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FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY

Rhapsody (of Fire)

 

Progressive Metal

3.61 | 76 ratings

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J-Man
Prog Reviewer
4 stars Rhapsody of Fire have established themselves among Italy's finest power metal exports throughout their long and illustrious career, and From Chaos to Eternity is yet another excellent addition to their shining catalog. Featuring Christopher Lee's legendary voice acting, as well as some of symphonic power metal's most bombastic compositions and top-notch musicianship, calling this album a winner would be an understatement. Although Rhapsody of Fire hasn't revolutionized their sound this time around and they still remain exceptionally close to their symphonic power metal roots, the fact that they manage to still keep their sound fresh and inventive is highly impressive. From Chaos of Eternity won't win over the haters, but anyone who enjoys an occasional burst of power metal on the more bombastic side should certainly take a look in this direction!

Anyone even passingly familiar with Rhapsody of Fire will recognize their blend of symphonic power metal from a mile away, and that also applies to From Chaos to Eternity. Expect symphonic power metal with lush keyboards, operatic vocals, voice narration courtesy of Christopher Lee, lyrics revolving around fantasy-related subjects, and of course plenty of the standard power metal trademarks (fast double-pedal patterns, shredding guitar solos, powerful lead vocals, etc.). Although this may sound extremely clichéd and cheesy (which, in a sense, it is), Rhapsody of Fire manages to deliver the sound in one of the most powerful, professional, and just plain enjoyable formats I've ever heard. Through a journey of well-composed songs, captivating lyrics, and impeccable musicianship, Rhapsody of Fire takes us on a voyage through some of symphonic power metal's finest offerings. The near-20 minute epic "Heroes of the Waterfalls' Kingdom" especially highlights the band's captivating songwriting talents.

From Chaos to Eternity may not be terribly original, but it's sure to be one of the year's best power metal albums. With such excellent compositions, top-notch musicianship, and sleek production, it's hard not to be at least somewhat impressed by this effort. I was personally very satisfied by From Chaos to Eternity and find it to be a highly recommendable purchase for anyone who enjoys some wizards and folklore to infiltrate their stereo from time-to-time. 4 stars seems very appropriate here. Anyone who enjoys Rhapsody of Fire should definitely make sure this finds its way into their collection!

J-Man | 4/5 |

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