Late this summer Dragonforce released its first-ever hits compilation for the masses in the form of Killer Elite: The Hits, The Highs, The Vids. The British power metal outfit’s first-ever attempt at a hits compilation is in fact a “killer” collection. That is due in part to its featured songs. That will be discussed shortly. Just as important to note as the songs in this compilation is the way in which the songs are presented. Those who haven’t yet picked up this record don’t understand right now, so it will be discussed later. Last and most definitely not least of note in this collection’s presentation is its bonus DVD. It rounds out the collection’s most important elements. Each element is clearly important in its own right to the collection’s overall presentation. All things considered, Killer Elite: The Hits, The Highs, The Vids proves to in fact be a killer first effort at a hits collection for Dragonforce.
Dragonforce’s first attempt lives up to its title. It is in fact a killer collection. That is due in no small part to the record’s featured songs. The 2-disc, 22-song collection pulls songs from each of its six current full-length studio recordings. The most heavily represented of those albums is the band’s 2004 sophomore record Sonic Firestorm. ‘My Spirit Will Go On’ is pulled from that album as are ‘Fury of the Storm,’ ‘Fields of Despair,’ ‘Dawn Over A New World,’ and ‘Soldiers of the Wasteland.’ Valley of the Damned, the band’s 2003 debut album is the next most heavily represented of the band’s albums here. It is represented by four songs – ‘Black Fire,’ ‘Valley of the Damned,’ ‘Starfire’ and ‘Heart of a Dragon.’ The Power Within (2012) also sees four of its songs included in this collection while Inhuman Rampage (2006), Ultra Beatdown (2008) and Maximum Overload (2014) are each represented by three songs. What all of this says to the band’s fans is not only is this a thorough collection of Dragonforce’s songs, but it is also a relatively well-balanced collection of songs, too. This is just one of the collection’s most important elements. The presentation of the songs themselves is just as important to note as the songs themselves.
The songs that make up the body of Killer Elite: The Hits, The Highs, The Vids are collectively the foundation for the collection’s presentation. They are pulled from all six of the band’s current full-length studio recordings. What’s more, when one examines them closely, the full sequencing balances the albums’ representations relatively well. That is just one of the collection’s most important elements. The songs’ presentation is another key piece of the record’s presentation. This might sound confusing to some. To clarify it, not all of the songs that are presented in this album are studio tracks, even though they are songs pulled from the band’s albums. Some of the songs featured in this record are live performances of said songs instead of being purely studio songs and others are remastered versions of said songs, meaning they sound even better than the songs’ original recordings. In other words, this hits collection isn’t just a random grouping of singles. That is a breath of fresh air. It is a career-spanning collection that also takes audiences into the band’s live shows even if only a little bit through its 2-CD set. This enhances the overall listening experience for fans even more. Of course, the band goes above and beyond providing not only a listening experience for fans in its first-ever hits collection. It also included a DVD featuring a handful of music videos in the record’s extended 2-CD/DVD set. That DVD rounds out the record’s most important elements.
The songs presented in Dragonforce’s first-ever hits collection and the manner in which they are presented are both key elements to this collection’s presentation. While both elements are clearly important in their own way to the collection’s presentation, they are not its only key elements. Included along with the record’s 2-disc, 22-song audio collection – which spans two and a half hours – is a bonus DVD featuring eight music videos from the band. It is especially encouraged for fans who might be unfamiliar with the band’s videos as a way to introduce them to the band’s music without having to go through YouTube or other outlets. For the band’s more seasoned fans, it proves to be just as enjoyable while they wait for the band to release its next album and accompanying videos. When this is considered along with the collection’s songs and their presentation, the end result is a collection that is, again, a killer first attempt at a hits collection from Dragonforce.
Killer Elite: The Hits, The Highs, The Vids lives up to its title in a manner of speaking. It is a killer first try at a hits collection from the band. That is due in part to the collection’s career-spanning sequencing. The songs’ presentation includes not just studio songs, but live and remastered tracks, too. That enhances the package’s presentation even more. The bonus DVD included the collection’s exclusive 2-CD/DVD combo pack rounds out its most important elements. It serves as a solid introduction to the band’s music for new fans that doesn’t require them to go online and an equally enjoyable collection of performances for more seasoned fans, too. Each element is important in its own right. That goes without saying. All things considered, they make Killer Elite: The Hits, The Highs, The Vids a truly killer first hits collection from one of power metal’s most outstanding acts. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this collection is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
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