Hey there Broken Neck Radio heads, The Asian Invasion pounding out yet another album review for you.
Rhapsody of Fire is a band that has a very rich history and are considered one of the pioneers of the symphonic power metal sub genre. Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli formed the band in 1993 and have undergone name changes, member changes and changes in direction. Although once all the smoke cleared they released, on December 3, their tenth studio album entitled "Dark Wings Of Steel."
How does it fair in today's age?
'Vis Divina' is a great album opener to set the stage for the second track 'Rising From Tragic Flames.' That song has a beautiful chaos aspect to it, much like most of their music. The vocals Fabio Lione lends are fantastically mastered and are a thing of sheer beauty. His range is quite spectacular and he shows it off more often then not here.
This album is the first of theirs to not feature Turilli on guitar and the debut of Roberto De Micheli on the axe. I find his musicianship is a definite high point for this album as it is drastically different from the preceding efforts. Different in a good way no doubt as his guitar playing seems to be what the songs are built around.
It's one of the darkest and heaviest releases in Rhapsody of Fires catalog and I more than enjoyed it. The riffage on songs like 'Tears of Pain' and 'A Tale of Magic' breathe life in the music and give it such a heavy edge.
It's a very pleasant album and one that longtime fans will enjoy. It doesn't progress as much as their previous albums and more or less maintains the status quo. I, for one, am more than happy with that as I revel in the riffs, drumming and peaceful yet chaotic orchestral sections.
It's out now, so give it a whirl.
Enjoy and as always,