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Rhapsody of Fire - Glory for Salvation Award winner

Rhapsody of Fire
Glory for Salvation
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 20 December 2021, 7:18 AM

There’s a kind of fan that no one can stand: that one that never accepts changes of their favorite band’s line-up. It’s boring to deal with fans of bands as NIGHTWISH, ANGRA, SEPULTURA and others, because the bands kept their careers after the changes with new members, but they seem to never accept, and fill the ears of others with complaints and memories of the past. And since some changes happened on RHAPSODY OF FIRE, the number of times to deal with older fans’ complaints increased a lot. And they can’t see the value of works as “Glory for Salvation”.

Obviously it’s different from what the band presented on the past, things change as the band’s members changes, but the musical core of the band is untouched. It’s the same Symphonic/Melodic Power Metal of all their works, just adapted to the band’s actual members. The same use of multifaceted melodies with grandiose arrangements, charming orchestrations and epic choirs, the refined instrumental work and lovely vocals are here. It’s their classic musical work, with the same hooks and energy. And it’s, as always, excellent. Once more, Alex Staropoli (the only founding member left) produced the album, with the mixing and mastering done by the hands of Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann (who works with the band since “Legendary Years”). All to keep the sound quality clean and defined, allowing the band to express their grandiose ideas in an understandable way.

The album’s amazing in everything, because the band explored well its possibilities. But it’s really great to deal with songs as “Son of Vengeance” (what amazing melodic contrasts, guided by the keyboards arrangements and guitar riffs, and the choirs are perfect), the grandiose appeal of “The Kingdom of Ice” (the vocals are amazing, both on high tunes and in the lower ones, and the expressive approach is outstanding), the crushing melodic weight of “Glory for Salvation” (the work of bass guitar and drums is heavy and technical, giving diversity to the song), the Folk/Celtic touches presented on the melodies of “Terial the Hawk” (another excellent moment of the keyboards, with contrasts between deeper and cleaner parts with grandiose moments of choirs and vocals),  “Maid of the Secret Sand” (here a classical song of the band, with fast tempos and arrangements), the epic approach used on the long “Abyss of Pain - Part II” and “Infinitae Gloriae”, and… Well, all the songs are excellent, because this second part of the “The Nephilim’s Empire Saga” is really homogeneous.

If fans can embrace the new sound without problem, “Glory for Salvation” will give them a great time, because the album is excellent. If some can’t, keep crying as you want, but don’t bother the others, because you’re the one that will have to deal with your feelings and thoughts…

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. Son of Vengeance
2. The Kingdom of Ice
3. Glory for Salvation
4. Eternal Snow
5. Terial the Hawk
6. Maid of the Secret Sand
7. Abyss of Pain - Part II
8. Infinitae Gloriae
9. Magic Signs
10. I’ll Be Your Hero
11. Chains of Destiny (Quingdar)
12. Un’ode per L’eroe
13. La Esencia de un Rey
Giacomo Voli - Vocals, Choirs
Roberto De Micheli - Guitars
Alex Staropoli - Keyboards, Piano, Harpsichord, Orchestrations, Choirs
Alessandro Sala - Bass
Paolo Marchesich - Drums
Record Label: AFM Records


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