See those colored dots? Think about 50 more dots moving at you in warp speed while you try to press the matching colored dot on your double AA battery guitar. You've got Dragonforce fever!
Continuing with a focus on new music this week, here's a band so unreal it's real:
This past Christmas when I got Guitar Hero 3 as a present, it was the first time I had played any game in the Guitar Hero series. My wife and I had a great time rockin' to classic tunes like "Mississippi Queen" and burying Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) in a guitar challenge. When we got to the end of the game, we felt satisfied that we had beaten Slash, Morello and Satan-conquering the world for rock and roll.
So the credits rolled and music played like they do at the end of a lot of video games. But while I watched the credits, I realized something: the game wasn't over. It was a trick, the little multicolored circles that represented notes were still flowing in a pattern that matched the music! I tried to play along but the song was moving too fast for this old man and my awesome plastic hero guitar made those squonk and gurgling noises that happen when you miss the note by a mile. Notes flew through the screen like I was strapped in a jet plane zipping over Skittles colored mountains. There was an insane amount of shredding going on and I had to stop because it was just crazy to try and keep up. I was convinced that this song was made up for this game just to mess with people. Dragonforce? What kind of made up name is that?
While I was reading Jeb's blog a while ago I found out that it was actually a real band that did this song and they really were called Dragonforce. He mentioned they have a new song and album coming with the unfortunate title Ultra Beatdown. So I downloaded the song Through the Fire and Flames from Guitar Hero 3 and have found it's a great song to exercise to (I still can't play it on GH3 though, I'm just too slow). And the video for their new song "Heroes of our Time" gives a second helping of speed-of-light shredding, Viking vocals and pummeling rhythms. Sometimes they riff so fast it sounds like a Pochinko game. Which reminds me, is there a Guitar Hero setting easier than Easy? I still need to finish that song!
Dragonforce "Heroes of Our Time"