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Rhapsody Of Fire

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

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts Behind The Scenes Video

Rhapsody Of Fire guitarist Roberto De Micheli takes you behind the scenes before the 2012 North and South American Rhapsody Of Fire tours in a new video clip available below.

In this short behind the scenes video you will be taken into Roberto De Micheli's private rehearsal studio where he talks about the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire 2012 live concert tour and plays a Rhapsody Of Fire guitar solo.

For a listing of the band's upcoming tour dates, head over to the Rhapsody of Fire Facebook profile.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Adds More Tour Dates

Rhapsody Of Fire has extended its biggest world tour ever by adding a few select shows in Central and South America. Alex Staropoli comments:

“This is our biggest world tour ever with concerts in Europe, North America, Central America and South America. The energy, enthusiasm and excitement on this tour is far greater than it has ever been for us over our past 15+ year history!

"Rhapsody Of Fire is stronger than ever and the reviews of all the concerts we’ve already done on this tour are proof of that. For the first time ever, we’re also giving our Latin American fans the opportunity to spend an incredible amount of personal time with us face-to-face. We did this in Europe for the first time this year and it was truly great to bring us very close to some of our biggest fans in a very personal way."

The newly added dates are as follows: More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces North American Tour

Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire OFFICIALLY announced its first ever headlining North American Tour commencing on May 25, 2012 in Philadelphia. This will mark the first tour with new guitarist Tom Hess (Ex-HolyHell/Hess).

Founding member and keyboardist Alex Staropoli had the following comments on the tour:

American and Canadian Rhapsody Of Fire fans have been waiting a long time for our return to North America. We’ve heard your demands and now it’s finally a reality! Rhapsody Of Fire is stronger than ever and ready to bring to you the longest, biggest and best show we’ve ever done in the band’s 15+ years history.

We’re also giving fans the opportunity to spend an incredible amount of personal time with us face-to-face in order to bring us very close to our fans in a very personal and meaningful way.

For dates and venues, check out the poster below (which includes the European dates as well): More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces Additional Europe Dates

Italian symphonic power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire announced additional dates for the band's European Tour.

Founding member/keyboardist Alex Staropoli previously commented on the tour:

This is going to be the best tour ever for Rhapsody Of Fire. The band will be doing some great new things that we’ve never done before. Among those new things, we’ll be playing a lot more songs compared to our previous tours, and not only more songs, but songs that our fans have requested to hear most. We’re also giving fans the opportunity to spend an incredible amount of personal time with us face-to-face in order to bring us very close to our fans in a very personal and meaningful way.

The additional dates added are as follows:

15.04.2012 Szene (Vienna, Austria)
17.04.2012 Master of Rock Cafe (Zlin, Czech Republic)
18.04.2012 Kwadrat (Krakow, Poland)
19.04.2012 Progresja (Warsaw, Poland)

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Kaledon Added To Rhapsody Of Fire Tour

Rome's Kaledon has announced the band will be hitting the road with Rhapsody of Fire for select dates this coming April. Details are as follows:

07.04. Pratteln - Z7 / Support bands: KALEDON + ODD DIMENSION
08.04. Paris - Bataclan / Support Bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
09.04. Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
11.04. Milano - Live Club / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
12.04. Bologna - Estragon / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
13.04. Roma - Orion / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT
14.04. Treviso - New Age / Support bands: KALEDON + BEJELIT

You can also check out Kaledon's previously posted music video for "Steel Maker" at this location.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces Tour Dates

Rhapsody of Fire has announced the first set of 2012 tour dates for Europe in April. The shows will be the first to feature new members Roberto De Micheli (guitarst) and Oliver Holzwarth (bass) (brother of drummer Alex Holzwarth). Micheli and Holzwarth replaced departing guitarist and co-founder Luca Turilli and bassist Patrice Guers, who departed in November 2011 as part of the public and mutual split agreement.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

01.04.2012 Sala Totem (Pamplona, Spain) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
02.04.2012 Sala Cats (Madrid, Spain) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
03.04.2012 Salamandra (Barcelona, Spain) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
04.04.2012 Theatre Barbey (Bordeaux, France) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
06.04.2012 PPM Festival (Mons, Belgium) (w/Odd Dimension)
07.04.2012 Z7 (Pratteln, Switzerland) (w/Odd Dimension & From The Depth)
08.04.2012 Bataclan (Paris, France) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)
09.04.2012 Colos-Saal (Aschaffenburg, Germany) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)
11.04.2012 Live Club (Milano, Italy) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)
12.04.2012 Estragon (Bologna, Italy) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)
13.04.2012 Orion (Roma, Italy)(w/Kaledon & Behelit)
14.04.2012 New Age (Treviso, Italy) (w/Kaledon & Behelit)

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Nuclear Blast Offering Free Sampler

Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about offering a sampler for free download online:

"Nuclear Blast says thank you, for an awesome year to their fans and friends, by offering a free download compilation, exclusively on our Facebook page. Surf to this location and like the page and get the free sampler! Have a merry and rocking Christmas and an ass-kicking 2012!"

