|Review: Dragonheart (now DragonForce) - Valley Of The Damned|
|Valley Of The Damned|
Year released: 2000
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: May 10, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Valley Of The Damned
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
Dragonheart is a new power metal act hailing from the UK. It's hard to say anything new about a power metal act nowadays, although Dragonheart's sound strongly reminds me of - hold on tight - some "glam metal" bands of the 80's. Played faster, but the vocals and melodies do remind me of stuff I heard 15 years ago from such band as Bon Jovi. The ballad "Starfire" especially reminded me of that period's ballads. Well, this is not necessarily a bad thing since it reminds me more of the best of the crop rather than the worst. There is only a ressemblance - this is still a power metal sound, played faster and heavier than those bands were back then. Enough with the glam comparison. It strikes me, but it's not the major influence here either.
Do we have an innovative power metal band here? Not really. It sounds like many others. Are they good? Definitely! If you're a power metal fan you'll almost certainly like this. The vocal work is pretty good, with clear, clean vocals that the singer masters well at pretty much all levels. The actual musicianship is not necessarily outstanding, but overall this is very well-played metal. Bottom line, while not exactly original, this is well done and entertaining. Very good demo. The question is whether or not they'll be able to distinguish themselves from the others in a very crowded genre. It's well worth noting that they've opened for such known acts as Halford and Stratovarius.
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