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SYMPHONY OF ENCHANTED LANDS II - THE DARK SECRET

Rhapsody (of Fire)

 

Progressive Metal

3.71 | 83 ratings

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Rhaegar
2 stars If you want great lyrics, this is certainly the wrong place to look. Rhapsody`s lyrics are bad even for a power metal band.

It seems to me that Rhapsody never renew themselves much. There is nothing here I haven`t heard done better by them before. Luca Turilli is one of my favourite guitarists, and he does a great job on this one, as always. I have never been a fan of Fabio Lione`s high pitched vocals but on "The Magic of The Wizard`s Dream" his singing is outstanding. It is one of my favourite tracks on the album, a beautiful opera-inspired ballad that leaves goosebumps on my skin every time I listen to it. When you hear Christpoher Lee`s backing vocals you will understand what I mean. "Dragonland`s Rivers" is another great track. It is ironic that the two songs that stand out as the best ones are both ballads, when Rhapsody is a power metal band. The faster tracks lacks originality and substance. They bore me, and after a few spinnings of this I wanted to throw my copy out of the window. If it haven`t been for the amazing cover art I probably would. The narration by Christpoher Lee adds an extra dimension to the story, but I soon grew tired of listening to him too. The story is about good versus evil, bad demon knights and black books, where the cliches roam. If you want great lyrics, this is certainly not the right place to look. Rhapsodys lyrics are bad even for a power metal band. Occasionally I take Symphony of Enchanted Lands II out of my record shelf to give it another try, with the same result every time: I get bored, and change cd. I love some of Rhapsody`s earlier works (ecspecially Lengendary Tales), and Luca Turilli`s solo albums, but I find this one boring. It sounds as Rhapsody is supposed to sound, but less interesting then they do when they are at their best.

Rhaegar | 2/5 |

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