Ultra Beatdown - DragonForce
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

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  • Summary: The metal band releases its first album with Frederic Leclercq on bass.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Power metal may not be the most inventive musical style on the planet, but Dragonforce are making it more exciting than most anyone else has for quite some time.
  2. Ultra Beatdown is a relentless explosion of power metal serving as a superb master class for fledgling shredders on any instrument. [Sep 2008, p.152] [Sep 208, p.152]
  3. More importantly, though, the songs still totally fucking rock.
  4. Ultra Beatdown ultimately delivers what the band promises, which is all the fans can ask for.
  5. True, the lyrics (nearly all of which offer some variation on a battle/victory cliché) are borderline brain-dead, the musicianship is all slippery soullessness, and the production is so oppressive that the instruments might as well be synthesized. But in a subgenre where understatement matters less than showing one's might, these could just as well be merits.
  6. 60
    A grandiose power metal pomposity that marshals such gusts of keyboard and flowery, Yngwie Malmsteen guitar duelling it basically feels like a climax strung out over 60 minutes; epic in short bursts, slightly tiring in the long haul. [Nov 2008, p.92]
  7. Ultra Beatdown features the same guitar riffing, theatric singing and the rest of that stuff that doesn’t matter in regards to Dragonforce.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. HowlPenDragon
    Aug 29, 2008
    10
    Look, it's DragonForce. If you're a fan, why bother reading this. Y'know it rocks as hell. Believe me, run down to the store and buy it NOW! Greatest album yet by more than a country mile! The description of the album at DF HQ couldn't be more true--you won't be disappointed! Keep on rockin' DF! Expand
  2. HannahC
    Dec 8, 2008
    10
    Can't believe I nearly missed this. It's BRILLIANT!! I recommend for all DragonForce fans. There is a clear improvement in this album. (Really need to find someone with the bonus tracks... annoyed at the fact I don't have them... always listen to bonus tracks. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    10
    Dragonforce has pleased me with no end. It is great for all things, gaming, working out, and even to sleep to. I have listened to all of their songs at least 10 times each. This album, however, was one of their best. It really brought new life to the world of Power Metal. The lightning fast solos and powerful lyrics made this band what they are today and i hope continue to power their way through the world of Power Metal with even better albums and songs. Expand
  4. JustinS.
    Sep 16, 2008
    8
    Although Power/Fantasy metal is on the downside of originality, Dragonforce's new release is an improvement on their original content, and is a huge improvement over their last album, inhuman rampage. Their songs are more diverse, and the guitar playing is never overdone. I consider them incredible, but there is more potem=ntial to be had on the diverse side of things. I think this album is attempting to follow in that direction. Expand
  5. EvanL
    Sep 1, 2008
    7
    If you like dragonforce, go buy this cd. Just don't expect much difference from Inhuman rampage. But, then again, is that ever a bad thing?
  6. Nov 17, 2011
    6
    Doesnt really do enough to seperate from the norm of a Dragonforce album but it does feature some good tracks and it will be enjoyable to most fans of the band. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Aug 29, 2008
    0
    I really hope the real critics come to knock this shit to the ground. Seriously when did sweaty ugly soulless 13 year old start getting attention just because some idiots put it in a video game. It sounds like what happens when you give people with a deep hatred for music too much money and tell them they have to make a cd. Expand

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