Rhapsody of Fire Triumph or Agony
By Marcus Pan
This is a brilliant, powerful and demanding
CD filled with strength, skill and so much slamming music that would battle the
bones of any classical music lover and metal lover together! It pisses
all over Metallicas sad attempt at same. Using the undeniable brilliance
of the 50 piece BRNO Academy Choir and the 60 piece Bohuslav Martinu
Philharmonic Orchestra, Triumph or Agony is a fantasy tale of epic
proportions with music on an epic scale.
The band had previously been known as Rhapsody, but had a
bit of a legal fit over it. Changing to Rhapsody of Fire, their Triumph or
Agony release is expected out in late September of 2006 with a cover by
Jeff Easley, responsible for a good bunch of TSRs Dungeons and
Dragons artwork throughout the 1980s. With Fabio Lione on vocals, Luca
Turilli on some seriously awesome guitar, Alex Staropoli on keys, Patrice Guers
on bass and Alex Holzwarth on drums as well as the aforementioned orchestra and
choir, Triumph or Agony will move from medieval classic instrumentation
like the May day strains of Old Age of Wonders and powerful climactic
movements like Heart of the Darklands which features an opening guitar
solo by Luca that blew me away, both fast and technical. The violins are
startlingly well done here as well.
Every time the music slows down to take you on a frolicking
walk, such as Old Age of Wonders, youll wait for the crescendo to
occur and take you back to the modern movements of hard rock. Following Old
Age of Wonders is the strong The Myth of the Holy Sword which does
just that. The choir and orchestra slams the plot through your bones. As the
fantasy moves along, the epic The Mystic Prophecy of the Demon Knight is
a five part saga that breaks sixteen minutes in length.
Silent Dream is a favorite of mine its
reminiscent of Maidens Flight of Icarus with as much aplomb as it
had. High reaching voices, orchestration and guitars lift you as high as Icarus
himself. Lucas outdoes himself once again with Bloody Red Dungeons on
another blistering solo. The spoken word of the closing Dark Reign of
Fire might have been cheesy were it not for the choir and orchestra to
Rhapsody of Fires Triumph or Agony is easily
one of the most breathtaking and powerful albums to have come to me in a while.
Itll move you and show you just how smoothly classical instrumentation
and modern metal, combined with epic storylines and plots, can come together
well. It will move from nice classical old world pieces to modern slams of
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 Players Handbook and Dungeon
Masters Guide (2nd Edition) included, so if youve played,
youve seen Jeffs work.
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