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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody

Formed: 2010
From: Trieste, Italy
Last Known Status: Active

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Announces New Shows

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

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Masterplan Taps Alex Landenburg For Cruise Shows

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...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Announces New Album

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!”

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LT Rhapsody Announces Collaboration With Orchestra

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...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts Exclusive Live Shots

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)

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ProgPower USA Announces 2013 Kick Off Show

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...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts New Music Video

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).

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Announces Live Guest

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...

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LT Rhapsody's Leurquin Suffers Serious Injury

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...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Announces European Tour

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced the first leg of the "Cinematic World Tour" to commence in Annecy, France on November 9, 2012 with support from Germany's Freedom Call and Orden Ogan as well as Italy's Vexillum.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

09.11.2012 FR Annecy
10.11.2012 BE Charleroi - Coliseum
12.11.2012 UK London - O2 Islington
14.11.2012 ES Bilbao - Sala Santana 27
15.11.2012 ES Madrid - Caracol
16.11.2012 ES Barcelona - Sala Bikini
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) More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts Tour Preview Clip

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted up a trailer for the upcoming "Cinematic World Tour 2012/2013" preview clip. The tour begins on November 10, 2012 in Charleroi, Beligium. For tour dates, venues and tickets, head on over to this location.

The band is touring in support the new LP "Ascending to Infinity" (see review at this location) and promises a stage show complete with video projections and a few surprises, including material from Luca Turilli's solo albums.

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Streaming New Songs

"Clash Of The Titans,” “Tormento E Passione,” and “March Of Time,” three new tracks by Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, are now available for streaming in their entirety on the band's landing page here (click the bubbles in the "Stream Music" section at the lower-right of the page). The music video for “Dark Fate Of Atlantis” can also be viewed below.

The band's new album "Ascending To Infinity" is available in stores now in Europe and is set for release in North America on July 3rd. According to a press release, the album features over 60 minutes of Rhapsody’s epic, symphonic/cinematic/orchestral metal music. The album was recorded in Kempten, Germany at Sebastian Roeder’s Backyard Studios.

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody 2012 is guitarist / composer Luca Turilli, vocalist Alessandro Conti, guitarist Dominique Leurquin, bassist Patrice Guers, and drummmer Alex Landenburg. More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Announces European Tour

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced the first string of European dates on the "Cinematic World Tour" to commence this fall with more dates for 2013 expected. The European release of the new album "Ascending to Infinity" is today. The album is scheduled for a North American release on July 3, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The first confirmed dates are as follows:

10.11.2012 BE Charleroi - Coliseum
12.11.2012 UK London - O2 Islington
14.11.2012 ES Bilbao - Sala Santana 27
15.11.2012 ES Madrid - Caracol
16.11.2012 ES Barcelona - Sala Bikini
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
09.12.2012 FR Paris - Le Trabendo
10.12.2012 FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts New Trailer Clip

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a new trailer for the forthcoming LP "Ascending to Infinity" due out for release on June 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast. In addition, footage from a recent interview with Luca Turilli with Italy's Spazio Rock can be seen below (click CC for English subtitles), which answers many questions about the 2011 amicable split between he and Alex Staropoli of Rhapsody of Fire.

The track list for "Ascending to Infinity" is as follows:

1. Quantum X
2. Ascending To Infinity
3. Dante’s Inferno
4. Excalibur
5. Tormento E Passione
6. Dark Fate Of Atlantis
7. Luna
8. Clash Of The Titans
9. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall
10. March Of Time (Bonus Track)

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts Track-By-Track Video

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a track-by-track video featuring samples from the band's upcoming "Ascending to Infinity" LP. The video is in Italian and was part of a interview for MetalItalia.com, however, song samples from the album can be heard at 6:01, 8:28, 10:42, 12:28, 15:59 and 18:15.

"Ascending to Infinity" due out for release on June 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast. The track list for is as follows:

1. Quantum X
2. Ascending To Infinity
3. Dante’s Inferno
4. Excalibur
5. Tormento E Passione
6. Dark Fate Of Atlantis
7. Luna
8. Clash Of The Titans
9. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall
10. March Of Time (Bonus Track)

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts New Music Video

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a new music video for the song "Dark Fate of Atlantis." The song will appear on the forthcoming LP "Ascending to Infinity" due out for release on June 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast.

