Luca Turilli's Rhapsody
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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a new update on the upcoming release "Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus," which is slated for Spring 2015.
The update reads: "After more weeks of hard work and sleepless nights we can give you a new update about the production of the new Luca Turilli's Rhapsody album entitled: "Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus"
"After 6 months of intense work, we are at the final stage of the production. Our drummer Alex Landenburg just started recording his parts and knowing his skill and incredible talent we can guarantee a breath-taking percussive performance!
"Luca Turilli just ended the recordings of his guitar parts in France. As usual, he recorded his lead and solo parts by himself using the Eleven Rack from Avid and the Protools software installed on a Mac laptop.
"Turilli commented: 'When I compose the songs and work on the orchestral arrangements I need to be in my home studio in Trieste (Italy), using my super orchestral template based on 3 x dual Xeon PCs, 12 x SSD and Cubase software. But for the guitar solos I like to rely on a simple laptop and my faithful Eleven Rack, which allows me to record my parts (regular audio track + contemporaneous DI signal to be re-amped later) wherever I want in the world and with total freedom.'
"Luca is now back in Italy to work on the last orchestral and cinematic arrangements. More...
Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody is currently in the Backyard Studios of Kempten (Germany) to finish the recordings of upcoming album "Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus."
The regular edition of the album will be over 70 minutes long, featuring 11 titles and will be released in early spring by Nuclear Blast.
Once again, the producer will be Luca Turilli, composer and orchestral/choral arranger of all the songs, while Sebastian Roeder will be the engineer and responsible for the mix. The new album will be mixed and mastered around Christmas time and 2 singles will be released shortly after.
Vocalist Alessandro Conti reveals: “This album surely includes the most and greatest challenging parts I ever recorded until now. I am sure our fans will go crazy for this new Rhapsody release because of the many surprises and real hit songs included inside it. I also had the chance to sing together with one of my all-time favorite singers and this has been a further satisfaction.”
Luca Turilli adds: “This is really a super production close to the one of a soundtrack for an Hollywood blockbuster. We recorded all kind of choirs for over 15 long and exhausting days, collaborating with amazing singers like Ralf Scheepers, Dan Lucas, Bridget Fogle, Previn Moore plus other special guests. I composed and arranged all the choral and orchestral parts in the same way I would do it while scoring for a movie or videogame trailer and I am sure our fans will go crazy for this new album as we do! I simply love it and I could surely define it as ‘the quintessence of cinematic metal’. Bombastic, epic and dramatic as never before!” More...
Italian based symphonic metal act Luca Turilli's Rhapsody released another diary update on the band's upcoming new opus "Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus." In a post on Facebook, Turilli revealed that the new album will feature over 70 minutes of material.
"Hi to all, just to tell you that we started the last recording session of lead vocals and choirs in Germany with our engineer Sebastian Roeder and to give you a fresh news:
The regular edition of the new Rhapsody album 'Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus' will last over 70 minutes!!! So many great songs and so difficult to exclude one of them. Be ready for the ultimate cinematic metal experience!"
Stay tuned for more information each week. More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody is set to enter the studio in a few weeks to begin recordings for the upcoming new release "Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus." Today, the band began to post studio diary reports for the release, the first announcing opera choir members. The first is Bridget Fogle, who sang vocals on Luca Turilli's Dreamquest release "Lost Horizons" (2006) and Luca Turilli's 2006 solo release "The Infinite Wonders of Creation." Secondly, the band announced Previn Moore, who sang choirs with Rhapsody of Fire, LT Rhapsody's last release "Ascending to Infinity," as well as After Forever and Epica.
The full diary entry reads:
"THE PROMETHEUS DIARIES - Opera Choir
Hi to all, now only a couple of weeks are left for us to enter in the BACKYARD STUDIOS of Kempten and proceed to the last album recordings with our faithful engineer and great friend SEBASTIAN ROEDER.
"The highlight of this new studio session will be the OPERA CHOIR recordings. The RHAPSODY composer LUCA TURILLI is actually completing all the choral arrangements and soon all those notes, from his CUBASE software, will turn into real and epic vocal melodies. Therefore we want to present you the two main amazing voices who will be with us for one long and hard week of tough recordings (the RHAPSODY choral parts are considered by all singers as really difficult due to the many changes of tonalities and for all the “crazy lines” composed by Luca himself) and that will lead such opera choir session, raising the cinematic level of our new album PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS, to new artistic heights!