The track listing is as follows:

01. Destruction - The Price
02. Hell - Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us
03. Demonaz - All Blackened Sky
04. Scar Symmetry - lluminoid Dream Sequence
05. Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
06. Hammerfall - One More Time
07. Pain - Dirty Woman
08. Rhapsody Of Fire - Aeons Of Raging Darkness (edit)
09. Symphony x - Dehumanized
10. Communic - Destroyer Of Bloodlines
11. Vader - Come And See My Sacrifice
12. Seven - Get It
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Violation (edit)
14. Tasters - Please Destroy This World
15. Cipher sytem - Communicate The Storms
16. Anthrax - Fight'em Till You Can't
17. Biohazard - Vengeance Is Mine
18. Textures - Singularity
19. We Came As Romans - Mis/understanding
20. Threat Signal - Fallen Disciples
21. Texas In July - 1000 Lies
22. Graveworm - See No Future
23. Like Moths To Flames - You Won't Be Missed
24. Gotthard - Remember It's Me
25. Battle Beast - Enter The Metal World

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Luca Turilli Provides New Rhapsody Details

Rhapsody/Rhapsody Of Fire guitarist/co-founder Luca Turilli provided an exclusive interview with Markus Wosgien, head of promotion for Nuclear Blast Records regarding the amicable split and future of Rhapsody Of Fire and his new Luca Turilli's Rhapsody project.

Turilli explained the recent amicable split between the two bands: "First of all let me tell you that Alex (Staropoli) and I had a lot of fun while hearing some comments following the announcement of the friendly split of RHAPSODY OF FIRE. In particular, I heard the comments of some people imagining a lot of weird things or thinking that I was the one who left the band because of this or that reason. Honestly this is really absurd and nothing is more untrue.

"The only reality is that in the end of 2010 Alex and I, together - and I underline: together -, agreed that after FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY (the 10th official RHAPSODY OF FIRE album which closed the cycle of releases related with our saga), we would have went on with our careers separately. This because after 20 years of great and unique collaboration the feeling, while working together, was not the same anymore and so, due to the strong respect we have for each other, we decided to take this important decision.

We also agreed everything about the way the band split and the fact of keeping for both the name RHAPSODY, in respect of all the unique efforts and the personal economical investment we both made in these years to make this name stronger and stronger in the market. So, again, all was decided really in a friendly way between two people respecting themselves at all levels. Therefore no conspiracy theories or something like that ha ha, instead just the honest will of proceeding separately in order to find new artistic stimulations. Be also sure that there won’t be any competition between the two RHAPSODY bands, we are too old for those kind of games ha ha. I love Alex and want for him the best possible success. I also take the chance of wishing the best to the new members of RHAPSODY OF FIRE: TOM HESS and ROBERTO DE MICHELI. They are great people and ultra-skilled musicians, a sure guarantee of great music at the highest artistic levels for all the fans of Alex and Fabio’s band!" More...

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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Posts Trailer

Co-founding member of Rhapsody/Rhapsody of Fire and guitarist Luca Turilli announced his new project "Luca Turilli's Rhapsody," which was in accordance with the recent mutual split between himself and keyboardist Alex Staropoli.

In the split, Staropoli continues on with Rhapsody of Fire and now, in what is bound to cause some confusion, begins the emergence of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, which bears the essentially the same logo as Rhapsody of Fire. Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a new teaser video for the "new beginning" which announces that the band will release an album in June of 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The video can be viewed here:

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts New Lineup Photo

Italy's innovators of "Film Score Metal" have just revealed the first official band photo of the new line-up (shown below). After the friendly split with founding member and guitarist Luca Turilli a short while ago, the new line-up is as follows:

Vocals – Fabio Lione
Keyboards – Alex Staropoli
Guitars – Roberto De Micheli
Guitars – Tom Hess
Bass – Oliver Holzwarth
Drums – Alex Holzwarth

The band is currently booking shows for a tour in 2012 to be announced later this year.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Announces Second Guitarist

Rhapsody Of Fire has announced the band's new second guitar player will be Roberto De Micheli. The band commented on the lineup change:

"After weeks of considering whom among thousands of guitar players would be chosen to join the band on their upcoming world tour, Rhapsody Of Fire had finally selected the very best guitarist out of many great guitar players wanting to tour with them."

