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.
1.Dark Frozen World
2.Sea of Fate
4.Reign of Terror
5.Danza di Fuoco e Ghiacciothe
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)