The Eighth Mountain - Rhapsody Of Fire

It's not you, it's me

I must conclude, that if I have to hear the Rhapsody, so that it becomes the version that is not made of fire. The Eighth Mountain is not a bad album, but it is not Rhapsody, regardless of whether there is a fire in them or not. The music is as such not bad, but not good enough to differentiate itself from the thousands of other powermetal bands that exist. Staropoli should either have thrown in the towel or have called his new project something else, for there is simply too much between the classic line-up and saw this mirage, calling themselves Rhapsody of Fire. The only thing I've gotten out of listening to The Eighth Mountain, is an expectation that the project Turilli/Lione Rhapsody becoming more successful.

24 years, 16 members, 13 albums

It is said that one never forgets his first love, and so far, it fits very well. My first metal love was Rhapsody of Fire (even though they are only called Rhapsody back then), and their legendary album , Dawn of Victory year-2000 (I discovered them first in 2003). At the time, I had no idea what metal was, or what it was, but I knew that I had found something that made sense, as nothing else had done it before. Rhapsody of Fire have always been the bombastic and epic, so much so that sometimes you are in any doubt about how seriously you actually need to take the band, as it almost becomes too much. But as the years went on, it became obvious that it wasn't entirely easy to be a member of Rhapsody of Fire, for it is not only the name has changed. In the course of the band's 24-year long career, there have been 16 different musicians involved in the project involved in the project, which so far has thrown all 13 albums by the. Quite strange it was, however, first in 2011, when guitarist and songwriter Luca Turilli left the band to make Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, which he then closed down in 2018, followed by the creation of his latest band Turilli/Lione Rhapsody. I wonder why there is a prejudice that italians are dark?

New line-up, the new story, but is there anything new to come after?

I simply must say that the band I fell in love with back in 2003, not the same band anymore. Not only because people the develops in the course of 15 years, but truly because it is the only original member that is left, are keyboardist Alex Staropoli. I must be honest and say that besides Dawn of Victory so I have actually heard very little of the band's other tracks and albums. In general, I am in fact very little powermetal, it comes over me in short periods of time. When it is said and done, and all the nostalgia is laid on the shelf, so manage Rhapsody of Fire, still making bombastic and epic powermetal with a lot of pomp and splendor, as well as øresønderrivende guitar solos.

Rhapsody of Fire have always been a fortællerband in the sense that they always have divided their releases, as if it were chapters in a long, epic fantasyroman, and The Eighth Mountain is no undsættelse. According to the band themselves, the album is the first chapter in their new saga, which they have dubbed nothing less than "The Nephilim's Empire Saga" – which sounds like the expansion to Diablo III, we never did. All good stories require a good tell, and in the role which tells the band has acquired Giacomo Voli. Giacomo also sang on their last album, the Legendary Years, there was a re-recorded compilation album, where the new musicians were allowed to interpret the band's classic discography. Unfortunately, it seemed the album, just most as a coveralbum of a andenrangsband. There is not a finger to put on Giacomo or some of the other musikanters abilities – Rhapsody of Fire are not a band that just hires anyone. But the one thing bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden can write on, it is that it is always risky to change its vocalist. For it is, after all, him/her, which comes most under the skin of listeners and Giacomo is just not Fabio Lione. You could say the same about Roberto De Micheli – he is an excellent guitarist, but he is just not the Luca Turilli. In addition, amazes me also, that when now the only original member is keyboardist, why the keyboard so as to not take up more space.


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