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Rain of a Thousand Flames


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  • Audio CD (November 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lmp
  • ASIN: B00005QKB5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rain Of A Thousand Flames
2. Deadly Omen
3. Queen Of The Dark Horizons Rhymes Of A Tragic Poem – The Gothic Saga:
4. I. Tears Of A Dying Angel
5. II. Elnor's Magic Valley
6. III. The Poem's Evil Page
7. IV. The Wizard's Last Rhymes

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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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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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You would have a good understanding of what's going on.
N. Sager
I just finished watching the video to Rain of a Thousand Flames, and I was stunned from 1 second into the song till the end!!
Paulmeister
The song is very much keyboard driven in that it sets the tone and pace throughout the song.
Alain Fournier

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "rosiepalm" 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alain Fournier on January 14, 2002
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Here's the quick version of this review. If you liked Rhapsody's past albums you are likely to like "Rain of a Thousand Flames". If you were not a fan of Rhapsody in the past this won't change your mind.
First a quick intro for people who are unaware of what Rhapsody are and what they do. Rhapsody are purveyors of music that the band likes to describes as "Epic Hollywood metal ". In lay man term it means a mixture of power metal and classical music a la Hollywood film score. Imagine power metal meets the Gladiator soundtrack. In this release Rhapsody continue telling the story of a struggle of good versus evil in a medieval and magical times that they have elaborated in their three prior CD's and that will end in the forthcoming full length CD. Its Lord of The Rings type of story meets Heavy Metal.
As I alluded to earlier "Rain of a Thousand Flames" is a 7 song mini album, which clocks in at about 41 minutes. For the first time a Rhapsody album does not start off with an instrumental classical piece. We have to wait till track two for this. Instead Rhapsody start with a bang with the up tempo title track. With the exception of its duration "Rain of a Thousand Flames" is pretty much the quintessential Rhapsody song with its strong lead vocals, a chorus, lots of double bass drums, melodious keyboards and a bit of narration thrown in to advance the story. A very strong song to start of the album.
With "Queen of the Dark Horizon" Rhapsody again has managed to come up with a terrific epic song. The song is very much keyboard driven in that it sets the tone and pace throughout the song. Witness the build up at the start of the song , the quiet little piano interlude near the 7:20 mark and the very 70's proggish feel of the keyboards near the 10:20 mark.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on January 11, 2002
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Sager on July 1, 2002
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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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