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Rhapsody - Dawn Of Victory (CD)

Dawn Of Victory
by Makis Kirkos at 01 January 2001, 11:21 PM

The exciting, fantastic trip through an imaginary world full of secrets now enters its third phase: With Dawn of Victory, the Italian epic, symphonic metallers Rhapsody continue their journey which began with their two previous albums Legendary Tales and Symphony Of Enchanted Lands. Dawn Of Victory is sure to catapult the band into the upper echelons of the Metal fraternity, joining names such as Dream Theater, Savatage and Gamma Ray.

The new album cleverly combines typical elements of the trademark Rhapsody sound with new influences and a stronger determination, showing much more of an aggressive attitude than before. The new songs are more direct, with a tougher guitar sound and a very aggressive basic attitude. But Rhapsody didn't neglect the cinematic idea of their music. And I am sure the best example of this is the song Holy Thunderforce. A driving, hymn-track that is full of heavy rhythms and epic solos. A rousing fanfare peppered with classical overtones throughout the choruses, shows the band at their best. Singer Fabio Leone once again makes his mark on Dawn of Victory while guitarist Luca Turilli demonstrates his prowess with another great guitar solo. Other highlights of the album include the epic The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord, the unique instrumental Trolls In The Dark, and The Village Of Dwarves, which recalls the atmosphere of the middle ages and is sure to transport the listener to that time. The amazing cover art comes from artist Marc Klinnert (Axel Rudi Pell etc) and proves to be even more impressive than its predecessor.

Overall with Dawn Of Victory, Rhapsody is closely following on in the trailblazing path of their first two albums, both stylistically and thematically. But because the words some times are wasteful, buy their new album and live the magic by yourselves.

4 Star Rating

Lux Triumphans
Dawn Of Victory
Triumph For My Magic Steel
The Village Of Dwarves
Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
The Bloody Rage Of The Titans
Holy Thunderforce
Trolls In The Dark (Instrumental)
The Last Winged Unicorn
The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord
Luca Turilli - Guitar
Alex Staropoli - Keyboards, Harpsichord & piano
Fabio Lione - Vocals
Alessandro Lotta - Bass
Alex Holzwarth - Drums
Record Label: Limb Music Productions


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