05:36 - psykometal Oh One Direction is a band? Lol, I was wondering what he meant be a "one direction tour banner". I thought he meant the banner only went in a single direction. Lol. Grammar fail ftw.
05:33 - huascaman There's no such ad. It's your subconscious telling you that you want to go see one direction. :}
Italian symphonic metal kings Rhapsody Of Fire have announced the release of Live - From Chaos To Eternity on May 3rd in Europe (USA: May 7th) under AFM Records. The live album will be available as 2-CD digipak and as limited 3-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the band's latest European tour (Spring 2012).
Italian symphonic/power metal band Rhapsody Of Fire will finally return to North America for their first ever USA/Canada headlining tour.
Keyboardist Alex Staropoli comments: "American and Canadian Rhapsody Of Fire fans have been waiting a long time for our return to North America. We've heard your demands and now it's finally a reality! Rhapsody Of Fire is stronger than ever and ready to bring to you the longest, biggest and best show we've ever done in the band's 15+ years history. We're also giving fans the opportunity to spend an incredible amount of personal time with us face-to-face in order to bring us very close to our fans in a very personal and meaningful way."
Rhapsody Of Fire have announced their first tour since the split with founding member Luca Turilli. These will be the first shows with new members Oliver Holzwarth (bass) and Roberto De Micheli (guitar).
Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire have announce the name of a new band member who will join forces with Fabio Lione, Alex Staropoli, Tom Hess and Alex Holzwarth. German bass player Oliver Holzwarth (brother of Rhapsody Of Fire drummer Alex Holzwarth) has joined the band as an official and permanent member of Rhapsody Of Fire, and will be involved in both live performances and studio recordings.
After 15 years of friendship, hard work and big passion, fully invested in the creation of symphonic music and an epic saga that will remain in the history of heavy metal, Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli decided to proceed to a friendly split. "10 albums released and the end of the saga represent, musically and lyrically, an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the success of our last release From Chaos To Eternity, for which we want to thank our wonderful fans once again. Now it came the time when new artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect of both parts' visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship" say Luca and Alex. Due to the latest legal agreements actually in force, Alex Staropoli will go on with Rhapsody Of Fire having, between the others, Fabio Lione as singer, Tom Hess as guitar player and Alex Holzwarth as drummer. For the same agreements and the original name's common ownership, Luca Turilli will release his future works with a new Rhapsody band, including the faithful band members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth.
Renowned guitar virtuoso Tom Hess is now officially a new member of Rhapsody Of Fire.
Tom Hess is well-known worldwide for his unique guitar skills and for being the creator of the famous online guitar courses. He recorded most of the rhythmic parts of the new upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire album From Chaos To Eternity and also two guitar solos.
Comments Alex: "I saw Tom Hess playing on stage several times and always got impressed by his great stage presence and his way of playing. When I have heard the rhythmic and the solo guitars he recorded for Rhapsody Of Fire I was blown away, I could feel that strong presence in between every single note".
Luca adds: "I know Tom since many years. He is a great person, a good friend of mine and I am not surprised of the success he's having teaching his guitar techniques all around the world. I am really proud to have built a strong partnership with him and I will always thank him for the support he gave me when I decided to create my Neoclassical Revelation Guitar Course. Therefore I am really honored to present Tom to all the fans of Rhapsody Of Fire as I am sure he will be the one who, through his artistic talent and unique skills, will make the difference in this band for the years to come!"
Rhapsody Of Fire are proud to announce to the world that the mix of From Chaos To Eternity is now at the end and that the new album will be released by Nuclear Blast on June 17th, 2011.
The band issued the following statement: "It is the end of an era. This historical release will end the Rhapsody's sagas once for all after 15 years of fantasy oriented lyrics and for the last time we'll hear Sir Christopher Lee narrating in one of our albums the last dramatic events of a legendary tale started in 1997 and told through 2 different sagas and 10 full length albums. We are surely very sad but we also know that for this same reason the upcoming release will remain in the history of the band for its artistic importance and unique epic!"
As reported earlier this week, Kamelot's Pandemonium Over Europe 2011 is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons Of Seasons (on selected dates) to the already announced tour schedule, with more dates to come.
As part of the ongoing Kamelot campaign, the band has now announced 2 shows as part of what will be a full US tour:
Aug 30 - Grammercy Theater in New York City, NY - USA
Sept 2 - Club Soda in Montreal, Québec - Canada
Unfortunately, we have been informed that, due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Kamelot's album, Poetry for the Poisoned...
However, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine, ex-Labyrinth) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties. There will also be guest vocal appearances throughout the tour by Simone Simons (Epica), Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), and many more surprise guests throughout this very special and rare tour.
From Chaos To Eternity is the title of the new Rhapsody Of Fire full length album, that will be released in Spring 2011 through Nuclear Blast at a worldwide level.
Here's the official Italian-cheese press release:
The 10th studio album of the Italian power metal act will be a new musical masterpiece. Described by the band as the natural evolution of the monumental chartbreaker of 2010 The Frozen Tears Of Angels, the new album will represent an important goal in the history of Rhapsody Of Fire, as it will be the last one based in the fantasy saga started in 1997 with the debut album Legendary Tales.
As usual Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli will be the producers of the new work. But for the first time, part of such a production (vocals and guitar recordings) was and will be mostly based in Trieste, the Italian hometown of the two founders. The recordings of bass and drums already took place in Wolfsburg at "The Gate Studio" under the wise supervision of their longtime friend Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Angra and more).
Rhapsody Of Fire are proud to announce the first dates of their upcoming worldwide tour, in support of the new album The Frozen Tears Of Angels, released in April via Nuclear Blast Records. Here they are:
November 10th, 2010 - Beijing - China
November 12th, 2010 - Shanghai - China
November 13th, 2010 - Taipei - Taiwan
November 20th, 2010 - Mexico City - Mexico
November 29th, 2010 - Santiago - Chile
Rhapsody Of Fire are going to release an epic monument called: The Cold Embrace Of Fear - A Dark Romantic Symphony.
Guitarist Luca Turilli comments: "For this special CD we composed a unique song of around 35 minutes divided in 7 "acts". Looking at the title you can easily imagine that such long and epic song will show the most cinematic and orchestral side of our band, all our passion for the world of cinema we love so much and that always represented our main influence while composing the Rhapsody's music.
Essentially it is a long huge song, sounding very symphonic, full of orchestral sections very soundtrack oriented, narrations and spoken parts. More than in other cases we tried to create a real movie atmosphere with very dynamic musical results, also thanks to the help of the English actors that gave voice to different charachters. You will just need to close your eyes and explore those new emotional dimensions we wrote the music for."
The mighty Rhapsody Of Fire will be unleashing their 7th studio effort on 30 April worldwide. The opus is called The Frozen Tears Of Angels, and a first song, entitled "Sea Of Fate" is available for streaming here, or for free download here (e-mail required).
The Frozen Tears Of Angels cover artwork will unfold itself by clicking here.
No Rhapsody Of Fire news without a cheesy catchphrase full of epicness official band statement: "Be ready to discover the ancient secret trapped between the frozen lands of the known world!" Oy!
More exciting news will be announced on 21 March. Stay tuned.