Release date: 15 October 2010
Style: Symphonic power metal

Rating:

7.9 | 136 votes

Owners:

152 have it
24 want it


01. Act I - The Pass Of Nair-Kaan
02. Act II - Dark Mystic Vision
03. Act III - The Ancient Fires Of Har-Kuun
04. Act IV - The Betrayal
05. Act V - Neve Rosso Sangue
06. Act VI - Erian's Lost Secrets
07. Act VII - The Angels' Dark Revelation

Review
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Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
6.0
Rhapsody must think that everything they touch turns to gold. Only months after the release of their comeback album the band offer this EP, an apparent "dark romantic symphony".

For a release 35 minutes long with seven tracks, perhaps only one is worthy of all the anticipation, if that. Nowadays it seems that narrations and cheesy fantasy film-like dialogues suffice as the majority of tracks on a musical disc. Only three tracks contain music as such, although "The Ancient Fires Of Har-Kuun" is the main one weighing in at an unnecessary 15 minutes. This is the main track of the EP and contains all the usual Rhapsody traditions of orchestrations, keyboards and choirs. It has its moments, the great chorus especially, but does suffer from appearing too drawn out.

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published 28.09.2010 | Comments (47)

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farfaramir - 30.07.2010 at 21:15  
Rating: 9 It's not going to be a EP like the desciption says, it's going to be like "Rain of a Thousand Flames" >_>
RavenKing - 31.07.2010 at 01:27  
  "Rain Of A thousand Flames" was an EP, farfaramir.
A long EP, but still an EP.
Ellrohir - 31.07.2010 at 11:02  
  The longest EP ever is by Nanocyborg Uberholocaust - almost 7 hours
DieH@rd - 31.07.2010 at 13:12  
  WANT IT NAO!

Its gonna be a long wait untill mid October. :-(
Kallis Helmi - 31.07.2010 at 18:08  
Rating: 9 IMO RoaTF is an album. A mini-album but still an album. Or dudes - like this: single => EP => The Cold Embrace Of Fear & Rain Of A Thousand Flames => album.
Anyway I WANT THIS RELEASE NOOOW!!!
Andreas - 03.08.2010 at 17:00  
Rating: 10 Mmm, it's just long enough to be called an album, but I don't have any problems with people calling this an EP. Maybe Kallis Helmi's reply describes it best.
MétalNoir - 14.08.2010 at 20:41  
  What makes an album an EP anyway??? I don't get why Rain of a Thousand Flames is not a LP...
Baz Anderson - 20.08.2010 at 01:09  
  Well I've got it, and it's not really much to look forward to. Track 3 is 15 minutes long, and the rest isn't that great apart from maybe one other track (6 I think)...
RavenKing - 20.08.2010 at 02:20  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 20.08.2010 at 01:09

Well I've got it, and it's not really much to look forward to. Track 3 is 15 minutes long, and the rest isn't that great apart from maybe one other track (6 I think)...


Does the album really have 6 tracks or is it only numbers to identify parts of the same song?
I mean, is there a silence between songs/parts?


EDIT: I haven't heard the album, so I can't post any opinion on the material but I won't be surprised if it has nothing special, like you seem to suggest. They should moderate themselves in their announcements. Each time, they use superlatives like "this extraordinary release" or "this masterpiece" and suggest that it will reinvent metal. It's as if they took marketing lessons from Manowar and Turilli's ex-friend, Joey deMaio.
Carl Berg - 20.08.2010 at 18:05  
  Holy sh*t, another Rhapsody record? Whatever it turns out to be, I'm pretty sure they're gonna kick our asses. Deep.
vezzy - 20.08.2010 at 20:04  
 
Written by Carl Berg on 20.08.2010 at 18:05

Holy sh*t, another Rhapsody record? Whatever it turns out to be, I'm pretty sure they're gonna kick our asses. Deep.




When hell freezes over they will.
Baz Anderson - 21.08.2010 at 01:50  
  There's seven tracks, but they're not all "songs" by a long way.
RavenKing - 21.08.2010 at 02:02  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 21.08.2010 at 01:50

There's seven tracks, but they're not all "songs" by a long way.


