Ascending To Infinity
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always been a fan of Luca Turilli's work, and this first album by his new band is a masterpiece! Highly recommended.Published 14 months ago by Jolene M. Williams
This album is quiet unique the singer's vocals are better never really cared for the singer do to him being from Rhapsody of Fire cause I have never ever liked that group I found... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Warren
Mixing Italian opera with epic metal, Luca Turilli has created an unstoppable force of epicness, which grinds other, lesser musics beneath it's colossal ironshod bootheel! Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by R. Herring
This album is a masterpiece fro Rhapsody, thier best album to date, really love it from beginning to end, if you like power symphonic metal, you will love this.Published on February 22, 2013 by Carlos.
He is one of a kind composer and musician. The new album is fantastic. I just can't wait to see them personally!Published on November 24, 2012 by Fischer Erik
I really dont understand why all people totally love this one, I think its one of the most boring things I have ever heard. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Robin
Is this a Rhapsody album or a Luca Turilli album? These two names have become so synonymous over the years as to be virtually inseparable. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by hr
Fans of Luca and Rhapsody of fire will be happy to know that this solo album has all of what you know and love from this artist, from frantic fret work to soaring symphonic sounds,... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Grinsom