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Rhapsody Of Fire

Formed: 2006
From: Trieste, Italy
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Rhapsody Of Fire News

Below is our complete Rhapsody Of Fire news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts Tour Footage

Part two of Rhapsody of Fire's new tour documentary is online and explores Alex Staropoli's keyboard rig, the building of the stage, and introducing the fans to Alberto Bravin, the man behind the band's massive live sound.

Rhapsody of Fire has been performing live in support of the "Dark Wings of Steel" album (reviewed here). You can also watch a music video for the title track at this location.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts New Music Video

Italian epic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire released the a new music video for "Dark Wings of Steel," the title track of the band's latest album, which is available now through AFM Records. A review for the album can be found over here.

The album is the first studio release for Rhapsody of Fire since the famous split between the Rhapsody of keyboardist co-founder Alex Staropoli and the Rhapsody of guitarist/composer co-founder Luca Turilli.

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Ancient Bards Reveals Album Details

Ancient Bards, along with Limb Music and Rockshots Music Management, are proud to present "A New Dawn Ending," the third and last chapter of the first part of the Black Crystal Sword saga, which began with "The Alliance of the Kings" in 2010 and continued with "Soulless Child" in 2011.

The songs were all recorded at Simone Mularoni’s Domination Studio and "A New Dawn Ending" will be released via Limb Music on April 25th, 2014. The cover artwork was designed by Felipe Machado Franco and will be revealed soon.

Keyboardist Daniele Mazza comments: "For us now it's a habit and a guarantee to record at Domination Studio, with Simone we studied the best sound for this album, which this time goes beyond our previous productions: the guitars are even more aggressive, the orchestrations and arrangements are more epic than ever, while the choir, which is more present, has a new and more important role. These are the main ingredients of this final chapter of the Saga.

"The music flawlessly delivers the events of the story, every note fits it perfectly like a tailored suit. With this album we tried to reach a high level of epicness because we want the listeners to enjoy it to the fullest: the choruses are likely to resonate in your head for a long time. The composition are, of course, all enriched by the beautiful, clear and strong voice of Sara, by the engaging solos of Claudio and Martino and accompanied by the uncontrollable machine that is Federico.This can probably be the best chapter of the saga so far." More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts Preview Clips Of New Album

Italian power metal act Rhapsody of Fire posted a preview clip of the band's new album "Dark Wings of Steel," the first release from the Alex Staropoli led half of the band's famous split a couple of years ago. The album drops today in Europe and will be released on December 3rd in North America and December 25th in Japan via AFM Records (see review here).

The track list for "Dark Wings of Steel" is:

1. Vis Divina
2. Rising From Tragic Flames (streaming here)
3. Angel Of Light
4. Tears Of Pain
5. Fly To Crystal Skies
6. My Sacrifice
7. Silver Lake Of Tears (streaming here)
8. Custode Di Pace
9. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon

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Rhapsody Of Fire Streaming Opening Song Of New LP

Italy's Rhapsody of Fire is streaming the new track "Rising From Tragic Flames." The song is the opening track from the band's upcoming new album "Dark Wings of Steel" (see review here). The album is set for release on November 22nd (EU), December 3rd (USA) and December 25th (Japan) via AFM Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Vis Divina
2. Rising From Tragic Flames
3. Angel Of Light
4. Tears Of Pain
5. Fly To Crystal Skies
6. My Sacrifice
7. Silver Lake Of Tears (streaming here)
8. Custode Di Pace
9. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon

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Rhapsody Of Fire Streaming New Track

Italian symphonic power metal pioneers Rhapsody Of Fire have posted a full song stream for "Silver Lake of Tears." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Dark Wings of Steel," the first without co-founding member Luca Turilli, who left in a friendly split of the band which led to the creation of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody a couple of years ago. "Dark Wings of Steel" is set for release on November 22nd (EU), December 3rd (USA) and December 25th (Japan) via AFM Records. Check out Metal Underground.com's review of the release over here.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Vis Divina
2. Rising From Tragic Flames
3. Angel Of Light
4. Tears Of Pain
5. Fly To Crystal Skies
6. My Sacrifice
7. Silver Lake Of Tears
8. Custode Di Pace
9. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts Trailer Clip For New LP

