From the Artist
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.
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.