Posted today on the Rhapsody website:

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.

Alex says: "While wishing the best to Luca and his new band, I want to tell you that Fabio and myself feel motivated and stronger than ever and that Rhapsody Of Fire are already planning a great worldwide tour. More information regarding the new bass player and the new second guitar player will follow. Stay tuned!"

The website http://www.rhapsodyoffire.com will remain the glorious Rhapsody Of Fire website at all effects and http://www.algalordchronicles.com the official fan club of Rhapsody Of Fire only. In the future, if you want to know more about the new band of Luca Turilli, please check his personal website at http://www.lucaturilli.com


Source: rhapsodyoffire.com
Band profile: Rhapsody Of Fire
 
Posted: 16.08.2011 by Baz Anderson



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Kalmari - 16.08.2011 at 14:40  
So sad, From Chaos To Eternity showed that the band was in a fine form. Luca Turilli and Fabio Lione were the two things I loved about this band and now they have gone separate ways Which one will I hold as the true Rhapsody?
Baz Anderson - 16.08.2011 at 14:41  
So I saw their last show together? This is pretty unfortunate...
ndawkn - 16.08.2011 at 14:49  
Holy goddamn crap.... Even though they said the latest album would be the end of the saga..... I didn't expect this.. wow
Yavanna - 16.08.2011 at 14:50  
Well, that's very sad... Hope they have luck with their new projects
Kingface - 16.08.2011 at 15:02  
Damn, looks like I'll never get to see this line-up live now. Be interesting to see how Rhapsody of Fire progress from here and it'll be interesting to find out about Turilli et all's future project(s).
corrupt - 16.08.2011 at 15:23  
Wow. I just saw them two weeks ago. And for the first time too. Damn, this comes unexpected.
Rulatore - 16.08.2011 at 15:28  
Shit, but they probaly play together again in the future as guests in each other band or with a very-special-unique-show per year xD
ImNotMetal - 16.08.2011 at 15:41  
What?!
Damn!!!
reminded me of Timo Tolkki...
Bad English - 16.08.2011 at 16:43  
YES SO GREAT NEWS; FINALY hahahahahahahahha !!!!! so damn happy no more cheese
Milena - 16.08.2011 at 16:57  
What the fuck? And Alex plays with both? I already see this being nominated for Drama of the year award...

Written by Bad English on 16.08.2011 at 16:43

YES SO GREAT NEWS; FINALY hahahahahahahahha !!!!! so damn happy no more cheese

No, now it's TWICE AS MUCH cheese, I believe

edit: Maybe Turilli trolled them a couple years back to change the name just so he could have his own Rhapsody band!
Baz Anderson - 16.08.2011 at 16:57  
Written by Bad English on 16.08.2011 at 16:43

YES SO GREAT NEWS; FINALY hahahahahahahahha !!!!! so damn happy no more cheese

Alternatively, double the cheese with two bands now instead of one...
Kalmari - 16.08.2011 at 17:05  
Which band is the true Rhapsody?

Rhapsody Of Fire:

Vocals: Fabio Lione (1997-)
Guitar 1: Tom Hess (2011-)
Guitar 2: ?
Bass: ?
Keyboards: Alex Staropoli (1997-)
Drums: Alex Holzwarth (2000-)

Rhapsody:

Vocals: ?
Guitar 1: Luca Turilli (1997-)
Guitar 2: Dominique Leurquin (2002-)
Bass: Patrice Guers (2002-)
Keyboards: ?
Drums: Alex Holzwarth (2000-)
Rulatore - 16.08.2011 at 17:29  
Written by Baz Anderson on 16.08.2011 at 16:57

Written by Bad English on 16.08.2011 at 16:43

YES SO GREAT NEWS; FINALY hahahahahahahahha !!!!! so damn happy no more cheese

Alternatively, double the cheese with two bands now instead of one...

ROFL
Angel_Lament - 16.08.2011 at 17:49  
Now this is sad news, Luca Turilli, I think, was the heart of the band...
well of course this will double the laws of the cheesiness, two Rhapsody bands...!!
Danyael - 16.08.2011 at 18:09  
I'm pretty sure one of them will go in a more extreme direction, while the other will remain the same. They seemed to have been trying to incorporate the extreme part for a while, so that could be the thing here.
Stabby - 16.08.2011 at 18:25  
So they split in two and one is called Rhapsody and the other is called Rhapsody Of Fire? THAT IS WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION TO REMEMBER! Fuck! I had a tough enough time understanding it when they changed their name from Rhapsody to Rhapsody Of Fire. Goddamnit.

