Turilli / Lione Rhapsody
Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheNotrap USER (23 Reviews)
July 11th, 2019 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Symphony of rebirth

I've always had a soft spot for catchy melody. I grew up listening to pop hits from the late '70s and '80s, a period when artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Duran Duran, A-ha or Alphaville were buzzing on radio and television shows. This taste for good cheese has remained until today. Even though I'm more focused on extreme metal these days, a tuneful song gets me every time.

Briefly contextualizing, Turilli / Lione Rhapsody were formed in late 2018 by former Rhapsody of Fire members Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione, who completed the lineup with ex-band mates Alex Holzwarth, Patrice Guers, and Dominique Leurquin. Immediately after its formation, the band started a crowdfunding campaign to fund the debut album, which would be released six months later. Therefore, band and album took shape in a very short period of time, something that could only happen due to great familiarity of processes between musicians, who knew each other quite well.

To be honest, the first singles didn't grab me immediately, I found the sound somewhat sterile and artificial. The videos aesthetics and the Hollywood-esque over the top artwork didn't help either. In this sense, I was waiting for Zero Gravity (Rebirth And Evolution) with some suspicion and low expectations.

Unexpectedly, when I reheard "Phoenix Rising" and "D.N.A. (Demon and Angel)", the first songs of the album, and curiously also the singles I had heard before, the impression was radically different. I found both songs enjoyable and entertaining. I don't have any logical explanation for what happened. Maybe because I just focused on music (without listening through video), I don't know, but the experience was different, for the better.

These first two songs are a good introduction to the album, featuring the traditional symphonic style of the band, in a direct and familiar way. Both have catchy signatures, the main difference being the participation of Elize Ryd, from Amaranthe, in "D.N.A. (Demon and Angel)", who adds a touch of charm to the song, namely to the empathic chorus, which gets stuck in our head. "Zero Gravity" drifts towards a more broadway-esque neoclassical approach, creating a pleasing contrast to previous songs and the one that follows, "Fast Radio Burst", which is one of the album's heaviest and most vibrant moments, sometimes reminiscent of Dream Theater. We are now halfway through Zero Gravity (Rebirth And Evolution) reaching "Decoding the Multiverse", whose highlight is unquestionably the Queen-esque section, being a pleasant tribute to the greatest voice rock ever had. "Origins" is a brief, but interesting, neoclassical note, presenting an attractive set of vocal harmonies, which, while not original, is always pleasing. So far, the album has shown the cohesiveness and diversity needed to keep the listener interested. If following songs like "Multidimensional" or "I Am" retain a more direct approach, the romantic "Amata immortale" and "Arcanum (Da Vinci's Enigma)" enhance the operatic and orchestral side of the band, being the most ambitious musical pieces of Zero Gravity (Rebirth And Evolution). The album ends with Josh Groban's cover "Ocean", which, while not adding artistic value, closes it in a smooth and unpretentious way.

Luca Turilli says Zero Gravity (Rebirth And Evolution) is "the perfect album of transition from the power/speed metal of the past to a new generation of modern symphonic metal offering us new exciting artistic stimulations, wider perspectives and future possibilities". I'll leave the interpretation of these words to semiotics experts. I apologize, but now I'm busy enjoying a good Italian cheese and a nice glass of red wine.

Buon appetito!



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TheNotrap
July 11th 2019


11370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lactose intolerants should get away from this album as fast as they can.

Cheese lovers shouldn't miss this gourmet meal ;)



The album is available on Spotify.

YouTube stream:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4jt3cY2_niQ

Digging: Disentomb - The Decaying Light

metalhead2425
July 11th 2019


288 Comments


I saw this the other day, but didn’t check. I’ll have to fix that. Nice review man

TheNotrap
July 12th 2019


11370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks metalhead

Poet
July 13th 2019


6033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wanted this album to be really really good, but it was okay. It felt too serious for me and I needed lyrics about Dar Kunor, or the Dark Lord Akron even though I never cared about those lyrics. Arcanum (Da Vinci's Enigma) is a fantastic song though.

TheClansman95
July 13th 2019


2092 Comments


I don't think I will like this honestly, the singles stinked pretty bad, as well as the lyrics, the production and the tons of layers of worthless keyboards and digital orchestration. The cover turns me off as well. Furthermore, I wouldn't call this a "Rebirth" since their current live set consists of 90% covers by Rhapsody and Rhapsody of Fire and only four songs from this one.

Digging: Whitechapel - The Valley

TheClansman95
July 13th 2019


2092 Comments


I'll give it a chance but IMO Turilli has lost his focus with the whole "DNA - TRANSCENDENCE - DIGITAL CINEMATIC ORCHESTRAL POWER METAL - RANDOM LYRICS ABoUT AFOREMENTIONED THEMES - ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED - WE ARE THE TRUE RHAPSODY BUT A NEW INCARNATION OF RHAPSODY EVEN IF OUR LIVE SET IS 90% COVERS - WHATEVER" thing. It's starting to get really ridiculous and that's a shame.

Sabrutin
July 13th 2019


6229 Comments


They've become a bit of a joke in Italy because of their neverending story of splits and reunions. Wish them the best though.

damn what an ugly cover btw, it looks like the DNA character from Jurassic Park.

TheClansman95
July 13th 2019


2092 Comments


Yeah agreed. They were the spearhead of the Italian metal scene, now they're more like a telenovela with musicians as actors. I love these guys because they created so many fantastic music, which I still like and listen to, but the band's actual behaviour is questionable.

TheNotrap
July 13th 2019


11370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, this is cheesy, over the top and kitschesque, like most power/symphonic metal bands, but I find it entertaining.

Give it a chance Clansman, with an open mind, without prejudice, and maybe you'll find it interesting ;)

rockarollacola
July 14th 2019


104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad there's at least one version of the band still putting out good music.

TheClansman95
July 14th 2019


2092 Comments


new RoF was great tbh

TheNotrap
July 14th 2019


11370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, but this album is more ambitious/interesting



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