Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Dragonforce - Reaching Into Infinity

It's been a minute since we've heard anything new from Dragonforce, with 2014's Maximum Overload having had to tide us over for a good long while. Now we sit staring down the barrel of the bands latest triumph Reaching Into Infinity one of their strongest efforts in a few years featuring massive singles, tight album tracks and of course a fucking amazing cover of Death's Evil Dead (You read that right!) This record represents a significant artistic step forward for Dragonforce and while they still are the shreddy video game band you get a sense of newfound maturity.

The first thing that strikes you about Reaching Into Infinity is how much poppier this record is than previous efforts. Now I know that Dragonforce has never been a particularly challenging listen, but there are momens on this album especially that feel like they could slot nicely into Katy Perry records and vocal hooks that feel like winks t some of the biggest pop hits of the past couple years. Now I'm not saying that's a bad thing - in fact I kind of love it, but the focus on a more contemporary pop sensibility brings out some of the more fun sides of Dragonforce, helping to make this record a triumph that will demand more than a few listens.

One thing I will point out though is that as strong as some of the songs are on this record it definitely feels like Reaching Into Infinity is a bit too long. Clocking in at just over an hour I definitely feel like the band could hav easily cut out 15 minutes of this record and made it a bit tighter. As is though there are definitely more than a few standout tracks on Reaching Into Infinity and this is most definitely a record that dorks like me are going to want to keep jamming time and time again. Dragonforce get it and if you can't jam it then I don't know what else to say.

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