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In 1997 a holy thunder rolled through the international metal scene as the Italian metal band Rhapsody released their debut album, Legendary Tales. Incorporating classical music and baroque sounds, they invented a completely new genre, “Film Score Metal”, in which they blended the styles of movie soundtrack composers such as Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and Basil Poledouris with ... Read more in Amazon's Rhapsody of Fire Store

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  • Audio CD (July 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B004WOJ6XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ad Infinitum
2. From Chaos to Eternity
3. Tempesta di Fuoco
4. Ghosts of Forgotten Worlds
5. Anima Perduta
6. Aeons of Raging Darkness
7. I Belong to the Stars
8. Tornado
9. Heroes of the Waterfalls' Kingdom
10. Lo Spirito Della Foresta
11. Realm of Sacred Waterfalls
12. Thanor's Awakening
13. Northern Skies Enflamed
14. The Splendour of Angels' Glory (A Final Revelation)

Editorial Reviews

With their outstanding debut LEGENDARY TALES (1997) they've achieved what only the fewest rock bands can claim: guitarist Luca Turilli, vocalist Fabio Lione and keyboarder Alex Staropli - the regular cast of Rhapsody Of Fire - created their own niche, a very own genre: "Hollywood Metal" or "Film Score Metal". The new opus finalizes the fantasy saga of the emerald sword that has been continued from the debut on for more than 15 years.

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If you enjoy innovative music in general, buy it.
Matt Stoessel
This album is very different using classical styles throughout the music rather than dividing the styles to seperate songs.
jgamerfl
In the month since I purchased this album I have probably listened to it over a hundred times.
Andrew J Werden

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nikiforos V. Skoumas on July 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"From chaos to eternity" is the brand new 8th studio album by the symphonic/neoclassical metal band "Rhapsody of Fire". This review will be naturally looking at the musical aspects of the album while placing emphasis on the features of the limited-edition of the album. "From chaos to eternity" is the 4th and final chapter of the musical "Dark secret saga" which debuted in 2004.

"From Chaos to eternity" finds guitarist Luca Turilli, keyboardist Alex Staropoli, lead singer Fabio Lione, bassist Patrice Guers and drummer Alex Holzwarth joined by new guitarist Tom Hess. Musically the album is a natural continuation of its predecessor "The Frozen Tears of angels"; you can expect ambitious orchestral arrangements, extra-technical yet melodic guitars, extensive instrumental leads, speeding tempos and impeccable vocals, all deriving from a group of undisputed professionals. Once again the album benefits by state of the art production by Sascha Paeth.

Taking a closer look at the compositions, it seems that the progressive elements within the songs have been smoothened, inducing subtle transitions from one tempo to the next and from riff to riff. In addition the album features three songs sung in Italian (in contrast to its predecessor that featured only one). In particular the album includes seven songs plus the 19-minute epic "Heroes of the waterfall's kingdom" divided in five parts.

The limited edition comes in a hard book-like cover with an extensive booklet including a guitar lesson by Turilli for the song "Tornado", retrospective liner notes regarding the "Dark secret saga" by both Alex and Luca. Finally there is a single extra track, a cover version "Flash of the blade" by Bruce Dickinson. Overall the musical aspect of this release indeed matches the high standards of the pioneer Italian band; still it has to be addressed that this pricey limited edition should include more features (perhaps a couple more bonus songs or video clips).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Tañon on July 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Rhapsody of Fire returns with "From Chaos To Eternity". Honestly, I find this album to be a very predictable release for ROF, however that is not necessarily a bad thing. If you are a long time Rhapsody fan you will highly enjoy the same fantastic metal riffs and songwriting that you are used to. The only exceptions here would be Ghosts of Forgotten Worlds and I Belong To The Stars. These songs are quite different from the usual Rhapsody sound...containing a touch of progressive and hard rock elements, Tornado is mostly a regular power metal track, however it does contain a slight twist to the usual Rhapsody sound.

Additionally this album brings the addition of virtuoso guitarist Tom Hess, who has not only replaced their live guitar player but has joined the band as a permanent member. I originally heard Hess play guitar on his guitar lessons website [...], and I was totally taken back by his skills. Needless to say, he brings a lot to the table in ROF with his trademark vibrato and ability to play lightning fast arpeggio lines. For those who have not heard any of his previous material, check out his instrumental album: Opus 2 They could not have chosen a better guitarist for the job!

Overall, great album and essential for any power metal/ Rhapsody fan!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J Werden on September 12, 2011
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In the month since I purchased this album I have probably listened to it over a hundred times. This album has so many different themes and awesome attributes. It takes you on a roller coaster ride of metal awesome, with some epic double bass, guitar shredding, bass solos, and more. If you are even slightly considering buying this, DO IT NOW!
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By Jorge Eduardo Rey on October 10, 2013
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my English is poor but the disc is large, classical music of the 21st century, very very beautiful, with great performers
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On their ninth full-length, Rhapsody Of Fire offer few surprises. Instead, the Italian band seem content to just shell out the good stuff: Epically epic, symphonic power metal, by the barrel full. As with most any release of this kind, it is the guitars are the main attraction, here, by uncorking loads of solos that are just downright terrific. But the keyboardist (Alex Staropoli) and even the bassist (Patrice Guers) also occasionally get in on the action, laying down exceptional solos from time to time. It all makes 2011's "From Chaos To Eternity" a really good melodic/symphonic power metal record.

Highlights on this fine album are not exactly few and/or far between. The set's indisputably biggest highpoint comes in the form of the proper record's closing song, "Heroes Of The Waterfalls' Kingdom." This unbelievably epic number is nearly twenty-whole minutes long, and it has five different parts to it ("The Spirit Of The Forest," "Realm Of Sacred Waterfalls," "Thanor's Awakening," "Northern Skies Enflamed," and "The Splendor Of Angels' Glory -- A Final Revelation"). It begins as a serene and low-key ballad with spoken-word vocals and pretty-sounding acoustic guitar plucking. And this all works its way up to being a mightily soaring power ballad that would make any fan of Iron Maiden blush, and is complete with lots -- and I do mean LOTS -- of infectious guitar shredding (there are numerous spots of delicious melodic soloing and sweep picking present, here.) And this sprawling, yet somehow cohesive piece closes with the ominous sound of some choral-esque chanting.

But with that said, the beginning of the album is also of note. Opener "Ad Infinitum" is a triumphant-sounding symphonic intro track with creepy, foreboding spoken-word narration.
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