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  • Rhapsody play neoclassical/symphonic power metal with lots of classical instrumentation. Apparently they compose their music in the classical style as well: on sheet music, rather than by trying out riffs and melodies on the guitar.To hear it described that way makes it sound like something I would really like, and which would catch on like wildfire in the progressive metal community. But it hasn’t caught on like wildfire, although Rhapsody is rather well-known now. The reason is that the classical elements are really fairly simple and soundtrack-ish. The music has great atmosphere but not enough complexity and seriousness. This lack of seriousness makes the music some of the most bombastically cheezy stuff imaginable. If Rhapsody had a bunch of great songs I wouldn’t mind–Rage is also symphonic power metal that borders on cheese, but I love ‘em, because all their songs are great. Rhapsody doesn’t have that advantage. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really catchy tunes here, but nothing that would count as “timeless” or a “product of genius” in my view. Luca Turilli’s solo album has some of that, I would say. I don’t think there’s a Rhapsody song that matches “Ancient Forest of Elves.” So for the metal generalist who is interested in the symphonic genres, I would recommend Luca Turilli, Rage, and Therion over Rhapsody. But for those like myself who are more enthralled in the neoclassical style, Rhapsody will be a worthy purchase. My 4 rating indicates just that: it is not for everyone, but it is a solid release for those with a special affection for the neoclassical style.

    Posted on March 8, 2010