The track list for "Ascending to Infinity" is as follows:

1. Quantum X
2. Ascending To Infinity
3. Dante’s Inferno
4. Excalibur
5. Tormento E Passione
6. Dark Fate Of Atlantis
7. Luna
8. Clash Of The Titans
9. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall
10. March Of Time (Bonus Track)

Check out "Dark Fate of Atlantis" here: More...

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LT Rhapsody Reveals New Drummer

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody has posted a brief video clip announcing Alex Landenburg as the band's new drummer. Check out the video clip below. Rhapsody's new album "Ascending to Infinity" is due out this Summer through Nuclear Blast.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Quantum X
2. Ascending To Infinity
3. Dante’s Inferno
4. Excalibur
5. Tormento E Passione
6. Dark Fate Of Atlantis
7. Luna
8. Clash Of The Titans
9. Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall
10. March Of Time (Bonus Track)

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LT Rhapsody Announces Track List Change, Free Song

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced that the band was forced to leave the song "Fantasia Gothica" off the forthcoming LP "Ascending to Infinity" due to a problem with the mix and time constraints to make the necessary changes, but will release the song free as part of an exclusive product through label Nuclear Blast Records. "Ascending to Infinity" is scheduled for release on June 29, 2012.

The announcement from the band reads:

Hi to all! Later today or tomorrow it will be released a news about the pre-orders as Nuclear Blast is actually linking the pre-order option to a special contest. As you can see from the sequence of songs listed in the NUCLEAR BLAST webshop, there is a little change in the order of the same album songs. FANTASIA GOTICA was removed at the very last minute from the album and this happened due to time problems related with the mix as we had a precise deadline to respect. So the whole album will last around 6 minutes less than what previously announced, same for the limited edition. But the good news is that just before the headliner tour FANTASIA GOTICA will be released together with another exclusive product we and NUCLEAR BLAST are preparing for you and that will be absolutely free for everybody… yes, my friends, absolutely FREE for the ones of you who asked about the limited editions: At this time the webshop of Nuclear Blast should have been already updated. Of course each limited edition will include the bonus DVD including the video of DARK FATE OF ATLANTIS, the "making of" documentary, interviews with the band members and more.
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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Announces Singer

Luca Turilli has finally made the long awaited announcement as to the new Luca Turilli's Rhapsody singer, which has been bestowed upon Alessandro Conti (Trick or Treat). The following announcement was made on the band's website:

"[T]oday, March 30th 2012, is a great and very important day for our band. We are finally proud to present the new singer of LT’S RHAPSODY to the world, the person who, thanks to his unique vocal talent, will contribute to the artistic perspectives of the band in the years to come. The secret is finally revealed: the new singer is Italian and his name is ALESSANDRO CONTI."

Luca Turilli commented: "Alessandro is the singer of our band since many months already but we wanted to present him in the way he deserves, and this means: through his voice!. For this 11th RHAPSODY album we wanted to have a singer able to sing in different ways and offering different ‘colors’. Such ability is fundamental for me as in every RHAPSODY album I like to compose different styles of songs, passing from the most cinematic and epic impact of some songs to the operatic majesty of other ones, from celestial voices to more aggressive tones. Alessandro was just the best choice in this sense as, in between the multitude of all his vocal colors, he has a great high tone but also an operatic approach that makes the difference. He studied at the ‘Corale Lirica Rossini’ of Modena as first tenor, the same school attended by the great and unforgettable Luciano Pavarotti." More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Shoots New Video

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody has just finished recorded a new music video for the new song "Dark Fate of Atlantis." The video was shot in Stockholm, Sweden, and was directed by Owe Lingvall, of Dream Day Media, also known for the Kamelot video for "The Great Pandemonium." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming LP "Ascending to Infinity," due out on June 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The band commented on the video and upcoming DVD to accompany the LP:

We are impressed by the visionary style of Owe’s works. For a band willing to sound and look cinematic like Rhapsody there was no better choice possible. The video will spread for free around the world in the beginning of April. Our friend Owe will be also responsible for an extra DVD including the video, the 'making of' documentary related with it, and exclusive interviews with all the Rhapsody band members. Nuclear Blast will release this extra DVD, lasting more than one hour, in the Limited Edition of the new upcoming album 'Ascending To Infinity,' to be released worldwide on June 29. A further gift to all our fans around the world!
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