Rhapsody Of Fire: Glory For Salvation-2021.

Rhapsody Of Fire:Symphonic Power Metal from Italy.

Discography:

Eternal GloryDemo1995
Hard RockSplit1997 
Legendary TalesFull-length1997
Manowar / Vanden Plas / Symphony X / RhapsodySplit1998 
Emerald SwordSingle1998
Symphony of Enchanted LandsFull-length1998
Holy ThunderforceSingle2000
Dawn of VictoryFull-length2000
Rain of a Thousand FlamesFull-length2001
Power of the DragonflameFull-length2002
Tales from the Emerald Sword SagaCompilation2004
The Dark SecretEP2004
Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark SecretFull-length2004
The Magic of the Wizard’s DreamSingle2005
Live in Canada 2005 – The Dark SecretLive album2006 
A New Saga BeginsSingle2006 
Triumph or AgonyFull-length2006
Demons, Dragons and WarriorsSplit2007 
Visions from the Enchanted LandsVideo2007
The Frozen Tears of AngelsFull-length2010
The Cold Embrace of Fear: A Dark Romantic SymphonyEP2010
Aeons of Raging DarknessSingle2011 
From Chaos to EternityFull-length2011
Live – From Chaos to EternityLive album2013 
Dark Wings of SteelFull-length2013
Live in AtlantaLive album2014 
Shining StarSingle2015 
Into the LegendFull-length2016
When Demons AwakeSingle2017 
Land of ImmortalsSingle2017 
Knightrider of DoomSingle2017 
Legendary YearsFull-length2017
The Legend Goes OnSingle2018 
Rain of FurySingle2019 
Master of PeaceSingle2019 
The Eighth MountainFull-length2019
I’ll Be Your HeroEP2021
Glory for SalvationSingle2021 
Magic SignsSingle2021 
Terial the HawkSingle2021 
Chains of DestinySingle2021 
Glory for SalvationFull-length2021

Members:

Alex StaropoliKeyboards, Piano, Harpsichord, Orchestrations, Vocals (choirs) (1995-present)
See also: ex-Thundercross
Roberto De MicheliGuitars (2011-present)
See also: Sinestesia, ex-Steel Crown, ex-Thundercross
Alessandro SalaBass (2015-present)
See also: SaekoSinestesia, Canto Libero
Giacomo VoliVocals (2016-present)
See also: Embrace of Souls, ex-Sour Whine, Giacomo Voli, ex-Teodasia
Paolo MarchesichDrums (2020-present)
See also: SinestesiaA Day in Venice (live), ex-Aisling

Past Members:

Andrea FurlanBass (1995)
See also: ex-Thundercross
Daniele CarboneraDrums (1995-2000)
See also: ex-Thundercross, ex-Nanowar of Steel (live)
Luca TurilliGuitars (1995-2011)
See also: Turilli / Lione Rhapsody, ex-Luca Turilli, ex-Luca Turilli’s Dreamquest, ex-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, ex-Thundercross
Fabio LioneVocals (1995-2016)
See also: AngraEternal IdolLione / ContiTurilli / Lione Rhapsody, ex-Salvator, ex-Symmetry, ex-Athena, ex-Hollow Haze, ex-Labÿrinth, ex-Magic Kingdom, ex-Vision Divine, ex-Kamelot (live), ex-J. Storm, ex-Vision
Cristiano AdacherVocals (1995)
See also: ex-Thundercross
Alessandro LottaBass (1998-2002)
See also: ex-Wingdom
Alex HolzwarthDrums, Percussion (2000-2016)
See also: AbracadabraDol AmmadTurilli / Lione Rhapsody, ex-Sieges Even, Brutal Godz, ex-Avantasia, ex-Paradox, ex-Pergana, ex-Serious Black, ex-Tragul, ex-Blind Guardian (live), ex-Edu Falaschi (live), ex-Kamelot (live), ex-Leaves’ Eyes (live), ex-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, ex-Looking-Glass-Self, ex-Val’Paraiso
Patrice GuersBass (2002-2011)
See also: Patrick RondatTurilli / Lione Rhapsody, ex-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, ex-Further Dimension, ex-Consortium Project (live), ex-Inner Visions
Oliver HolzwarthBass (2011-2014)
See also: AbracadabraColdseedTragul, ex-Sieges Even, ex-Sodom, Brutal Godz, ex-Paradox, ex-Pergana, ex-Power Quest, ex-Blind Guardian (live), ex-Leaves’ Eyes (live), ex-Tarja (live), ex-Chinchilla (live), ex-Demons & Wizards (live), ex-Looking-Glass-Self, ex-Val’Paraiso
Tom HessGuitars (2011-2013)
See also: Hess, ex-HolyHell, ex-Anodized
Manuel LotterDrums (2016-2020)
See also: ex-Farewell to Arms, ex-Emil Bulls, ex-The Bellerophon Project
1.Son of Vengeance05:46  Show lyrics
2.The Kingdom of Ice04:25  Show lyrics
3.Glory for Salvation05:04  Show lyrics
4.Eternal Snow01:33  Show lyrics
5.Terial the Hawk04:49  Show lyrics
6.Maid of the Secret Sand05:07  Show lyrics
7.Abyss of Pain – Part II10:44  Show lyrics
8.Infinitae Gloriae04:31  Show lyrics
9.Magic Signs04:52  Show lyrics
10.I’ll Be Your Hero05:29  Show lyrics
11.Chains of Destiny (Quingdar)03:55  Show lyrics
12.Un’ode per l’eroe 04:51  Show lyrics
13.La esencia de un rey 04:51  Show lyrics
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One thought on “Rhapsody Of Fire: Glory For Salvation-2021.

