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Rhapsody Of Fire: The Frozen Tears Of Angels

The Italian metal band now known as Rhapsody of Fire (originally called Thundercross, then Rhapsody with their 1997 debut Legendary Tales) are back with their second release since having to change their name for the 2006 album Triumph or Agony. Other events have meant the epic power/symphonic metal band have been quiet for some time, but now once again Rhapsody Of Fire are here to take us far away on another grand adventure as you follow the lyrics, with The Frozen Tears Of Angels, based on the third chapter of their Dark Secret Saga. The artwork is as cool as ever and this album also marks Rhapsody Of Fires first release for Nuclear Blast Records.

So what can I reveal about this new album? Well I wouldn't be exaggerating if I said The Frozen Tears Of Angels was one of Rhapsody Of Fire's finest efforts, and given time it may even be referred to as their best release to date.

There's no doubting the musical talents of one Luca Turilli, he truly is a maestro on the guitar, and Luca's performance on The Frozen Tears Of Angels is amazing, showcasing his incredible speed. On the digipack version there is an instrumental called "Labyrinth of Madness", which will appeal to any admirer of first class guitar shredders. Whilst Luca's guitar is very prominent the input from the rest of the band is also as intense as ever.

The distinct voice of Christopher Lee returns again to commence proceedings, before the wonderful sounds of epic orchestral music come to life. Luca's shredding is introduced on "Sea Of Fate" and Rhapsody Of Fire take off at breakneck speed, though the pace does fluctuate throughout this fine song, I love the keyboard and bass solos, plus Luca's of course. "Crystal Metal" has Rhapsody Of Fire at their speed metal best and in between the two scintillating metal tracks "Reign Of Terror" and "Raging Starfire", Rhapsody Of Fire have included the intriguing folk song "Danza di Fuoco e Ghiacciothe". Title track "The Frozen Tears Of Angels" radiates atmosphere, and would make a fantastic movie score, and Luca's playing is in the spotlight once more displaying his wonderful creativity.

The wait between albums was more than worth it, as The Frozen Tears Of Angels sees Rhapsody Of Fire back in glorious form.


Track list:
1.Dark Frozen World
2.Sea of Fate
3.Crystal Moonlight
4.Reign of Terror
5.Danza di Fuoco e Ghiacciothe
6.Raging Starfire
7.Lost in Cold Dreams
8.On the Way to Ainor
9.The Frozen Tears of Angels
Bonus Tracks (Digipack Version)
10.Labyrinth of Madness
11.Sea of Fate (Orchestral version)

Added: June 13th 2010
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Score:
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2019
Language: english

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Rhapsody Of Fire: The Frozen Tears Of Angels
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-06-13 13:49:55
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Rhapsody of Fire have sure lost a bit of momentum over the years. Sure, when they first hit the scene they were the darlings of power metal, a symphonic, speedy force to be reckoned with that combined all the 'over the top' elements that so many fans love about the genre. After a few sub-par efforts, a battle with their former record label, and being forced to change their name from Rhapsody to Rhapsody of Fire, their career stalled a bit, allowing other acts such as Primal Fear, Kamelot, Symphony X, and Epica to rise to the top of the power metal heap. With the release of The Frozen Tears of Angels, the band is hoping to reclaim their past glory.

It's safe to say that The Frozen Tears of Angels contains some of the best music this band has done in quite some time. Opener "Dark Frozen World/Sea of Fate" is a vibrant & powerful piece, complete with sizzling guitar & keyboard exchanges, soaring vocals, and tight, symphonic arrangements. The epicness continues on "Crystal Moonlight" and "Reign of Terror", each giving guitarist Luca Turilli plenty of room to drop in some amazing shred -o-rama, which he does even more so on the rampaging "Raging Starfire". Of course, the adventurous title track is what the progressive metal fans want to hear, a near 12-minute epic filled with gorgeous keyboard orchestrations, wild guitar work, powerful vocals, and plenty of atmospheric soundscapes.

So, is this the best Rhapsody of Fire yet? I'll let you be the judge, but it's safe to say the band is back and in a big way. I love Christopher Lee as much as the next guy, but there's still a bit too much of his narrations here for my taste. It's a minor quibble though on a very exciting and enjoyable new release from the masters of 'hollywood power metal'.



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