on 4 October 2006
i think all the other reviewers have definetly got it right with this one.
we seem to have lost metal recently in the whole fad of metalcore bands. a couple of years ago metalcore was a breath of fresh air to the genre, but now its really stagnant with millions of bands playing the same rip off At The Gates riffs, the same chugga chugg breakdowns, cookie monster vocals and camp emo choruses. Rhapsody are hear to bring back good old pure metal
Dawn of Victory is probably the best album from Rhapsody. they just got everything so damn right on this cd, the metal, the shredding tremelo picking, the operatic vocals, the orchestra, the voilins, the double bass drumming - it all just seems to fit in PERFECTLY and balance everything else out.
there's alot more focus on guitars then on 'Symphany of Enchanted Lands' with some of the best chunky riffs and intricate leads the band has ever done, and it just seems that wee bit heavier and (some how) more epic then their previous efforts that pushes this into the realm of all time great metal albumns. kicks off with the rip roaring 'Dawn of Victory' and the fast but melodic 'Truimph of my Holy Steel'. this cd doesn't let up its assualt for one second. there's also the brooding 'dragor' and the jaunty folk song 'village of dwarves' for a bit of variety. 'Holy Thunderforce' is easily one of their best. you won't be dissapointed by the final track which, in true Rhapsody style, goes on for almost 10 mintues and has about 5 different parts
This cd is up there with albums like Blind Guardian's 'nightfall in Middle Earth', Dragonforces 'sonic firestorm' or 'powerslave' by Iron Maiden. i cannot recommend it enough. go by it now and lose yourself in this fantastic metal
on 12 November 2000
The first thing to hit you is the epic choir on the first track, and as usual delivers its mighty intro to the first song, which on the last two rhapsody album has been a fast speed metal riff, well i must say that this one (dawn of victory) doesnt dissapoint in the slightest, being melodic and fast. I can honestly all the other songs are brilliant, the 3rd song has an excellent middle part, and the fourth song village of the dawarves is a good pounding folky song, with a classiac bagpipe intro to it. The single Holy Thunder force is one of the best songs on the album, and the last song the mighty ride of the fire lord is a stunning ten minute masterpiece where you hear the line from the first song (the choirs) with an excellent drum beat behind it. As for the singing, well you get a dose of some of the finest you will hear, fabio lione, with his excellent vocal range, he might get some of the pronociation wrong sometimes, but his voice is perfect for the style of music. Overall this album is just as epic as the last, also the story behind the lyrics is far more deep than the last one. The inlay booklet that you get with the cd is stunning as well with loads of storyies in it and excellent photographs, but i must say that the bearded fellow, Aresius looks very suspicios, but gives a great feel to it, you can tell that an enormas amount of effort has been put into this album, Go ahead, buy it, really you wont be dissapointed
on 31 May 2001
Bombastic and dramatic, and by turns intensely classical and shreddingly metallic, Dawn Of Victory is a timely reminder that heavy rock is about Wide Screen Baroque. Forget the whiny trends of Brit Indiepop, this is a fullon cavalry charge that tramples all in its path, and also has a fine sense of humour (at least that`s the way I see it). Far more accessible and purposely OTT that Manowar ever were, Rhapsody manage to achieve levels of powerful music seldom reached by others. Brilliant, get it.
on 18 May 2001
What an ablbum !!!!! Epic from begining to end, One classic metal anthem after another and all infused with other musical genres (classical , folk & movie soundtracks). It doesn't get any better than this (except maybe their next release). If you love metal you'll love this a must have for your collection Definately the greatest Italian band ever and will be thought of as one of metals greats . Oh buy Luca Truilli's solo album too (and the first 2 Rhapsody albums of course)
on 13 January 2002
Much has been said about Rhapsody's subject matter but personally I feel that many are missing the point; this band compose choral and instrumental pieces as good as, if not better, than Vangelis and Carlorf; this is no joke. The songs all feature the same incredibly high standard of arrangements, a full orchestra mixed with a metal band seamlessly, better than anyone has accomplished so far. Take a risk on this album and forget the subject matter, Manowar destroyed their work with stupid lyrics but Rhapsody avoid this very well.
on 5 May 2009
Rhapsody (of Fire) is a well-acknowledged symphonic power metal band among the fans of this genre. They are an Italian band combining the classical renaissance tunes from the keys of Alex Staropoli and the wildest guitar melodies from Luca Turilli. Also the vocal (Fabio Lione) and drums are great and very symphonic and powerful...
I can say that all the albums of Rhapsody are very good but this one is the climax of their performance and a masterpiece of the genre! "Holy Thunderforce", "Village of Dwarves" and "Bloody Rage of the Titans" are my favourites.
This album is a "must have" for all kinds of metal fans as well as classical music lovers...