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Rhapsody are back with some extra fire!
on 30 April 2010
Aah! Rhapsody of fire. If ever there was a power release to be strongly looking forward to this surely has to be it, I have been aware of their supreme talent since being introduced to the dramatic "Power of the dragonflame" album by a good old friend a few years ago. Needless to say I was and still am very impressed by the experiance! Rhapsody of fire has always played a far more technically elevated, mature and superior songwriting arrangement then their contemporaries. "The frozen tears of angels" is as good example as any to demonstrate these subtleties. But i kid you not the new album content wise is simply mind-blowing in every sense of the word, and really does mark a gallant and significant comeback achievement which not only leaves it's predecessor firmly in the shade but also rates very well for a contender for their best album as well! Even discounting the always impressive and fantasy familiar Rhapsody cover art.
From the first real track opener 'Sea of fate' the familiar high speed guitar wielding, makes an instant appearance and the grand and epic soundscapes come complete with Fabio leone's great and well suited vocals, whilst slightly veering off to a slightly commercial direction, the song overall instantly delights, is highly memorable and is a great track! 'Reign of terror' is a fantastic seven minute journey from into eerie church sounds and choir chanting to the contrasting hyper speed soloing from Luca Turilli, incredibly watertight songwriting and musicianship make this track alongside the title song some of the best highlights of the album. There is even enough time to squeeze in a short accoustic passage in also. 'Raging starfire' is another superb one which encompasses dramatic and ancient fantasies into the musical soundscapes whilst maintaining a rapid but not a overly supersonic pace. Lost in cold dreams is a slower and digestible sitting, coming as close as it can probably can get to a power metal ballad. The final track is a the last and ambitious 11+ minute display, starting of with ancient sounds and folk talk, (Which may well not have sounded out of place on a the Lord of the rings soundtrack) that is, until the two and a half minute mark is reached, where the music then decends into some incredible guitar flows, riffs and choruses, to ultimately finish up quite nicely on a satisfying finale.
Ultimately what we have here is a truly sublime five star symphonic power metal masterpiece, that should rightly sit right up there with "blind guardian's - Nightfall in middle earth and Hammerfall's - Glory to the brave" I would like to say an automatic metal album of the year, but it is maybe a little too early for such a suggestion yet. Of course to power metal fans i wholeheartedly recommend this album on high merits, to newcomers this could well be a great and unmissable opportunity to catch up with one of the finest power metal bands in the world today on top form, In any case the Digibook edition features extensive liner notes and contains an extra studio track 'The labyrinth of madness' which is rather excellent. So I would probably recommend that edition over the standard jewel case given the small price difference. I would though be very surprised if anyone did not feel even slightly impressed with this opus, "The frozen tears of angels" is a really cracking achievement and further raises the stakes in the power metal genre, it's going to be an interesting year judging by this one!....