It's no small understatement that England's DragonForce
is being called the torchbearer of the power-metal movement; picture Iron Maiden and then add broadswords and cheese. But if anything, the band's lightning-fast, shred-heavy, keyboard-augmented filigree simultaneously eclipses and negates absolutely everything that's ever fallen under the power-metal umbrella. Quite simply, no other band can keep up. In fact, if it were possible for a band to be super-mega-hyper-power-metal-squared, that would almost
describe the level of intensity sustained throughout DragonForce's third album and U.S. debut, Inhuman Rampage
. But to witness the band live is to understand how much DragonForce have upped the ante for its parent genre: If these guys didn't exist, someone would've had to invent them just to keep things moving forward.