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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloria Perpetua!
This album is, as usual for Luca Turilli, outstanding. Naff press in some parts? who cares? They haven't a clue anyway. We have our own minds and ears. use em. and listen. and enjoy.
yes there are some dodgy moments (a baby crying?! aaghh!) but it fits into the legend! if you like a wee story, soaring vocals, big fast guitars n bass, mental drumming, that...
Published on 12 Aug 2003 by McMoo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Rhapsody but sci-fi?
Luca Turilli is back with another solo effort! But while Kings of Nordic Twilight was basically another Rhapsody album with Olay Heyer, Prophet of the Last Eclipse (where does he pull these album title's from) takes a slighly different route. Ok ok, it's still symphonic power metal, but Luca has traded his lutes, harpsicords and reniesseance gear for some space age...
Published on 1 Jun 2010 by Hedon


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloria Perpetua!, 12 Aug 2003
This album is, as usual for Luca Turilli, outstanding. Naff press in some parts? who cares? They haven't a clue anyway. We have our own minds and ears. use em. and listen. and enjoy.
yes there are some dodgy moments (a baby crying?! aaghh!) but it fits into the legend! if you like a wee story, soaring vocals, big fast guitars n bass, mental drumming, that 'space element' noted on another reivew here, and the usual slow heart-felt vocal track this is the album for you. oh yes it is. buy it. dont argue! do it now. gloria perpetmoo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic follow-up from Luca Turilli !!, 9 Dec 2002
For me this is THE metal album of 2002 ! Luca Turilli has refined his style from the last album and actually takes quite a few chances with this album. Not that you won't recognize the Turilli / Rhapsody sound. It's just even more melodic and introduces a number of new (actually classical) instruments. - The music is catchy, melodic, furious and powerful all at the same time. - Standout tracks for me : 'The Age of Mystic Ice', 'Prince of the Starlight', 'Demonheart', 'New Century's Tarantella' (very cool ethnic sound), and the absolutely magnificent closer 'Prophet of the Last Eclipse'.
Recommended to Turilli, Rhapsody, Therion, Nightwish, and non-metal folk who are into soundtracks and classical music. Give this cd a try. I'm sure you won't regret it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prophet of the last Eclipse, 14 July 2013
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This is another one of those albums that is just so good that I bought the CD the vinyl and the single! Luca Turilli really is a genius with music and this album just proves it. It contains two of my all time favourite songs, Rider of the Astral Fire and Prince of the Starlight. The album is a concept album, set on the planet Zaephyr, and tells of a love story and the destruction of the planet. I love the space inspired music throughout. I thoroughly recommend this album as it is epic, and beautiful and Olaf Hayer is an amazing singer!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rhapsody but sci-fi?, 1 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Prophet of the Last Eclipse (Ltd Edition) (Audio CD)
Luca Turilli is back with another solo effort! But while Kings of Nordic Twilight was basically another Rhapsody album with Olay Heyer, Prophet of the Last Eclipse (where does he pull these album title's from) takes a slighly different route. Ok ok, it's still symphonic power metal, but Luca has traded his lutes, harpsicords and reniesseance gear for some space age synths, electronica and plenty of sci-fi beeping and SNES-ish bleeping.

Now, it might sound like the new electronic elements are just new bells and whistles on the same of Turilli trademark sounds, but it actually results in quite a new and bold sound, as these elements are really deeply imbedded in the songwriting rather then just being thrown on top. As you might expect, the keyboards are really in the fore while the guitar holds the rythym, although we do get some ripping solos every now and again. There's also a bit of a Danny Elfman vibe on a lot of the tracks, like the female oooh oohh ohh -ing on War of the Universe and Rider of Astral Fire. Olay Heyer gives another great vocal perforance (sometimes i wonder if he was actually cloned from Michael Kiske) and Robert Hunecke-Rizzo and Sascha Paeth do a good if not spectacular job holding up the rythym section. As you would expect, there's plenty of fast, double-bass driven numbers with cheese-tasmic choruses (Rider of Astral Fire, Prince of Starlight, Demonheart etc) but we also get that necessary variation with the spooky instrumental Zeaphr Skies Theme, the ridiculously OTT Queen inspired ballad Timeless Oceans and the bizzare pan pipe and accordian extravaganza that is New Century's Tarantella. As with most of Turilli's projects, the best tracks are the long, drawn out prog affairs - the title track hits about 12 minutes of pure epic nonsense and does not dissapoint.

While it might not sound like much, trading the Tolkien-esque style of Kings of Nordic Twilight for pulp sci-fi and super metroid electronics, I think the change is really a breath of fresh air for the genre and Luca Turilli's projects. If you like Rhapsody and don't mind dropping the D&D trappings, you'll propably like this. I certainly did.
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