But in the spirit of the dragons of the mountains and the warriors and the unicorns and such, I will press onward, and will remember which band contains which mighty metal warriors.
farfaramir - 16.08.2011 at 18:51  
Written by Bad English on 16.08.2011 at 16:43

YES SO GREAT NEWS; FINALY hahahahahahahahha !!!!! so damn happy no more cheese

Die.
GT - 16.08.2011 at 19:06  
So glad I saw them at Wacken then. Really unexpected!
Warrior_Of_Ice - 16.08.2011 at 19:32  
Speaking of the breakup, they did it respectfully and with class. I wish them the best of luck on future projects!
Dargor - 16.08.2011 at 20:02  
I think it was a bit predictable, but not so soon.
I don't mind and I think it's actually a good thing, but I truly hope they will end this with one final worldwide tour with Luca.
I never saw them live and it would not feel them same seeing them live without Luca.

It's like going to see Kamelot live without Roy Khan.
Fortunately, I already saw Kamelot live with Khan.
The Shape 1973 - 16.08.2011 at 20:53  
Written by Dargor on 16.08.2011 at 20:02

I think it was a bit predictable, but not so soon.
I don't mind and I think it's actually a good thing, but I truly hope they will end this with one final worldwide tour with Luca.
I never saw them live and it would not feel them same seeing them live without Luca.

It's like going to see Kamelot live without Roy Khan.
Fortunately, I already saw Kamelot live with Khan.

Now I think we will see Fabio joining Kamelot on a permanent basis.
Bad English - 16.08.2011 at 20:59  
Written by Baz Anderson on 16.08.2011 at 16:57

Written by Bad English on 16.08.2011 at 16:43

YES SO GREAT NEWS; FINALY hahahahahahahahha !!!!! so damn happy no more cheese

Alternatively, double the cheese with two bands now instead of one...


hehe I know but this band is done and even new bands they wont be so famose, but I agree its be doble extra cheese , and be overated, I belive ppl would buy alreday pre sail new albums ... and its be fun to see they play BM
Daniell - 16.08.2011 at 20:59  
You guys are missing the point.
Why make money with 1 band when you can make it with 2?
The Shape 1973 - 16.08.2011 at 21:06  
Written by Daniell on 16.08.2011 at 20:59

You guys are missing the point.
Why make money with 1 band when you can make it with 2?

Depending who the record labels are, you may be correct.
Fat & Sassy! - 16.08.2011 at 21:28  
TT^TT

*Impales himself with the EEEEEEEEEEMRAL SWARD*
EmeraldSword - 16.08.2011 at 23:14  
How about Rhapsody of Ice for the second band? Fire and Ice baby!
timmoe - 17.08.2011 at 00:14  
Written by Stabby on 16.08.2011 at 18:25

So they split in two and one is called Rhapsody and the other is called Rhapsody Of Fire? THAT IS WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION TO REMEMBER! Fuck! I had a tough enough time understanding it when they changed their name from Rhapsody to Rhapsody Of Fire. Goddamnit.

But in the spirit of the dragons of the mountains and the warriors and the unicorns and such, I will press onward, and will remember which band contains which mighty metal warriors.

Will the Luca band really be called Rhapsody? I thought, as they're calling it "a new Rhapsody BAND", that they just meant it will feature old Rhapsody members, with a similar sound, or something, and that this new band hasn't got a name yet.
Baz Anderson - 17.08.2011 at 02:23  
Yeh, it isn't clear whether Luca has the rights to the name "Rhapsody" again or not...
BMR Monkey - 17.08.2011 at 02:28  
Fuck this shit
BynersA7X - 17.08.2011 at 05:23  
So what's it? Rhapsody of Ice? Thunder? Earth? Water?
LeChron James - 17.08.2011 at 05:31  
Well that's lame. I guess I won't get my Gorgonites v. Commando Elite album with the original lineup.

But I'm willing to bet that Luca's Rhapsody is gonna have Olaf Heyer (or however his last name is spelled. He's the dude from Luca's solo project) on vocals and whoever was playing keyboards for him in said project.
Troy Killjoy - 17.08.2011 at 05:45  
Written by BynersA7X on 17.08.2011 at 05:23
So what's it? Rhapsody of Ice? Thunder? Earth? Water?