What are they, then? My bet is they're cheesy narrations and long spoken parts. Perhaps atmospheric keyboard-oriented instrumentals too.
I had this feeling right from the start that this project will be the kind of album that contains very little music for its lenght. Judging by your comment, it soounds as if it's the case.
farfaramir - 21.08.2010 at 07:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Baz Anderson on 20.08.2010 at 01:09

Well I've got it, and it's not really much to look forward to. Track 3 is 15 minutes long, and the rest isn't that great apart from maybe one other track (6 I think)...

Just curiosity... This are questions that some of us has been asking the last month:
1) Does it has guitars, bass and drums or it is only symphony?
2) Is it a real symphony.


Judging by your description, it sounds like a Rain of a Thousand Flames 2 (which also had 3 great songs and the rest were "fillers).
Janne - 17.10.2010 at 15:11  
Rating: 8 It's not an EP it's like a movie just close your eyes while listening to it and you'll understand what I'm talking about
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 19.10.2010 at 13:59  
  I lol'd when I heard this defined as "audiobook metal"
Spanishkiller - 29.10.2010 at 00:44  
Rating: 10 Rhapsody Of Fire are currently the best music composers in the world. This is a great EP, full of feelings and melody. They are the best power metal band IMO.
RavenKing - 30.10.2010 at 15:26  
 
Written by Spanishkiller on 29.10.2010 at 00:44

Rhapsody Of Fire are currently the best music composers in the world. This is a great EP, full of feelings and melody. They are the best power metal band IMO.


My opinion is they're far from great and immensely overrated. People assume it's genius only because they use some symphonic elements.
Anyway, every kind of metal that uses symphonic element is ridiculously overrated nowadays.
As for Powermetal, this genre sucks so much ass nowadays it is way past the point of redemption.
Spanishkiller - 31.10.2010 at 22:23  
Rating: 10
Written by RavenKing on 30.10.2010 at 15:26

Written by Spanishkiller on 29.10.2010 at 00:44

Rhapsody Of Fire are currently the best music composers in the world. This is a great EP, full of feelings and melody. They are the best power metal band IMO.


My opinion is they're far from great and immensely overrated. People assume it's genius only because they use some symphonic elements.
Anyway, every kind of metal that uses symphonic element is ridiculously overrated nowadays.
As for Powermetal, this genre sucks so much ass nowadays it is way past the point of redemption.



Rhapsody are not just "a bunch of symphonic elements beyond metal". They're real compsers. Bands such as Adagio or mabye Kamelot use symphonic elements. Rhapsody uses the symphony and the classical music as the basis of their songs. RoF and Haggard are the only real symphonic metal bands IMO. And I don't personally think that symphonic metal is overrated (a crappy band which uses symphonic elements is still a crappy band).

Black Metal is not everything in this life my friend
Ellrohir - 02.11.2010 at 13:06  
  The refrain of "The Ancient Fires Of Har-Kuun" is priceless and one of the best among Rhapsody...but there are only two refrains in 14 minute lasting song and then it is used once more in "Erian's Lost Secrets"...and thats...not enough for half an hour...even i have to say...

it needs cut version of "The Ancient Fires Of Har-Kuun" as single release, this would be worth
mikeprado30 - 18.11.2010 at 07:27  
 
Written by Spanishkiller on 29.10.2010 at 00:44

Rhapsody Of Fire are currently the best music composers in the world.

You haven't listened the new Blind Guardian's album This album for sure puts every RoF release in GREAT SHAME!
Spanishkiller - 21.11.2010 at 12:51  
Rating: 10
Written by mikeprado30 on 18.11.2010 at 07:27

Written by Spanishkiller on 29.10.2010 at 00:44

Rhapsody Of Fire are currently the best music composers in the world.

You haven't listened the new Blind Guardian's album This album for sure puts every RoF release in GREAT SHAME!



It's true though. Last Blind Guardian's album has impressed me (Sacred Worlds is just perfect), but anyway I still prefer RoF as a whole.
Sword_Chant - 07.12.2010 at 11:00  
 
Written by Ellrohir on 31.07.2010 at 11:02

The longest EP ever is by Nanocyborg Uberholocaust - almost 7 hours


Haha I remember those guys, aren't they the ones that live all the way in Antarctica?

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