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After 15 years of friendship, hard work, passion fully
invested in the creation of symphonic music, and an epic
saga that will remain embedded in the history of heavy
metal, Rhapsody of Fire keyboard player Alex Staropoli and
guitarist/composer Luca Turilli have decided on an amicable

The result is two new bands, including Rhapsody
AKA Luca Turilli s Rhapsody. For a band who have had so
many name changes throughout their fifteen year history,
this should come as no surprise to their fans. However, the
continued grace, power and symphonic supremacy found
on Ascending to Infinity is anything but expected. In addition
to Luca Turilli, this lineup includes vocalist Alessandro
Conti, guitarist Dominique Leurquin, bassist Patrice Guers
and drummer Alex Holzwarth.

They continue to excel in a genre that is simultaneously
niche and burgeoning, and one that is gaining steam
Statewide, as we ve seen over the last five years power
metal sales. This album will be a welcome addition to any
true metal fan s collection, and a worthy new chapter in
Rhapsody s storied history.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B007XU0N1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael D. Faraone on July 10, 2012
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Wow, ever since breaking free of the contractual limbo they were in with Magic Circle Music Rhapsody have been on a tear, three great albums in as many years and now that Rhapsody has split into 2 bands, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody and Rhapsody of Fire, Luca seems even more driven to see his visions come to fruition and prove that he was the real creative genius behind the music ,... and prove that he does on this album.
He calls it Cinematic metal and that is an apt description for the audial journey he wants to take you on is like looking at a DaVinci painting or watching an epic movie, that is the experience he is trying to create for the ears, and for people like myself that eat this stuff up this is an absolute eargasm.
I was worried who could fill the vocal duties since Fabio has stayed on with RoF, but relative unknown Allesandro Conti is an incredible find and slips into the position without missing a beat.
I like the fact that this is not a concept album like the previous efforts and the subject matter spans everything from the ancient to the modern to the spiritual, mixing musical elements of Cinematic Score,Neo-classical metal, melodic metal, Opera and even a dash of Jazz, and it all meshes incredibly well.
Luca has set the bar high with this release and now I am curious what his former bandmates in RoF can come up with to compete. It's sad to think that this band was once managed by Manowar who almost ruined their careers since any single track off this has more musical diversity, melodies and craftsmanship than the ENTIRETY of the new Lord Of Steel album, and that is not an overstatement, it's like comparing a DaVinci masterpiece to a pre-school finger painting.
Bottom Line: If you like Cinemtaic, Neo-Classical, bombastic and epic metal, you will like this, and If you're already a Rhapsody fan it's a no-brainer purchase.
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I've been listening to Rhapsody since Symphony of Enchanted Lands and am very familiar with all of their albums. Luca's new album is absolutely incredible and perhaps the best Rhapsody album to date (in my honest opinion). The layers of orchestration, piano, keyboards, guitars, and choirs leave the songs so rich that my brain can't process all that is going on in a single listen. Each time I hear something new that I hadn't noticed before. The new singer, Alessandro Conti is more operatic than Fabio and I think fits even better with this style of bombastic epic movie score metal. Everything feels very dense but not in an overly crowded way... it amazes me at how much polyphony can be going on in each song without crossing that tolerable threshold.

On the production side of things, this album is crystal clear and packs a heavy punch. It is not overly compressed and utilizes a wide range of dynamics. Luca's guitar playing, riffs and solos are his best and most inspired work I've heard. You can tell he takes much care and thought into each guitar solo to seemlessly integrate it with the music forming a cohesive composition.

The songwriting is very strong and there are many highly infectious choruses. Some I like more than others, but not one stands out as flat. My current 2 favorites are the opening track "Ascending to Infinity" and "Excalibur."

For me, the only weak point on this album as with any Rhapsody album is the narration. Thankfully, the voice acting is solid and it is not overused...

To summarize, this album feels like Luca Turilli is at the top of his game, right at the peak of his creativity and is his best work to date.
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So, this is my 1st review ever. Thought I'd give a little history first. After exploring the entire Rhapsody of Fire discography, they have become one of my favorite bands ever, some of their best works being Power of the Dragonflame( or pretty much anything from The Emerald Sword Saga ) and Frozen Tears of Angels, IMO ( although all of their albums are amazing ). Been listening to them for a few years now and there are very few bands out there than match the epicness and virtuosity of RoF. A bit fanboyish, I'll admit but anyways, moving on. I'll admit I was a bit nervous when I heard Luca left to form his own version of the band, now known as Luca Turilli's Rhapsody. Seen as a fresh new start for Luca Turilli so he can fufull his musical visions, he most certainly delivers here, delivering some of his best work to date. I've given this album a few spins already and am loving it, and now that I've had some time to let it settle in, I'd put it on the same level as the albums I mentioned above. So how would I describe this album? Well if you're at all familiar with RoF, then you already know what to expect. You've got the neoclassical melodic guitar solos and speedy riffs by Luca, as he delivers some of his best work to date. You've got the latin choirs and the big orchestral sounds, so it doesn't stray too far from the typical Rhapsody sound. But there are a few twists throughout the album, there are a few new things, like some electronic sounds throughout the album and as heard on Quantum X, almost sounds like techno. And on the song Dante's Inferno, there's a part that sounds kind of alien. I cant quite explain it, but it sounds space-y. The beginning of Clash of the Titans has some police sirens at the beginning. Overall it's the same Rhapsody, with a few new tricks.Read more ›
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