Roberto De Micheli
This band set standards for a whole genre: Italian Symphonic Power Metal gods RHAPSODY OF FIRE started their career in the mid 90’s (releasing their first albums under the banner of “Rhapsody”), their debut album “Legendary Tales” (1997) made a huge impact on the scene. The band displayed a mixture that has never been done before: classic Power Metal was combined with baroque/classical elements, huge choirs and orchestrations – a unique sound that gave a new dimension of epic (almost movie/soundtrack-like) feel to the genre and made the band a worldwide fan favorite. The first four albums alone exceeded sales of 1.000.000 copies and put Rhapsody on top of the best-selling and most popular Metal artists worldwide. Due to legal issues the band had to rename from Rhapsody to RHAPSODY OF FIRE in 2003 but continued to release their “Symphonic Epic Hollywood Metal” constantly. In 2012, band leaders and main composers Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli decided to go separate ways: while Luca founded “Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody” to start a new endeavor even more exploring movie-like sound landscapes - Staropoli, Fabio Lione, Alex Holzwarth, Oliver Holzwarth and new guitarist Roby De Micheli continue with RHAPSODY OF FIRE, and in the more classic and heavy direction that the fans loved so much. After the “Live - From Chaos To Eternity” live album, released earlier this year, RHAPSODY OF FIRE now finally unleash their highly-anticipated new studio album “Dark Wings Of Steel”. Most of the songs have been written by Alex Staropoli and his brother Manuel, lyrics were penned by Fabio Lione. Expect an overwhelmingly strong album that recaptures the spirit of masterpieces like “Symphony Of Enchanted Lands” and “Dawn Of Victory”, while not denying some fresh new elements. While maintaining the typical RHAPSODY OF Fire sound, the band managed to evolve and grow stronger than ever before. Songs like “Rising From Tragic Flames”, the title track and “Tears Of Pain” follow the tradition of typical ROF songs, while the stomping “Angel Of Light” and “Sad Mystic Moon” offer a more straight forward, classic Metal approach (while still keeping the trademarks of huge choirs and a perfect balance between sensitivity and heaviness). With “Custode Di Pace” again a ballad in their wonderful Italian native language found its way on the effort.
Working with a real orchestra and real choir again was something very important for the band. Recordings for “Dark Wings Of Steel” took place in three different studios, the mix was handled by Sebastian Roeder
and the mastering by Christoph Stickel. With “Dark Wings Of Steel”, RHAPSODY OF FIRE open another exciting chapter in their impressive history. The inventors of Epic Symphonic Power Metal are back with another milestone release, with the unmistakable Fabio Lione delivering his passionate vocals in style, and detached from conceptual restraints RHAPSODY OF FIRE reach new heights … on “Dark Wings Of Steel”.
RHAPSODY OF FIRE - Dark Wings Of Steel
Release Date: 2013-November-22
Media: Ltd. Digipak, CD, Gtf. Black 2-Vinyl, Gtf. Red 2-Vinyl
RHAPSODY OF FIRE - Live - From Chaos To Eternity
Release Date: 2013-May-3rd
Media: Digipak 2 CD, Gatefold 3-Vinyl