Italian symphonic power metal act Rhapsody Of Fire has posted a preview clip for the upcoming new album "Dark Wings of Steel." The album is set for release on November 22nd (EU), December 3rd (USA) and December 25th (Japan) via AFM Records. Check out Metal Underground.com's review of the release over here.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Vis Divina
2. Rising From Tragic Flames
3. Angel Of Light
4. Tears Of Pain
5. Fly To Crystal Skies
6. My Sacrifice
7. Silver Lake Of Tears
8. Custode Di Pace
9. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon

Bonus track on Digipak & Vinyl:

12. A Candle To Light (extended version)

Check out the trailer here: More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Unveils Album Art & Track List

Italian power metal act Rhapsody Of Fire unveiled the cover artwork & track list for the upcoming album "Dark Wings Of Steel." The album is scheduled for release on November 22nd (EU) and December 3rd (USA) via AFM as a CD, Limited Edition Digipak and Limited Edition Vinyl.

The track listing is:

1. Vis Divina
2. Rising From Tragic Flames
3. Angel Of Light
4. Tears Of Pain
5. Fly To Crystal Skies
6. My Sacrifice
7. Silver Lake Of Tears
8. Custode Di Pace
9. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon

Bonus track on Digipak & Vinyl:

12. A Candle To Light (extended version) More...

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ProgPower USA XIV: "Dark Fate Of Atlanta"

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...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces New Album Title

Italian power metal legends Rhapsody of Fire have announced that the long awaited new release will be entitled "Dark Wings of Steel." The album will drop via AFM Records on November 22nd (EU) and December 3rd (USA). The album will be released as CD, Digipak and double-Vinyl. The Digipak and Vinyl versions will include a bonus track.

All recordings, mix and mastering are finally completed. "Dark Wings Of Steel" was produced by Alex Staropoli, all songs composed by Alex Staropoli and Manuel Staropoli, with the collaboration of guitarist Roberto De Micheli. All lyrics were written by Fabio Lione, and beside the rhythm section with Alex and Oliver Holzwarth, it will also feature a full orchestra, a great choir, and real instruments as in the best Rhapsody of Fire tradition.

Cover art and track list will be announced soon. More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Completes Recording Of New Album

Italian power metal act Rhapsody of Fire (not to be confused with Luca Turilli's Rhapsody) has completed the recording phase for the long awaited new album. The album is the first to feature guitarist Roberto De Micheli, who took over when the band split with co-founder Luca Turilli. De Micheli handled all the guitar duties for the record after the band's split with Tom Hess.

The announcement came via Facebook: "Dear friends, all the recordings for the Rhapsody Of Fire new studio album are done !! We are getting ready to start the mix of the first songs and we are all very excited!!"

More news on the release is expected shortly.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Working On Studio Album

Rhapsody of Fire, which recently split with guitarist Tom Hess, has checked in with the following statement about working on a full-length album:

"Rhapsody Of Fire and AFM Records are extremely proud to announce that the production for the new studio album began.

"Alex and Oliver Holzwarth, the most epic brothers and the most thunderous rhythmic section in heavy metal, just finished their outstanding recordings. Roby De Micheli is next in line for the most powerful guitars ever performed in this band.

"Stay tuned for more news coming very soon."

This new studio release follows Rhapsody of Fire's recently dropped live album "Live - From Chaos to Eternity" (reviewed here).

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Rhapsody Of Fire Splits With Guitarist

Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire has split with guitarist Tom Hess over "philosophical differences."

Hess replaced Luca Turilli, who left in the well known amicable split that resulted in Rhapsody of Fire (led by keyboardist Alex Staropoli), and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody (led by Turilli).

