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DragonForce - Reaching Into Infinity album review

Epic daftness from power metal linchpins

Reaching Into Infinity

“Life is too important to be taken seriously,” Oscar Wilde once said. He could just have easily been talking about power metal – that most ridiculous of sub-genres.

Like all the best power metal bands, DragonForce are in on the gag. Their seventh album doesn’t stint on the Wagnerian bombast, from the Ritalin-powered kick drum assault of Astral Empire to the epic Guitar Hero duels of, well, pretty much everything on here. But there are pop smarts amid the silliness – you’re never more than a minute or two away from an epic chorus, whether that’s the arms-aloft anthemic Judgement Day or the poker-faced power balladry of Silence.

In fact, if there’s a problem it’s that the whole thing isn’t batshit crazy enough – sure, singer Marc Hudson can belt it out with the best of ’em, but the caps-tastic WAR! screams out for even more in the way of eye-popping operatics. It’s what Oscar Wilde would have wanted.

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.