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Italy's so-called "film score metal" band Rhapsody has changed it's name to Rhapsody of Fire. The band have posted the following message regarding the change at their official website:
"Due to copyright and trademark issues the band formerly known as Rhapsody has changed its name. The band members consider this a great new start, reflecting the emboldened and increasingly grandiose direction that their music has taken. “The power of the dragonflame will burn brighter than ever before,” says guitarist/songwriter Luca Turilli. Keyboardist/songwriter Alex Staropoli adds, “The name Rhapsody Of Fire better represents the energy that has always been present in this band and its music.”
With a new record company in Magic Circle Music, a new tour planned and a new album on the way, Rhapsody Of Fire will continue to explore musical fantasy worlds with the precision musicianship and unique symphonic concepts that their fans have come to expect and adore. Fresh on the heels of the band’s first live album release, Live In Canada 2005 - The Dark Secret, a new name and renewed vigor ensure that Rhapsody Of Fire still hold the passion and power that have always been associated with their music."
Rhapsody are out with the video to their new single 'Dawn Of Victory', from the album 'Live In Canada 2005– The Dark Secret'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Rhapsody released their first live album earlier this year via Magic Circle Music. Entitled "Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret", contains over 60 minutes of footage recorded at the Metropolis in Montreal/Canada on June 14, 2005 during leg one of the MANOWAR's "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour".
Italian power metal band RHAPSODY have announced that they will release their first live album on January 31 via Magic Circle Music. Entitled "Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret", the release is a testimony of pure energy, with over 60 minutes of footage recorded at the Metropolis in Montreal/Canada on June 14, 2005 during leg one of the MANOWAR's "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour".
As the special guests for MANOWAR this past summer, RHAPSODY's performance was highly acclaimed internationally for its stripped down and performance-orientated arrangements, which allowed the band to prove that the music really is the message.
"This album is exceptionally magical,” said guitarist and composer Luca Turilli. "It combines the song visions with the fun we had on stage and the amazing reaction from the fans."
Keyboardist and composer Alex Staropoli added, "The reaction of the fans in Canada and the U.S. was just unbelievable. That's why we simply had to name this album 'Live In Canada'. A true dedication!"
"Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret" will be released in two configurations: as a CD format that features the complete Montreal show and as a limited edition CD package (with the complete album recorded in 5.1 surround sound) that will include a bonus DVD that contains exclusive behind-the-scenes-material. The track list includes old favourites from previous years as well as tracks from their latest release "Symphony of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret".
"Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret" track listing:
01. The Dark Secret
02. Unholy Warcry
03. Wisdom Of The Kings
04. The Village Of Dwarves
05. Erian´s Mystical Rhymes
06. Dawn Of Victory
07. Lamento Eroico
08. Nightfall On The Grey Mountains
09. The March Of The Swordmaster
10. Emerald Sword
11. Grand Finale
RHAPSODY will continue to tour as the special guest on the second leg of MANOWAR's "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour" in 2006. The first dates have been confirmed and more are to follow.
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Italian epic metal band RHAPSODY will release their first-ever live album, "Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret", on January 23, 2006. Recorded on Juen 13, 2005 at Salle Albert-Rousseau in Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada, the CD will feature the following track listing:
01. The Dark Secret
02. Unholy Warcry
03. Wisdom Of The Kings
04. The Village Of Dwarves
05. Eran's Mystical White Book
06. Lamento Eroico
07. Dawn Of Victory
08. Nightfall On The Grey Mountains
09. March Of The Swordmaster
10. Emerald Sword
"Live In Canada 2005 – The Dark Secret" will be released in two different versions: a regular CD, plus a limited-edition containing a bonus DVD with the entire concert recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound. More...
RHAPSODY guitarist Luca Turilli is currently putting the finishing touches on a new solo album, tentatively due in January/February 2006. Turilli's last solo CD, "Prophet of the Last Eclipse", came out in 2002.
RHAPSODY will be releasing their first live album ever in early 2006. The recordings will be based on performances made during leg one of MANOWAR's "Demons, Dragons and Warriors World Tour" where RHAPSODY appeared as the special guests in spring 2005.
RHAPSODY released "Symphony of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret", in September 2004 via Magic Circle Music/SPV. The CD features a very special appearance by acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack of the Clones", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Gremlins II", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow").
