|Review: Rhapsody of Fire - Legendary Tales|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 1997
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 18, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (40 Votes)
Symphonic Epic Power metal.Yes, that's how Rhapsody's style can be described. Throughout this album, Rhapsody delivers a very well orchestrated mix of symphony and metal, along with the powerful, impressive vocals of former Labyrinth singer Fabio Lione.
This is Rhapsody's debut album which begins an epic story which continues in their second album, Symphony Of Enchanted Lands. Debut album I said? Well, it just doesn't look or sound like one. Everything is almost perfect, from the artwork (one of the best I've seen) to the slightest note. In fact, the only thing I can really complain about is that the song lyrics are not listed in the same order as on the back cover (which is in the right order.) This is a minor, yet surprising mistake in an otherwise perfect booklet.
A couple of songs are lacking on the lyrical side, namely Rage Of The Winter and Echoes Of Tragedy, but what they don't deliver lyrically is well compensated by a very diversified musical arrangement, which has nothing to envy to the rest of the album.
This s a very interesting, almost unique style which will appeal to amateurs of classical and metal music, as Rhapsody seems to have mastered the marriage between the two. If you are not much into the epic kind of stuff however, this might not be ideal for you since the album is based on a medieval/legendary-type of story. Come to think of it, try it anyway. :) This is a musical masterpiece, period.
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