Alex Staropoli also added, “With so many very good guitar players to chose from, it took time and great care to find the absolute best guitar player for us. In the end, we decided on Roberto De Micheli due to his complete mastery of the guitar, his unique abilities to amaze all those who hear and watch him play live, and his complete dedication as a musician. I have known Roberto De Micheli since the early 1990's. The decision to finally chose him over all other guitarists in the world to play with us became very obvious and natural the more we considered all our options. After so many years, he is still highly devoted to his instrument.

"He remains passionate and enthusiastic about rehearsing and playing music many hours every day. He is also a perfect fit for Rhapsody Of Fire because he continues the band’s tradition of being a truly professional, polite and a positive person to work with. Roberto De Micheli and Tom Hess are already working together on their guitar parts for the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire tour, that's just very exciting! The huge anticipation of the band’s new lineup, sound and upcoming world tour has been something much greater and more exciting than we have ever experienced before from fans all over the world.”

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Rhapsody Of Fire Names New Bass Player

Rhapsody Of Fire announced the addition of new bass player, Oliver Holzwarth of Blind Guardian. Oliver is the brother of drummer Alex Holzwarth. Recently, the band amicably split with guitarist and co-founder Luca Turilli and Patrice Guers, leaving remaining members Fabio Lione, co-founder Alex Starapoli, Tom Hess and Alex Holzwarth to carry on the band. The full report on the split was previously reported on by Metal Underground at this location.

The official announcement on the band's website reads:

"The band Rhapsody Of Fire is proud to announce the name of a new band member who will join forces with Fabio Lione, Alex Staropoli, Tom Hess and Alex Holzwarth. German bass player Oliver Holzwarth (brother of Rhapsody Of Fire drummer Alex Holzwarth) has joined the band as an official and permanent member of Rhapsody Of Fire, and will be involved in both live performances and studio recordings.

"Oliver is an excellent bass player who has toured with Blind Guardian, Tarja Turunen and Sieges Even and has recorded several studio albums with Blind Guardian.

"Alex Staropoli says: 'It's a true privilege and honor to have the two Holzwarth brothers playing together in Rhapsody Of Fire. I am sure it will be fantastic to have the best rhythmic section on this planet, a unique and true force of nature, on our side. I am really looking forward to hearing them shaking the stages around the world on our upcoming world tour.' "

Singer Fabio Lione is currently on tour as guest vocalist with Kamelot in North America.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Splits Into Two Bands

After 15 years of friendship, hard work, and passion fully invested in the creation of symphonic music and an epic saga that will remain in the history of heavy metal, Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli decided to proceed with a friendly split.

"10 albums released and the end of the saga represent, musically and lyrically, an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the success of our last release 'From Chaos To Eternity,' for which we want to thank our wonderful fans once again. Now it came the time when new artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect of both parts' visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship" say Luca and Alex.

Due to the latest legal agreements actually in force, Alex Staropoli will go on with Rhaposdy of Fire, with Fabio Lione as singer, Tom Hess as guitar player and Alex Holzwarth as drummer. For the same agreements and the original name's common ownership, Luca Turilli will release his future works with a new Rhapsody band, including the band members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth.

Alex says: "While wishing the best to Luca and his new band, I want to tell you that Fabio and myself feel motivated and stronger than ever and that Rhapsody of Fire are already planning a great worldwide tour. More information regarding the new bass player and the new second guitar player will follow. Stay tuned!"

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Iced Earth's Wacken Show To Be Streamed Online

Iced Earth has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming Wacken appearance this Saturday, August 6th being streamed online in its entirety:

"Looks like Iced Earth's Wacken show this Saturday will be streamed live on the Internet! The band takes the stage at 17:30 German time, which is 11:30am, Eastern Time. The show is scheduled to last one hour (17:30-18:30/11:30am-12:30pm, Eastern. Enjoy!"

Other band performances to be streamed include Helloween, Finntroll, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Rhapsody of Fire, Children of Bodom, and more.

The full lineup and times for the streaming Wacken performances can be found by heading over to this location.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Posts New Song Online

Rhapsody of Fire, which recently announced a new guitar player, has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:

"Today we are proud to present you 'Tornado,' another song from our forthcoming album 'From Chaos To Eternity,' a new appetizer before you can taste the whole last chapter of the fantasy cycle started with out first release 'Legendary Tales' in the far 1997. You can listen to it from our website’s player, here as well as our MySpace page.

"The tablature of the Luca Turilli’s guitar solo of 'Tornado' will be available, together with a great bonus track, in the limited edition of the same album, in the exclusive limited edition and in the vinyl version too. Both limited editions and the vinyl will also contain a super extra-large booklet of 48 pages, something astonishing realized for this unique and important event."