Italian power metal band NANOWAR have spoofed a well-known macho heavy metal legend with their album "Other Bands Play ... Nanowar Gay". Not only does the album cover spoof MANOWAR's "Fighting the World" album sleeve, it also twists the well-known MANOWAR battle cry from "slay" to "gay" and portrays the heroes in suitable VILLAGE PEOPLE-style attire. Needless to say, the album, with songtitles such as "Tricycles of Steel" and "Power of the Power of the Power (Of the Great Sword)", is the best-selling item on the newly opened rockdetector.com indie CD store too.
Based in Rome, NANOWAR comprises vocalist Potowotominimak, guitarists Gatto Panceri 666 and Mohammed Abdul, with Uinona Raider on drums. The band also targets RHAPSODY, re-working "Emerald Sword" as "Emerald Fork".
MANOWAR will be teaming up with RHAPSODY and HOLYHELL for the "Demons, Dragons And Warriors World Tour 2006" beginning next spring.
Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows:
Apr. 04 - Frankfurt, GER - Festhalle
Apr. 06 - Munich, GER - Olympiahalle
Apr. 07 - Stuttgart, GER - Schleyerhalle
Apr. 08 - Nuremberg, GER - Frankenhalle
Apr. 10 - Berlin, GER - Max-Schmeling-Halle
Apr. 11 - Dortmund, GER - Westfalenhalle
MANOWAR recently signed an exclusive worldwide distribution deal with SPV for their Magic Circle Music label. A new MANOWAR album is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2006.
MANOWAR performed live late last month with several other Magic Circle Music bands at the Earthshaker Fest 2005 in Geiselwind, Germany.
Octogenarian actor Christopher Lee is reportedly performing at a heavy metal festival in Germany. The 82-year-old Lord of the Rings star is taking part in the Earthshaker Festival in Geiselwind, Bavaria. He will sing with two bands, Manowar and Rhapsody, according to concert organisers. Lee will be accompanied by a live orchestra and a choir and will perform alongside heavy metal bands such as Grave Digger, Dragonlord and Forces of Evil.
Rhapsody are out with the video to their new single 'The Magic of The Wizard's Dream', featuring famed horror movie actor, Christopher Lee. You can watch it online at Blastro.com.
Long-running American heavy metal legends Manowar and Italian symphonic metal maestros Rhapsody will be joining forces for these confirmed U.S. dates:
June 18 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
June 19 New York City, NY - BB King's Blues Club
More dates are expected to be announced as they become available.
As previously reported, back in December 2003, screen legend Christopher Lee recorded narrative parts as a Wizard King for Rhapsody's "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret" album.
Turns out Lee himself is a talented singer possessing a rich bass/baritone voice. The actor and the band then met up again in December, 2004 to re-record the album track "The Magic Of The Wizard’s Dream," this time as a duet that would feature the singing voice of Mr. Lee.
This time producer Joey DeMaio was chosen by the band and Mr. Lee to produce the recording with the help of a Cologne string orchestra and some other guest musicians. With Lee’s command of over 12 languages, the track was recorded in four different languages - English, German, French and Italian. Also a spectacular video was shot in High Definition filmed by noted director Neil Johnson featuring a 40-piece orchestra and a 20-piece choir.
In addition to the four language versions the band also produced two brand new studio tracks, "Autumn Twilight" and "Lo Specchio D’Argento," that will also appear on this new offering, due for release on April 11th through Magic Circle Music/SPV/Steamhammer.
"The Magic Of The Wizard’s Dream" will include the following track listings:
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Rhapsody have posted the following eyebrow-raising update at their official website:
When the Italian epic metal band Rhapsody first met the legendary actor Christopher Lee in December 2003 during the recording of their current album, "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret," no one really knew what could come of this collaboration.
It was only after Lee himself, being a talented singer possessing a rich bass/baritone voice, expressed his 'concerns' that he was about to narrate for the album in a role of a wizard king and not sing at all, laid the ground for what was to come next:
The release of the album was critically acclaimed by both fans and media and achieving fantastic chart positions throughout the world – the parties decided to meet again in December 2004 to re-record the album track "The Magic Of The Wizard’s Dream," this time as a duet that would feature the rich and expressive singing voice of none other than Mr. Lee with the band Rhapsody.
