DragonForce - Maximum Overload

8 | 193 votes |
Release date: 18 August 2014
Style: Power metal


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01. The Game
02. Tomorrow's Kings
03. No More
04. Three Hammers
05. Symphony Of The Night
06. The Sun Is Dead
07. Defenders
08. Extraction Zone
09. City Of Gold
10. Ring Of Fire [Johnny Cash cover]
11. Power and Glory [special edition bonus]
12. You're Not Alone [special edition bonus]
13. Chemical Interference [special edition bonus]
14. Fight to Be Free [Shadow Warriors cover] [special edition bonus]
15. Summer's End [Japanese bonus]
16. Galactic Astro Domination [Remixed] [special edition bonus]

Marc Hudson - vocals
Vadim Pruzhanov - keyboards, backing vocals
Herman Li - guitars, backing vocals
Ian Samuel "Sam" Totman - guitars, backing vocals
Dave Mackintosh - drums
Frédéric Leclercq - bass, guitars, backing vocals

Guest musicians
Matthew Kiichi "Matt" Heafy - backing vocals
Emily Alice Ovenden - backing vocals
Clive Nolan - backing vocals
Ulf Beijstam - additional choirs
Ronny Milianowicz - additional choirs
Mattias Frändå - additional programming

Additional info
Pre-production recording: Damien Rainaud.
Producer: Jens Bogren.
Mixing: Jens Bogren & Damien Rainaud.
Mastered: Tony Lindgren, Damien Rainaud & Svante Forsbäck.
Engineer: Johan Örnborg & Linus Corneliusson.
Cover art & photography: Caio Caldas & Scott Chalmers.

Staff review by
R Lewis
Some wise guy in some forum recently said "Sure, DragonForce only has one song, but it's catchy as hell."

published 10.08.2014 | Comments (23)

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10.09.2014 - 16:39
Rating: 9
Really good album
We are the priest of the temple of Synix
15.09.2014 - 23:40
Finally they stopped playing instruments and started playing music. Second good album in a row and definitly their best one.
27.09.2014 - 02:57
The Galactican
Written by SlaytanicBacon on 12.08.2014 at 23:15

Written by Necrodamus on 14.06.2014 at 08:15

"Symphony of the Night," wonder if they were playing Castlevania when writing this...lol

Same thought here, with these guys being massive gamers I wouldn't put it past them

I think it is definitely a Castlevania song. I found an interview from a couple years back where Frederic Leclercq mentions playing Castlevania, and the lyrics also reference vampires.

I was never much into these guys but I am enjoying this record a lot, even more so knowing they write songs about video games.
10.10.2014 - 17:39
Rating: 7
Surprisingly, it's alright.
Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
20.03.2015 - 17:00
Rating: 10
Seriously, their best album ever. Can't stop listening to it.
Need to make a living somehow... http://creamandpowder.com/
20.03.2015 - 18:14
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I'm addicted to Ring Of Fire for some reason. I fucking hate Johnny Cash and the original, but this version has the pseudo-epic vibe present in DragonForce's music that makes it fun to listen to.
28.04.2015 - 06:26
Rating: 9
Written by Ornusashas on 20.03.2015 at 17:00

Seriously, their best album ever. Can't stop listening to it.

I totally agree! My buddy just told me to listen to this and it's easily my favorite Dragonforce release to date. I listened to all their old albums at least a dozen times or so each but they never had much staying power barring a couple standout tracks each album. This is a whole new Dragonforce..... The solos are still sick but don't take up the entire song like they used to. It's nice to see their signature sound combined with a more traditional song structure. So much better with reasonable song times. I like the new singer equally well if not better. I'm addicted to fast, catchy, and video-gamey so my 9 rating's probably a bit inflated unless you also like that stuff. I just looked this album up on wikipedia and it says that "The Game" is their fastest track to date at 240bpm. I'm not sure that's what makes it tight, but it's definitely one of the standout tracks on the album. And yes, more growls please......Maybe next time add a female singer and some piano compositions in a couple tracks like Dragonland?

Favorite tracks
1- The Game
6- The Sun is Dead
13- Chemical Interference
14- Summer's End

Addendum: I go to a lot of metal shows and saw my first Dragonforce show last night due to how much I liked this album. It was highly entertaining, I'd put it in the top 20% of shows I've seen. I would definitely go again if they were headlining or played with someone I liked (ie NOT Kamelot).
12.04.2018 - 05:59
Rating: 8
Besides the terrible opening song and an equally terrible Johnny Cash cover, this was a pretty good album.

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