Rhapsody of Fire
Legendary Tales


4.5
superb

Review

by Greg Viessman USER (44 Reviews)
November 11th, 2007 | 12 replies | 7,342 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While cheesy in nature, these are some unbelievably talented artists who try to be epic and succeed at a rate that I have never seen before.

Power Metal is a genre that people tend to love or hate passionately. Some can’t stand the fantasy lyrics with dragons, orcs, and wizards, but I am definitely a sucker for this genre. One band I am particularly fond of is Rhapsody of Fire. Rhapsody of Fire takes the cake as being by far the cheesiest band on the face of the planet. I don’t know what it is about these Italians, but man, do they make me feel like a total dork while listening to them.

Rhapsody of Fire released their first album Legendary Tales in 1997 while they were still considered Rhapsody (stupid trademark issues). I feel that this is their greatest album to date and is a phenomenal slice of epic awesomeness. That is the other word to describe Rhapsody of Fire; epic. They are truly a cheesy epic band who just happens to write fantasy stories for their albums, but I have never paid attention to the “story lines” that these guys put out.

Three members really stand out for Rhapsody of Fire, and the first of those is definitely the vocals of Fabio Lionne. From his operatic wails in the opener of Warrior of Ice, Fabio’s voice never gives up. His soothing like voice in the middle of Rage of the Winter gives me goosebumps almost everytime I hear it. He does try to have his soothing voice in the two ballads; Echoes of Tragedy and Forest of the Unicorns, but in my opinion, they don’t work out too well and are a complete disappointment. Thankfully though, a couple of solid performances in Flames of Revenge and Lord of the Thunder cancel out the embarrassment of the ballads on this album.

Next we have the interesting fellow named Luca Turilli, the guitarist and songwriter. Easily influenced by Malmsteen and co, Turilli plays a mean axe throughout. From the Maiden esque chugging riffs in Warrior of Ice to a solo that is nothing short of fantastic in Lord of the Thunder, Turilli shows he is indeed very talented.

The third and the most important part of the band in my eyes is Alex Staropoli, the keyboardist. His synth lines turn Rhapsody of Fire from being another average power metal band into a symphony of grand excellence. His parts in Warrior of Ice and Flames of Revenge are mind blowing, able to make Tuomas Holopainen blush in some aspects. Granted, Rhapsody of Fire does incorporate some orchestral instruments like violins, cellos, and violas, but Alex is at the helm the whole entire way.

Two songs though, are easily the most epic and grandest things I’ve ever heard without using a full orchestra. These beasts are called Land of Immortals and the title track Legendary Tales. Let’s start with the latter. This 7 and a half minute assault on symphonic music starts out slow with Fabio’s graceful voice and some flute action, but explodes with a guitar melody that will stick in my head for the rest of my life, this is Luca truly at his best. The chorus is anything but epic and it leads into another soft flute section and then another memorable chorus. It looks like the song will end on a soft note, but the cries of Fire and Steel are just fantastic. Alex ends the song nicely.

Lastly we have the best song on the album and Rhapsody of Fire’s best song ever, Land of Immortals. Only three words can describe this song, HOLY, CRAP, BATMAN!! Fabio’s vocals are excellent again on this, but he doesn’t steal the show. Only this time, Alex shows why he is so great because this song is a keyboard orgy, orgasmic like almost. The synth lines are crazy in this song and when we get to the middle of the song, we have a Children of Bodom like duel between Alex and Luca, only unlike CoB, This kicks the word Epic in face. The ending of this song can be considered my second favorite ending of a power metal song ever (being beat slightly by Lost Horizon’s World Through My Fateless Eyes).

Overall, Rhapsody of Fires’ debut album Legendary Tales is definitely a classic for the symphonic/power metal scene. While cheesy in nature, these are some unbelievably talented artists who try to be epic and succeed at a rate that I have never seen before. With the exclusion of the two ballads, Legendary Tales still turns out to be a rollercoaster ride for power metal lovers everywhere, and I highly recommend this album.

My Recommendations
Warrior of Ice
Legendary Tales
Land of Immortals



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Poet
November 11th 2007


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This would've easily been a 5....but curse you damn ballads.

MrKite
November 11th 2007


5020 Comments


I like the review. It actually made me want to listen to this, I won't though because I've tried the band and it was beyond cheese.
I do occasionally listen to random power metal just because it's cool to hear the guitars sometimes.

Poet
November 11th 2007


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah...that is what throws people off, the cheesiness.

Also...Rhapsody of Fire do have a bassist and drummer, they just don't really do much, lol.

MrKite
November 11th 2007


5020 Comments


Should probably mention that in the review^ :p

Zoo
November 11th 2007


3759 Comments


I enjoyed Dawn of Victory. How does this compare?
[quote=review]Three members really stand out for Rhapsody of Fire, and the first of those is definitely the vocals of Fabio Lionne.[/quote]
You might want to reword that. The way you have it now implies that "the vocals" is one of the "three members". We get what you mean, it's just a little awkward.

donteatpieontuesday
November 12th 2007


74 Comments


sounds cool might check it out, I have Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret and thats pretty rad

Altmer
November 12th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

boring

Poet
November 21st 2007


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Zoo, I quite like this more than Dawn of Victory. Dawn of Victory has some killer tracks, but Land of Immortals, Flames of Revenge, Lord of the Thunder, and the title track are just a slice of epicness.

Poet
November 29th 2007


5933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bump....this is my best written review because I spent an hour on this, lol.

EnCrypt.
April 8th 2010


882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This music is gorgeous. Warrior of ice is one the best songs i ever heard.

tylerdurdenpt
November 22nd 2011


96 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I guess this is a good band for fans of power metal. For the rest of us, all songs sound the same. I do respect the musicianship and the efforts the band puts into creating an album, though.

warlordfun
June 24th 2014


389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing debut album. Rage Of The Winter is the best song here and one of my favorite pm songs too



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