Rhapsody of Fire   The Eighth Mountain
Release Date: 2019

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4.0 excellentTheNotrap | February 23rd 19

What strikes me most about the album is the combination of the ultra-polished sound and gentle vocals. Yes, it's the same old song within the genre, but I like the velvet package.

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4.0 excellentToondude | February 21st 19

Giacomo has warmed up to me for sure. Still, no one can replace Fabio for me, and Giacomo can be a little whiny for sure, but I think he did a good job with this record. Album is a lot of fun for those who are in the mood for some good cheese.

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2.0 poorNerdurosis | July 4th 19

God damn........I just can't enjoy this. In fact, I can't enjoy the band - never have, never will. I don't hate power metal, in fact I enjoy many bands this genre has to offer. But this stuff is just too much - extremely glossy production, ridiculously over-the-top hyper dramatic vocals, with a million and one instruments and sounds firing off at once. Definitely not my cup of tea, but I can see the appeal for it.


3.0 goodcjbizzlebizzle | April 3rd 19

Someone needs to make a diagram of all of the different Rhapsody/Turilli/Leone/Rhapsody of Fire projects that have existed and how the members have been distributed throughout. Rhapsody of Fire is now the project of original Rhapsody legend keyboard player Alex Staropoli with new vocalist Giacomo Voli. For the most part the songs will be a familiar blend of power/neoclassical/symphonic metal for anyone who has followed Rhaspody and its spawned projects. Blazing low end rhythms lead into symphonic buildups lead into glorious high-pitched vocal hooks. And, for the most part, Rhapsody of Fire have done pretty well for the first time since 2011's From Chaos to Eternity and for the first time without the genius of Luca Turilli. The mix showcases the strings without drowning out the metal heart of the music and does the best it can do for Voli's singing. Voli is technically sound but he lacks the soul, personality and depth (esp. Leone, obviously). The vocals don't sound strained often but they aren't as commanding over the music as other power metal singers and they sound dry from time to time. Who knows what will happen in the future with Rhapsody's lineage but this is a bit of a return to form for Staropoli and co.


5.0 classicpizzamachine | March 6th 19

I don’t mean to brag but damn it I make delicious tasting burgers.


2.5 averageMitch | March 4th 19

An overproduced, over-polished power metal album severely lacking in the power department. One of my biggest gripes in how new vocalist Giacomo Voli sounds like he's going to break down and cry for the entire record. It has one hell of a closing track though.


3.5 greatRelinquish | August 10th 19
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3.0 goodAeternal | June 25th 19
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