Last year, Rhapsody of Fire announced they were to split and that Alex Staropoli would continue under the Rhapsody of fire name, while Luca Turilli would be forming a band under the Rhapsody name. Rhapsody was the original name for Rhapsody of fire until legal issues forced the name change, so for Luca Turilli the new band is a return to the Rhapsody name.
The split was announced in August 2011 and Luca spent the next few months writing the debut Rhapsody album, and the results are here - and what an album it is.
Brief comments on a couple of tracks..
Title track "Ascending to infinity" starts with plenty of guitars, and is a great power metal song. The choral backing vocals plus the orchestra give it a very rich sound but don't detract from the fact that this is primarily a guitar driven track.
The final track on the album, "Of Michael the archangel and Lucifers fall" is a sixteen minute epic of a track that feels like a mini album all of its own. It's a fantastic song, but then again so is the whole album.
The sound is epic - it's got a real movie soundtrack feel with its powerful orchestral sound, and the blending of this with the metal sound works superbly well - its an album that all Nightwish fans really need to listen to as there is a lot in common musically between the two bands.
An excellent album that will appeal not only to fans of Rhapsody in fire, but also to Nightwish fans.
1. Quantum X
2. Ascending To Infinity
3. Dante's Inferno
5. Tormento E Passione
6. Dark Fate Of Atlantis
8. Clash Of The Titans
9. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifers Fall