"From Chaos To Eternity" will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 17th, and the artwork can be found at this location.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Reveals New Guitarist

Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire has announced that Tom Hess, known for his online guitar courses, has joined the band as a permanent new member. He recorded most of the rhythmic parts of the new upcoming album "From Chaos To Eternity" (out on June, 17th) and also two guitar solos.

Alex says: "I saw Tom Hess playing on stage several times and always got impressed by his great stage presence and his way of playing. When I have heard the rhythmic and the solo guitars he recorded for Rhapsody Of Fire I was blown away, I could feel that strong presence in between every single note."

Luca adds: "I know Tom since many years. He is a great person, a good friend of mine and I am not surprised of the success he’s having teaching his guitar techniques all around the world. I am really proud to have built a strong partnership with him and I will always thank him for the support he gave me when I decided to create my Neoclassical Revelation Guitar Course. Therefore I am really honored to present Tom to all the fans of Rhapsody Of Fire as I am sure he will be the one who, through his artistic talent and unique skills, will make the difference in this band for the years to come!"

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Rhapsody Of Fire Reveals New Album Release Date

Italian symphonic metal outfit Rhapsody Of Fire has announced that the band's new studio album, "From Chaos To Eternity," will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on June 17th. You can check out the front cover artwork for the record below. Speaking about the album, the band stated:

"It is the end of an era. This historical release will end the Rhapsody’s sagas once and for all after 15 years of fantasy oriented lyrics, and for the last time we’ll hear Sir Christopher Lee narrating one of our albums, the last dramatic events of a legendary tale started in 1997 and told through 2 different sagas and 10 full length albums.

"We are surely very sad but we also know that for this same reason the upcoming release will remain in the history of the band for its artistic importance and unique epic!"

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Nuclear Blast Offering Free Sampler Album

Nuclear Blast Records is currently offering a sampler album as a free digital download through Amazon.com. You can download all fifteen tracks from the sampler at this location. The track listing is as follows:

1. Bleed Meshuggah
2. Gateways (Edit) Dimmu Borgir
3. Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us (without intro) Hell
4. Deathstar Before the Dawn
5. Empyreal Sylosis
6. A Mi Manera Agnostic Front
7. Hisingen Blues Graveyard
8. The Price Destruction
9. Big Time Game Hunting Condemned?
10. Ukon Wacka (featuring Tuomari Nurmio) Korpiklaani
11. The End Of It All (edit) Sirenia
12. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan Belphegor
13. Sea Of Fate Rhapsody Of Fire
14. Dying For An Angel Avantasia
15. Forsaken At The Gates Forbidden

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Motorhead And W.A.S.P. To Headline Bloodstock

The organisers of Great Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that, in addition to black metal icons Immortal headlining the second day of the event, heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. will be headlining the main stage on the friday, with rock gods Motorhead closing the festivities on the final day of the event. Speaking about the festival, Motorhead frontman Lemmy stated:

"Bloodstock is celebrating 11 years, Motorhead 36 years - Boys and girls, come and see, we will rock your fu**in’ ass’. See you at Bloodstock!"

The event will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 12th-14th and will feature the following lineup: More...

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Rhapsody Of Fire Updates Tour Schedule

Rhapsody of Fire has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming tour dates and about the Paris show selling out:

"The wonderful Paris is the first town of our upcoming tour to be sold out and we are so proud to announce it already now. We want to thank all the French fans for the great welcome they are reserving us.

"Too many years passed since the last time we could perform in France but now we are really excited by the idea of playing in front of such a great audience. It will be a great evening in the name of Film Score metal and we can already imagine all the great excitement while performing our glorious hits like 'Dawn Of Victory,' 'Emerald Sword,' and 'Reign Of Terror' in front of our French friends. See you soon!"

The upcoming dates for the "Frozen Tour Of Angels" are as follows:

Feb. 12 - Madrid (SP) La Riviera
Feb. 13 - Barcelona (SP) Razzmatazz
Feb. 15 - Paris (F) Elysee Montmartre
Feb. 16 - Ludwigsburg (D) Rockfabrik
Feb. 17 - Köln (D) Live Music Hall
Feb. 18 - Charleroi (B) Le Coliseum
Feb. 20 - Nürnberg (D) Hirsch
Feb. 21 - Katowice (PL) Mega Club
Feb. 22 - Kosice (SK) JUMBO centrum
Feb. 23 - Bratislava (SK) MMC (Majestic Music Club)
Feb. 25 - Bologna (I) Estragon
Feb. 26 - Roma (I) Atlantico
Feb. 28 - Milano (I) Alcatraz

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