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Turilli, Luca: The Infinite Wonders of Creation

Rhapsody frontman Luca Turilli decided to pursue a solo career back in 1999 when he released the highly accomplished King of the Nordic Twilight, the first part of a trilogy. Turilli followed it up with Prophet of the Last Eclipse, which was particularly well received in Germany. And now, the third and final part of his trilogy has arrived, The Infinite Wonders of Creation. This album marks Turilli adding one male and one female singer to his lineup.

Joining Turilli are male and female vocalists (whose names are unfortunately not mentioned in the liner notes), and guest musicians that play drums, guitars, bass, and even the flute, in order to help create the sounds Luca Turilli had envisioned before he started writing this album. Considering this album is the medium for Turilli to showcase his talents on keyboards and guitars, he doesn't hesitate to pull darker and more gothic-style atmospheric sounds out of his instrument, lending pieces like "Altitudes", a cinematic and dreamy aura. Add to this wonderfully-sung operatic vocals by a slightly Italian-accented lady, and huge symphonic textures. This isn't to say the album lacks the mandatory crunch and heaviness of symphonic power metal: "Mother Nature", begins with agile synth work, huge waves of melody, slowly rising drumming, and excellent female vocals that precede hard-hitting power chords and even a brief lead guitar solo. Bear in mind though that Lost Horizons is not meant to be Rhapsody in disguise. Therefore the guitar playing on the album isn't as highlighted and extensive on Turilli's main band. Rather, the huge riffs are there to provide contrast and dynamics. With that mentioned, fans of Turilli's distinct power metal side will be pleased when they hear the catchy title track, sung by classic power metal vocals (with only few supporting female harmonies), big double-bass drums, and speedy guitar riffing. Add to this the electronic keyboard sequincing and rich synth layers that distinguish the piece from the Rhapsody repertoire.

On the slower, more ballady songs, such as the piano-driven "Silver Moon", the female soprano vocals may remind some of Nightwish, with a less operatic singer. The song has a full sound, enriched with clever orchestrations and an intense emotional scope. "Angels of the Winter Dawn" is another cool song, beginning with folky flute sounds and heavy guitar breaks. There are both male and female vocals on this track, exchanging verses and soaring during the chorus. Turilli gets to show his respect to his influences Chopin and Scriabin during a beautiful piano here as well. More electronica is available on "Cosmic Revelation", a number reminiscent of Wishmaster period Nightwish, except that this track has a more epic aspect to it; while traces of film score can be detected in the Middle Eastern intro of "Pyramids and Stargates".

While The Infinite Wonders of Creation might highly please most Rhapsody fans, I feel it's far from being original or too different from Luca Turilli's other projects. Also, it's a shame that the packaging of the album totally ignores the other musicians and puts the limelight solely on Turilli. Still, power metal fans who aren't too interested in originality but moreso energetic, pumping melodic metal marked by symphonic soundscapes should enjoy this disc immensely.

Track Listing

  1. Secrets of Forgotten Ages
  2. Mother Nature
  3. Angels of the Winter Dawn
  4. Altitudes
  5. The Miracle of Life
  6. Silver Moon
  7. Cosmic Revelation
  8. Pyramids and Stargates
  9. Mystic and Divine
  10. The Infinite Wonders of Creation

Added: September 26th 2006
Reviewer: Murat Batmaz
Related Link: Luca Turilli website
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Language: english

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Turilli, Luca: The Infinite Wonders of Creation
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-09-26 17:28:50
My Score:

Not only is guitarist Luca Turilli a shredder of some repute for the Mighty Rhapsody (now referred to as Rhapsody Of Fire), but he is also a stellar keyboardist. Infinite Wonders Of Creation is the musician's third solo outing and is considered the end of his epic trilogy, which was begun with the album King Of the Nordic Twilight and continued into Prophet Of The Last Eclipse. I admit that I did not hear those other releases but saw some favorable copy on them which made me eager to absorb this one and sadly I cannot say that this impressed me all that much. There are no real similarities to Rhapsody on this release and perhaps this was done to keep his main band fresh and exciting yet I feel by not offering his fans technical displays of shredding thunder that he has cheated the same fans who might have forgiven some reference to the band. "IWOC" does have a lot of nice sounding music on it, but it is not truly heavy to any blistering extent. If you were a listener expecting supremely powerful metal then keep moving on this one. Joining Turilli on the recording would be the same performers that featured on the songs of his two previous efforts; Olaf Hayer (vocals), Sascha Paeth (bass), Robert Hunecke-Rizzo (drums) and Bridget Fogle (female vocalist). Collectively there is a tightness of the players and the operatic vocals by Ms. Fogle are amazing to listen to and perhaps could appeal to those who enjoy bands like Nightwish. They should be aware that the release does not hit you like a Nightwish record as far as delivery is concerned.

Turilli is also the primary focus of the provided booklet and that is to be expected since this is an extension of his solo work - and despite my misgivings on the album there are some fine moments to enjoy. I did like "Silver Moon" and "Mother Nature" as they have the most potential for remembrance on the album. The experimental and atmospheric Hard Rock release is better sampled before purchased because I feel that while it might appeal to some there are more that will feel let down by its contents.

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