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Rhapsody Biography


There are more than one bands by the name Rhapsody: 1) Rhapsody (now known as Rhapsody of Fire) is a Symphonic Power Metal band from Italy, but have been "on hold" since 2008. A new album has been announced, "The Frozen Tears of Angels", billed for release in March. They incorporate classical music, baroque and power metal styles. The classical influences include such composers as Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, and Dvořák. Their songs are also heavily influenced by power metal in general and their lyrics are fantasy themed. In 1997 Rhapsody released their debut album, Legendary Tales. Co-founders Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli created an epic sound with this first album. Although neo-classical metal had existed previously, Rhapsody incorporated classical music, baroque and heavy metal styles in a new sub-genre known as "Hollywood metal". The classical influences include such composers as Vivaldi, Bach and Paganini. The band also shows power metal influences and fantasy themes. In the years that followed, Turilli and Staropoli, joined by Fabio Lione on vocals, developed this new sound with their albums Symphony of Enchanted Lands (1998), Dawn of Victory (2000), Rain of a Thousand Flames (2001), and Power of the Dragonflame (2002). They wrote pieces such as "Emerald Sword", drawing on Russian folklore and Celtic style elements and creating what was known as the "Emerald Sword Saga". Turilli is the band's lyricist, as well as guitarist. His lyrics often refer to mystical lore from the medieval age and the heroic valor of those times, highlighting in particular the everlasting fight between good and evil. "Evil can be found everywhere," says Turilli. "But it will never win as long as there are enough good people who fight against it." While Turilli writes the lyrics and guitar riffs, the composition of the classical music is all Staropoli's doing. Christopher Lee was involved in their last project, narrating part of the storyline. This album, labeled Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret, was a follow-up to the Emerald Sword Saga and was released in 2004. The band produced a new single CD in 2005 labeled The Magic of the Wizard's Dream, featuring new versions of "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream", one of the more popular songs from their album Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret. The band had Lee sing backup vocals for Lione, because Lee felt that the narrator's part of being the Wizard King was not as good as it could be without him contributing his voice to at least one song. The song was reworked into four different languages, English, German, Italian, and French they also included both the original version of the song with a duet, and an orchestral version of the song, both in English. This also produced Rhapsody's third music video. The band also released two new tracks exclusively on this single, "Autumn Twilight" and "Lo Specchio D’Argento". This single was released March 29th. In July of 2006, the band changed their name to "Rhapsody of Fire" due to a conflict in copyrights. In the 2006 they, with the new name of "Rhapsody of Fire", have published a new album, "Triumph or Agony", which is one of the most symphonic albums ever. 2) Rhapsody is a German reggae band who released two albums in the 1980's. One of the band members was B.B. Connell. 3) Rhapsody is an Austrian girl group who had a minor hit in the 1990's called Cowboy Lover. 4) Rhapsody is a Swedish AOR band who released one album in 1978 called Strange Vibrations. 5) Rhapsody is an Estonian funk metal band who released only one demo in 1992 before they split up. In 2008 they made a comeback and are going to release their first album in the future.

Rhapsody Metal Albums

Symphony of Enchanted Lands Thumbnail Image

The Italian progressive metal act’s sophomore album, originally released in 1999. Ten tracks including, ’Epicus Furor’, ’Emerald Sword’, ’Wisdom Of Kings’ & ’Heroes of the Lost [...]

Symphony of Enchanted Lands, Vol. 2: The Dark Secret Thumbnail Image

For the past seven years or, to be more precise, since the opening tones of their sensational debut album, Legendary Tales, Rhapsody have been one of [...]

Triumph or Agony Thumbnail Image

For the past nine years or, to be more precise, since the opening tones of their sensational debut album, Legendary Tales, Rhapsody have been one of [...]

Power of the Dragonflame Thumbnail Image

Sensational sales figures, almost a cult status amongst their fans all over the world, sold-out shows, high chart positions and thrilling performances at almost every important [...]