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Rain of a Thousand Flames

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The content of "Rain Of A Thousand Flames" prepares the way for the fourth and last part of the 'Emerald Sword saga' which will be released in early 2002. Worth a special mention is the fact that Rhapsody have never before integrated the sounds of their native tongue, Italian, into the songs. “The beautiful sound of Italian really suits this kind of music and apart from that, we could of course express our feelings better in our native language,” Turilli explains and promised that the band will be setting off on an extensive European tour in spring 2002. Besides the regular CD version, "Rain Of A Thousand Flames" is also available as a limited digipak including an MPEG video of the title track, as well as a picture LP with poster.

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„For us, "Rain Of A Thousand Flames" is the perfect balance between the aggressiveness of "Dawn Of Victory", the symphonic elements of "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands" and all the important components of the ´Hollywood Metal` which we created,“ Luca Turilli characterizes the new songs. „The idea of giving the fans a little present between two regular albums had been in our minds for quite a time. But we wanted to offer them something very special and not just one new song plus a couple of others they already know. That's why we recorded completely new songs, two of which have truly epic lengths. These two tracks are ´Queen Of The Dark Horizons` and ´Rhymes Of A Tragic Poem - The Gothic Saga` with playing times of over thirteen and twenty-three minutes respectively. With ´Queens Of The Dark Horizons` Rhapsody touch on the main theme of the soundtrack of Dario Argento's cinema thriller, ´Phenomena` and, in ´The Wizard´s Last Rhymes` they worked with the characteristic, moving passages from Antonin Dvoráks ´Symphony Of The New World`. All in all it's an impressive piece of music that the band has produced in the Wolfsburg Gate and Pathway Studios under the guidance of Sascha Paeth.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lmp
  • ASIN: B00005QKB5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on December 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
i have been waiting for months for this so called MINI album. i had mixed feelings about it becuase the previous albums were so damn good. i needn't have worried! This may be a mini album, but its content is beyond words. It is bigger than big, it is truly epic. I'm not a particularly emotional person, but midway through the inspirational 'Wizard's Last Rhymes' i actually shed a tear. How do they do it? it's a beautiful marriage of operatic influences, classic orchestral sounds, and brilliantly crafted metal, all combined to make a a trully epic piece of work. As i write this i am thinking maybe i am over stating things a bit - hell no. the fact is, i have enjoyed all kinds of metal and rock for a decade and a half. But this is mesmarising. Damn, damn, damn this is so hot i've burnt my fingers just putting the cd into my machine. From the opening track 'rain of a thousand flames' to the superb full length 'Queen of dark horizons'.From the catchy irish influenced 'magic valley' to the simply too short (10 mins is just not enough) grand finale of the 'Wizards last rhymes', this is what music was invented for. Bring it on, please, we need more Rhapsody. Hale Rhapsody.
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Rain of a Thousand Flames is a "mini-album" released between the Rhapsody's full-length third and fourth albums. It has 42 minutes of new music, including two very epic songs (epic even by Rhapsody's standards). For those who don't already enjoy Rhapsody, you should pass this one by. But for those of us who have a place in our hearts for this band's cheesy-but-exciting brand of symphonic power metal, Rain of a Thousand Flames is a must-have. All in all, it combines some of Dawn of Victory's straightforward metal approach with the more soundtrack-ish symphonic qualities of Symphony of Enchanted Lands. If it hints at what the fourth album will sound like, it should be quite good.
This release's centerpiece is the 20-minute, four-part suite "Rhymes of a Tragic Poem - The Gothic Saga." The first part, "Tears of a Dying Angel," is full of glorified symphonic bombast. Most of the vocal portion is taken up by the band's supremely campy narrator. Unfortunately, there isn't that much singing. The music is pretty intense though, so it's not bad. Part 2, "Elnor's Magic Valley," is a great little Celtic piece with solo violin. The end is best, with the 10-minute "The Wizard's Last Rhymes." Some great, melodic soloing from Turilli and Staropoli; Alessandro Lotta even plays a bass solo; good symphonic interludes.
"Queen of Dark Horizons" is quite possibly the band's best song. Reaching nearly 14 minutes in length, it brings forth everything I like about this band: soaring choruses with choirs, big hooks, heroic melodies, and intense power metal with a polished symphonic backdrop. Near the beginning, a female soprano sings the wordless main melody...very pretty. The chorus is HUGE, fixed to a memorable melody and backed by a tremendous choir.
The title track is average Rhapsody fare, and "Deadly Omen" is a symphonic instrumental with pianos and violins (pretty good, but short).
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I do agree that Rhapsody should hire someone else to do the narration--perhaps someone like Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden or Russell Allen from Symphony X (just listen to Russell's narration at the beginning of "King of Terror" on The Odyssey album).
By the way, Christopher Lee, The Lord of the Ring's Saruman, will be doing narration on the forthcoming mini-album, "The Dark Secret" (May 24th), as well as the full length album due to be released in September, '04.
But come on, no one can claim these guys to be less than adequate musicians and actually back it up with solid info. But I suppose it's all personal opinion . . . so why even argue about it? Basically, if you like this type of music, then you'll enjoy this album--
which by the way, is not intended to be a full length album (so there's no cause for complaint there)!!!
Also, let's please not criticise bands for labels placed on them by other entities, or for that matter, even the labels they give themselves! Just listen to the music as it is, and enjoy the beauty of it. Music is a personal endeavour, so everyone is going to view it in a personal way. Who are we to judge another's view on music, especially when it's the artist's own point of view!?!
Bottom line, if you enjoy Rhapsody's other work, then buy this album. It is full of their usual powerful content, id est, beautiful vocals, tight musicianship, and though at times cheesy, Luca Turilli's on going saga of the struggle between good & evil entities of his fantasy world. The masterpiece on this album is "Queen of the Dark Horizons" (more than 13 minutes). Also to be praised is "The Wizard's Last Rhymes" (more than 10 minutes), full of epic flavor and even a solo from Lotta.
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I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes Symphony X, Ayreon, Stratovarius (especially) due to the utter glory of their skill and creativity and their ability to play with power and passion.
The best song is The Wizard's Last Rhymes. It was totally based on Dvorak's New World symphony. If my memory serves me, they are using movement 3 or 4 almost note-by-note, but adding that power that only Rhapsody can.
Everything on here is so good! My second favorite is Queen of The Dark Horizons. Good, good stuff there. Buy this album! You will not be disapointed.
If this means anything, these guys are inspired by movie scores. Think John Williams meets fantasy metal. You would have a good understanding of what's going on.
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