  1. hells_unicorn, November 29th, 2021
    Written based on this version: 2021, CD, AFM Records (Digipak)

    Heroes tend to be measured by their latest exploits, whereas veterans are judged by their consistency and staying power, and rare is the case of a band that can be equally qualified as both. But this is the exact disposition that the Rhapsody Of Fire name has accrued for itself over more than 25 years of bringing a symphonic niche to the power metal style developed by the likes of Helloween in the late 80s. Though many important contributors have come and gone over the years, not the least being the virtuoso Neo-classical shredder and songwriting mastermind Luca Turilli, the same spirit that brought the game-changing late 90s masterworks that were Legendary Tales and Symphony Of Enchanted Lands still endures under the continued efforts of keyboardist Alex Staropoli and his current fold of virtuoso players. In this respect, the name Glory For Salvation seems a fitting title for this quintet’s 13th studio LP, as every aspect of what has made their signature sound work is given a glorious reprise.

    For those privy to this outfit’s brand of virtuosic power metal blended with swords and sorcery, the general trend following the brief stint into slower, Manowar-like territory on 2013’s Dark Wings Of Steel has been back towards the faster, flashier approach that typified their early classics under the banner of Limb Music. The production quality has naturally taken on a smoother and crisper quality, and the operatic flamboyance of former vocalist Fabio Lione has been replaced by a slightly grittier but still soaring helmsman in Giacomo Voli following 2016’s Into The Legend, but it’s difficult to miss the blend of triumphant choral hooks, lightning fast riffs and solos, thunderous speed drumming and dense orchestral layers that hearken back to the turn of the millennium era. This time around the approach is a bit less kinetic than the riveting 2019 sonic extravaganza The Eight Mountain, but the greater collection of mid-paced anthems accumulated here want for little in the power department.

    Forging another path towards the world of the impossible, Staropoli and company waste little time in establishing this chapter in their ongoing career on a bombastic note. The opening anthem “Son Of Vengeance” hits things off with a cinematically-flavored orchestral theme that gradually progresses into a fist-pounding mid-tempo banger, a somewhat unusual approach to beginning things for this outfit. This tendency towards a less frenzied metallic backdrop was possibly influenced by Sinestesia drummer and latest addition to the Rhapsody fold Paolo Marchesich, whose more progressive work with the former band along with bassist Alessandro Sala parallels the rhythmically nuanced approach taken here, and mirrored on the slightly swifter but generally groovy “Maid Of The Secret Sand” and the folksy semi-ballad turned hum-along romp “Terial The Hawk”. But the biggest standout moment of abandoning the rumbling double kick drum thunder for jazzier material is the extended epic punch and darkness of “Abyss Of Pain II”, which also sees Staropoli and guitarist Roberto De Micheli rivaling Rudess and Petrucci during the solo section.

    That being said, these expounders of the fantastical haven’t strayed too far from the beaten path of high octane power metal bluster when all is said and done. It’s difficult not to hear the lingering ghost of the glory days when Turilli was still manning the guitar when the fast paced bombast of “The Kingdom Of Ice” takes center stage, and things go full on machine gun drumming mayhem after the spirit of Power Of The Dragonflame when the frenetic title song “Glory For Salvation” hits the speakers, with De Micheli demonstrating once again that he is Luca Turilli’s technical equal in lighting the fret board on fire. The latter half of the album cycle sees even more high flying majesty following a more restrained middle point, with the cruising stride and riff happy goodness of “Infinitae Gloriae” hearkening pretty close to the auditory fire of “Rain Of A Thousand Flames”. Pile on to the triumphant flight a veritable sequel to “Riding The Winds Of Eternity” in “I’ll Be Your Hero” and a mercilessly catchy banger “Chains Of Destiny” to close things out.

    If there is any flaw to be found in this album, other than the fact that it’s almost too much majestic splendor to handle, it’s that the appeal outside of Rhapsody Of Fire’s admittedly sizable fan base may prove fairly limited. Then again, bands that put too much emphasis on mass appeal are usually the first ones to lose their identity and come up short in the credibility department. There is definitely something to be said for the value of balancing out innovation with fan service, and this provides a fair bit of each, but ultimately leans harder into the latter. Those with a greater affinity for progressive metal may find some interesting twists on some of the less frenetic numbers, and even the obligatory ballad “Magic Signs” manages to throw in a few surprises here and there, but the target audience continues to be those who braved the pubs and concert halls back in the late 90s and early 2000s with their swords and bows drawn. With former band mates Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione delving further into new territory with various projects, Rhapsody Of Fire is poised to continue being the mighty rock of old guard symphonic power metal in the 2020s.

    Originally written for Sonic Perspectives (www.sonicperspectives.com)

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