Rhapsody of Fire
Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret
11/1/2004 - Review by: MetalKnight
RHAPSODY - “Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret” (SPV – 2004)
Luca Turilli (guitars) here seems to have matured further – his sweeping solos are balanced by a few great riffs and he also displays a improved sensitivity, whether using electric or acoustic guitars. Luca, of course is the author of Rhapsody’s lyrics and his skills in writing fantasy stories may be yet undervalued.
Main vocalist Fabio Lione again displays his gifted voice – singing with a style that reminds me collectively of Freddy Mercury, Andi Deris (Helloween) and even Bruce Dickinson. He is one of the very few Italian vocalists (male or female) to sing with a decent English accent (something Italian vocalists tend to suffer from).
“Symphony….II” is also probably Rhapsody’s tightest album to date, in the sense that despite its aforementioned versatility it tries to be ‘one’ effort as compared to an album with several disparate songs. The downside of this is that it might get tiring to some.
Being myself an admirer of Rhapsody’s music, I occasionally caught myself trying to forcibly subdue the nagging feeling that the band is trying to be bombastic and ‘over-the-top’ just for the sake of it, sidelining the songwriting freshness.
Having said that, most fans of power-metal will doubtlessly adore this gem, not least due to the sophistication of the orchestral arrangements and dynamic choir employed. I do believe Rhapsody still has much to offer – indeed continuing to come up with creative musical ideas shall now be a major challenge for the band.
My favourite songs: ‘Erian’s Mystical Rhymes’, ‘The Last Angel’s Call’, and ‘Dragonlord’s Rivers’.
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MY OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10
--Chris (MetalKnight) – firstname.lastname@example.org 11.01.04
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