Fallen World

Album: The Power Within (2012)
  • This is the fastest DragonForce track to date. Speaking in an interview on Roadrunner Records' website, the band's guitarist and songwriter Sam Totman said that before he sets out to write any songs, the first thing he decides in his head is the tempo. He said: "With 'Fallen World,' I was like, let's do a song at 220 bpm. Most of our fast songs are usually 200, so that was the first thing I thought of, was let's do one at 220. We had one other song, a bonus track on Sonic Firestorm called 'Cry of the Brave,' that was 215. So it wasn't so much like, let's be faster than ever before, because I could have done it at 250, but our music doesn't work that way. You've got bands like Slayer who are up at like 230, but I've tried writing songs at that speed and it doesn't really work, for some reason, with the vocal melodies and stuff, but 220 seemed to work quite well. But there was definitely a plan behind it, because it just gives it a bit of a different feel. It's not hugely different, it's only about 20 beats per minute faster, but it's different from the rest of the fast songs."

    DragonForce recorded an even faster track two years later for their Maximum Overload album. "The Game" was recorded at a lightning fast 240bpm.

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