"Here they are, our long time friends and surely two of the best voices around: BRIDGET FOGLE and PREVIN MOORE! More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody proudly announced that guitarist Dominique "Dodo" Leurquin will make his stage debut with the band since suffering a career threatening injury in a chainsaw accident nearly two years ago. The debut will be at the Made of Metal festival in Hodonin, Czech Republic on Friday, August 15th.
The announcement reads:
"DODO IS BACK!!!
"The show of the MADE OF METAL festival on August 15th (Hodonin, Czech Republic) will be very important also because it will be the first show where DOMINIQUE LEURQUIN will perform with us on stage since the new Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY band was created.
"Last time, just before the ASCENDING TO INFINITY CINEMATIC TOUR started, he thought to play with a chainsaw, he almost lost his hand and risked to end his artistic career forever. Then, thanks to a real miracle and his perseverance he won his challenge.
"No worries… this time we took care of him…a straitjacket and a special room for psychopaths were enough to ensure he didn’t play with chainsaws or even with forks and knives.
"So we should finally have him back in Rhapsody after all this time… we missed him so much.
Welcome back, mighty DODO. RHAPSODY needs all your talent!" More...
Luca Turilli posted an update on Italian cinematic metal act Luca Turilli's Rhapsody's new album "Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus." In a post on the band's Facebook Page, Turilli mentioned that 20 songs were composed for the new release.
The update reads: "Hi to all! Here we go with another update related with our new Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY album entitled 'Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus.' Just to tell you that I recently went through the most creative and exciting time of my life. 11 songs were previously composed and partly already recorded. Right now, in the last 2 months, I reached the final goal of 20 songs composed. I never had so many tracks available for an album and believe me if I tell you that the final decision for the album sequence will be very hard, this time harder than ever before. These new songs will be recorded in Kempten (Germany) at the Backyard Studios in September and from that moment on, thanks to this official Facebook page, you will be constantly updated about what is going on. I won’t spend any further word about the quality of these songs and I will just re-add here the words of Nuclear Blast’s head of promotion, Markus Wosgien, who seemed to be really excited after listening to the demo of the first composed songs: More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted an update on the impending new release "Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus." Originally planned for a summer release, the album has been pushed back until the latter part of 2014.
The update reads: "Hi to all! Here we go with an important update related with the new Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody album entitled "Prometheus - Symphonia Ignis Divinus." In reality we can not tell too much until an official statement by Nuclear Blast will appear (and we guess it should appear in a short time). What we can just reveal in the meantime is that the release date will be postponed of some more months and that the reason for that is that the album is going to be '…nothing else than a real masterpiece!' (Markus Wosgien, Nuclear Blast - Head Of Promotion). Yes, that was the amazing reaction of our friends of Nuclear Blast who recently had the chance to hear a demo of the first songs extracted from the new Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody album. Markus continues: 'Cinematic, orchestral and epic as only Rhapsody can be. Probably more cinematic than ever before as in some cases I had the real feeling of sitting in front of a giant screen and to enjoy the vision of a big budget Hollywood movie while listening to an amazing soundtrack of the last generation where metal, hybrid music, symphonic, folk, opera - and much more - blend themselves perfectly! Honestly I don’t find other words to describe the amazing melodies of this extraordinary album with an outstanding Alessandro Conti, some of the greatest choirs ever heard in this kind of music, some great surprises and many songs that could soon become real hits!.'
"We want to thank Markus for his incredible words and let you know that after such presentation and the related excitement of our record company, we agreed together with Nuclear Blast to postpone of some more months the release date in order to find the perfect timing for it and to make of this album a top priority release for the label. More...
Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody is proud to announce that on Friday, August 15th 2014, the band will headline the first evening of the Made Of Metal festival in Hodonin, Czech Republic. The group will be presenting a cinematic show based on video projection and other surprises, with more news coming soon.
The band also recently revealed the first details on an upcoming album which will be recorded and mixed once again in the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder (Kempten, Germany) and is set to be released by Nuclear Blast in 2014. A trailer for the new album is available below. More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced the first details on the upcoming new release "Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus." The album is targeted for 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The press release reads:
"Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody are proud to reveal the first news about their new album, scheduled to be recorded and mixed once again in the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder (Kempten, Germany) and released by Nuclear Blast in 2014."
Vocalist Alessandro Conti commented: "This album is very important to all of us. Behind it there is the ambitious goal of creating one of the most epic and cinematic albums ever written. Prepare yourselves for an amazing journey ranging from the myths and legends of the past to the unexplored borders of space and time, the revelations of quantum mechanics and beyond, while exploring the multi-dimensional levels of psyche and consciousness and the intimate secrets of heart and soul on the path of spiritual evolution. In short words: a roller-coaster ride of extreme emotions. Be ready!"
