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Rhapsody Of Fire: Into The Legend

Album Review

Orchestral Italians get the wind back in their sails

Since their long, enforced hiatus in the late 2000s, Rhapsody Of Fire have sounded rather below their histrionic best.

Their co-founder’s departure in 2011 to found the excellent Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody has left a few question marks over their creative future. They can’t ever be accused of slacking off, though, and even less than usual here. The symphonic, overblown melodrama and sheer bombast are as full-throated as ever, and Alex Staropoli’s orchestrations are hugely strong, such as on the Vivaldian Winters Rain


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