|Review: Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears of Angels|
|The Frozen Tears of Angels|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: August 12, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:The Frozen Tears of Angels
Time for a new Rhapsody of Fire (still can't get used to that name) album, I have their first two discs but after that I wasn't interested anymore. I've heard that they continued with the same style over and over and since I was never fascinated with them I went on to listen to other things. Fast Forward six records later and you got a veteran band who knows what they are doing and how to present their music to their fans. And there lies my problem here, The Frozen Tears of Angels is exactly the same kind of album they have always been doing.
If you have listened to any Rhapsody album then you'll know what to expect here: full blown orchestration, pompous choruses, fantasy lyrics, cool artwork, good voice and musicianship. Like any other work made by this band there are some very cool songs here like "Sea of Fate" and "Reign of Terror" but there are others that suck goat balls like the horrible ballad "Lost in the Cold Dreams". The album contains no traces of originality, after all this is Rhapsody who I'm reviewing here. Hell, it even resembles the types of tracks in the exact order as they appeared in their second album, twelve years ago.
To be honest I was prepared to hate this but after repeated listens I've got to say that this isn't as bad as I expected, in fact it gets better every time. Maybe it was because the orchestral parts that made this band infamous are kept in check, I felt like I was listening to a metal album with symphonic elements instead of the other way around. For that reason I recommend not to listen to this just once, it requires time to appreciate it. There is some very good stuff here but when I heard this style countless times, their appeal lessens bit by bit.
I don't know how it compares to what they have been doing since the Symphony of Enchanted Lands but what I do know that this is a rewarding experience for those who like the band or the genre. Because of their rabid fan base, this will sell a lot. However, to me, there are better Symphonic Power Metal records out there but you can certainly do a lot worse than this. In short, either you like this band or don't and this album won't change your perception one way or the other.
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