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Rhapsody Of Fire

Release Year: 2006

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Release on Sept 2006
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 8/15/2006 12:00:00 AM
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  1. Dar-Kunor:
    1. Echoes From The Elvish Woods
    2. Fear Of The Dungeons
  2. Triumph Or Agony
  3. Heart Of The Darklands
  4. Old Age Of Wonders
  5. The Myth Of The Holy Sword
  6. Il Canto Del Vento
  7. Silent Dream
  8. Bloody Red Dungeons
  9. Son Of Pain
  10. The Mystic Pophecy Of The Demon Knight:
    1. A New Saga Begins
    2. Through The Portals Of Agony
    3. The Black Order
    4. Nekron's Bloody Rhymes V. Escape From Horror
  11. Dark Reign Of Fire:
    1. Winter Dawn's Theme
    Bonus Tracks on Limited Edition Digipack:
  12. Defenders Of Gaia
  13. A New Saga Begins (Radio Edit)
Fabio Lione
Luca Turilli
Alex Staropoli
Patrice Guers
Alex Holzwarth
    Dominique Levrquin
    Christopher Lee, Toby Eddington, Stash Kirkbride, Christina Lee, Marcus D'Amico, Simon Fielding, Susannah York
    The Bohusiav Philamonic Orchestra
    The Bmc Academy Choir
    The Opera Choir (Bridget Fogle, Previn Moore)
    The Epic Choir (Thomas Rettke, Miro Rodenberg, Robert Hunecke-Rizzo, Olaf Hayer, Cinzia Rizzo)
    The Baroque Ensemble (Stefan Horz, Soeren Leupoid, Paulina van Laathoven)
    Cinzia Rizzo
    Baroque recorder and Traverse Flute

Reviewed by Tina on 24 Dec 2006

This is the first album released under Rhapsody of Fire's name change but the music remains the same as ever.

This album continues the Dark Secret saga with the help of an orchestra, two or three choirs, a baroque ensemble, a soprano.... you get the idea, its an epical album (for me at least). Those unhappy with the high level of narration on the previous albums (specifically The Dark Secret) maybe relieved to hear that this album contains much less. I think this is a big improvement. Christopher Lee certainly adds to both albums but I buy the albums for the music and that is what I prefer to hear. The narration appears on the final two tracks alone, one being the major one (Mystic Prophecy).

The music is typical Rhapsody; powerful progressive metal with a keys/orchestral focus. I think the lead guitar features less than usual which would be my only criticism. However, I don't think Rhapsody have ever been a shredders band. The album does have some lighter moments, specifically with the track Age of Wonders with an acoustic style guitar. There are a couple of ballads, notably Il Canto which is the only track with Italian lyrics and has some great singing in it.

I think this is Rhapsody at their best and the album offers just about everything I could want.