In many reviews of the album, media and fans had already chosen the song as one of the best ever by the band. This time, producer Joey DeMaio (Manowar) was chosen by the band and Mr. Lee to produce the recording with the help of a Cologne string orchestra and some other guest musicians.More...
CAGE has been confirmed to play at the Earthshaker Festival 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MANOWAR will headline the festival and will also feature TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, RHAPSODY, GRAVE DIGGER, MASTERPLAN and many other bands.
Testament, Overkill, Children of Bodom, Rhapsody, Grave Digger and Masterplan are among the latest bands confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
A poster for the festival can be viewed at this location.
As previously reported, festival headliners Manowar are currently in studio working on a new song to be performed at EarthShaker Fest 2005. The band warn the fans that this will be only one of the many great surprises they are preparing for this show and the Mega Fan Convention.
Labyrinth's new album will be entitled "Freeman". Recorded and mixed at Elnor Studio in Milan, Italy and mastered at The House Of Audio Studios in Germany, the album is being called "a big step in the new frontier of Labyrinth's sound". "Freeman" will be released in March 2005.
It's difficult to say in which direction the 2005 Lab's sound is gone, if we consider that in the 10 tracks on "Freeman" we can find the most various things. From the band's most aggressive song ever, 'Dive In Open Waters', to the mid-tempos with killer riffs and harmonics melodies and '70's - or speedy - periods, to disquieting 'Malcom Gray', a song that will give a thrill to more than a few people!"
Arise records will also re-release "No Limits" (originally released in 1996), the first album of the band with Fabio Lione (Rhapsody) on lead vocals. The album has been re-mastered and contains 2 bonus tracks and new graphics. Out in March 2005.
Rhapsody has just confirmed that they will enter the recording studio together with film legend Christopher Lee, to re-record the song "The Magic Of The Wizard's Dream" from their latest release "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II - The Dark Secret." The single will be released worldwide early next year (2005).
The song will be produced in four different languages (English, German, French and Italian) and will feature a duet by Mr. Lee and Rhapsody singer Fabio Lione. Besides offering multiple versions of the song, such as an orchestral version, two brand new studio tracks will be included. More details about the two new tracks will be released shortly. More...
The new studio release from Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody, "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands Part 2: The Dark Secret", has entered the national album charts in the following countries:
No. 27 France
No. 33: Germany
No. 62: Switzerland
No. 70: Holland
No. 100: Norway
As previously reported, the limited-edition version of "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands Part 2 - The Dark Secret" includes a bonus DVD featuring the "Unholy Warcry" video, a documentary about the album recordings and an interview with acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack of the Clones", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Gremlins II", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), who makes a very special appearance on the CD.
According to the official Rhapsody website, the band and actor Christopher Lee, who provides several narratives on the new album "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands Part 2: The Dark Secret," will be doing a signing session at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London, England on September 27th between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. Lee will only be signing copies of the album and his DVD, "Jinnah," no other film or TV related items.
For more information go to www.forbiddenplanet.com or call (++44) 020 7420 3666.
There will be a limited edition of the new album that will include a bonus DVD featuring a Making Of documentary, video clips and interviews, including one with Lee.
The Italian symphonic metalers Rhapsody will released their new album, "Symphony of enchanted lands II:The Dark Secret" (view cover), on September 27th. A limited edition of the album will be released at the same time.
Limited Edition tracklisting:
Disc 1 (CD): More...
German power metallers Freedom Call , who feature in their ranks Gamma Ray drummer Daniel Zimmermann, have set "Circle of Life" as the working title of their new album, tentatively due in January/February 2005 through SPV Records. "Drum recordings took place in Kai Hansen ‘s [Gamma Ray] studio in Hamburg, all other recordings will be made in Nuremberg," Daniel writes on the group's web site. "There will be 11 new songs on the album. In general you could say that Freedom Call have stayed true to their style, even if you should be ready for some surprises. All the things Freedom Call ever represented will be in there, like fast melodic speed-anthems, progressive arrangements, ballad parts, but also modern elements. The album will be mixed by Sascha Paeth, who you surely know of his work with Rhapsody and Heaven´s Gate." A European tour will follow the album release.
Freedom Call issued a live album, entitled "Live Invasion", in May through SPV. The disc, which was recorded on the band's tour with Blind Guardian, includes a special bonus CD featuring the "Tears Of Taragon" EP plus two tracks that were previously only available in Japan.