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nerd music at its best
on 17 September 2006
what can i say, wow, this is awesome. Combining power metal and ochestral music like never before, Rhapsody have created a truly epic, thrilling sound. there's no real good way to describe it, you just need to hear this album. kind of like the lord of the rings soundtrack if you added a 6 piece metal band and some Bruce Dickenson esque vocals. There's some great fast tracks like 'emerald sword' and 'wisdom of the kings' that have these old skool galloping verses and break into epic mutli layer choruses that really get your blood pumping before breaking into some full blown symphony stuff. there's also some celtic jig stuff and the fantastic title track, with 14 minutes of prog medieval metal greatness. we're deep in nerd territory. songs about magic swords, dragons and dark lords. while i don't mind being a nerd alot of the 'cool metal goth emo post-metalcore poser' people won't like this
all the better i say. metal isn't ment to be about getting dumped by your girlfriend.
as you can tell, i love this band
but there's a few things which hold it back from being a classic. for one, i think that they got the balance a bit wrong and its a tad too high on orchestra and a tad short on metal. also, the overblown american narrator gets really annoying. But Rhapsody are great and this cd is a good way to introduce yourself to their sound.