Rhapsody of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Daggon - 17.08.2011 at 07:41  
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 16.08.2011 at 21:28

TT^TT

*Impales himself with the EEEEEEEEEEMRAL SWARD*


I love when there is something about Rhapsody on this forum, everyone keeps on posting awesome shit lol, just like this hahaha.
Now, talking seriously (really!), this the worst news I've read on the last months, I mean, I do not know what to expect from both bands, Staropoli stopped Luca from transforming Rhapsody into something like that Dreamquest/Infinite Wonders Of Creation holy shit, and Luca wrote almost every single song for Rhapsody, so, If they start their separate ways, can only thing of them drowning their projects in tons of keyboards and pretentiousness... so sad
wty789 - 17.08.2011 at 12:47  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.08.2011 at 05:45

Written by BynersA7X on 17.08.2011 at 05:23
So what's it? Rhapsody of Ice? Thunder? Earth? Water?

Rhapsody of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Heed luca's call!?:what:
tearofangel - 17.08.2011 at 13:43  
Why??????? This is a tragedy. I can't believe it.
ErnilEnNaur - 17.08.2011 at 15:59  
Written by The Shape 1973 on 16.08.2011 at 20:53

Now I think we will see Fabio joining Kamelot on a permanent basis.


That's not good news either, though. I like Fabio, but him performing songs that were written for Khan's voice is not something I care for.
Narloth - 17.08.2011 at 18:11  
I thought something of the kind would happen, but not this way. <s>unholy</s> fuck! It's all I have to say.
What impressed me the most is their closing the official board to avoid criticism. When it opens again, criticism will be prohibited lol
The Shape 1973 - 17.08.2011 at 21:02  
Written by LeChron James on 17.08.2011 at 05:31

But I'm willing to bet that Luca's Rhapsody is gonna have Olaf Heyer (or however his last name is spelled. He's the dude from Luca's solo project) on vocals and whoever was playing keyboards for him in said project.

My thoughts too.
Fat & Sassy! - 18.08.2011 at 01:29  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.08.2011 at 05:45

Rhapsody of Earth, Wind & Fire.


Move yourself and glide like a Wyvern.
Lose your dragon in the sky among the clouds in the heavens.
Let this groove, light up your skies (with holy fire), ALRIGHT.
Let this groove, set in your Greaves.
It's ALRIGHT... aaalllllRIGHT.

MOAR LYK FUNKSODY. New album will be Legendary Grooves: Part One of the Saga of Funk. >:[
Troy Killjoy - 18.08.2011 at 03:37  
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 18.08.2011 at 01:29
...

You're almost too good at that.
Fat & Sassy! - 18.08.2011 at 07:59  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.08.2011 at 03:37

You're almost too good at that.


Well, I ain't no jive-ass turkey. D:<
Troy Killjoy - 18.08.2011 at 08:01  
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 18.08.2011 at 07:59
Well, I ain't no jive-ass turkey. D:<

You wanna take this outside?
Fat & Sassy! - 18.08.2011 at 09:14  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.08.2011 at 08:01

Written by Fat & Sassy! on 18.08.2011 at 07:59
Well, I ain't no jive-ass turkey. D:<

You wanna take this outside?


You need tuh... you need tuh... Open Yo' Mynd... and yo' ass will fahllow.
Fat & Sassy! - 18.08.2011 at 09:17  
(Who the fuck ever thought a Rhapsody thread would get any, let alone a few, funk references.) XD

I am the Duke of Derailing. Done with so much grace. x3
DieH@rd - 18.08.2011 at 13:38  
Really sad news, but at least they did this in the right way. The most important thing is that both Luca and Staropoli and the rest of the gang will continue making music.

I cant wait to hear the next albums from both bands.
DoomGuard - 19.08.2011 at 19:26  
First i was thinking the band was ending, but then i read the article, and am thinking "oh, so same stuff?"
Danyael - 21.08.2011 at 02:09  
I wonder hows Nanowar (of Steel) gonna react to this one
Et Ermit - 22.08.2011 at 20:14  
Well now im just confused . . . Rhapsody, Rhapsody of Fire, hmmmm
John Shock - 07.09.2011 at 18:39  
Fuck.....:( ...:( fuck!
Lord_Regnier - 18.09.2011 at 03:45  
Written by Narloth on 17.08.2011 at 18:11

I thought something of the kind would happen, but not this way. <s>unholy</s> fuck! It's all I have to say.
What impressed me the most is their closing the official board to avoid criticism. When it opens again, criticism will be prohibited lol


They never really appreciated criticism, isn't it?
No wonder their forum is so dead now. Nearly all the old forum members left in the last years.

At least they can't blame me this time, as I wasn't involved in any way. They used me as a scapegoat in the past to scare people and shut opinions down but this time they can't.

As for the split, I don't know what to think of it and, honestly, I really don't care.

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