Rhapsody of Fire, a Must Listen

January 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm (Metal, Music) (, , , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/rhapsodyoffirebandThere’s something spectacularly epic about European progressive metal featuring the harmonic structure of a classical requiem, the same type that Gabriel Fauré composed in the 19th century. About 3 minutes in Triumph or Agony, Italian metal band, Rhapsody of Fire, breaks into a multi-voice solo shouting “Lux Aeterna.” Only option here: turn up the volume and bask in its awesomeness.


Rhapsody of Fire offers something different to metal. Instead of screaming indiscernible words, Fabio Lione, the lead vocalist, uses pleasing vocals and tertiary harmony. Consequently, they produce a unique sound for a metal band. Their uniqueness is not limited to one song. Even A New Saga Begins resembles an Irish Jig. The beginning may make you want to speak up in an Irish Brogue, “Welcome back to the Shire, Mr. Baggins!”

Nevertheless, Rhapsody of Fire is fun to listen to. They stray away from the stereotypical metal band and offer music that is pleasing at all volume levels. All 4 songs offered on their MySpace page are worth listening to, though Triumph or Agony is my favorite.

~C.H.

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