[Facts will be used, but opinions will be stated]
Hey, this is Rabbi 106, and I think we all know who these guys are. You just defeated Lou the Devil in Guitar Hero 3. You play the end of that kick-ass cover of The Devil Went Down To Georgia, and the screen says, "YOU ARE A ROCK LEGEND!" Then, the screen fades to black. When it fades back in again, you're standing atop a giant pillar made of amplifiers, and you wonder what the hell is going on. Then, you realize you're playing a song. It was a song that not many people had heard of, but was, and is, the longest and most difficult song in any GH game to date. Yes, Through the Fire and Flames introduced the world to the majesty that is: DragonForce.
DragonForce is an English Fantasy Metal/Speed Metal band with the two best damn guitarists on the planet. Founded in 1999 as "DragonHeart," the band originally consisted of Herman Li and Sam Totman on guitar, ZP Theart singing, Steve Scott on Bass, Matej Setinc on drums, and Steve Williams on keyboard, though in the music videos he usually has a keytar (keyboard guitar).
The part of Through the Fire and Flames in Guitar Hero 3 that gave us aching fingers was the 3&1/2-minute guitar solo in the middle, and there's one in almost all of their songs. As I said before, Herman Li and Sam Totman, the founders and guitarists, are probably the best guitarists out there. You think your fingers ached? Try playing 3 or 4 songs on stage, not being allowed to screw up at all, with a real guitar. They do that every day on their tours. There was a bit of controversy with the whole tour thing, though. During their "Inhuman Rampage" tour, they didn't play as well as it sounded on their album. Also, it was in a lower key, leading to the suspicion that they sped up the guitar on the album, and that they couldn't play as well as it seemed on the CD. However, Herman Li revealed that technical problems throughout most of the tour hindered the band's performance, and these claims were refuted during their subsequent tours.
Another definitive quality of DragonForce is their lyrical content. It's always about swords-and-sorcery fantasy, leading to my belief that they played a lot of Dungeons&Dragons in their earlier years. They might even base each album on separate D&D campaigns, and if they aren't, I'm so calling that. But, I digress. It's pretty funny how serious they are about it. Where most metal bands make songs about hell and demons as if they were true, DragonForce replaces the Necronomicon with Return of the King, Hell with Mordor, and the Devil with Sauron. Here's a stanza from Through the Fire and Flames.
Now here we stand with their blood on our hands
We fought so hard, now can we understand
I'll break the seal off this curse if I possibly can
For freedom of every man
They sing it with such sincerity, you can't help but laugh. It's not like you listen to DragonForce for the words, though.
So, in the end, Dragonforce is a pretty good band. If you like Speed Metal, this is for you, because metal doesn't get any speedier than this. Let me know if you like this article on my user page, and if 10 people give me positive reviews, I'll make more reviews like this one. See you next time!