DRAGONFORCE – Warp Speed Warriors [Deluxe Edition] (2024) *HQ*

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Grammy-nominated melodic power metal pioneers DRAGONFORCE will release their new album and Napalm Records debut, “Warp Speed Warriors”, on March 15, 2024. The iconic unit is known for their masterful, unparalleled and lightning-fast signature guitar solos and anthemic catchy choruses that influenced a whole genre. The band around virtuoso guitarists and founding members Herman Li and Sam Totman are highly inspired by a myriad of heavy metal styles, fantasy realms and arcade video games, and it shows on this new effort.
This limited “Warp Speed Warriors (Deluxe Edition)” includes a bonus disc with alternate album-track versions featuring as guest the likes of Nita Strauss, Elize Ryd, and more.
There’s a lot of ’80s tips here, and a lot of rock&pop, melodic structures easily enjoyable.

Breathtaking opening track “Astro Warrior Anthem” lives up to DRAGONFORCE’s reputation as the world’s fastest band, captivating the listener from the very beginning and stunning with guitar solos delivered at an extreme speed. Following Zelda inspired track “Power of the Triforce” keeps the volume high before DRAGONFORCE temporarily slows it down for the almost AOR ballad ”Kingdom of Steel”.

Rapid drum patterns and thrilling guitars carry the catchy “Burning Heart”, while chanting “Space Marine Corp” features a strong and uplifting chorus. Electronic influences on the anthem “The Killer Queen” hypnotize, as singer Marc Hudson’s vocals reach for the skies.

On “Doomsday Party”, 80s pop-rock influences meet captivating retro video game soundscapes and epic guitar solos in true DRAGONFORCE manner. The last original track on Warp Speed Warriors, “Pixel Prison”, is followed by DRAGONFORCE’s unexpected yet brilliant cover of Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)”, that wraps up the epic adventure.
The bonus disc is very good, with the versions of ”Astro Warrior Anthem (feat. Matt Heafy and Nita Strauss)”, ”Burning Heart (feat. Alissa White-Gluz) and ”Doomsday Party (feat. Elize Ryd)” even better than the originals.
Highly Recommended


01 – Astro Warrior Anthem
02 – Power Of The Triforce
03 – Kingdom Of Steel
04 – Burning Heart
05 – Space Marine Corp
06 – Doomsday Party
07 – Prelude To Darkness
08 – The Killer Queen
09 – Pixel Prison
10 – Wildest Dreams (Taylor Swift cover – bonus track)

Bonus Disc:
01 – Astro Warrior Anthem (feat. Matt Heafy and Nita Strauss)
02 – Burning Heart (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
03 – Doomsday Party (feat. Elize Ryd)
04 – Power Of The Triforce (Instrumental)

Marc Hudson – lead and backing vocals
Herman Li – guitars, backing vocals
Sam Totman – guitars, backing vocals
Alicia Vigil – bass, backing vocals
Gee Anzalone – drums, backing vocals


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