Luca Turilli added: "I recently gave birth to my company Luca Turilli Music Productions (http://www.lucaturilli.com/) and have partnered with great artists such as the US producer/re-mixer/mixer Allen Morgan (U2, Nine Inch Nails, Taylor Swift) and the Czech conductor Petr Pololanik (nominated for "Hollywood Music in Media Awards" in 2011) to start composing emotional music with impact, mainly for the world of cinema and the video games. What I can say is that I am composing, writing and producing the guitar parts and the orchestral and choral arrangements for this new Rhapsody album in the same exact way I would and will do it while scoring movie trailers or video game soundtracks. Therefore expect moments of high tension, pure action and adrenalin for a final result never heard before. In other words: the definitive consecration of CINEMATIC METAL!”
More news and videos, including exclusive “behind the scenes footage” directly from Luca Turilli’s home studio will be coming soon.
Check out the video clip revealing the album: More...
I. The Setup
For as long as I can remember, I've searched for what I would define as a "perfect concert" - a mighty bucket list item that eluded me. I fixed the label to many shows in the interim, scratching off those "before death" list items one by one as each successive concert outdid the previous. Back in mid-2012, when I submitted my sponsor list for 2013, I listed fifteen bands I wanted to see and was willing to put money on for ProgPower USA. Number one of that list was Luca Turilli's Rhapsody. The reason is simple....there is no composer in heavy metal not named Jon Oliva that can even compare to the wealth of fantastic material presented since the 90’s. Turilli had numerous solo albums and various side bands all in addition to writing a double power metal story arc that lasted eleven straight albums, many of which grace the top lists of any fan of the genre. Well in advance of the latest two Rhapsody of Fire albums, Luca decided that it had to end…and that he needed to split off and see his own vision of band - one that would turn it towards the cinematic. In what appeared to be a confusing agreement with lifetime friend and co-founder Alex Staropoli, the two would split - each keeping a variant of the name and both claiming the entire back catalog as his own. Then, in a feat that I have seen nowhere else in band splits, the two would remain close friends and allies, each supporting the other and respective releases. Since then, Turilli fired the first salvo with “Ascending to Infinity,” an album so perfect it’s actually hard to listen to (see review here). Even though Rhapsody was not scheduled for the main festival, in the fall of 2012 it was announced that the band would headline the Thursday night kick off show with two hour plus set. Though ProgPower’s main festival would prove so great, this concert was the highlight of not only the festival….but my entire life. What would follow can only be deemed the “perfect concert.” More...
In its 14th year for 2013, the ProgPower USA Festival is one of the longest-running US festivals, and the longest-running US multi-day festival to feature bands from outside the US.
This year, it has the special distinction of being the US debut show for five bands. Totaling more than a hundred and twenty band performances in its time, it has developed a reputation as a tastemakers’ festival, heightening awareness within the US of foreign bands.
It can be a daunting festival, price- and endurance-wise, but it’s one that should be considered if the genres it derives its name from at all turn your head. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s celebration of the fast and the nerdy down at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, starting on September 4th. More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody has announced four new dates for the ongoing "Ascending to Infinity Cinematic World Tour."
Beginning in September, the band will bring cinematic shows to Switzerland, Germany, the USA, and Mexico. The band is going to headline the first evening of the Progpower Festival XIV, making this Rhapsody's only North American show in 2013. Catch the band live on these dates:
02.09. CH Pratteln - Z7
03.09. D Nürnberg - Rockfabrik
05.09. USA Atlanta - Progpower XIV
07.09. MEX Mexico City - venue TBA
Masterplan announced that, due to prior commitments, drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka will be unable to participate in the band's performances on the upcoming Full Metal Cruise, which sets sail on May 5th-12th, 2013. To fill in, the band has tapped Luca Turill's Rhapsody's drummer Alex Landenburg (21 Octayne/Mekong Delta).
Masterplan is about to release the new LP "Novum Initium" on June 14, 2013 through AFM Records. The band welcomes new members: Jari Kainulainen (Ex-Stratovarius) on bass, Skaroupka (Cradle of Filth) on drums and new vocalist Rick Altzi. Landenburg played with Altzi in At Vance, which is how he came to be contacted:
"Rick called me to ask whether I had some time and wanted to do it. I said yes, and later Roland [Grapow] called me and we spoke about the details. Obviously, Rick [with At Vance] and Jari [with Symfonia] are friends of mine, who I have played with before" explains Landenburg.