An announcement on the band's Facebook page read: "Alex Staropoli and Tom Hess announce that due to philosophical differences, we have mutually decided to respectfully part ways. Rhapsody Of Fire and Tom both sincerely wish each other the very best for their respective futures."

No word was mentioned whether the plan is to replace Hess or stick with one guitarist, Roberto De Micheli. More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Streaming New Live Track

Italian Symphonic metal act Rhapsody of Fire posted live footage of the song "Dawn of Victory." The song (the title track of the band's 2000 release) will appear on the band's upcoming live release "Live - From Chaos to Eternity," which is scheduled for release on May 3rd (EU) and May 7th (USA) via AFM Records. The album comes as a 2-CD digipak as well as a limited 3-vinyl set.

Check out "Dawn of Victory" here:

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces Live Release

Italian Symphonic metal kings Rhapsody of Fire will release "Live - From Chaos to Eternity" on May 3rd (USA May 7th). It will be available as 2-CD digipak and as limited 3-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the band’s latest European tour in Spring 2012.

Alex Staropoli comments: "We wanted to deliver a live album that can actually be called a LIVE album. Not one single part was re-recorded in studio as most of bands do. Personally I am always looking for perfection but in the case of this live album I truly believe it had to sound live and maintain both live playing and feeling at 100%."

Vocalist Fabio Lione adds: "This live album it's the concrete proof that this band is strong and willing to keep playing and producing music for all our fans out there for the years to come." More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal Footage Of Angra Posted

Video footage of Angra's first performance at the Chorus Line Theater aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise is available. Angra enlisted the help of Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine vocalist Fabio Lione for the bands two special performances on the floating metal festival.

The videos for "Silence & Distance" (originally from the 1996 "Holy Land" LP) and "Nova Era" (originally from the 2001 "Rebirth" LP) can be seen below. The clips were filmed by Carl "CROMCarl" Frederick for Metal Underground.com as the very first bit of the extensive coverage of the event on the way. Additional videos, reports and photos will be posted soon.

Check out "Silence & Distance" here:

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Kaledon Posts In-Studio Footage

Kaledon has uploaded more footage from the band's time in the studio working on an upcoming new album. Check out this clip of vocal takes in the YouTube player below.

The new album will feature a guest spot from Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire) and further details will be announced in the near future. For more info on Kaledon, check out the band's Facebook profile.

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Angra Announces Guest Vocalist For 70K Tons Cruise

After the departure of vocalist Edu Falaschi, Brazilian power/progressive metal band Angra has announced that Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine tenor Fabio Lione will be the guest vocalist at the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise that departs from Miami on January 28, 2013 and returns on February 1, 2013.

In a post on the band's official website it reads: "Fabio Lione will be the guest vocalist for the next Angra concert to be held in the "70,000 Tons Of Metal". The ship "Majesty Of The Seas" will leave Miami on January 28 towards the Caribbean for 5 days and 4 nights with 2,000 fans on board. The world's biggest floating Heavy Metal Festival will feature 40 bands including, Evergrey, Gotthard, Týr, Helloween and Kreator."

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Rhapsody Of Fire Signs With AFM

AFM Records is proud to announce the signing of Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire for a worldwide deal. The label comments:

"Rhapsody of Fire's signature sound, consisting of power metal, soundtrack-like elements and classical influences gave a new meaning to the word 'epic' since the release of 'Legendary Tales' in 1997 and was a formula that many bands tried to copy but never came even close."

The band also stated: "After playing the 'From Chaos To Eternity World Tour 2012' all around Europe, Canada, North America and Latin America, we became even more excited and motivated to continue building our career and creating new exciting music. So now we are finally proud to announce that Rhapsody of Fire signed with a great label such as AFM. That's a new great epic start and we already started working on different projects. More news to follow." More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts More Rehearsal Footage

In the new video below, watch Rhapsody Of Fire bass player Oliver Holzwarth behind the scenes playing "Knightrider of Doom" at home before the 2012 North and South American Rhapsody Of Fire tours.

You can also check out a previously posted behind the scenes video with guitarist Roberto De Micheli at this location.

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