

gerleovip

Colombia

well they are awsome but only in studio I was a real fan of them until I saw them live; the only who can play the songs like they are is studio is the drummer, in a live concert they usually change the line of the instruments to make them easyer to play and turn down the guitars, the keyboard and the bass to make them easy to sing. but I accept that they compound extremely good and I'm sure the Inhuman Rampage is a power metal masterpiece.

07:17 AM Jul 28 2008 |

195854255

195854255

United States

yeah. BEYOUNG!  they are the greatest.   ~

06:38 AM Jul 28 2008 |

magic1015

magic1015

China

 oh wow ….

 i like metal music to death !!!!Dragonforce is a awesome band ,the song called "through the fire and flames"is so classical , it reminds me of a chinese band called beyond!!!

http://www.myspace.cn/dragonforce

as for the trash metal , the bands i prefer r children of bodom ( i like the metal way when they sing oops i did it agian LOL),in flames , but i suppose they r far more dark compared with the dragonforce .

well, the band can life my spirit is  disturbed !!!

04:51 AM Jul 28 2008 |

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