The Full Metal Cruise starts in Hamburg and will call at three ports: Southampton in the south west of England, La Havre at the French coast of the English Channel and Amsterdam in the Netherlands before returning to Hamburg. Bands scheduled to appear are:
Bembers, Betontod, Blaas Of Glory, Circle II Circle, Devil's Train, Dew-Scented, Doro, Eric Fish, Eskimo Callboy, Firewind, Gamma Ray, Heaven Shall Burn, In Extremo, Kreator, Mambo Kurt, Masterplan, Mutz Unplugged, Onkel Tom, Sabaton, Santiano, U.D.O., Van Canto. More...
Luca Turilli has issued the following statement about releasing a new album: “We are very proud to announce that the new Rhapsody album will be released in June/July 2014 by Nuclear Blast. Once again it will be produced by me and it will be recorded and mixed by Sebastian Röder at the Backyard Studios of Kempten (Germany)."
Dominique Leurquin, the guitar player, adds: “After the great success of 'Ascending To Infinity,' for which we’ll never stop thanking our supporters and the international press, a new opus of cinematic metal will soon see the light and once more the wonderful and versatile voice of Alessandro Conti, ranging from heavenly and crystalline high tones to the dramatic power of an operatic tenor, will surprise most of the people while painting musical landscapes of rare beauty!”.
Luca continues, spending a few words about his new upcoming project too: “In the last years I always dreamed of starting a second business activity in connection with cinema and other important media. I finally decided to take the big step in this direction and in a short time I will present my new music production company. Through it I will offer my services as arranger, being specialized in the creation of epic/orchestral/modern arrangements of all styles, but also as composer and artistic producer for all kinds of music (Metal, Rock, Pop, Classical, Opera, Folk, etc.) and mainly for all the media-related world (TV, Cinema, Videogames, etc.). I am actually selecting some top-level partners to offer and extend the services of my company to a worldwide level. More details about the same company and the new album will follow soon!”
Italian symphonic metal act Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced a long term collaboration with Czech conductor Petr Pololanik and his Capellen Orchestra & Choir for future live events as well as studio albums.
The announcement reads as follows:
"On their way to sound more cinematic than ever before, Rhapsody are proud to announce a special long-term collaboration with the amazing Czech conductor PETR POLOLANIK and his CAPELLEN ORCHESTRA & CHOIR. Nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2011, Petr and his orchestra worked for acclaimed music composers (Thomas Bergersen, Trevor Morris, Jo Blankenburg, Henry Lai), leading trailer music companies (Two Steps From Hell, Position Music, Audiomachine) and revolutionary sample libraries (Garritan, Sonokinetic, 8Dio). His recordings were featured in award winning movies and videogames (Sim City 4, Transformers and many others). More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted footage of exclusive live images from the ongoing "Cinematic World Tour." The European leg is underway with support from Freedom Call, Orden Ogan and Vexillum. The band recently announced that they will headline the kick off show at ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta on Thursday, September 5, 2012 with Circle II Circle and In the Silence. Tickets for that event are currently on sale at this location. ProgPower USA XIV festival tickets are also on sale at this location.
The remaining dates of this leg are as follows:
20.11.2012 AT Worgel
22.11.2012 IT Bologna - Estragon
23.11.2012 IT Milan - Live Club
24.11.2012 IT Rome - Orion
25.11.2012 IT Treviso - New Age
26.11.2012 FR Lyon - Le Transbordeur
28.11.2012 HU Budepest
29.11.2012 CZ Prague
30.11.2012 DE Munich
01.12.2012 DE Geiselwind
03.12.2012 DE Cologne
04.12.2012 NL Zoetermeer
05.12.2012 DE Bochem
06.12.2012 DE Hamburg
09.12.2012 FR Paris - Le Trabendo
10.12.2012 FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie (LT Rhapsody Only)
Check out the footage here: More...
ProgPower USA kick off show promoter Nathan “The SwordLord” Block announced the annual festival's kick off show for 2013 to be held on Thursday September 5, 2013. The video below reveals that the headlining act will be Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, with an extended two hour set, along with Circle II Circle, featuring Zak Stevens (Ex-Savatage), who will play the entire Savatage LP "Wake of Magellan." The opening act will be Sacramento progressive band In the Silence.
The announcement reads as follow:
"The time has finally come to reveal who will be playing the Kick-Off Show for 2013. To say that I am beyond excited would be the understatement of the year!
"I want to thank Wayne, Jen and of course Glenn for all of their help in getting this epic video made and posted. I think that it is a fantastic prelude for what is to come.
"Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, November 17. There will be a rather large incentive to buy your tickets *early*, so watch the forum and website for more details on that date.
