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A Religious Experience - 32%

tidalforce79, April 30th, 2016

Dragonforce; almost single-handedly, turned me into a Deist. Why? No loving, Christian god would allow two talented guitar players into such a band. No, if God were how the bible described, the twin-axe duo would be in a band like Steel Prophet or Persuader. Even a technical thrash band would benefit from such a neo-classical touch. Trim the length of the solos down by about half, and the players on Inhuman Rampage would enrich a number of bands. It would be pointless to review more than one of Dragonforce’s efforts, because they all sound the same.

So, what about Inhuman Rampage? Basically, the album is a flowery, metallic rendition of a Brady Bunch episode. Sure, the album is produced well enough, but what “power” metal album isn’t? The guitar sound is thin, but crisp. The frantic double bass drumming can be distinguished well in the mix. Slightly layered vocals come through the speakers nice and clean, and the bass sound is decent. Yes, all the recipes for a generic experience are present.

Talent wise, the band delivers well enough-though they couldn’t possibly be any less original. The riffs are precise, though completely lame, like a castrated version of Kiske era Helloween. While the drummer may be uninspired, he delivers the fills with surgical efficiency-like a robot. Dragonforce’s front man can carry a note, but his voice is whiny. Listen to his singing from about two minutes, and you will find yourself trapped in a hellish limbo akin to a toddler’s birthday party, or an Axl Rose speech.

Breaking down the tracks would be an exercise in futility. Basically, all the songs follow the same pattern: speed: catchy, hyper jubilant choruses: tastelessly long solos. Seconds after the album mercifully ends, you will have forgotten every track. In a twisted sense, this might actually make the album a good purchase because it will always be new! All kidding aside, Inhuman Rampage is another assembly line offering, that happens to be worse than most. Compared to Dragonforce, a band like Rhapsody actually sounds pretty heavy. Keeper of the Seven Keys will sound brutal in the sonic wake of Inhuman Rampage.

Is there anything redeeming about the album? Yes. As noted above, the guitar players are quite talented. The neo-classical shredding is awe inspiring, but lacks some effect due to the senseless length of the solos. Likewise, the album occasionally makes me bob my head with the catchy melodies. If you are a sucker for sing-along jingles, Inhuman Rampage might be worth a few dollars. If not, you are instructed to cleanse your ears with Evolution Purgatory or The Goddess Principle-rinse and repeat.