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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 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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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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