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Review: Rhapsody of Fire - Glory for Salvation
Rhapsody of Fire
Glory for Salvation

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 1:05:57
Tracks: 13
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: December 15, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

With an album full of death vocals, blast beats and hellish ambient black metal sound effects, Italy’s Rhapsody of Fire seem to have tweaked their sound a bit on their 2021 album, Glory for Salvation. I kid. The premier neoclassical power metal band has released...a neoclassical power metal album! Glory for Salvation is a good, too, with all the choirs, arpeggios, double-kick drums, high-pitched vocals, fantasy lyrics, etc., etc., you could possibly want crammed into the album’s 65 minutes and it sounds amazing, as you would expect. Here’s a true surprise; there is no pompous, overblown intro. Sure, the opening track "Son of Vengeance" begins with about a minute of instrumental music, but it flows right into the opening verse smoothly and seamlessly. Songs like "Terial the Hawk" and "The Kingdom of Ice" are highlights from a band that knows how to write a melody and vocal hooks that will stick in your brain, but really all the songs are well written, and Glory for Salvation seems to go by too fast. There’s only one "long" number, "Abyss of Pain II" which clocks in at just under 11 minutes, so there’s no sitting through lengthy self-indulgence. Glory of Salvation is an excellent example of how exciting and entertaining neoclassical power metal can be when it is done properly. If you don’t like this style, this album isn’t likely to sway you, but if you do, it is one to seek out.

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