Rhapsody of Fire
Rain of a Thousand Flames


2.5
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Review

by Christopher Geriak USER (40 Reviews)
June 17th, 2014 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not entirely the complete disaster that's depicted in the album's story

I find it kind of funny how so many artists try something different only to have themselves stabbed in the back in doing so. Don’t get me wrong, it’s admirable to see a band change and grow to create something that will not only surprise their audiences but also leave a long-lasting impression on them. Here, Rhapsody (of Fire) attempted to change their style at this point in their career. With Dawn of Victory having a more restricted sound, the band now tried something a little more ambitious. This time, they try a more harsh and aggressive approach with Rain of a Thousand Flames. Now most would probably think that something like this would end up becoming more of an epic sounding record, and while it does contain the broad openness that such an album should have, it ends up being nothing more than a predictable, forgettable, and occasionally dull affair.

Even though they create a more aggressive style, Rhapsody decides to work more their structure which in return is a welcome change. Rain of a Thousand Flames doesn’t rely on a minute-and-a-half long instrumental in the beginning that builds up to a grand opening with a massive entourage of instruments which then leads to the next song. Instead it goes right into it, practically blasting immediately. Not to mention, it’s their shortest non-EP record to date with only seven songs, two of which are over ten minutes in length, and two others are only a minute and a half. The first song is the best on the album since it represents what Rhapsody wanted to do with this album quite well. It’s epic, brooding, and the instrumentation is spot-on. Granted it’s not much different than what Rhapsody has put out in the past, but it still works as an enjoyable piece.

However, the rest of the album just slowly dies track after track. It feels less inspired and energetic as the time passes, which is a first for Rhapsody. The fact that this record is known to be a “halt” in the storyline from the past three records; it doesn’t give Rhapsody much of a drive to perform their music. “Queen of the Dark Horizon” tries to be opulent by starting out with a seemingly-brutal opening only to have the distractions of the seemingly watered down orchestrations overtake any chance that this would have a feeling of brutality. Even the guitars come out as nothing more than a lazy approach, because they don’t take full advantage of creating a darker, more aggressive sound. “The Wizards Last Rhymes” and “Tears of a Dying Angel” follow the exact same formula only with a slightly faster pace and focus more on the orchestrations, which doesn’t make anything better. Nothing can really be said about the other tracks other than that they’re a complete bore. Both “Deadly Omen” and “Elnor’s Magic Valley” are completely pointless and out of place while “The Poem’s Evil Page” doesn’t spark any emotion in what the band is trying to portray.

To be honest, the change in structure and the first track just barely keep the record from being a total disaster. However from what the other songs have brought to the table, it makes the rest of the album a complete snooze-fest, and with only seven songs, it’s not something that will most likely be memorable. It’s not a horrible record by any means; it’s just not exciting or refreshing enough to grab anyone’s attention. Sure if you compare it to Rhapsody’s earlier records, then you might like it. But as a stand-alone album, it’s a predictable and bland outlook on power metal.



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Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sorry that this took longer than I planned. Last week was pretty busy for me with final exams and such.

Criticism is appreciated as always.

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Eunuch
June 17th 2014


1252 Comments


t/t is tits yeah

Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah I mention that. It really is the best song on the album, but the other songs feel really lazy.

ExplosiveOranges
June 17th 2014


2700 Comments


Never was big on RoF. Good review, though.

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Eunuch
June 17th 2014


1252 Comments


I'm going to give this another listen. I can't remember if it was good.

Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@ExplosiveOranges Give them a shot, they really are a fun band as long as their cheesy lyrics don't annoy you.

ExplosiveOranges
June 17th 2014


2700 Comments


Power metal to me is kinda like that strange friend that you only see a few times a year, and the encounter is usually either really awkward and uncomfortable or fantastic and memorable.

Calc
June 17th 2014


12196 Comments


read that summary out loud to yourself

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Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Is that better? :P

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2014


19757 Comments


it reads rather awkwardly.

this would read better:

"Not unlike the complete disaster that's depicted in the album's story"

something about using the word like twice makes it read funny

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Mort.
June 17th 2014


3630 Comments


"I find it kind of funny on how so many"

i dont get why the "on" is there. surely it should just be "I find it kind of funny how so many"

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Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@Atari Thanks, that reads much better.

@Mortimus Oops, thanks for catching that. I'm not the best when it comes to proofreading.

Amphoteric
June 17th 2014


1832 Comments


"Almost like the complete disaster the album's story is supposed to tell."

Fix'd

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Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I already changed it. But thanks anyway.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2014


19757 Comments


no problemo. what u changed it to reads a lot better ;)

Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yay! Anything else that needs work?

ZombicidalMan
June 17th 2014


1807 Comments


you use "try" and "tried" in the review a lot. I'd throw something like "attempted" in just so the
sentences don't seem quite so similar

Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

alright, thanks.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2014


19757 Comments


Anything else that needs work?


tbh i'm busy at work so i only read the summary lol. I can take a closer look later on tonight or tomorrow and provide you with some feedback though

Toondude10
June 17th 2014


3946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Take your time, I've got plenty :D



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