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Frozen Tears of Angels
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This is one of the those albums that you put in and have to listen to in its correct order, much like most other Rhapsody albums. Unlike other Rhapsody of Fire albums, it does not have an obvious "Glorious Fanfare" song that characterized their sound for many fans, such as Emerald Sword, Wisdom of the Kings, or Power of the Dragonflame. It is different from previous titles, focusing more on a guitar-oriented sound with occasional symphonic backing rather than relying heavy on the symphonic parts. This makes it the band's most technically intense album to date. I'll admit my first time through, I would have given this only four stars, but after listening to it at greater length, the depth and musicianship in the songs really comes through. Every member of the band is showcased in some way, and the solo in "On the Way to Ainor" is probably Turilli's best playing to date.
The US release had two bonus tracks, a purely instrumental track called "Labyrinth of Madness" that blew me away, even the first time, and a re-recording of the second track, "Sea of Fate" slowed down and made into a ballad which Fabio Lione delivers better than any of his previous works and is my favorite Rhapsody ballad to date.
Overall, it's a spectacular album that, while it may take a while to grow on you, certainly deserves a spot in your collection. 5/5
When we last heard of the quest of our heroes, they had found the black book written with the blood of angels which contains "The dark secret", an evil prophesy, and things seemed to be going rather well. Fortunately, this is not in fact the case, and the story must continue. The baddies here are the Disciples of the Black Order, who would very much like to get hold of the book and release Nekron's evil, which it contains. The antidote to all this turns out to be, wait for it, a white book(!) written by goodie Erian. Unfortunately, that book is not to hand, and hence another quest must be undertaken to get hold of it before the bad guys.
Christopher Lee once again returns as narrator, the sleeve notes even containing a "costume credit" for him. He is joined by a number of other actors, including a return of the lovely Susannah York, who sadly died as I was writing this review in January 2011, playing Elion. While Lucca Turilli and Alex Staropoli dominate the song writing as usual, Fabio Lione also gets a credit this time.
Musically, the time between the last release and this has been put to good use, the songs here being notably stronger than those on "Triumph or agony".Read more ›
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May be my #1 favorite Rhapsody album. No lapses in quality and contains 3 of the best songs they've ever done: "Sea of Fate," "Reign of Terror," and "Raging... Read morePublished 1 month ago by O. Albretsen
like anything this extriodnairy group releases is purchase worthy especially 2.99 ,the music is of a neo classical variety, and vocals are layered with a beautiful layered falcetto... Read morePublished 2 months ago by HUCKABEE/JCA
I listen to a lot of Metal. Just not big on the Orchestral stuff going on these days. I'm not really a big fan of the whole Lord of the Rings/Dungeons and Dragons type stuff either... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Ben Tish
Ah, another album by Rhapsody, another chapter of Luca Turilli's version of Middle Earth. Not bad at all, but for such a great performer and composer, this just repetitive and... Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Kevin Nazario Bartolomei
Great stuff as usual, but it felt a little rushed. I am happy to hear something from them as it had been five years.Published on May 28, 2011 by Keith E. Taylor II
This album is pretty much the exact same as all the others. Yes, itfs quite epic. Yes, metalfs favorite octogenarian, Christopher Lee, provides narration. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Timmortal