Rhapsody of Fire
From Chaos to Eternity


4.5
superb

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2011 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: with a strong neo classical bend, Rhapsody of Fire have crafted the best power metal album of 2011.

When Rhapsody of Fire posted the song ‘Aeons of Raging Darkness’ for immediate listening and a free download, I must say that I was unimpressed. It sounded like the band had surrendered subtlety, and decided to implement as much cheese and bombast as possible, all into an insanely chaotic, and much too cluttered sound. At least, that is how it sounded when it was by itself, and not within the context of the whole album. You see, From Chaos to Eternity is an album that sinks in slowly. If it isn’t digested properly, the immediate reaction will be to vomit it out, as if something detestable. If you’ve never liked the band before, this is the time to either give them a try, or run away as far as possible. This is the band at their best, and while there will be haters aplenty for one of the cheesiest bands in existence, there will also be those that understand the importance of this release – this is easily one of their best albums.

In one sense we should have seen this coming, yet it’s still completely unexpected. With the addition of a new guitarist, Tom Hess, the band can now only be described as batshit fucking insane. Nearly every second gives way to blisteringly fast, technical guitar work that is unlike anything you have heard before. The band is also much heavier as a result, with black metal shrieks happening surprisingly often. While these changes are already a lot to process, confusion results when the band’s entire catalogue of sounds is unleashed. Choirs, orchestras, operatic vocals, and spoken lines all collide into a frantic mess of pure chaos. All the while toying with time signatures, the album has a sense of urgency, and it is only fitting for the end of the band’s 14 year long story, The Chronicles Of Algalord. Somehow, they have ended the saga on the perfect note. From Chaos to Eternity is not only one of Rhapsody of Fire’s greatest albums, but it also proves that power metal is not a dying genre. This album must not be missed.



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pizzamachine
July 23rd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't believe this wasn't reviewed. Comments?

Dreamflight
July 23rd 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Short and straight to the point, you have my vote sir.

It's a nice album for sure, not a 4,5 to me, but still one of 2011's finest.

Acanthus
July 23rd 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the band can now only be described as batshit fucking insane.

On my way to youtube right now!

Digging: Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood

pizzamachine
July 23rd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Dreamflight! : )

Acanthus, I wouldn't recommend you starting power metal with this album, but we'll see whatcha think!

Acanthus
July 23rd 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh it's great stuff so far, I'm on the fourth track and loving it. The slight symphonic elements that pop up occasionally are cool and I love it's grandiose style - going to probably be at least a 4 I think.

pizzamachine
July 23rd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Zounds! Glad you like it.

Acanthus
July 23rd 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah the last 20 minute track is rather epic, I do wish they weren't human so the breaks/slower sections weren't needed. I'm a bit curious over the story the album finishes as well.

Tyrael
July 23rd 2011


20886 Comments


Going for the 200 huh? Cool review as usual pizza.
But in your case, cool = bad cause that's not very tasty...

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

pizzamachine
July 23rd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I do wish they weren't human so the breaks/slower sections weren't needed.

You're going to have to keep wishing then. ;)


I never checked out this band cause I just assumed they were like hammerfall or something

Hammerfall is one of the worst power metal bands out there man. Rhapsody of Fire is nothing like them.

Dreamflight
July 23rd 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^

Indeed. ROF are way more dramatic and symphonic, and besides Cans voice is dreadful.

DoubtGin
July 23rd 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no they haven't

good review bro

BallsToTheWall
July 23rd 2011


44484 Comments


I need power metal in my life. Good review, jamming to From Chaos right now. Come back with an opinion.

Digging: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

Tyrael
July 23rd 2011


20886 Comments


That's an awesome avatar you got there Balls

BallsToTheWall
July 23rd 2011


44484 Comments


Realized I hadn't changed my avatar in about 2 years.

A7XEric
July 23rd 2011


309 Comments


Tom Hess is a beast, but I really thought only a couple tracks on here stood out (Tempesta Di Fuoco = fapfapfap). Not as good as Frozen Tears of Angels IMO.

Acanthus
July 23rd 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WTF, Balls has a new avatar!

pizzamachine
July 23rd 2011


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My mind has been struck by lightning!

Kris.
July 23rd 2011


12345 Comments


rofl rhapsody of fire i remember i saw one of their videos and it was just so awful

BallsToTheWall
July 23rd 2011


44484 Comments


Broly no more......all these recent tragedies have struck a deep chord within me. It has inspired me emotionally to be represented by a Burzum meme.

Blindsided
July 23rd 2011


1871 Comments


o rly?



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