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Rhapsody (of Fire)


Progressive Metal

3.78 | 107 ratings

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2 stars Holy shit!

When writing a review for this album it is hard to resist the urge to just copy and paste my review for the band's previous album as the music found here is very much more of the same. There are, however, some subtle changes that all of them are to the worse, I must say. After the fabulous and highly original debut album, Legendary Tales, and the good, but less impressive, follow-up, Symphony Of Enchanted Lands, I'm wondering here if the band didn't get lazy during the writing and recording of this third album! Apart from the fact that there is no development as such of the music from previous albums, it also seems to be the case that the lyrics and vocals are deteriorating. It is possible here for the first time to notice a disturbing Italian accent in the vocals and the lyrics are even sillier than before. With song titles such as Holy Thunderforce, Trolls In The Dark, Village Of Dwarfs and Triumph Of My Magic Steel, it is increasingly difficult to take this band seriously!

The melodies are still reasonably strong, but almost nothing here is as good as the material from the previous album which in turn was a step down from the great debut. Once again the instrumental skills are indeed impressive, but I cannot help feel that they are somewhat wasted on these songs. There are again a few spoken word passages that add to the cheesiness of the album.

There are still some good moments and aspects that I find enjoyable, but it adds little to what the band had already given us in the past. Another problem I have with this album is that it lacks variation. There is not enough diversity in terms of moods and tempos for me to keep interested till the end.

A relative disappointment for me and I can recommend this one only for fans and collectors.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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