Rhapsody of Fire
Dawn of Victory


4.0
excellent

Review

by Christopher Geriak USER (44 Reviews)
June 5th, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Old habits die hard, but they somewhat payoff.

Rhapsody (of Fire) was never a popular band to begin with. With so many other artists that were changing the genre of metal as we know it within the early nineties, audiences were much more interested in what was new rather than sticking with the same old formulaic music over and over again. Their third album, Dawn of Victory is no exception. If anything, this was probably the worst timing in history to release an album that was in similar style to earlier power metal artists. The whole music industry was changing, with System of a Down’s Toxicity becoming a huge critical and commercial hit and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory making a huge boom in the nu-metal genre that wasn’t seen for the last ten-to-fifteen years, no one wanted to stick to the “olden days” of metal per say.

To give Rhapsody credit, they do in fact change a couple of things in this album that they never really did in their last two albums, Legendary Tales and Tales of Enchanted Lands. First off, it’s a tighter, if not more restricted sound than it was before. The overall instrumentation, while still well executed, plays less of a roll giving the vocals and orchestrations a push to the front seat to carry the heavy weight of keeping the audience’s attention. However, it’s not a bad thing for Rhapsody to do this because the energy is still present. This time it’s Fabio that has to carry it throughout most of the record instead of Truilli and the other members, and he does so quite nicely. He still places his voice in a flowing manner, and the choir vocals back him up nicely such as in the title track. This showcases that Rhapsody is starting to break from their comfort zone since the last two albums had a much more guitar oriented sound. Not much can be said about the lyrics other than it still has its “cheesy charm” if you will, continuing the story from before.

However, the one thing that Rhapsody doesn’t change is the formulaic structure. It still starts off with the typical instrumental whose purpose is to build the suspense into the next track (though the way the sound is in the album, some may find the album a little lackluster) which pounds into the complexity of its flashy guitars and drums, which again are well-performed. Then there’s the instrumental interlude which surprisingly arrives rather late into the album, making a rather pointless attempt to dissolve monotony as it’s the only slower, ballad sounding song in the album. However, it doesn’t negatively affect the album greatly due to the bands rather well made decision to change a few things to keep the record from going stale.

Even if Dawn of Victory doesn’t truly break any barriers for Rhapsody, it still remains an enjoyable record for the most part. Some may find that the similarities and comparisons to their last two records would have Dawn of Victory make Rhapsody a repetitive and stale group, and I don’t blame them. But this record can be summed up like this: Rhapsody changes a few necessary things, but they still hold with the same ideas from before. In other words, it’s nothing more than another Rhapsody album, but with a couple of alterations. And it works within its own right. It may as well be the least favorable of the first three albums, but it doesn’t make it bad in any way.



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Toondude10
June 5th 2014


4441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Part 3 is done. Bit of a tough one this time around, but I have a better feeling of writing the next record.

I was originally going to give this a 3.5 but I raised it to a 4.

Criticism is appreciated as always.

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Toondude10
June 5th 2014


4441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And hey! This ended up getting flagged! Woot!

ExplosiveOranges
June 5th 2014


3884 Comments


Lol, the other review was a generic TBT. Have a pos.

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Toondude10
June 5th 2014


4441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I believe that this pos is non-existent :P

Thanks though!

ExplosiveOranges
June 5th 2014


3884 Comments


Whoops! I was in such a hurry, I forgot to actually vote for it :P
Apologies. Good review nonetheless.

Toondude10
June 5th 2014


4441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol, it's fine. Again I appreciate it. XD

Snowdog808
June 5th 2014


1749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another good review. I sure am looking forward to both your Dragonflame review and listening to this album.

Friday13th
June 5th 2014


2765 Comments


Didn't know you like power metal, toondude! This band is one of the more lol power metal bands, but they're a lot of fun. I assume you've heard their collaborations with Christopher Lee. Good review too, pos'd.

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Toondude10
June 6th 2014


4441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I've listened to all of their albums. I've recently had this sort of power metal "binge" in a way. I just can't stop listening to it. :P

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2014


11789 Comments


Good read man pos'd

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Verm
June 6th 2014


1002 Comments


Excellent album, not my favorite one but still remarkable

Verm
June 7th 2014


1002 Comments


Didn't know you like power metal, toondude! This band is one of the more lol power metal bands, but they're a lot of fun. I assume you've heard their collaborations with Christopher Lee. Good review too, pos'd.

Despite of the fantasy topics which aren't enjoyable for everyone and their really lame videos bands has a lot of pros, their music is catchy and fun as hell, lyrics are very well constructed instrumentation is remarkable ( trulli and strapolli are ome of the best metal musicians of late 90's and early 00's), they have really good songwritting skills and contrary to the popular belief they have diversity. By the way, The Christopher Lee's version of the magic of a wizard's dream is sweet

Toondude10
June 7th 2014


4441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

double post, lol :P

Verm
June 7th 2014


1002 Comments


Yeah, I know, wasn't intentional. Still the point is clear



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