If in frustration you've ever said to yourself, "Shit, man, I wish I had some music that literally sounds like awesome adventures, epic battles and glory," then relax, cuz Dragonforce is the musical equivalent of every major battle scene in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. In other words, on Rampage the music is so over-the-top with shredding duo guitar assaults and semi-operatic vocals that it transcends the cursed realms of the ridiculous and emerges victorious in the vast land of the totally amazing. The songs are melodic and heavy like a hyper-sped-up Iron Maiden while retaining some light thrash elements and very classical-sounding arrangements. And as heavy as Rampage can get, it never stops sounding so insanely catchy that you'll have to stop yourself from singing out loud. Freaking awesome.
Dragonforce play Friday (April 28) at the Opera House.