"I guarantee that this Kick-Off Show will be one for the record books. In fact, I am SO confident of this that I am going to offer a 50% discount on the 2014 Kick-Off Show for everyone that purchases a ticket to the 2013 show. Yes, you read that right. If you purchase a ticket to Kick-Off 2013, you will be able to get into Kick-Off 2014 for HALF PRICE. No tricks, no gimmicks. I am beyond excited for everyone I have on this bill and I know they are going to put on a terrific show. I want every single one of you to be there.
"The doors are a little early because the mid-card and headline bands both have very, very special extended sets. The middle band will be playing 90 minutes and the headliner will be playing for 135 minutes! Everyone is going to get the maximum amount of music for their hard-earned dollar.
"I am looking forward to hearing your feedback on this line-up. I have been working very hard on it for many weeks now. I think it is a fitting way to start out the 14th year of the greatest metal festival on the planet. I look forward to sharing the evening with all of you.
For the music,
Nathan “The SwordLord” Block
10 Years Under the Sword
Independent Metal Promoter, 2002-2012" More...
Italian symphonic metal act Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted up a new music video for the song "Clash of the Titans." The special "Walking Dead Remix" version was directed, edited and filed by Owe Lingvall (who also prepared the band's first video for "Dark Fate of Atlantis") with animations by Magnus Jonsson.
The band is set to embark on the first leg of the "Cinematic World Tour" with Freedom Call, Ordan Ogen and Vexillum (see tour dates here), though guitarist Dominique Leurquin is sidelined due to an injury to his hand. The band is supporting the latest LP "Ascending To Infinity" (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location).
Check out "Clash of the Titans (Walking Dead Remix)" here: More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced that special guest singer Sassy Bernert will accompany the band on the upcoming European leg of the Cinematic World Tour with Freedom Call, Orden Ogan and Vexillum. Bernert appeared on the band's "Ascending To Infinity" LP (see Metal Underground.com's review at this locationrecent injury to the hand of guitarist Dominique Leurquin, which forced him off this leg of the tour.
The announcement reads as follows:
"Rhapsody wants to reveal one of the many surprises related to their upcoming Ascending to Infinity Cinematic World Tour starting in November and December from Europe and featuring the guest acts Freedom Call, Orden Ogan and Vexillum.
'We are proud to announce that the German singer, vocal coach and pianist Sassy Bernert, who already performed some vocal parts on our new album 'Ascending to Infinity,' will be on stage with us for some magical duets!' states LUCA TURILLI. And adds: 'It’s really great how Sassy and Alessandro Conti’s voices blend together. Her presence will also give us the possibility to present on stage the operatic song 'Tormento E Passione,' one of the most requested songs of the new album and one of our favorites too.' More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced that guitarist Dominique Leurquin suffered an injury to his left hand, which occurred when he was working with a circular saw at his home. The injury was serious enough to cause some to believe that the former Rhapsody of Fire guitarist would potentially lose his left hand. However, doctors were optimistic that Leurquin would regain the ability to play guitar, with most of the injury centering around his thumb. Luca Turilli stated that the planned European leg of the Cinematic World Tour will proceed without Leurquin, and his guitar parts will be present as backing tracks mixed to the right as if he was there.
The injury delayed the release of the "Fantasia Gotica" ballad, which was the song that wasn't ready for the band's "Ascending to Infinity" LP. The song was planned as a free download. However, the band will release a new music video for the song "Clash of the Titans" next week.
The full announcement reads as follows:
"Around two weeks ago the members of RHAPSODY lived one of the most dramatic moments of their career and they finally want to reveal to everybody the difficult moment they had to face because of what recently happened to their guitar player DOMINIQUE LEURQUIN.
" 'Some days ago my girlfriend Nadia received a phone call from Laurence, the wife of Dominique. I understood from Nadia’s tears that something terrible just happened…' says LUCA TURILLI. And adds: 'A river of blood and then the dramatic run to the hospital with Dominique almost dying for all the blood he shed. Three hours of surgery and the risk to lose the left hand definitely. I could simply not believe it…'
"Dominique injured himself with a circular saw while working at home. One wrong movement and the saw reached the center of his hand. After the complicated surgery and everyone around thinking it will be difficult for Dominique to play his beloved instrument once again, the doctors spent some more optimistic words to describe the situation, speaking about a long period of rehabilitation and some major problems eventually related to the thumb only. Therefore it seems there will be again the possibility for Dominique to play a guitar, and maybe sooner than what can be expected. What is needed is a lot of strength and mind power but everybody knows what represents the music for Dominique and so there is no doubt he will do miracles in this sense. More...