And shine they do, with De Micheli, in particular, delivering easily his best performance since returning to the band. All may be considered virtuosos on their respective instruments. Italian symphonic power metal legends Rhapsody of Fire are the latest to fall into this category. It starts off with some blistering lead guitar work, before slowing down and delivering a very nice extended soft section, featuring more very soft vocals as well as the return of medieval folk elements. But as far as this album goes, it's solid stuff, but I know this Rhapsody lineup are capable of better and they don't quite deliver the triumphant conclusion I was hoping for. The excellent performances are even more stellar with the superb production job from Gate-Studios in Wolfsburg, German with Sascha Paeth of Heaven's Gate and Angra fame at the helm. Everything is played right on the nuggets: precise guitars and flabbergasting technique of keyboards too.
It has some heavy, yet melodic guitar work, with slight hints at neoclassical shredding early on, as well as some fun verses, a very epic chorus, featuring heavy use of choirs, and overall it strikes a perfect balance between the metal elements and the symphonic arrangements. What I have always liked about any of the Rhapsody bands, is that they not only have grandiose and almost Wagnerian Ring Cycle ideas, but they like to have the guitars tightly bound together with drums driving it all along. Luca's guitar work is the star of the show once again and the band as a whole invest substantially more passion into their music than was evident on Triumph or Agony. Better in many ways than the debut but a few speed bumps keep it from being perfect as well. Fabio Lione is an amazing singer, and until this album has been the voice of first Rhapsody, and then Rhapsody of Fire, but here Giacomo Voli has taken on the role and it has to be said that he has done a very done job indeed.
Rhapsody of Fire is the new name of Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody. That's what attracted me first, a blend of medieval mood and feisty guitars. Turilli continues to push the whole Hollywood metal style he developed with his former bandmates on the legendary Rhapsody concept albums, but without a cohesive concept to hang the album structure on it feels a little unfocused, and whilst the sound presented is diverse it doesn't always cater to Turilli's talents. Overall this is a great album, and stands well in its own right, as well as an introduction to a band who have been at the forefront of symphonic metal for more than twenty years. In a stark contrast to the tedious wrangling over the Queensryche name, Luca Turilli and his former bandmates in Rhapsody have decided to coexist: the original band will continue under the Rhapsody of Fire name, whilst Luca will produce new music in the Rhapsody style as band leader of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, and both bands will be considered to be official parts of the Rhapsody family. Posted Friday, February 16, 2018 Review 1885906 Troubadours with leather pants When it comes to power metal it's like toilet paper: there are fancier ones but they basically do all the same thing.
The sheer scope of the journey is performed with technical wizardry and easily takes the listener to the epic lands far away from the reality we experience in the here and now. If you like the music, support the bands by buying their albums and merchandising. Despite more emphasis on the power metal, by no means was this at the cost of the symphonic classical elements nor does it mean the folk and other instruments have been diminished one bit. The track begins with more heavy guitar work and epic symphonic arrangements before the music suddenly turns darker and were treated to some very sinister sounding growls, which actually sound pretty awesome. After an extended intro, the track gallops along at a mid-pace for a while, before speeding up for another spectacular chorus, with excellent use of the choirs, as well as more great vocals from Voli.
One of my favorite classical pieces is Antonín Dvořák's symphony 9. Ludicrously over the top, pompously bombastic, cheesy as hell. I go as far as to recommend it and the band to all who enjoy first class musicianship and skillful composition. And, erm, that's about it. About Rhapsody Of Fire Guitarist Luca Turilli and keyboard player Alex Staropoli have been orchestrally arranging albums by this bilingual Italian opera-metal band since 1993.
The band are the very spirit of over-dramatic, flowery, sword and sorcery themed Symphonic Power Metal. It maintains an intense pace throughout its verses and chorus and is amazing throughout but the highlight of the track comes around the halfway point, where De Micheli goes all in with epic neoclassical shredding, and the result is absolutely brilliant. It often feels rather light on Turilli's guitar work, which to me is the main draw for his material. What started as one band has been split in two for quite a while, with guitarist Luca Turilli behind Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, and keyboard player Alex Staropoli leading Rhapsody of Fire. The fast songs will have flutes and acoustic guitars as intros or outros or middle-eights, the slow songs will have orchestral moments or narration at the end, the mid-paced stompers will speed up later on. All the elements have already gelled with the band's vision having been crystal clear by mapping out a complete five part saga for their debut. Apparently the band have decided that this will be the last of their conceptual epics, and perhaps some time backing away from the expectations the Emerald Sword Saga built up will be good for recharging their creative batteries.
Both Starapoli and Turilli trade off with virtuosic neoclassical soloing and Lione delivers a soaring vocal charm that despite being the strongest element of the band's sound somehow fits into the larger scheme of things. To be honest, the only really major departures the Dark Secret Saga albums make compared with the Emerald Sword Saga are as follows: - Christopher Lee narrates the Dark Sword Saga - score one for the Dark Sword Saga. Clearly, the sobbing angels are in their heaven and all's right with Rhapsody again. . Posted Monday, August 6, 2018 Review 1955882 Rhapsody have had an interesting career path, to say the least. This 1998 effort is the second entry in their series of concept albums set in a Lord Of The Rings style fantasy world, continuing the story of their The Emerald Sword Saga.
Objectively this album has ambition. The shred level is off the charts. Posted Thursday, September 5, 2013 Review 1029519 The Frozen Tears of Angels is an exciting return to form for Rhapsody after the slightly bland Triumph or Agony. When I heard Fabio Lione had left Rhapsody, I thought for sure that would be it for me, as I figured there was little chance of the band recovering from losing so many important members, at this point. What started as one band has been split in two for quite a while, with guitarist Luca Turilli behind Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, and keyboard player Alex Staropoli leading Rhapsody of Fire. Here, Alex has taken his band of merry men on a romp through songs from the first five Rhapsody albums, and in case anyone doesn't realise what is going on this selection is named after the debut, 'Legendary Tales'. He has the perfect skill for delivering the immense drama the band have to offer.
The keyboards on the other hand exist in a neo-Baroque universe that compliment the guitar segments but often find moments of expressing unadulterated J. I'm also interested to see what Rhapsody of Fire and Luca Turilli do now they've had their amicable parting of the ways. This may be Alex's band, but he acts more as a conductor and arranger, pulling the musicians in the way that makes total sense to his ears. With Power Metal these things can either be used as insults, or as compliments depending on what you like to listen to. These guys have mastered the art of musical foreplay and climax like few others in the metal world yet deliver all the metal goods in ample doses.